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Unified Computing System In Production, Redux

June 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Since our initial announcement of the Cisco UCS, there has been a great deal of interest, skepticism, and speculation about this new platform. Though the system won’t start shipping to customers until the end of June, Cisco IT has had it deployed in production for a number of months now in one of our existing data centers, where we have been using to run several production and business critical apps to ensure it got a thorough and realistic workout. Since hands-on details are currently scarce, we thought folks might be interested in a first hand account of the very first deployment of this technology. So, we recently held a live Internet TV broadcast and Q&A session with John Manville, VP of Information Technology, Network and Data Center Services at Cisco, and Chris Hynes, director of IS, Network and Data Center Services at Cisco. If you missed the original broadcast, you can find the archive here.If you have any other questions, post them as comment to this blog post and I’ll see if I can get them answered for you.

Unified Computing System News

June 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Today at Cisco’s Partner Summit, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior and other Cisco executives are discussing the company’s strategy to accelerate go-to-market plans for unified computing with channel partners. The strategy includes new IT Career Certifications in Data Center Management, new programs for channel partners, and the expansion of the Unified Computing System family to include a new C-Series Rack-Mount Server. The news is being announced at the Cisco Partner Summit press conference that is webcast live from 9:45-10:30 a.m. PDT/12:45-1:30 p.m. EDT: Partner Summit Data Center News Update. You can read further details on the news in the press release: Cisco and Partners to Accelerate Data Center Virtualization.

Cisco Unified Computing System–Not Just For Virtualization

June 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

I had a good chat with a customer the other day about our Cisco UCS solution--they are very intrigued and are bringing them in-house to evaluate. As I was wrapping up, someone asked me an interesting question--they see UCS as a great platform for their VMware environment, but what about the rest of their apps--the vast majority of their apps are not virtualized yet. Great question--luckily, we have an answer for that scenario too--its called…..Cisco UCS. So, while there has been a great deal of focus on the UCS as the über-platform for server virtualization, the reality is that it is also a great platform for your regular workloads as well. Cisco UCS Manager allows you to do bare metal provisioning of each server blade so you can still take advantage of Cisco UCS for all your workloads, not just your virtualized ones. It does not make a difference if you are loading a hypervisor and multiple guests on the blade or a single OS and application. In either case, you can take advantage of the UCS stateless computing model, the extended memory architecture, killer performance and simplified management, cabling and infrastructure. And, as you virtualize more and more of your applications, you can do it, in place, on your existing UCS platforms, such as UCS blade server. Nothing could be simpler.

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More Nexus 1000V Beta Feedback

June 1, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

In the next in our series of mini-interviews with Nexus 1000V customer, we have thoughts from Olivier Parcollet, IT Architect at SETAO. Those of you who went to VMworld Europe might have seen Olivier join Ed Bugnion during his keynote. Thank you, again, Olivier for your time.What was your overall impression of the Cisco Nexus 1000V distributed virtual switch?Cisco Nexus 1000V fills the gaps that existed in virtual infrastructures and allows full control of both the physical and the virtual aspects of machines. The Cisco Nexus 1000V allows greater granularity of virtual machines on the network, an overall view of administration of the network, and allows network administrators to take control of the virtual machines. Finally, even though it is still in a beta version, I was impressed by the flawless operation of the Cisco Nexus 1000V. Read More »

Doug Gourlay on the Future of Network Infrastructure at FIRe 2009

Our own VP of Data Center Solutions marketing, Doug Gourlay, participated in a panel at the Future in Review conference on 5/21, titled “Today’s Networks Need to Embrace Automation”. Moderated by Infoblox’s Greg Ness, and including panelists Richard Kagan from Infoblox, Mark Thiele from VMware, Erik Giesa from F5 Networks, the panel looked at the technical, business and political implications of a move from static to dynamic network infrastructure. The 35 minute discussion is facinating, and well worth the viewing time.

Future in Review Infrastructure 2.0 Panel from InfobloxInc on Vimeo.

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