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Forbes Tech Cover Story Today

Quentin Hardy at Forbes gets it pretty right today with an article on Cisco in the Data Center. As we evolve the network to becoming more of a platform, and applications evolve to SOA and Cloud architectures -- i.e. the most network centric application architectures ever. The network plays an increasing role in the data center. I have to give Quentin some grief for not quoting me (darn!) but he got John Chambers and McCool and Prem so we’re well covered. One or two factual things- our new data center is in Richardson, Texas; not RTP. Primarily for the redundant power grids that are available to us there. It has about a 10Mw critical load. We are also expanding Webex data centers to ensure global service delivery as we pass the 7M minutes a month mark on that SaaS offering. Our Catalyst switching line is the one Quentin is referring to that is around $10B a year, growing nicely in the data center too, even as we introduce the Nexus line which is purpose built for the data center. And Quentin, thanks for the grief on naming :) Got some ideas for me there? Nexus came to me in the shower one morning…. (bad joke) but yeah as a certain point we regress to boring numbers. Are we as bad as HP with the BL495c? And lastly, the NX-OS operating system was internally developed by Cisco engineers and stemmed in part from our acquisition of Procket Networks engineering assets. NX-OS is now on the Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, and was used as the core for our ACE system development. Next week we expand it a bit into some other products as well as an interesting new area.The thing I think Quentin nails though is that the application architecture is coming to the network. The next evolution of what we created with the global connectivity offered by the Internet (will alwyas use the Big I) is these large data center and cloud computing infrastructures and this is an area we have focused on for a very long time that is now coming into the light of day and into its own while in a period of economic turbulence, technology disruption, and market transition. What better time to broaden your focus, build systems and solutions, and purpose build products for key market opportunities. There are some markets that are stagnant in innovation where the systems vendors have sold out their innovation and creativity to other companies and silicon providers that are ripe for disruption and innovation that captures market opportunities. It’s going to be one very very fun year. Speaking of this- check out what we are introducing on Tuesday. In the words of the famous anchorman Ron Burgundy, “it’s kind of a big deal.”

Forbes Tech Cover Story Today

Quentin Hardy at Forbes gets it pretty right today with an article on Cisco in the Data Center. As we evolve the network to becoming more of a platform, and applications evolve to SOA and Cloud architectures -- i.e. the most network centric application architectures ever. The network plays an increasing role in the data center. I have to give Quentin some grief for not quoting me (darn!) but he got John Chambers and McCool and Prem so we’re well covered. One or two factual things- our new data center is in Richardson, Texas; not RTP. Primarily for the redundant power grids that are available to us there. It has about a 10Mw critical load. We are also expanding Webex data centers to ensure global service delivery as we pass the 7M minutes a month mark on that SaaS offering. Our Catalyst switching line is the one Quentin is referring to that is around $10B a year, growing nicely in the data center too, even as we introduce the Nexus line which is purpose built for the data center. And Quentin, thanks for the grief on naming! Got some ideas for me there? Nexus came to me in the shower one morning…. (bad joke) but yeah as a certain point we regress to boring numbers. Are we as bad as HP with the BL495c? And lastly, the NX-OS operating system was internally developed by Cisco engineers and stemmed in part from our acquisition of Procket Networks engineering assets. NX-OS is now on the Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, and was used as the core for our ACE system development. Next week we expand it a bit into some other products as well as an interesting new area.The thing I think Quentin nails though is that the application architecture is coming to the network. The next evolution of what we created with the global connectivity offered by the Internet (will alwyas use the Big I) is these large data center and cloud computing infrastructures and this is an area we have focused on for a very long time that is now coming into the light of day and into its own while in a period of economic turbulence, technology disruption, and market transition. What better time to broaden your focus, build systems and solutions, and purpose build products for key market opportunities. There are some markets that are stagnant in innovation where the systems vendors have sold out their innovation and creativity to other companies and silicon providers that are ripe for disruption and innovation that captures market opportunities. It’s going to be one very very fun year. Speaking of this- check out what we are introducing on Tuesday. In the words of the famous anchorman Ron Burgundy, “it’s kind of a big deal.”

Forbes Tech Cover Story Today

Quentin Hardy at Forbes gets it pretty right today with an article on Cisco in the Data Center. As we evolve the network to becoming more of a platform, and applications evolve to SOA and Cloud architectures -- i.e. the most network centric application architectures ever. The network plays an increasing role in the data center. I have to give Quentin some grief for not quoting me (darn!) but he got John Chambers and McCool and Prem so we’re well covered. One or two factual things- our new data center is in Richardson, Texas; not RTP. Primarily for the redundant power grids that are available to us there. It has about a 10Mw critical load. We are also expanding Webex data centers to ensure global service delivery as we pass the 7M minutes a month mark on that SaaS offering. Our Catalyst switching line is the one Quentin is referring to that is around $10B a year, growing nicely in the data center too, even as we introduce the Nexus line which is purpose built for the data center. And Quentin, thanks for the grief on naming :) Got some ideas for me there? Nexus came to me in the shower one morning…. (bad joke) but yeah as a certain point we regress to boring numbers. Are we as bad as HP with the BL495c? The thing I think Quentin nails though is that the application architecture is coming to the network. The next evolution of what we created with the global connectivity offered by the Internet (will alwyas use the Big I) is these large data center and cloud computing infrastructures and this is an area we have focused on for a very long time that is now coming into the light of day and into its own while in a period of economic turbulence, technology disruption, and market transition. What better time to broaden your focus, build systems and solutions, and purpose build products for key market opportunities. There are some markets that are stagnant in innovation where the systems vendors have sold out their innovation and creativity to other companies and silicon providers that are ripe for disruption and innovation that captures market opportunities. It’s going to be one very very fun year. Speaking of this- check out what we are introducing on Tuesday. In the words of the famous anchorman Ron Burgundy, “it’s kind of a big deal.”

Forbes Tech Cover Story Today

Quentin Hardy at Forbes gets it pretty right today with an article on Cisco in the Data Center. As we evolve the network to becoming more of a platform, and applications evolve to SOA and Cloud architectures -- i.e. the most network centric application architectures ever. The network plays an increasing role in the data center. I have to give Quentin some grief for not quoting me (darn!) but he got John Chambers and McCool and Prem so we’re well covered. One or two factual things- our new data center is in Richardson, Texas; not RTP. Primarily for the redundant power grids that are available to us there. It has about a 10Mw critical load. We are also expanding Webex data centers to ensure global service delivery as we pass the 7M minutes a month mark on that SaaS offering. Our Catalyst switching line is the one Quentin is referring to that is around $10B a year, growing nicely in the data center too, even as we introduce the Nexus line which is purpose built for the data center. And Quentin, thanks for the grief on naming :) Got some ideas for me there? Nexus came to me in the shower one morning…. (bad joke) but yeah as a certain point we regress to boring numbers. Are we as bad as HP with the BL495c? And lastly, the NX-OS operating system was internally developed by Cisco engineers and stemmed in part from our acquisition of Procket Networks engineering assets. NX-OS is now on the Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, and was used as the core for our ACE system development. Next week we expand it a bit into some other products as well as an interesting new area.The thing I think Quentin nails though is that the application architecture is coming to the network. The next evolution of what we created with the global connectivity offered by the Internet (will alwyas use the Big I) is these large data center and cloud computing infrastructures and this is an area we have focused on for a very long time that is now coming into the light of day and into its own while in a period of economic turbulence, technology disruption, and market transition. What better time to broaden your focus, build systems and solutions, and purpose build products for key market opportunities. There are some markets that are stagnant in innovation where the systems vendors have sold out their innovation and creativity to other companies and silicon providers that are ripe for disruption and innovation that captures market opportunities. It’s going to be one very very fun year. Speaking of this- check out what we are introducing on Tuesday. In the words of the famous anchorman Ron Burgundy, “it’s kind of a big deal.”

Re-Thinking System Availability in the World of Virtualization

September 10, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

So I have been a auto enthusiast for forever. For much of that time, I have been an adherent to the mantra”there is no replacement for displacement” (sorry Rob). What has changed over the years, however, is that car buying has evolved beyond looking for the biggest engine and lowest 0-60 times I could afford. Don’t get me wrong, I still optioned the larger engine in my last two rides (sorry again, Rob), but I finally figured out other things are as, if not more important. Opportunities to open the throttle up all the way are thrilling, but limited, and these days I actually have more fun hunting for tasty switchbacks on the backroads between my home and San Jose. Simply, the daily aspects of my current ride have define my overall on my experience with it.Back in February, I talked a bit about what makes the Nexus 7000 better than anything else on the market: the value of the switch does not hinge on how fast it goes, but on things that really matter to folks who have to live with these switches on a daily basis. One of these areas is the growing intolerance for system downtime. The current trends around consolidation and virtualization demand a different mindset and different expectations of infrastructure. While there are indisputable benefits to consolidation and virtualization, the flip side of this is that the size of a failure domain grows proportionally to the level of consolidation and virtualization. Every part of the data center needs to meet this higher bar. For example, VMware has its HA and DRS solutions. On the network side, one of the things we offer is a Zero Service Loss architecture on the Nexus 7000. Network World just took the Nexus 7000 though its paces and scored it 5/5 for availability. With all 256 10GbE ports forwarding traffic, the testers killed the OSPF process, upgraded and downgraded the software, and finally pulled 4 of the 5 the fabric modules from the switch. In all cases, the switch did not drop a packet.In fact, in a similar example, you can see how NX-OS and the Nexus 7000 handle things when you kill spanning tree while the switch is serving as the root bridge.I will have some other cool stuff to talk about next in the next couple of weeks, but in the interim, we have an At-A-Glance and whitepaper that dig into this a little further.