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Cisco UCS Delivers First-ever 100-terabyte and Best 3-TB and 30-TB Big Data Benchmark Results on the TPCx-HS Benchmark

Cisco UCS® Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data delivered industry’s first-ever 100-terabyte (TB) and best 3-TB and 30-TB results on the TPC Express Benchmark HS (TPCx-HS).

These results demonstrate Cisco’s leadership with best performance at the scale factors of 3 and 30 TB, and Cisco is the first vendor to publish results for a scale factor of 100 TB. The results are made possible with Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data, an industry-leading platform widely adopted across industry vertical markets that provides a fast and simple way to deploy big data environments.

These world-record results were achieved using Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data powered by Cisco UCS C240 M4 Rack Servers interconnected using two Cisco UCS 6296 96-Port Fabric Interconnects with embedded management using Cisco UCS Manager and a Cisco Nexus® 9372PX Switch. Check out the Performance Brief and UCS Industry Benchmarks Summary for additional information on the benchmark configuration. The detailed official benchmark disclosure report is available at the TPC Website.

TPCx-HS Benchmark Results with Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data Summary:

Scale Number of Cisco UCS C240 M4 Rack Servers Performance and Price/Performance Availability Date
3 TB1 16 11.76 HSph@3TB


September 24, 2015
30 TB2 32 23.42 HSph@30TB


October 26, 2015
100 TB3 32 21.99 HSph@100TB


October 26, 2015


The industry and technology landscapes have changed. IT is being extended far beyond traditional transaction processing and data warehousing to big data and analytics. Foreseeing the industry transition the TPC has developed TPC Express Benchmark HS (TPCx-HS) – industry’s first (and so far the only) standard for benchmarking big data systems to provide the industry with verifiable performance, price-performance and availability metrics of hardware and software systems dealing with Big Data. TPCx-HS provides an objective measure of hardware, operating system, and commercial software distributions compatible with the Apache Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) API. This benchmark can be used to asses a broad range of system topologies and implementation of Hadoop systems in a technically rigorous and directly comparable, in a vendor-neutral manner.

Although all vendors have access to same Intel processors, only Cisco UCS unleashes their power to deliver high performance to applications through the power of unification. The unique, fabric-centric architecture of Cisco UCS integrates the Intel Xeon processors into a system with a better balance of resources that brings processor power to life. For additional information on Cisco UCS and Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure Solutions please visit Cisco Unified Computing & Servers web page.


The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) is a nonprofit corporation founded to define transaction processing and database benchmarks, and to disseminate objective and verifiable performance data to the industry. TPC membership includes major hardware and software companies. The performance results described in this document are derived from detailed benchmark results available as of October 23, 2015, at http:// results.asp

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5 ways to make the most of SAP TechEd Barcelona

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Looking for the most exciting experience at SAP TechEd Barcelona? We have just the ticket. Here are our 5 best tips for meeting smart people, checking out innovative solutions, and making this the most productive conference of the year.

1: Find a Home Base

With an adventure as sprawling as SAP TechEd Barcelona, everyone needs a home base. Cisco Booth 7.07 makes for a great starting point not just for exploring all the happenings of SAP TechEd Barcelona, but also for meeting the like-minded people who might be a key part in your next world-changing solution.

2: Get On Track

Our live Connected Train Demo is a great way to kick off your adventure. You’ll get a hands-on demonstration of how the Internet of Things is being used to power real-world logistics. IoT-train Bremen2 copy 2

Then, you can get your brain firing on all cylinders with visits to our three Demo Areas showing Cisco’s latest and greatest on Integrated Infrastructure, Big Data, and Internet of Things Solutions.

3: Network, Learn, Network

The Cisco Booth will offer a ton of opportunities to meet some very smart people and get a peek into the exciting work happening at Cisco. Make sure to check out our Lecture Sessions to hear the latest.

At our Breakout Sessions, you can take a deep dive into our Big Data and Cisco ACI solutions.

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If you want to skip the crowds, join our Webinar on Digitize Faster with Policy-Driven Automation , hosted by SAPinsider and sponsored by Cisco and SAP: [Register]

4: Win Something Awesome

There’s no reason to walk away from the conference empty handed. Stock up on swag from all the different vendors, but keep an eye on the Cisco Booth, where there are two great ways to win something big.

First, everyone who stops by will receive a raffle ticket for prizes including an Apple Watch and an Intel Compute Stick. Come back to the booth at 5 pm when we announce the winners. Two winners a day, must be present to win.

Second, ask about our easy-to-enter Twitter contest. You could win an AMEX gift card.

5: Get All The Latest Updates

@ReeshaDedhia @LeenieMurph will be live tweeting the event, so follow them to stay in the know.
To learn more about everything Cisco has to offer at SAP TechEd Barcelona, visit


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ACI, the SDN Purpose-Built for Data Center Operations and Automation

ACI, the SDN Purpose-Built for Data Center Operations and Automation

A couple of years ago we talked about our SDN vision and strategy, and a little over a year ago we started shipping the ACI solution. Since then over 1,000 customers have embraced ACI, and of those 150+ customers now have live production traffic running on ACI, with more coming on board at a steady pace. In this blog I want to give you a sense of ACI’s value to our customers who use it every day.

Looking back, when we started working on ACI, the industry had multiple definitions of SDN. Some confused it with APIs driving networking while other thought it’s related to software overlays. Our goal was clear – “automating the network and eliminating the gaps between application owners requirements vs. networking constructs.” This led us to architect the ACI from the ground up to meet these needs.

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Disruption = Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data + Efficiency + Speed

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Data is the foundation of the digital business. You know it, I know it. We get it. Let’s move on… But now a new question arises: As a Leader in your organization are you fully maximizing and leveraging your data to discover from analysis new business insights? New operational efficiencies? New Customer trends and patterns?

We can help… Cisco and our Big Data partners capture, organize, prepare, and handle your available data, while providing the speed, consistency and repeatability necessary for deploying and managing a successful Big Data and Analytics infrastructure and service. Become a disruptor in your market by unlocking the value hidden in your data through data management, data preparation and data analytics to create tomorrow’s trends. Manage diverse sets of data and technologies cohesively, while delivering the analytics and data access control required by your business.

Make the transformative power of Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data your foundation.

Our Cisco UCS® Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data – a Cisco Validated Design – offers comprehensive infrastructure and management capabilities for Big Data. The Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure solution helps to improve performance and capacity. It also offers additional complete solutions with industry-leading partnerships such as Cloudera, Hortonworks, IBM, MapR, Platfora, and Splunk. Read More »

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Cisco ACI at OpenStack 2015 in Tokyo

Because of the nature of SDN, and specifically the automation available with Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure, ACI works really well with cloud orchestration tools such as OpenStack. I was able to be at the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo last week and gave a vBrownBag TechTalk about why Cisco ACI makes OpenStack even better.

So, how does ACI work with OpenStack and perhaps even make it better? First, ACI offers distributed and scalable networking. It supports Floating IP addresses in OpenStack. If you’re not familiar with Floating IPs, they are essentially a pool of publicly routable IP addresses that you purchase from an ISP and assign to instances. This would be especially useful for instances, or VMs, like web servers. It also saves CPU cycles by putting the actual networking in the Nexus 9000 switches that make up the ACI fabric. Since these switches are built to forward packets, and that’s what they’re good at, why not save the CPU cycles for other things like running instances?

OpenStack doesn’t natively work with Layer 4-7 devices like firewalls and load balancers. With ACI we can stitch in these necessary network services in an automated and repeatable way. We do this in a way that doesn’t sacrifice visibility as well. While it’s important that we’re able to automate things, especially in a private or public cloud that is constantly changing and updating, if we lose visibility, we lose the ability to troubleshoot easily. In the demo, shown in the video above, you will see just how easy it is to troubleshoot problems in ACI. We also get the ability to preemptively strike before a problem causes issues on the network by offering easily interpreted health scores for the entire fabric, including hardware and end point groups.

ACI is also a very secure model. Not only does it use a white-list model where traffic is denied by default and only allowed when explicitly configured that way, it will also give more security when it comes to multi-tenancy. In a strict overlay solution, if a hypervisor is attacked or owned the multi-tenancy model could be deemed insecure. In the ACI fabric the security is done at the port level. So even if a hypervisor is attacked the tenants will be safe.

In recent versions of ACI we are able to use OpFlex as a southbound protocol to communicate between OpenStack and ACI. By using OpFlex we get a deeper integration and more visibility into the virtual environment of OpenStack. Instead of attaching hypervisor servers to a physical domain in ACI we can attach them into a VMM (Virtual Machine Manager) domain. This allows us to learn which instances or VMs are on which physical server. It will also automatically learn IP addresses, MAC addresses, states and other information. We can also see which networks or portgroups contain which hypervisors and instances within our OpenStack environments.

For more information on how Cisco ACI works with OpenStack you can go to


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