Today is a big day and a turning point in the server world with Cisco’s partner Intel launching a new line of Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 product family cpus. These new processors offer numerous benefits over their predecessors summarized in the next slide. In addition, the Cisco UCS instantiation of these processors provides unique cost saving benefits.
These new Cisco servers—like all Cisco UCS servers—have the inherent advantage of UCS Management and SingleConnect technology. The Cisco UCS Manager abstracts all aspects of a server in software allowing administrators to create a software model (service profile) of a desired server and then instantiate that server all in software. In other words, server hardware is abstracted and modeled in software. UCS-managed servers can be provisioned and deployed in minutes instead of days. The UCS server benefits customers are seeing are indeed numerous and significant and summarized here.
Beyond these cost savings, these three UCS servers comprise the top-of-the line, high-end Cisco servers that address the most demanding, enterprise-critical, memory-intensive customer workloads including the following:
Large-Scale, Virtualized Applications
Large memory, consolidation workloads
These new UCS servers also present numerous other advantages that can be aggregated to six words: (Scale Up, Scale Up, Scale Out)
Scale Up — through UCS Manager and its service profiles, a workload can be easily moved to a larger, more powerful server. The previous server’s service profile need only be instantiated on a new server. Load a new OS and the app and presto, new versions of the scale-up concept—easily move to a new bigger server. The new server appears to both the OS and hypervisor exactly as the older server, except more resources are available.
Scale Up—the UCS B260 M4 blade server scales out to
160 Gbps of I/O bandwidth,
1.5 TB of memory with eventual scalability to 3.0 TB of memory
2 mezzanine slots and 1 built-in mLOM
Up to 2, 15-core, Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2s CPUs running at 155 Watts
An innovative design: The Cisco UCS B260 M4 server’s features a simple upgrade by adding another UCS B260 M4 blade module, along with the UCS M4 Scalable Connector, to double the compute, memory and I/O capability of the server.
Scale Out— these new Cisco servers inherit the benefits that all UCS Managed servers enjoy: fast, automatic, consistent, repeatable and error-free provisioning and deployment of servers. In fact, an aggregate of UCS customers saved:
61% reduction of ongoing administrative/management costs
54% reduction in power & cooling
77% reduction in cabling with an average cost savings of 71%
41% reduction in other operations costs
84% reduction in provisioning times
The cost-savings, UCS innovation, performance and expansion of the Cisco UCS server product line continues apace. Indeed today is a big day and an opportunity to examine the advantages of UCS servers. See what other customers have already discovered that UCS is changing the shape of the industry: Cisco is ranked #2 world-wide in x86 blade server revenue market share, with 33.9% share in the US, and a top 5 ranking among server vendors overall. Turn and consider, today, a new, better way to scale-up, scale-up and scale-out!
Selecting the right cloud service provider for your company requires more than just browsing through prospective cloud vendors’ websites and reading about them online.
How do you decide which vendor to trust for the performance, reliability, and security you need?
Whether you are in the process of migrating to the cloud or a current cloud adopter, a recent Business 2 Communityarticle provided the acronym, “PERFECTION” to remember 10 important technological and business considerations when choosing a cloud service provider.
Finding this perfect cloud service provider can seem like a daunting feat, right?
In this post, I’ll discuss how organizations can have confidence in their cloud vendor decisions. They need to be assured the technology powering their services leads the industry in performance and scalability. And most importantly, the vendor they choose should not only act as a cloud provider, but also as a cloud partner.
Here’s a deeper look at the top 10 considerations for selecting a cloud partner and how Cisco, through Cisco Powered, is able to help you with your cloud strategy.
In my previous customer adoption series blog, I discussed how LinkedIn used Cisco MDS to solve their storage growth needs. Today, I would like to address how Molina Healthcare utilized Cisco MDS 9700, Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus to overcome challenges posed by growth and new regulations. Healthcare Industry is transforming rapidly and you need a dynamic infrastructure that helps you to transform seamlessly. The Cisco solution has greatly simplified management of all of Molina’s data center resources. One operating system and a single point of management have accelerated provisioning, delivered operational consistency, and reduced cabling costs
Having systems that offer a wide range of connectivity options, high scalability, and simplified management have set Molina on a high-performance path to its future. No matter how rapidly healthcare needs change, Molina Healthcare is ready.
If you were to believe the industry press, you could easily be forgiven for thinking that many companies across the world were rolling software defined networking (SDN) technologies into their networks today. I’m part of Cisco’s Services team and my colleagues across the world are the experts in helping you all design and deploy networks. If there is a large or complex leading (or bleeding!) edge network out there being designed, you can place a safe bet that someone from the Cisco Services team is involved helping our customers achieve their targets. If you’re involved in deploying any type of high technology equipment, you’ll appreciate that there is a world of difference between selling, demoing, and actually making it all work in your environment when it comes to new technology. Our team are in the latter camp.
So what are our consultants telling me about SDN in the real world? Excluding a few notable high profile cases (usually involving hyper-scale data centers) they are not seeing -- as yet, to be honest -- many early deployments. However they are seeing a growing number of customers interest in learning about and evaluating SDN related technologies -- including Cisco ONE, NFV and in particular Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). And they are providing some early feedback on the use cases of SDN that customers are most interested in. They are all clear, however, on this point: this is the time to learn what SDN and Cisco ONE can do for your network in the future.
So how do you get started in SDN? Let me outline 5 key steps to help you get started. I’ll also point you to a technical white paper written by Mitch Mitchiner and Reema Prasad, two of our Customer Solutions Architects in Cisco Services, two of our experts responsible for making all of this work for you, your team and your business. I also recommend you check out the video link I’ve provided, for an excellent live demo of Cisco ONE technology, first presented at Cisco Live last year. This video gives a live demo of latency-based routing, one of the use cases described in Mitch and Reema’s paper.
We at Cisco are really excited to introduce the new Cisco Nexus 5600 platform! It is the third generation of industry’s leading Data Center Server-Access Nexus 5000 series of switches. Cisco Nexus 5600 is the successor of industry’s most widely adopted Cisco Nexus 5500 series switches (with over 20,000 customers and 25 million ports shipped) that maintain all the existing Nexus 5500 features such as LAN/SAN convergence, Fabric Extenders (FEX) and Fabric Path.
The new Nexus 5600 was unveiled at CiscoLive Milan in January 2014 with quite a bit of interest
Nuts and Bolts
We are introducing 2 models under the 5600 platform:
Cisco Nexus 5672UP – A 1 RU 10/40G Ethernet switch offering wire-speed performance for up to 48 10G Ethernet ports (16 of which are Unified Ports) and 6 true 40G ports.
Cisco Nexus 56128P – A 2 RU 10/40G Ethernet switch offering wire-speed performance for up to 96 10G Ethernet ports (48 of which are Unified Ports) and 8 true 40G ports..
In addition to the existing features of the Nexus 5000, 5600 platform brings new features such as True 40 GE support, VXLAN bridging and routing and Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA) innovation. With a latency of about 1 µsec, the 5600 platform is ideal for applications which need low latency. For those of you who need network programmability, the Nexus 5600 supports Cisco OnePK and Openflow.
Why these new features matter
Extensibility with VXLAN support
The Cisco Nexus 5600 with its VXLAN support is very well suited for multi-tenant cloud deployments. In large scale, multi-tenant cloud deployments, there is a need for VMs to migrate across layer-3 boundaries. Traditional VLANs only support about 4000 VLANs which are insufficient in the deployments of thousands of VMs. With the migration need across layer-3 boundaries complexities of layer-3 routers are introduced. To solve the scalability as well as the migration issues VXLAN was developed. For more details on VXLAN, watch the video: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps9441/ps9902/vidoe_fundamentals_vxlan.html
Ease of management with Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA)
Our customers are also faced with complex, manual network configurations and have a hard time keeping up with application requirements. To solve these challenges, Cisco has developed an architecture called Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA) which simplifies management and automation – such as automatic device and fabric configuration, automatic VM deployment, migration and seamless integration of bare-metal and virtualized resources in the data center. The Cisco Nexus 5600 platform with DFA implemented in the hardware as well as software is ideal for the multi-tenant and mixed (physical and virtual) cloud infrastructure.
The difference between a 40G and True 40G port is that you can push an entire 40G flow in the True 40G port and in the normal 40G port, the port really is divided into 4 10G ports via Etherchannels, Thus in the True 40G, you get full 40G bandwidth. The Cisco Nexus 5600 platform switches has True 40G ports, which help in servicing the full 40G flows.
The Big Picture
Cisco has one of the most comprehensive portfolios for the Data Center and Cloud Networking and this Nexus 5600 platform is but one of the pieces of this portfolio. You may want to read this excellent blog, which explains Cisco’s Data Center and Cloud Networking portfolio.