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Cisco, SAP and the Big-Data Revolution


SAP just announced the release of SAP HANA Vora. SAP HANA Vora is an in-memory query engine that plugs into the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched interactive analytics on Hadoop.

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Cisco, provider of UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data, is working with SAP to achieve the following:

  • Process Big Data simply and cost-effectively for real-time business applications and analytics
  • Provide enterprise-class drill-down insight into raw data
  • Blend incoming data from customers, partners, and smart devices
  • Combine business data with external data sources to make better decisions through greater context

 SAP HANA Vora running on Cisco UCS consists of the following

  • In-memory query engine running on Spark execution framework on the Cisco UCS platform
  • Compiled queries for accelerated processing across Hadoop nodes on the Cisco UCS platform
  • Enhanced Spark SQL semantic with hierarchies for analytical processing
  • Enhanced adaptor for Spark and the SAP HANA database for faster query interactivity
  • Unified administration across Hadoop distributions and SAP HANA

What does this mean for customers who plan to run SAP HANA Vora on the Cisco UCS platform

  • Enable more precise decisions through greater contextual awareness
  • Democratize access for data scientists to facilitate new discoveries
  • Simplify Big Data ownership through unified administration across multiple tiers

Structured and unstructured data, all part of the Internet of Things, is created each day at an accelerated rate and those companies that are able to take advantage of that data in a business environment, will outpace their competitors in the business world and provide those products in a manner that will be tailored to their customers’ demands.

In utilizing SAP HANA Vora on the Cisco UCS platform, not only will the customer demands be met, but it will be delivered via ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) in an automated, cost-effective, policy-driven way, which can lead to lowering the total cost of ownership of a data center, both from a hardware and software perspective, and decreasing the time an employee spends deploying and managing a critical data center.

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Look for more information about SAP HANA Vora on the Cisco Web Site and plan to visit the Cisco booth at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas and Barcelona this Fall.

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Agile Application Delivery with UCS-Powered VDI


We’re off to another edition of VMworld with some great technology to showcase. Our theme this year is your data center is everywhere, the center of innovation. And talking about innovation we will be demoing some recent work around our desktop virtualization solution with VMware. We will have demo pods showcasing our UCS solutions for Virtual SAN and VDI as well as a demo showing graphic acceleration for VDI with Cisco UCS and NVIDIA GRID on Horizon. By the way, did you catch NVIDIA’s announcement today about GRID 2.0. This is pretty exciting news as graphic acceleration is key to a seamless user experience when you virtualize desktops or applications. With Cisco UCS a market leader in blade servers we’re looking forward to bringing virtualized GPUs to our B-series servers. As we see more and more graphic-intensive applications being virtualized to protect intellectual property by keeping data safely in the data center Cisco is working with NVIDIA and ISVs to qualify hardware configuration for specific applications. Read about Esri ArcGISPro recent testing on Cisco UCS C240-M4 and NVIDIA K2 GPU. Read More »

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ACI and Infoblox DDI Deliver Highly Automated, Secure, Reliable Core Network Services

Modern demands  in virtualization, cloud, and the Internet of Things are shifting the network landscape and require advanced solutions to manage critical network services across physical, virtual, and cloud environments.

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with InfoBlox’s Chief Technology Officer, Alan Conley, about automating core network services – DNS, DHCP, and IP Address Management (DDI) – with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).  In this video interview, Alan spoke about the common challenges InfoBlox and Cisco customers face in security and automation in their data centers.

Alan eloquently explains how ACI micro segmentation to enhance security for East-West traffic in the data center complements InfoBlox’s secure DNS server that detects and mitigates malware and botnets trying to attack customer networks.

Alan Conley, InfoBlox CTO

He also shared how a number of InfoBlox customers are looking for the integration of InfoBlox DDI and Cisco ACI to deliver highly secured solutions but also ones that are operationally agile.

I really encourage you to listen to Alan Conley’s enlightening interview.

For more information:

InfoBlox Enterprise-grade DNS, DHCP, and IP Address Management (DDI) datasheet

InfoBlox Demonstrates a New Approach to DNS Security blog





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Pssst, IT Operations Analytics Is Actually Cool

OK, using data to make decisions to streamline operations is not a new concept, but the resources and types of data that we have at our disposal is unprecedented. Gone are the days when we had to rely on data only available in the data center. There are new exciting ways to sift through terabytes of data to proactively predict problems before they impact service, optimize your IT and application infrastructure and gain an end-end view of operations.

Today there are more and more applications, devices, users, and tasks. They are generating a large amount of structured and unstructured data at the edge of the network. The net result is the old – read 5 years ago — centralized approach is no longer sufficient enough to guarantee true operational efficiency.

Let’s talk about some of the technology break-throughs and solutions that are driving this:

  • On premise Hadoop offerings are replacing high cost Multi Parallel Processing (MPP) Platforms.
  • Customers are now leveraging NoSQL Databases with Hadoop to uncover analytics from live interactive data to create operational analytics platform.
  • Security solutions are now focusing on meeting the challenges presented by the Internet of Things (IoT) that addresses concerns over malicious intruders and malware.
  • Business users and data scientists are now able to easily and iteratively derive insights from the unstructured data.

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Hosting Provider Zitcom Accelerates Time to Market with Cisco ACI

Recently I had an opportunity to sit down with Thomas Raabo, Network Operations Manager of Zitcom, a premier partner-driven hosting company based out of Denmark. Thomas and his team address companies and applications of various sizes, and were one of the early adopters of Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). At the time of my conversation, they had this architecture in production for almost 10 months.

Thomas’s take on it was quite interesting. When I asked him to compare the before vs. after scenarios with Cisco ACI, he shared some insights –

  • Time to market dropped from hours to minutes (applications, VMs were deployed much faster)
  • Making firmware upgrades (usually a challenge for any NetOps person), became “kid’s play”.
  • Application teams are better integrated with the network team and have access to the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) if they want to. This helps reduce silos.
  • Interestingly, programmers without network knowledge are able to program into networks rapidly deploying new services

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