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Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for OpenStack: Enabling Reliable OpenStack Cloud for Enterprises

Companies are going through a change in the way they conduct their businesses and digital transformation is paving the way. IT services and applications are distributed and beyond the traditional boundaries of the data center. Cloud adoption is a big part of the transformation. Enterprises are looking at multiple cloud technologies from established and emerging players to handle the transformation.

More and more companies are adopting Fast IT as a standard to meet these challenges.  Dev and test teams are looking to shorten the development life cycle, and innovative cloud developers are looking for platforms that are programmatic and automatable. Companies are looking at flexible, open options to meet these needs in-house. OpenStack, is emerging as the leading open source cloud computing software platform and customers are actively considering it for their businesses.

OpenStack has come a long way in the last few years; the broad OpenStack community is delivering new features and capabilities rapidly. It has gained interest across various customer segments. However it continues to be a challenge for businesses to adopt OpenStack due to the skillset needed to design, optimize and deploy an OpenStack based cloud in their data centers. Another challenge is the support needed to maintain, troubleshoot and evolve with the industry.

Cisco Validated Designs and Implementation Guides offer proven processes and tested configurations that reduce the complexity of deploying OpenStack. Cisco works closely with ecosystem partners like Red Hat and Intel to develop validated solutions for standing up OpenStack based private clouds.

Earlier this year, we released ‘FlexPod Datacenter with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform,’ a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for running OpenStack on our trusted FlexPod architecture, composed of Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Nexus family of switches, and NetApp unified storage systems. For customers interested in running OpenStack with Ceph storage, another CVD is in the works.

Next week, we will release a new CVD jointly developed with Red Hat and Intel. The new validated solution combines the power of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the most recent OpenStack distribution from Red Hat, so our customers can more easily and quickly deploy OpenStack private clouds.

Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for OpenStack

Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure is a reliable, scalable industry-leading platform that matches the needs of an agile business. Cisco’s innovative solutions for stateless computing, programmability and automation are enabled within the context of OpenStack through easily available, open source plugins.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is a stable and tested distribution of OpenStack. OSP director is an integrated and centralized tool for deployment and management of OpenStack and Ceph.

Intel has made key contributions towards making OpenStack enterprise-ready such as support for live migration capability and scalability.

All the capabilities and features of Cisco UCS and contributions by Intel are delivered and deployed through Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 (OSP 7), for a seamless and stable experience. With this solution customers can manage compute, network, storage, hypervisors and virtual machines from the OpenStack environment. Our fundamental focus is to deliver an enterprise ready OpenStack platform solution with validated configuration, to increase speed of deployment and reduce risk.

For easy adoption of OpenStack, Cisco will be the single point-of-contact for installation and on-going support for the entire solution including the infrastructure and OpenStack . Cisco will work with Red Hat to provide coordinated support for faster resolution.

Simplifying OpenStack deployment is critical for the success of our customers and to ensure IT adoption of the technology; we are committed to delivering that to our customers with our eco-system partners.

Please join us at the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo between Oct 27-29th to learn about the solutions we are building to address customer needs, our participation and contributions to OpenStack, or for any discussions on OpenStack.

Our Cisco Validated Design for deploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform on Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure will be available for download in the Cisco Design Zone.

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Application Ready Stacks at Will

Application architects and developers are the life blood of your business. They are responsible for analyzing, designing and developing commercially viable solutions to drive revenue for your business. These teams keep up-to-date on the latest technology, drive development activities and are responsible for the design and day-to-day functioning of non-production environments. What they are not responsible for is understanding how to configure infrastructure.

The pace of business is increasing daily and just like IT teams, application teams want to take advantage of the benefits of automation.   Implementing automation for many enterprise organizations comes in the form of private cloud management solutions.  Unfortunately, many of the commercially available solutions on the market today just focus on automation of infrastructure and require application teams to understand how to configure and assemble these infrastructure elements before they can focus on their development activities. Read More »

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Take a ride in the fast lane with Cisco at SAP TechEd

Take a ride in the fast lane with Cisco at SAP TechEd as you get ready to hit your destination at booth Cisco 156.

Start your journey by attending the Monday evening Keynote, in which Cisco Executive Soni Jiandani will join SAP Global President Steve Lucas on main stage to announce a joint co-innovation around Cisco UCS, ACI, SAP HANA Vora and Hadoop, resulting in a platform that can automate the next generation HANA stack for the digital enterprise.

FullSizeRenderVisit Booth 156 to learn why Cisco UCS is the optimal platform for all your SAP Application needs. Make a pit stop at each of our demo areas to learn more about our Integrated Infrastructure, Big Data, and Internet of Things Solutions.

Start with our live Connected Train Demo to see a tangible use case of Internet of Things in transportation.


Next, take a seat in the booth theater to hear our Partners and Cisco Experts talk about our joint customer solutions. At the end of each presentation, two lucky winners will walk away with an AMEX gift card. PartnerLogos_PartnerSessions

Attend our Breakout and Networking Sessions. Learn how Mohawk Industries boosts productivity and performance with SAP HANA running on Cisco UCS or take a deep dive into our Big Data and Cisco ACI solutions.

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Join us in San Francisco or Online for Oracle OpenWorld 2015

The Golden Gate Bridge. Cable cars. These images immediately come to mind when we think of San Francisco. If you’re in the IT industry, however, San Francisco is all about Oracle OpenWorld (#OOW15) which kicks off on Oct 25th. Whether you’re attending #OOW15 in person or not, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn how Cisco UCS delivers record-breaking performance and exceptional ROI for your Oracle workloads.

We’re setting Oracle world records. See #CiscoUCS at #OOW15

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You won’t be able to miss the Cisco booth (#801) as you enter the Moscone South Hall. Apart from our prime location, we plan on standing out with a full schedule of tech talks in our theater, live video interviews with industry leaders and great conversation with Oracle experts from Cisco.

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Bring the Industrial Revolution to your Oracle Workloads (Learn More by Stopping at Booth 801 at OOW 2015)

When I think of how technology has changed in the data center, I am always reminded of the history of the industrial revolution.  Wikipedia begins its definition and description of the industrial revolution in these words: “The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. This transition included going from hand production methods to machines … and the rise of the factory system.”* Wikipedia goes onto say: “The Industrial Revolution marks a major turning point in history; almost every aspect of daily life was influenced in some way”*

The industrial revolution reminds me of a strong metaphor between the productivity benefits of abstracting all attributes of UCS Servers in software (UCS Manager, UCS Central, UCS Director) and the assembly line of the industrial revolution.  This historical analogy helps illustrate and underscore how much customers can benefit from a switch to Cisco UCS servers.   The historical parallel between these two changes in producing goods (industrial revolution) and the provisioning and deploying servers (UCS Manager/ UCS Central/UCS Director) (producing server images in software) is striking on many levels.


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