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Cisco UCS Claims Four World Record Benchmarks with the Intel Xeon Processor E5 v3 Family

On September 8th, 2014 Cisco announced support for the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5 v3 product family on the Cisco Unified Computing System™ . Simultaneously, Cisco unveiled a significant expansion of the Cisco UCS portfolio based on the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5 v3 product family for cloud-scale computing and workloads at the enterprise edge. For additional details on the new Cisco UCS servers launch with the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5 v3 product family check the blog by Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior “Introducing New Computing Platforms for the Internet of Everything”

On the same day as the Intel announcement, Cisco captured four World Records on industry benchmarks on Cisco UCS to highlight the way in which Cisco UCS can accelerate performance across the data center. As we know, there is no better way to compare performance than by using industry-standard benchmarks, and with FOUR new World Record benchmark performance results Cisco has demonstrated Cisco Unified Computing System’s outstanding performance and IT productivity across key data center workloads.

Cisco UCS World record Benchmark results announced this week includes:

  • SPECjbb®2013 MultiJVM- Number-one 2-socket server result for critical-jOPS Result:: Cisco UCS® C220 M4 Rack Server delivered  58,478 critical-jOPS and160,283 max-jOPS-  a 248 percent increase in critical-jOPS results compared to Cisco’s recent results with previous processor generations. Check out the Performance Brief and the detailed official benchmark disclosure report for additional information on the benchmark configuration.
  • SPEComp®G_base2012Number-one 2-socket server for SPECompG_base2012 Result: Cisco UCS C220 M4 delivered Java transactions at the rate of 160,283 concurrent Java operations per second (jOPS) and 58,478 concurrent critical jOPS on the SPECjbb®2013 benchmark. Check out the detailed benchmark disclosure report for additional information on benchmark configuration.
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Extra-Large Model Payroll- Number-one server Result: The Cisco UCS B200 M4 Blade Server delivered world-record results on the Payroll Extra-Large Model Benchmark, exceeding one million employees per hour with a score of 1,125,281 and outperforming the IBM Power System S824, setting the standard for performance on this benchmark. This result is an 11 percent improvement over the previous-generation Intel Xeon processor running on the same Cisco UCS server and a 3 percent improvement over the IBM Power System S824.The Cisco UCS B200 M4 Blade Server result of  1,125,281 employees per hour outperformed  all competitive solutions. Check out the Performance Brief and detailed official benchmark disclosure for additional information on the benchmark configuration.
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Large Model Order-to-Cash- Number-one server Result: The Cisco UCS B200 M4 Blade Server set up a world record on the Order-to-Cash workload with a result of 243,803 order lines per hour, outperforming the same server configured with previous-generation processors by 5 percent on the Order-to-Cash Large Model Benchmark, processing more than 11,000 more order lines per hour. Check out the Performance Brief and official benchmark disclosure report for additional information on the benchmark configuration.

It is interesting to note that 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. Cisco’s results demonstrate the degree to which Cisco servers deliver the power of the new Intel Xeon processor E5 v3 family. Cisco UCS maximizes Intel innovations and with performance improved up to 145 percent since the last processor generation, you can count on both innovation and versatile performance from Cisco UCS servers.

Haswell results

Cisco UCS delivers versatility with performance leadership across a wide range of workloads, enabling customers to eliminate infrastructure silos historically driven by unique application needs. Todd Brannon sums up in his blog post Cisco UCS: Powering Applications at Every Scale

The architectural advantages of a single cohesive system optimized for virtualized environments coupled with the industry leading benchmark performance results  makes the Cisco Unified Computing System an “infrastructure platform of choice” to provide industry-leading performance in your data center. For additional information on Cisco UCS and Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure solutions please visit Cisco Unified Computing & Servers web page.


  • The Java application performance improvement of 145 percent compared the critical-jOPS score of the Cisco UCS C220 M4 Rack Server with the Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server, a SPECjbb2013 MultiJVM result that was available on February 5, 2014.
  • The parallel processing performance improvement of 39 percent compared the SPECompG_ peak2012 score of the Cisco UCS C220 M4 Rack Server with the Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server, a result of that was available on September 13, 2013.
  • The batch processing performance improvement of 11 percent compared the Oracle E-Business Suite Benchmark results of the Cisco UCS B200 M4 Blade Server with the Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server, a result that was available on September 10, 2013.
  • SPEC, SPECjbb, and SPEComp are registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. The benchmark results used to establish world-record status are based on those available at as of September 8, 2014.

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Migrating in Just Four Months to a World-Class Cloud

Ball Manufacturing is a world-class business manufacturing up to 100 millions cans a day during their peak season.  They have 14,500 employees and 10 plants worldwide.  When the contract with their previous provider was about to expire, they saw an opportunity to upgrade their operations by having Freudenberg IT (FIT) host their central systems.  The challenge: FIT would have only four months to deliver the entire cloud solution.

Klaus Dieckerhoff, VP IT and Services at Ball Packaging Europe, says, “Our contract with the previous provider was due and we were looking for alternatives to host the full set of Ball’s central systems.”  The most important points for Ball were the stability, flexibility, and scalability of their mission-critical environments.  They needed world-class data privacy and end-to-end security as well.

According to Horst Reichardt, CEO, Freudenberg IT, “FIT is a full IT service provider.  And Cisco Powered cloud services from FIT provide a scalable and resilient platform for Ball to focus on their business, freeing them from handling downtime, worrying about availability, or caring about how the hardware is running.”

“What we like about Freudenberg IT is that they are very competent with their environments,” says Dieckerhoff.  “They know exactly what they’re talking about, and on a technical level they’re very, very skilled.”

“Cisco actually helped us make our life simpler,” adds Christoph Linden, Director Platforms and Technology, Freudenberg IT.  “The platform they provide simplifies our way of providing and scaling our cloud infrastructure.  That means applications are available all the time, at the highest possible standards.”

Learn more about how Cisco Powered cloud and managed services can transform your business.

Citrix NetScaler Device Package for Cisco ACI goes FCS

The Cisco-Citrix partnership has expanded significantly in recent years from UCS-XenDesktop based Desktop virtualization solutions to span Mobility, Desktop as A Service (DaaS) and most recently ACI-NetScaler joint solutions. I have been fortunate enough to be part of this momentum. And it’s been fun. In this blog, I want to announce another significant milestone on the Cisco ACI-Citrix eco-system front. The Citrix NetScaler Device Package for Cisco ACI is now FCS. You may recall earlier in August, we started shipping Cisco APIC worldwide. Read Blog

Citrix NetScaler needs no introduction and powers some of the world’s largest clouds providing capabilities that smartly and affordably scale application and service delivery infrastructures without additional complexity. Cisco ACI delivers a centralized fabric control and automation framework capable of managing application policies. This framework allows resources to be dynamically provisioned and configured based on application requirements. Citrix NetScaler provides core network services such as load balancing, SSL, SSL-VPN, and firewalls that can be used by applications in an automated, programmatic and simple fashion.

Now let us segue to the Citrix NetScaler Device package integration with Cisco APIC. Citrix NetScaler integrates with Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) through open APIs and provides per-app, per-tenant L4-L7 policy configuration and dynamic service chaining and insertion. In addition, the integrated solution also allows exchange of intelligent telemetry information between NetScaler and APIC for application and tenant visibility.

The diagram below illustrates the integration architecture.


The Citrix NetScaler Device Package for Cisco ACI comprises a device Model and a device Script. The device Model defines the functions provided by NetScaler SDX/VPX/MPX such as load-balancing, content switching etc., The device Script provides the adapter functions required for NetScaler to communicate with APIC.

The Citrix NetScaler device package is now available for download

The advantages of deploying Cisco ACI + Citrix NetScaler solution is multi-fold. First and foremost it accelerates application deployment with reliability, security and multi-tenancy on existing NetScaler physical and virtual appliances. All of this without disrupting services operational best practices. Second, NetScaler’s built-in Autoscale feature proactively signals Cisco APIC when to add or drop application capacity. This capability allows customers to efficiently and seamlessly utilize their resources without any added downtime.

The delivery of NetScaler device package  is just the beginning of the Cisco ACI and Citrix NetScaler journey. Together, Cisco and Citrix are also focusing on driving  standard protocols and open initiatives. Our engineering teams are in the process of defining within IETF standards body, the Network Service Header protocol (NSH)  which defines service insertion specifications for application- and service-aware infrastructures.  We are also co-authoring the OpFlex, an extensible policy protocol that abstracts service policies independently from device-specific configurations and contribute to Open Daylight.

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Cisco Storage Networking market share edged up to #1 – Dell’Oro Report

Cisco market share has edged up to #1 position for the Storage Networking market (FC + FCoE segments), in calendar Q2, according to the recent Storage Networking share report by Dell’Oro Group, Cisco market share grew to 46.7%, up 5.3% from last quarter.

The market share gain was supported by several factors, including:

  • New SAN product introduction and clear roadmap
  • FCoE-capable products continuing to ramp up
  • Shift in customer buying trends as they acquired packaged solutions and end-to-end architecture to scale their datacenter
  • Convergence: NX-OS as single OS, and DCNM as single management platform to manage across LAN and SAN, resonated well with customers

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Demand for data center infrastructure is growing and it is very exciting to be involved with the next generation datacenter/storage products, technologies and solutions. The Storage infrastructure, an integral part of the datacenter helps to store, archive, retrieve and backup all types of data.  A high performing, scalable and flexible storage infrastructure is required to provide secure access to all devices, any time (24X7), globally. Cisco‘s architectural approach of combining storage, network, compute and management  helps to reduce cost and increase efficiency enabled customers to do more with less.

Datacenter continued to be very strong. Growth of over 30% year-over-year, demonstrate that customers continue to embrace our architecture approach in this critical space”. Cisco Systems’ (CSCO) CEO John Chambers on Q4 2014 Earnings Call

For more insight into  BU’s vision for storage networking, please check out this article (by Rajeev Bhardwaj, vice president of product management for Cisco’s data center switching), discuss about what role the networking giant sees storage playing in today’s evolving data center.

Watch Video: Picking The Next Storage Networking Protocol: Discussion between George Crump (Storage Switzerland)  and Nitin Garg (Senior Manager, Product Management, Data Center Networking, Cisco)

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Why ISVs Must Transform In SMAC Environment

In today’s era of SMAC – Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud based solution, Pay-Per-Use licensing and Dev Ops software development methodology, Independent Software Vendors (ISV) are facing major challenges on many fronts. ISVs strive to differentiate from their competitors and gain new customers, as well as retain existing customers and generate additional revenue from them. This shift is happening throughout the software developer market and has surfaced technological and business changes for ISVs.

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