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Journey to the Virtualized Data Center: How to deal with ever increasing data volumes ?


We all know that one of the biggest challenges of the virtualized data centers, is to find the best way to deal with the  ever increasing data volumes.
Fortunately, on December 16th , during the virtual tradeshow events, “The Journey to the Virtualized Data Center ” , a team of EMC experts will explain how to address this challenge. 
 Daniel Budiansky, Principal Systems Engineer, Backup & Recovery Systems Division at EMC,  was kind enough to give me  some insights on this special session, that he will lead with Steve Flynn and Jeff Barnard (see biographies below)

Daniel has more than 12 years of experience in the It industry, and has implemented Data Domain systems into a broad scope of custmer environments. He also serves as the co-chair for the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)  Data Management Forum’s Data Deduplication and Space Reduction Special Interest Group (SIG)

Daniel is very passionate and eager to share with the audience what he learned over the past years.  With the addition of Steve, and Jeff , you will find a level of expertise in this session ( “Back up with EMC Data Deduplication” on December 16th at 10:00 am PT (register here)), that you really don’t want to miss.

How can you fight data growth that is putting your backup and recovery under stress and crushing traditional backup approaches?

Daniel : Thankfully there is an answer and Steve (Flynn)  and I we’ll share the details with you in the EMC’s backup with deduplication webcast on December 16th .  If you’ve been following this space, you know that deduplication is not hype. Deduplication can help you reduce costs, manage risks, improve service levels , and even help accelerate your journey to the  deployment of the Private Cloud.

There are two infrastructure shifts taking place that are influencing a re-architecture of data protection environments: Data Growth and Virtual Servers-

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Do we still need data center networking experts ?

At a time where unification and simplification are critical for the management of the Data Center, Ravi Balakrishnan, Cisco Data Center Solution marketing Manager, brought my  attention to a key components of  the Cisco Nexus family, the Cisco Data Center Network Manager 4.2
His constant exposure to a diverse and large number of customers, convinced Ravi of the importance of this solution, and he is pretty passionate  about the list of benefits that DCNM 4.2 provides to the network administrator.

Designed for the Cisco Nexus family (2000, 5000, 7000),  Cisco DCNM 4.2 consolidates many individual management tools (fault analysis, performance monitoring configuration archiving, software image upgrading, etc.) into one single solution 


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Journey to the Virtualized Data Center: From Vision to Reality

On March 16th 2009, Cisco launched the first series of Unified Computing  Systems. To be more precise, a large ecosystem of partners led by Cisco created the unified computing and virtualization movement. The response of the market has been tremendous and the partnership between Cisco and these companies keeps growing .
The Data Center of the Future has been certainly one of the most successful initiative of this partner ecosystem in terms of education around new architectures, new solutions and new products brought by a common vision shared by  Cisco and key data center players.
Last July, at Cisco Live in San Francisco,  Cisco and these partners built an outstanding demo designed to showcase this common vision

In September at VMworld2009,  Cisco and partners built an deployed a  large virtualized data center based on Cisco unified computing systems
Oracle Open World was another opportunity to demonstrate the possibilities of this new environment, and to introduce a new series of unified computing systems
December 1st  was a new milestone  in the collaboration between Cisco and these market leaders with the launch of a new educational platform . The Data Center of the Future program  regroups now :APC by Schneider, BMC Software, EMC, Emerson Network Power, Intel, Cisco, Microsoft, NetApp, Oracle, Panduit, VMware.
On December 15th & 16th , these 11 partners invite you for a series of virtual conferences and  exhibitions  to explore the Journey to the Virtualized Data Center, and share  with you the best  ways  to solve the toughest data center challenges in networking, storage, applications, and physical infrastructure technologies  – 


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Cisco at Gartner Data Center Conference :Unleashing the Benefits of Virtualization

Difficult for Cisco not to be a key player in the Gartner 28th Annual Data Center Conference, as Gartner describes the mission of this event in the following terms  “See how to :   
-Reduce IT costs while improving the quality of IT services.
– Maximize productivity from existing applications systems and services
 -Align the data center culture with the business at large.
Let our analysts put you in the know with information-rich sessions on cloud computing, next-stage virtualization, vendor consolidation, cost-optimization best practices and much more. Your take-away: fresh insight on the key technology and market developments that drive today’s real-world solutions.”

Today at Gartner Data Center conference, Cisco invites several customers to talk about the benefit of virtualization and share their experience of deploying these technologies (including Unified Computing Systems , Nexus 1000V and VN link..)  during a special panel.

Over the past two years, Cisco has been incredibility busy in providing new data center solutions (Unified Fabric, Unified Computing , Service Oriented SAN)  to support the virtualization movement,  and to simplify, unify the data centers and amplify their role.   
The success of Unified Computing is now pretty well known. Cisco successful participation to VMworld09 (largest UCS deployment ), Oracle  certification , the Alliance with EMC and VMware, the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount servers , and the first customer success stories, are some of the proof points of the increasing  interest from the market.

 In this video, Ed Chapman, Cisco VP product Management at the Server Access and Virtualization BU, explains  the great level of acceptance of the unified fabric portfolio. Customers such as Salem Hospital, University of Arizona,  Coca-Cola Bottling company, NetApp, or St Joseph health System share  their satisfaction reporting significant CAPEX and OPEX  reductions, based on the deployment of the Cisco Nexus family (Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, Nexus 2000 and Nexus 1000V)

The  Nexus data center switching family , the Unified Computing Systems are presented on the Cisco booth at Gartner, as well as the Application Networking Services  portfolio, the Cisco’s Services Oriented SAN, Cloud Computing , Cisco’s services and the Intelligent Automation Platform  from Tidal Software, which recently joined Cisco.

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Cloud applications want to move

The term “cloud computing” covers many topics. One hot area is infrastructure as a service (IaaS), where servers and other data center resources are provided on-demand over the web and through a programming interface.  The classic example is Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).  IaaS became popular at first as a way to deliver new applications, often from new companies.  Examples included software-as-a-service companies  like Animoto or Mashery, and bursty compute-intensive applications like those at Gigavox and UnivaUD.  More recently enterprises have been studying IaaS as part of their IT infrastructure, and some companies have begun pilots.  How do enterprises want to use IaaS?  Does it differ from the ways that new companies started the use of IaaS?   In this post, I’ll examine a few classic use cases for enterprises, and draw a few lessons.

In conversations with enterprises and in the trade press, three groups of applications are often cited as near-term uses of today’s IaaS.  I call them Disasters, Development, and Deadlines:

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