Just recorded this this morning here in Barcelona about our announcements at VMWorld in Las Vegas. dg
Well, things have certainly gotten a bit more hectic since out announcements today.Understandably, most of the buzz has been around VN-Link and the Nexus 1000V. Some of you might be wondering what all the fuss is about.So, Cisco VN-link is a collection of technologies and solutions designed to deliver virtual machine aware network and storage services. essentially represents the movement into the fourth pillar of our Data Center 3.0 roadmap. With the release of VN-Link, you will see products and technologies that don’t simply support virtualization but are active participants in accelerating virtualization.One of those products is the Cisco Nexus 1000V. This newest member of the Nexus family is a pure software switch that integrates with the ESX hypervisor. Unlike other solutions, it is not an virtual appliance or the like that is external to the hypervisor, instead, through two years of combined R&D with VMware, we were able to deliver a true Cisco switch, purely in software, that is a tightly coupled extension of the hypervisor.The buzz the show is because the Nexus 1000V delivers a number of features that will accelerate the growth of server virtualization. I short, it will allow the provisioning of security and network policy at VM-level granularity. Furthermore, that policy will move with the VM if it moves as result, say, of VMotion or DRS. This greater degree of transparency improves management, troubleshooting and policy enforcement. Finally, the Nexus 1000V does all this without forcing either the server or network team to do anything different than they do today.For more info, check out this animation and go to the Nexus 1000V product page.
I am not a huge fan of going to tradeshows--in fact, I generally avoid them, but I am actually looking forward to VMworld this coming week. If half the speculation is true, I think we should see some things will really move the ball forward in terms of allowing customers to develop and execute on broader and more sophisticated virtualization strategies--not just stuff that has been”v-washed” after the fact, but things that were purpose-built for the needs of this brave new virtualized world. I know what we have up our sleeves and I am guessing we will not be the only ones spawning some headlines.If you are going to be in Las Vegas, definitely check out Paul Maritz’s keynote on Tuesday at 9:30 and then our own Ed Bugnion’s keynote at 11:00. Ed is going to be talking about the VMware and Cisco vision that is driving the next wave of development.Outside of these two sessions, Guy Brunsdon has probably got the definitive list of sessions for all you network geeks out there--you know who you are.Besides that, definitely come by the Cisco booth (#918) to say hello. For more info on demos, speaking sessions and other Cisco stuff at VMworld, check out this link.
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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.”