Cisco VP/GM Paul Perez said it best: “Customers are adopting UCS because our innovation drives positive business outcomes for them.” That’s a sentiment echoed in every case study highlighting the tangible business impacts our customers have experienced when deploying mission-critical workloads on UCS. Nowhere is this more evident, than with desktop virtualization, where organizations are transforming end-user computing to unleash greater employee mobility, productivity, business continuity and agility. Check out this infographic if you want to see a nice snapshot of what real Cisco customers have done with VMware Horizon on UCS.
It should therefore be no surprise when industry luminaries like VMware’s Sanjay Poonen (EVP/GM of VMware End User Computing) highlights the importance of Cisco UCS in helping his team gain market traction in end user computing. This Business Insider interview is an insightful read – especially if you’ve only heard the competitive narrative between Cisco and VMware, and were not aware that our two companies actually have a differentiated, compelling joint offer around desktop virtualization built on VMware Horizon deployed on UCS.
Is your organization in the midst of transforming your desktops into mobile workspaces? Do you want to learn more about how organizations just like yours are turning to the market leader in x86 blades for their VDI deployment? Next week VMware is hosting an online virtual event (think of it as a free virtual tradeshow) – VMware EUC Insights. From the convenience of your office (or home, or coffee shop, etc.) you can listen in on keynotes, breakout sessions, and engage desktop virtualization experts from Cisco and VMware. I encourage you to check out Cisco UCS at VMware EUC Insights on June 17th!
PS: if you visit our booth and complete a short survey, you’ll have a chance to win an iPad Air!
According to Gartner’s Andrew Lerner, many of the networking practitioners running mainstream corporate networks have only surface-level knowledge of OpenStack as evidenced in his recent blog. To assist networkers to understand Openstack, we created an easy white-board style video illustration of OpenStack for beginners with specific use-cases, featuring networking in a Cisco ACI context. Lucien Avramov from Cisco’s Insieme Business Unit, a lead Technical Marketing Engineer and an OpenStack evangelist gleefully signed up to do the Videos. In this blog, I am pleased to present highlights of the videos.
Lucien rightfully starts his white-board Videos with one that discusses the basics, namely “What is OpenStack and Networking”.
This video covers OpenStack and Networking. Lucien does a deep-dive into the Neutron project and explains Neutron basics and its interaction with the physical and virtual networks of a Data Center.
For OpenStack with Networking watch
The last video covers the benefits of ACI with OpenStack. In this Video Lucien describes the workflow between ACI and OpenStack. You will learn the benefits of ACI with OpenStack including the ACI policy model, physical and virtual environment integration, hardware tunnels, service chaining and telemetry such as health scores, troubleshooting and visibility.
What is integrated infrastructure? Major analysts firms differ slightly on the taxonomy and makeup of the various integrated systems that comprise this market segment. However, they do agree that these systems include a combination of servers, networking, storage systems, and management. Cisco realized that bringing together industry and market leading technologies would help accelerate IT infrastructure deployment, lower design costs, simplify management, and enable high levels of utilization. Integrated infrastructures offer the foundation for private cloud deployments, virtual desktop solutions, and enterprise applications.
Everyone agrees that the integrated infrastructure market is booming and that Cisco is a core vendor in this market segment with leading integrated infrastructures built on top of Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus. IDC believes this market is going to grow at greater than 30% for the next few years to more than $14B in 2017. Today, Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus participate in the top three Integrated Infrastructures –FlexPod Solutions with NetApp, Vblock Systems with VCE, and EMC VSPEX. FlexPod and Vblock have captured more than 42% of the market and utilize Cisco UCS and Nexus exclusively.
In addition, Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select and Nimble Storage SmartStack also chose to build integrated infrastructure solutions with Cisco UCS servers and Cisco Nexus switches. If you add up the numbers from IDC, Cisco participates in integrated infrastructures that account for roughly 69% of the market from a revenue perspective. Very impressive!
It is also impressive that just five years ago we announced Cisco UCS and it is now the #1 provider of x86 Blade Servers in the Americas and #2 World Wide (according to the most recent IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker -- May 2014). Cisco UCS has delivered some ground breaking technology. The policy-based Service Profiles and Cisco SingleConnect technology changed how we connected, managed, and provisioned servers. Cisco continues to drive this strategy forward with Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), offering comprehensive control of a much broader set of data center infrastructure that is oriented to the application environment. FlexPod, Vblock Systems, and Cisco solutions for EMC VSPEX plan to integrate Cisco ACI with Cisco UCS Director to accelerate application delivery and streamline operations. Both NetApp and VCE recently announced they will also integrate Cisco’s Intercloud Fabric with FlexPod and Vblock Systems, enabling the management of cloud-enabled workloads across heterogeneous environments.
This rapid rate of customer adoption for Cisco UCS and integrated infrastructures enabled by Cisco is evidence that real innovation can deliver IT infrastructure that transforms the data center. For more information on integrated infrastructures enabled by Cisco please check out this new white paper.
Historical data is now an essential tool for businesses as they struggle to meet increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, manage risk and perform predictive analytics that help improve business outcomes. While recent data is readily accessible in operational systems and some summarized historical data available in the data warehouse, the traditional practice of archiving older, detail-level data on tape makes analysis of that data challenging, if not impossible.
Active Archiving Uses Hadoop Instead of Tape
What if the historical data on tape was loaded into a similar low cost, yet accessible, storage option, such as Hadoop? And then data virtualization applied to access and combine this data along with the operational and data warehouse data, in essence intelligently partitioning data access across hot, warm and cold storage options. Would it work?
Yes it would! And in fact does every day at one of our largest global banking customers. Here’s how:
Adding Historical Data Reduces Risk
The bank uses complex analytics to measure risk exposure in their fixed income trading business by industry, region, credit rating and other parameters. To reduce risk, while making more profitable credit and bond derivative trading decisions, the bank wanted to identify risk trends using five years of fixed income market data rather than the one month (400 million records) they currently stored on line. This longer time frame would allow them to better evaluate trends, and use that information to build a solid foundation for smarter, lower-risk trading decisions.
As a first step, the bank installed Hadoop and loaded five years of historical data that had previously been archived using tape. Next they installed Cisco Data Virtualization to integrate the data sets, providing a common SQL access approach that made it easy for the analysts to integrate the data. Third the analysts extended their risk management analytics to cover five years. Up and running in just a few months, the bank was able to use this long term data to better manage fixed income trading risk.