As I have often note in my customer briefings, getting a handle on power and cooling issues in the data center is dependent on the proverbial three-legged stool: energy-efficient facilities, energy-efficient products, and getting educated on designing/implementing/operating energy efficient data centers. Of the three, I ultimately think the last one has the greatest impact. As operations teams more sophisticated in their energy efficiency strategies and get access to better tools to measure and manage energy consumption, companies will start get get ahead of their power and cooling challenges. It is for that reason that organizations such as The Green Grid (of which Cisco is a member) were created. If you have not checked out their website, I highly encourage you to do so--there are a wealth of resources there. Anyway, one of the metrics the Green Grid advocates is Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and its reciprocal, Data Center Efficiency (DCE) as tools to help customers estimate the energy efficiency of their data centers. I highly encourage you to listen to Doug Alger discuss our experiences in conducting a PUE audit at one of our data centers and some of the caveats he notes on the results of the audit.Anyone else running PUE audits or considering them? Would love to hear any thoughts or feedback you might have.
Intel is a critical Cisco partner, but also a large and innovative manufacturing customer. Diane Bryant, CIO Intel, was on Cisco booth at EMC World, in Orlando Florida, to witness the large number of visitors interested by our Unified Computing System , and our unified fabric strategy . It was a perfect opportunity to talk about the way she is transforming today the Intel data centers. After a first wave of virtualization, her IT team is diligently implementing the next wave : the consolidation of the fabric . Based on very encouraging results that she shared with me, Diane Bryant is obviously determined to move forward as fast as possible…
I met at EMC World in Orlando, Chuck Hollis, EMC’s VP Global Marketing CTO; Parag Patel, VMware’s VP of Alliances, and Ed Bugnion, Cisco’s CTO for the Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit. Ed shared some insights on two important initiatives for the Cisco Data Center 3.0 strategy: Cloud computing and Unified Computing. VMware, Cisco, and EMC work together to deliver products and architecture designed to be deployed at scaleChuck explained to me how the alliance between these three companies is different in a world where the alliances come and go, and what is the EMC unique contribution. Parag highlighted the solutions, such as Cisco Nexus 1000V or Cisco Unified Computing System that this alliance is already delivering Watch the interviews with Chuck and Parag at http://www.cisco.com/go/emcworld09
Yes, its true, Cisco virtual networking goodness is available to one and all. To kick things off, we have worked with the fine folks at VMW to put together a 60-day eval program so you can check things out in your own environment. As a quick reminder, you will need a (free) cisco.com account to access the software (don’t worry, we won’t spam you).
- Head over to https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/ to get you 60-day vSphere 4.0 eval license
- Go to www.cisco.com/go/1000v to access the design, install and upgrade guides — look for the “Support” box on the upper right part of the page
- Go to www.cisco.com/go/1000vdownload a pull down a copy of the software -- install it per instructions
- Go to www.cisco.com/go/1000veval and obtain your eval license
- Install, enjoy, and marvel at how you ever got along without it
At Interop yesterday, Doug Gourlay, Cisco VP Data Center 3.0 Solutions, discussed the status of the standards for next-generation ethernet. In this video he talks about how Cisco customers can get better performance, better density, lower power, and longer distance with subsequent optimizations and how the standards are emerging between Data Center Ethernet and Convergence Enhanced Ethernet.