Earlier in this month the OpenStack community came out with the biannual OpenStack release – Havana. According to the OpenStack Foundation, not only did Havana add close to 400 new features across Compute (Nova), Storage (Swift), Networking (Neutron) and other core services, it also provided users with more application-driven capabilities and more enterprise features. Two new projects – Heat (orchestration) and Ceilometer (metering) were integrated into OpenStack during the Havana release as well.
One area of focus in Havana for Cisco was on the Neutron project. This included contributions to enhance the Neutron Cisco plugin framework, feature additions to the Nexus plugin for physical Cisco Nexus switches, introduction of the new Cisco Nexus 1000v virtual switch plugin and actively leading and participating in the design of the Neutron Modular Layer 2 plugin framework. This datasheet captures more information on the new features of the Cisco Nexus Neutron plugin (for physical switches) for OpenStack Havana. Cisco’s contribution in these and other areas, such as Layer 3, Firewall and VPN network services are reflected in this Stackalytics report of Neutron contributions for the Havana release.
We are now just a few days away from the OpenStack IceHouse Summit taking place in Hong Kong. Cisco is premier sponsor for the Summit and is also participating in several sessions and panels to make the Summit a success. To secure a slot in the General Session track at the Summit, interested candidates including Cisco’s OpenStack team submitted speaking proposals in August that went through an OpenStack community voting process. The details of the proposals can be found in this blog. Based on these results, Cisco’s team is now leading or participating in 10 session and panel discussions. The following table (sorted by session timings) captures details of the accepted sessions –
November 8 11:00am -- 11:40am
Expo Breakout Room 2 (AsiaWorld-Expo)
In addition to the above General Session tracks, the Cisco OpenStack team is also leading the design sessions in the Neutron project on Connectivity Group extensions for applications, Modular Layer 2 plugin, Network Function Virtualization with Service VM’s and Services Framework. An enhanced constraint based solver scheduler will also be discussed with the community within the Nova project. The schedule for the general sessions is here and for the design sessions here. If you are interested in attending any of the general or design sessions be sure to mark your calendar.
Finally, we are showcasing in the demo theater “Scaling OpenStack with Cisco UCS and Nexus” on Wednesday, November 6th 12:40pm-12:55pm and will be present at the Cisco booth (booth B6 in the exhibit hall) with the following demos –
OpenStack UCS demo
N1KV demo on OpenStack
Seamless-Cloud on OpenStack demo
Constraint-based Smarter Scheduler for OpenStack demo (short demo here)
Tuesday, November 5th from 10:45am to 6:00pm
Wednesday, November 6th from 10:45am to 6:00pm
Thursday, November 7th from 8:00am to 4:00pm
We are excited to be there at the OpenStack Hong Kong Summit and we hope to see you there as well ! For latest information, visit us here.
Paul Perez has laid out Cisco’s vision for this technology and the crucial role that solid-state memory plays in the next evolution of UCS. If you haven’t already seen his post, it’s well worth a read to understand where we’re heading with this. As he points out in an earlier treatise on UCS, adaptability is the wellspring of sustained advantage. The integration of WHIPTAIL’s innovative application acceleration technology into the computing fabric of UCS is a perfect example of this principle at work; all made possible by an architecture founded on the concept of a unified control plane with an open API.
So what are we adapting to by adding this technology to UCS?
Customers need applications to run faster
They need IT infrastructure to be reliable, efficient, and above all, easy to operate
The first one is (almost) the easy part: it’s common knowledge that solid-state memory moves faster than a scalded ape*. Rolling that kind of energy into the environment in a way that avoids complexity and preserves operational efficiency is what elevates value to customers.
I’ve had the pleasure of starting work with Max Riggsbee, and he related to me that a large part of WHIPTAIL’s success is rooted in manageability. I’m paraphrasing here, but the essence of his comment was “customers don’t want a variety of technologies in the data center, they want a variety of capabilities.” In their architecture, you can see how WHIPTAIL understands that customers want to be able to manage application acceleration technology, on the fly, to create the right blend of speed, capacity and cost efficiency to meet the needs of the business in real time. The ability to marshal infrastructure and data, in a way that empowers real time decision-making creates competitive advantage.
If that concept, one of centrally managing high performance resources as fungible pools that can be allocated in an application-centric way, sounds familiar, you now understand what a great addition WHIPTAIL technology makes to Unified Computing. By deeply integrating an application acceleration tier into a unified system we can achieve both of the requirements above and set our customers up do things we haven’t even imagined yet. It’s like getting the trick and the treat this Thursday.
Dan Crain expands on this in a video interview today, marking the close of the acquisition and what is yet to come. The Data Center team here at Cisco is really excited about what this is going to mean for our customers and how it contributes to our pace of innovation. Welcome WHIPTAIL!!
In order to provide important services and innovations that better align to business, data centers must deploy advancecd IT architectures. Who says? IDC. In fact, this month they reported that adoption of integrated systems has moved from evaluation to mainstream. And yet IT remains besieged.
What is the essence of the problem? Traditional management tools. While the conversation with IT professionals at all levels is about improving data center efficiency and responsiveness, without unified management and automation, converged infrastructures are only solving half of the problem. Basically IT is still managing the trees instead of the forest.
Let’s look at an example. One industry-leading converged infrastructure solution built around Cisco UCS and EMC storage is VCE Vblock. Standardizing on Vblock delivers scalability, agility and operational efficiencies that allow IT to move away from a tactical mindset toward delivering infrastruture services efficiently to better align with business priorities. BUT, Vblock alone can’t move IT from tactical to business alignment.
Cisco UCS Director is a vital companion to the Vblock data center architecture because it simplifies provisioning and management of physical and virtual resources. Cisco UCS Director lets you manage your entire standardized Vblock environment as a single entity, delivering operational efficiency and reducing costs.
Watch the following video to find out why
Together Cisco UCS Director and Vblock transform IT from a legacy model to a dynamic environment that delivers faster time-to-value, less risk and higher efficiency for today’s 24-hour-a-day business.
Intrigued? To see how Cisco UCS Director can escort you through the forest of innovation, try a free 60-day test drive through your trees toward workforce productivity and reduced operational costs.
Everyone’s talking about big data, but who’s actually doing it right—and how? Find out at Strata + Hadoop World, where big data’s most influential decision makers, architects, developers, and analysts gather to shape the future of their businesses. If you want to tap into the opportunities brought by big data, data science, and pervasive computing, you’ll want to be there too.
Stop by the Cisco Booth and please attend our breakout session: “Deeper Insight into Operational Big Data Clusters”, delivered by Samuel Kommu, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer
Wednesday at 1:45pm. Check here for more details.
We will showcase how our Cisco Nexus, UCS and our workload automation solutions--all configured specifically for Hadoop-- that enable rapid deployment, predictable performance, and massive scale to help you get the most value from your big data deployments.
Also, stop by the Cisco booth to receive you free copy of Unleashing IT Big Data Edition. This special edition of Unleashing IT is all about Big Data. There is nothing simple about scaling up to the challenge of managing the mountain of data flooding into your data center every day. To learn how to start extracting value, avoid pitfalls, and best practices of big data management, check out our new edition, containing expert advice, thought leadership, and industry insight.
Built up on our vision of shared infrastructure and unified management for enterprise applications, the Cisco UCS Common Platform Architecture (CPA) for Big Data has become a popular choice for enterprise Big Data deployments. It has been widely adopted in finance, healthcare, service provider, entertainment, insurance, and public sectors. The new Cisco UCS CPA V2 improves both performance and capacity featuring Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 family of processors, industry leading storage density, and industry’s first transparent cache acceleration for Big Data.
The Cisco UCS CPA v2 offers a choice of infrastructure options, including “Performance Optimized”, “Balanced”, “Capacity Optimized”, and “Capacity Optimized with Flash” to support a range of workload needs.
Up to 160 servers (3200 cores, 7.6PB storage) are supported in single switching/UCS domain. Scaling beyond 160 servers can be implemented by interconnecting multiple UCS domains using Nexus 6000/7000 Series switches, scalable to thousands of servers and to hundreds of petabytes storage, and managed from a single pane using UCS Central in a data center or distributed globally.
The Cisco UCS CPA v2 solutions are available through Cisco UCS Solution Accelerator Paks program designed for rapid deployments, tested and validated for performance, and optimized for cost of ownership: Performance Optimized half-rack (UCS-SL-CPA2-P) ideal for MPP databases and scale-out data analytics, Performance and Capacity Balanced rack (UCS-SL-CPA2-PC) ideal for high performance Hadooop and NoSQL deployments, Capacity Optimized rack (UCS-SL-CPA2-C) when capacity matters, and Capacity Optimized with Flash rack (UCS-SL-CPA2-CF) offers industry’s first transparent caching option for Hadoop and NoSQL. Start with any configuration and scale as your workload demands.
Cisco supports leading Hadoop and NoSQL distributions, including Cloudera, HortonWorks, Intel, MapR, Oracle, Pivotal and others. For more information visit Cisco Big Data Portal, and Big Data Design Zone that offers Cisco Validated Designs (CVD) -- pretested and validated architectures that accelerate the time to value for customers while reducing risks and deployment challenges.