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.
We recently sat down with IDC analyst, Jed Scaramella, to talk about an interesting and accelerating trend in data center technology: composable infrastructure. With UCS M-Series servers, Cisco has taken an important step forward in this space. To help frame things up, we asked Jed for his take on the market drivers and customer needs fueling innovation. We’ve broken the conversation with Jed into a series and hope to shed some light on how this will re-shape computing architecture and the opportunities for IT.
Recently I was just granted the title, “Road Warrior.” If you followed me on Twitter, you probably knew that I had been traveling lots lately. And I continue to live up to that title! Next up: MapR Big Data Everywhere in Austin (10/27), Dallas (10/28), and New York (11/4)!
MapR Big Data Everywhere is a half-day conference focused on Hadoop and complementary technologies that will bring together users and developers to share their experience about thier projects. There will be multiple presentations and user success stories from which we will learn great insights .It will also be a great opportunity for Industry experts to exchange Hadoop knowledge, share best practices, and discuss Hadoop use cases.
Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data and MapR continue to deliver performance and multi-tenancy to help tame big data projects. We provide enterprises with transparent, simplified data as well as management integration with an enterprise application ecosystem. Through our integration and tremendous work together, we are able to provide a uniquely capable, industry-leading architectural platform for Hadoop-based applications.
Five years ago, Cisco and NetApp released FlexPod, combining Cisco UCS integrated infrastructure and NetApp storage, with the goal of increasing IT responsiveness to business demands while reducing cost and risk. We started with solutions focused on virtualized infrastructure and desktop virtualization and experienced great success. We have continued to integrate new technologies and expand the solution portfolio to include cloud solutions, enterprise applications, and analytics from the data center to the edge.
In the last five years, FlexPod has created outstanding momentum with customers and partners. In this short period of time we have:
Generated shared revenues of 5.6 billion
Over 6300 customers in 100 plus countries
Collaborated on more than 100 validated application and infrastructure designs
Created a strong partner ecosystem with greater than 1100 partners
We would like to thank our technology partners – VMware, Citrix, SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, and Red Hat – for their collaboration and support.
We are very proud of our success but also realize that supporting the business from an IT perspective is getting more complex as users require performance and flexibility but also want a simpler approach to deploying and managing infrastructure that better optimizes costs and existing staff resources.
Together, Cisco and NetApp, with our partners, continue to expand FlexPod capabilities to address evolving business requirements. Cisco and Netapp have released new FlexPod solutions to help application run at their best. FlexPod solutions with Cisco UCS, NetApp All Flash FAS and Cisco ACI deliver incredible new levels of performance. FlexPod with Cisco ACI for Microsoft and SAP applications offers a simple, policy-based approach to application deployments.
As I prepare to go to the Data and Analytics conference in Chicago next week, I just realized how much I have been swimming in big data and analytics lately. There has been so much going that I think It makes sense to that highlight some activities from last week, upcoming activities next week and in early November. In case you haven’t been keeping up with the frantic pace make sure you check out the news form last week:
Data Preparation Announcement
Kevin Ott, General Manager of Cisco Data Virtualization and Connected Analytics Business Unit, introduced Cisco Data Preparation. This is a new big data and analytics offering for business analysts and IT that makes it easy for non-technical business analysts to gather, explore, cleanse, combine and enrich the data that fuels analytics and business decisions. Bob Eve, Data Virtualization BU, and Robert Novak, UCS Sales Engineering, also had a great discussion on new Cisco big data offerings at Strata + Hadoop World last week.
Ok, so on to next week and things that I recommend that you don’t miss:
Data and Analytics Keynote
If you will be in Chicago next week, you are in luck because the line up for the keynote sessions is great.
– Mike Flannagan, VP and GM of Cisco’s Data and Analytics Business Group – Jim Green, CTO of Cisco’s Data and Analytics Business Group – Award-winning journalist and radio and TV personality Stephen J. Dubner author of Freakonomics.