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Interview with Citrix on the Benefits of NetScaler Integration with Nexus 7000 and RISE

April 3, 2014 at 5:00 am PST

It’s been a busy week at Interop in Las Vegas so far, and we’re getting a lot of interest in our new Remote Integrated Services Engine (RISE) technology for the Nexus 7000 Series switches, which Cisco unveiled earlier this week. RISE integrates service appliances attached to Nexus 7000 Series switches as if the appliance was directly connected to the switch backplane, as if it were a dedicated service module. Cisco RISE establishes a communication path between the network data plane and the service appliance, simplifying deployments and optimizing data paths with better traffic visibility within the data center.

Recently, I had a chance to sit down with Steve Shah, Citrix Senior Director of Product Management to talk about why they were the first to integrate with RISE technology, and what benefits it has for their NetScaler customers.

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Announcing Cisco Solution for Cloudera Enterprise 5

Built upon our vision of shared infrastructure and unified management, the Cisco UCS Common Platform Architecture (CPA) for Big Data has become a leading platform for Big Data deployments. Today we are announcing support for Cloudera Enterprise 5 – an industry leading data management platform that combines Apache Hadoop with a number of other open source projects all integrated in to a single enterprise ready platform. The joint solution is tested and certified by Cisco and Cloudera to accelerate enterprise Hadoop deployments while significantly reducing the risks, complexity, and total cost of ownership.

With Hadoop at its core, Cloudera Enterprise enables an enterprise data hub by making it economically viable and technically feasible for enterprises to keep all their data in a single, centralized platform, from which they can store, process and analyze data in full fidelity, for a variety of enterprise workloads. Cloudera Enterprise 5 delivers tight integration with existing enterprise data management systems including key attributes to deliver robust security, governance, and data protection and management that enterprises require.

The Cisco and Cloudera joint solution is available in two reference architectures, Performance-Capacity Balanced and Capacity Capacity Optimized, both support up to 10 racks at 16 servers each without additional switches. The Performance-Capacity Balanced configuration provides an excellent balance of computing power and storage capacity supporting 32GBps of I/O bandwidth and 384TB storage per rack. The Capacity Optimized configuration provides a high storage density for storage-intensive deployments supporting 16GBps of I/O bandwidth and 768TB storage per rack for a total of 7.68PB when scaled to a 10 rack configuration.

Scaling beyond 10 racks (160 servers) can be implemented by interconnecting multiple UCS domains using Nexus 7000/9000 Series switches, scalable to thousands of servers and to hundreds of petabytes storage, and managed from a single pane using UCS Central in a datacenter or distributed globally.

The base rack configuration is available through Cisco UCS Solution Accelerator Paks for Big Data program, designed for: ease of ordering, rapid deployments, tested and validated for performance, and optimized for cost of ownership. Performance and Capacity Balanced rack SKU: UCS-SL-CPA2-PC and Capacity Optimized rack SKU: UCS-SL-CPA2-C.

Additional Information
Big Data Design Zone
Cisco Validated Design: Cisco UCS CPA for Big Data with Cloudera

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Introducing OpFlex – A new standards-based protocol for Application Centric Infrastructure

Continuing on its tradition of contributing and committing to open source and open standards over the last 25 years, today Cisco announced “OpFlex” – a new open standards-based protocol for Application Centric Infrastructure that has been submitted into the IETF standardization process. We believe this will accelerate multi-vendor innovation in data center and cloud networks to drive operational simplicity, lower costs and increased agility.

Why is this required?

Traditional SDN models today function on the basis of an imperative control model with a centralized controller and distributed network entities that support the lowest common denominator feature set across vendors such as bridges, ports and tunnels. As the network scales, the controller becomes a bottleneck due to the need to maintain increased state, and starts to impact performance and resiliency. Likewise, because the applications, ops and infrastructure requirements need to be translated into network configuration, it impacts agility and introduces a manual learning process, requiring app developers to describe their requirements in low-level constructs.

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If we contrast that with the vision of the ACI model with the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), ACI adopts a declarative management approach. This model abstracts applications, operations and infrastructure providing simplification and agility. By distributing complexity to the edges, it also increases better scalability, and allows for resiliency – i.e. the data forwarding can still continue to happen even if there is no controller. It further provides ease of use with self-documenting policies automatically deployed or cleaned up from devices as necessary. All of these help circumvent the issues seen in traditional SDN models.

For this declarative model to work across a multi-vendor environment, to translate and map policy definition into the infrastructure, there has hitherto been no standard protocol to do that across physical/virtual switches, routers and L4-L7 network services. This vacuum has led to the development of “OpFlex” – a new open standard recently submitted to the IETF.

Who is contributing to OpFlex?

Several industry leaders and practitioners are actively involved in the standardization process. These include Microsoft, IBM, Citrix and SunGard Availability Services, in addition to Cisco.

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#EngineersUnplugged S5|Ep5: Professional Development via the Social Pyramid

April 2, 2014 at 8:39 am PST

In this week’s episode of Engineers Unplugged, Aaron Delp (@aarondelp of The Cloudcast) and Josh Atwell (@josh_atwell of #vBrownBag) discuss how to go from being a community member to a content creator. Grow your professional skills by watching this non-technical but highly useful talk!

It’s not all internet fame and glamour: consider the commitment of time, money, and potential channels for promotion. Great conversation with specific tips and tricks from two content creators:

Make content, not unicorns.

Unicorn /headwhiteboard/ with Aaron Delp and Josh Atwell.

Unicorn /headwhiteboard/ with Aaron Delp and Josh Atwell.

**The next Engineers Unplugged shoot is at EMC World, Las Vegas, May 2014! Contact me now to become internet famous.**

This is Engineers Unplugged, where technologists talk to each other the way they know best, with a whiteboard. The rules are simple:

  1. Episodes will publish weekly (or as close to it as we can manage)
  2. Subscribe to the podcast here: engineersunplugged.com
  3. Follow the #engineersunplugged conversation on Twitter
  4. Submit ideas for episodes or volunteer to appear by Tweeting to @CommsNinja
  5. Practice drawing unicorns

Join the behind the scenes by liking Engineers Unplugged on Facebook.

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Cisco Nexus 9516 wins best of Interop award

The Best of Interop Awards for 2014 were announced today at 5.30 PM, at the Interop Theater. Cisco Nexus 9516 switch won the Best of Interop award in the Data Center category. Check out http://www.interop.com/lasvegas/expo/best-of-interop-awards.php for details

Cisco Nexus 9516 is winner in Data Center category

Cisco Nexus 9516 is winner in Data Center category

To learn more about this unique product, you can refer to the following posts.

Best of Interop Finalist 2014 – Meet Cisco Nexus 9516 the new big, bad boy of Nexus 9000 Family

Best of Interop Awards: Cisco APIC and Nexus 9516 Switch Selected as Finalists

I want to extend my congratulations to the entire team at Insieme Network Systems Business Unit and recognize their hard work in developing this award winning switch.

Cisco appreciates the recognition from the Interop judges and it’s a great complement to the recognition the Nexus 9000 is getting from its customers.  Six Nexus 9000 customers deploying Nexus 9000 in their cloud and datacenter environments will be speaking at our live webcast

New Applications Are Knocking: Is your Data Center OPEN for Business?

On April 2 at 1:00PM PDT/ 4:00PM EDT to hear Cisco’s Soni Jiandani, SVP Marketing and Rebecca Jacoby, CIO along with leading technology executives from partner companies.  We will also discuss today’s major technology announcement on OpFlex so join us! Register Here

Press Release

Cisco and Industry Leaders Will Deliver Open, Multi-Vendor, Standards-Based Networks for Application Centric Infrastructure with OpFlex Protocol

 

 

 

 

 

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