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Organizational Dexterity with Private Cloud Automation

atelier-digital-transformationThe world is experiencing a digital revolution that is rapidly changing your business landscape.  This revolution is not only connecting people with digital technology; but it has made this technology ubiquitous in all of our lives.  The result is tech-savvy employees and customers with new expectations how to interact with your business.

Meeting these expectations requires a transformation into a consumer technology company by utilizing digital technology to streamline operational processes and improve customer experiences.  Industry data indicates those organizations begin this transformation process experience increased profitability, market value and revenue.

Cisco’s private cloud automation facilitates the transformation of your business from manual to automated standardized service delivery.  Converting manual processes into automated workflows increases data center productivity which fuels faster time-to-market by business and application teams of new products or services.

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Composable Infrastructure: Cutting Through the Noise

Its seems that lately, there is a lot of noise in the industry about composable infrastructure.  Some of others in the industry seem to be busy churning out a bunch of noise around their vision of the future as though just talking about it repeatedly will somehow capture mindshare.   Most of what is out there amounts to a whole lot of talk and hand-waving, but it has been pretty light on real products that customers can buy.  Back in September of 2014 we launched the UCS M-Series and C3000 families of products.  At that time, we not only added the new server products to the UCS portfolio, but also introduced SystemLink Technology.  We set out to lay the foundation for our composable infrastructure vision, a vision that is being noticed by many in the industry.  Check out what Moor Insights & Strategy is advising customers about Composable Infrastructure.  Also, take a few minutes to hear more about the attributes of a composable infrastructure with the video below.




The revolutionary capabilities of SystemLink really lay the groundwork for one of the most important elements required for a truly composable infrastructure.  The Cisco SystemLink ASIC, the first of it’s kind in the x86 Server space, has several key capabilities.

First, it enables server subsystem disaggregation.  This is critical to be able to break down the traditional server, which is traditionally defined primarily by convention and sheet metal, into its basic elemental resources.  By separating the physical components of the server, those resources can then be pooled and programmatically composed into a logical server and then, subsequently decomposed, returning the elements back to the pools allowing for reuse.  This breaking down of the server means that not only can the most efficient and optimal use of resources be made, but also the lifecycle management of those resources is also decoupled.  So, in the case of M-Series, the next CPU generation that would drive a complete replacement of the server with a traditional rack-mounted server would only require the replacement of the CPU and possibly DIMMs to achieve an upgrade.  Subsystems like the local storage, RAID controller, network adapter, power supplies, fans, and cabling are preserved until upgrades of those respective elements would yield benefit to the business.  As you can see illustrated below, this adds up to a significant savings of both capex and opex, while at the same time offering a more agile IT environment.



Another key capability afforded by Cisco SystemLink Technology is the extension of the control plane into the hardware.  After all, simply sawing a woman in half on stage is not a real magic trick unless you put her safely back together at the end.  So too is the case with server disaggregation.  It’s why we chose the term Composable Infrastructure.  The reconstitution of the elements (in a more efficient and flexible form) is where the real benefit comes in.  To accomplish this, without undue complexity or multiple layers of software, you must have a control plane within the server that can arbitrate the connection of the subsystems as prescribed by the policies that are defined by the user / application.

If you would like a more in-depth understanding of how SystemLink works, check out a very informative blog that Steve McQuerry posted back in October of 2014.

Thus, SystemLink’s unique capabilities expose some truly revolutionary capabilities within the underlying infrastructure, but the more evolutionary (read: consistent) part of Cisco’s Composable Infrastructure architecture is the management framework which allows for the policy-based programmatic control of the disaggregated elements.  The UCS Management environment along with a highly extensible set of APIs provides the customer the ability to control this composable infrastructure while at the same time abstracting the added complexity of the larger and more granular pools of resources.




The UCS Management architecture is capable of providing not only the capabilities to orchestrate the Composable Infrastructure, but do so with the common set of interfaces and user experience that customers employing a more traditional model, one that is transitioning between a traditional and a DevOps style, and ultimately the organization that requires ultimate agility.  That means that UCS is uniquely positioned to offer both traditional server elements and composable elements in whatever combination that best meets the needs of the business without siloed tools and processes.  Additionally, consistent UCS Management tools and interfaces means that IT staff need not re-learn new tools to manage an infrastructure even as it evolves from traditional to agile. This allows the IT staff to be treated as the ultimate resource in the infrastructure and be utilized as efficiently as the hardware.

So while the talk about Composable infrastructure continues in the market, at Cisco, we believe that with products like UCS M-Series and the UCS C3260, we are not just defining Composable Infrastructure, but we are walking the walk with shipping products that customers can buy today to begin the journey to the next generation of agility and efficiency.

CCIE : ITD and RISE in CCIE Data Center

ITD and RISE are now part of CCIE Data Center:

Intelligent Traffic Director (ITD) is a hardware based multi-terabit layer 4 load-balancing, traffic steering and services insertion solution on the Nexus 5k/6k/7k/9k series of switches.

Domain Written Exam (%) Lab Exam (%)  
1.0 Cisco Data Center L2/L3 Technologies 24% 27% Show Details
2.0 Cisco Data Center Network Services 12% 13% Hide Details
2.1 Design, Implement and Troubleshoot Service Insertion and Redirection

  • 2.1.a Design, Implement and Troubleshoot Service Insertion and Redirection for example LB, vPATH, ITD, RISE

2.2 Design, Implement and Troubleshoot network services

  • 2.2.a Design, Implement and Troubleshoot network services for example policy drivenL4-L7 services
3.0 Data Center Storage Networking and Compute 23% 26% Show Details
4.0 Data Center Automation and Orchestration 13% 14% Show Details
5.0 Data Center Fabric Infrastructure 18% 14% Show Details
6.0 Evolving Technologies 10% N/A Show Details


To learn about RISE (Remote Integrated Services Engine), please see:

To learn about ITD (Intelligent Traffic Director), please see:


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Cisco UCS Delivers Industry’s Best 4-Socket Server SPECjbb2015 MultiJVM Performance

Cisco UCS C460 M4 Rack Server continues its tradition of Industry leadership with the latest announcement of two benchmark results capturing the best 4-socket server SPECjbb®2015 MultiJVM benchmark performance for max-jOPS and critical-jOPS.

The SPECjbb2015 benchmark allows vendors to demonstrate Java-based business software performance so you can evaluate the way that your software will run in real-world environments. The SPECjbb2015 benchmark provides two measures of performance: the max-jOPS metric provides a measure of overall transactional throughput, and the critical-jOPS metric provides a measure of interactive responsiveness. In two different benchmark reports, Cisco demonstrated that the Cisco UCS C460 M4 Rack Server has the flexibility to be tuned for world-record-setting performance on either the throughput or responsiveness metric.

 Some of the key highlights of Cisco’s new SPECjbb2015 benchmark results are:

  • When tuned for max-jOPS, the Cisco UCS C460 M4 delivered a score of 171,642, more than 18 percent higher than HP’s best score for the 4-socket HP ProLiant DL580 Gen9 server
  • When tuned for critical-jOPS, the Cisco UCS C460 M4 delivered a score of 99,646, or almost 96 percent higher than HP’s best posted result.
  • Your real-world workloads may require maximum interactive responsiveness or maximum throughput, and these results demonstrate that you can tune your Cisco UCS® C460 M4 Rack Server to achieve world-record-setting performance by either measure.

SPECjbb2015 Results for the Cisco UCS C460 M4 Rack Server:

Server SPECjbb2015 MultiJVM max-jOPS SPECjbb2015 MultiJVM critical-jOPS Disclosure Date & Disclosure Link
Cisco UCS C460 M4 with 4 Intel Xeon processors E7-8890 v3 CPUs at 2.5 GHz 171,642, Best 4-socket Multi JVM max-jOPS Performance 53,348 October 22,2015
157382 99,646, Best 4-socket MultiJVM critical-jOPS performance October 27,2015


The benchmark configuration included the benchmark controller, back-end, and transaction injector components, each running in its own JVM. The JVM instances ran on a Cisco UCS C460 M4 Rack Server running a single instance of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 and 64-bit Oracle Java HotSpot Server Virtual Machine (VM) 1.8.0_60.Check out the Performance Brief for additional information on the benchmark configuration. The detailed official benchmark disclosure report is available at the SPECjbb2015 Website.

Although all vendors have access to same Intel processors, only Cisco UCS unleashes their power to deliver high performance to applications through the power of unification. The unique, fabric-centric architecture of Cisco UCS integrates the Intel Xeon processors into a system with a better balance of resources that brings processor power to life. . For additional information on Cisco UCS and Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure solutions please visit Cisco Unified Computing & Servers web page.


SPEC and SPECjbb are registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. The performance record described in this document was valid based on results posted at http:// as of November 12, 2015.



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Big Data Partner Commentary: Speed, Efficiency and Disruption through Insight

Often it is said that ‘partnering’ is part of the Cisco DNA and its true: Cisco’s Partner ecosystem for years has brought together an ecosystem of trusted partners which deliver solutions, software and services that provide needed business solutions and outcomes.

Cisco has a strong ‘bench’ of technology partners, too. These partners allow us to combine Cisco solutions with their technology platforms resulting in integrated architectures focused on specific industries or use cases. Frequently these are delivered in the form of a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) and are available freely on the Cisco Design Zone.

For Cisco Big Data and Analytics solutions, where our Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data is the foundation, partners are key. We partner with industry leading Big Data firms to deliver flexible architectures and solutions which help to make your data the foundation of your digital business. Below, in alphabetical order, are new videos from some of our Big Data partners. Each is a Big Data leader in their own right and each has worked closely with Cisco to bring solution(s) to market. These are short and sweet videos – so carve out a few moments in your day and view a few:

Cloudera: Children’s Hospital of Atlanta Customer Success Story

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