The Cisco and EMC teams have been working closely to expand the VSPEX solution portfolio to accelerate growth and opportunity. In addition to the new CVDs, we released a new application white paper and management design guide for VSPEX. Wait, there’s more. We also recently published new Cisco marketing collateral for VSPEX and a customer case study. Let’s take a moment and provide some details.
The two new CVDs are designed to facilitate the deployment of virtualized infrastructure. In this instance, customers can choose between VMware vSphere 5.1 or 5.5 for 300, 600, and 1000 virtual machines.
These new presized and validated solutions simplify virtualization deployment for businesses using VMware vSphere software. The solutions use the very latest Cisco UCS Servers and EMC VNX Series Storage. Customers can feel confident they are deploying the correct balance of computing, networking and storage resource using best of breed technology from Cisco and EMC.
One of the key value propositions for VSPEX is that it enables applications to be up and running more rapidly than a build your own infrastructure solution. Providing application guidance is the next logical step so the team created a SharePoint 2013 on VSPEX white paper. Customers can now rapidly build and deploy robust, high-performance SharePoint 2013 collaborative environments on VSPEX with Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track 3.0.
Being able to simply manage an integrated infrastructure is critical. Hence, we introduced a UCS Director Implementation Guide for EMC VSPEX. This new implementation guide provides step by step instructions on how to setup, configure and operate VSPEX via Cisco UCS Director. Cisco UCS Director delivers unified integrated infrastructure management for administering computing, network, virtualization, and storage from one self-service web interface.
Please watch Jim McHugh, VP of Cisco UCS Marketing, discuss VSPEX’s value proposition, momentum, and new solutions.
Finally, and most importantly, our customers are seeing real value from VSPEX. The John Fabick Tractor Company (Fabick Cat) deployed VSPEX to improve performance and reduce costs. Fabick Cat experienced the following results:
Up to 25% better performance
78% reduction in software virtualization costs
Zero downtime since being deployed
I urge you to read the complete Fabick Cat case study on how they leveraged VSPEX’s flexibility and scalability to easily provision new servers and add additional storage.
Kudos to the Cisco and EMC teams for their timely execution of the CVDs, implementation guide, and white paper. Please also read Chad Dunn’s, Director of VSPEX Business Operations at EMC, blog post on our new CVDs.
Cisco UCS Director delivers unified orchestration and management for converged infrastructure solutions by abstracting the complexity of individual devices, hypervisors, and virtual machines. This provides administrators with a holistic, converged infrastructure management experience.
Some UCS Director advantages include:
Open and flexible system, providing multi-vendor IT infrastructure management
Turnkey solution, quick time-to-value via setup within an hour
Out-of-the-box support for the most widely deployed converged and integrated infrastructure systems: Vblock, FlexPod, and VSPEX
Cisco’s unified management approach reduces deployment times from weeks to minutes – for either virtual or bare-metal environments
Automate your infrastructure management so that your staff can focus on more important business-critical initiatives instead of mundane manual tasks
But don’t just take our word for it. Check out a live technical demo and see for yourself the value and benefits that UCS Director can bring by automating your converged infrastructure. We are currently offering morning and afternoon sessions on December 11th, December 17th and January 14th.
To register for the live webcast, please visit here.
To further familiarize yourself with Cisco UCS Director, watch this video.
Don’t make your data center refresh more complicated than it needs to be. Installing the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) is seamless and simple—not to mention advantageous in more ways than one. Cisco UCS is an integrated architecture that establishes one cohesive system for increased business agility -- a unified and virtualized data center that is easy to manage, so you have more time to focus on what matters most: supporting the business for faster, and better outcomes.
Cisco UCS can be integrated with other leading IT solutions for ideal performance. For example, this solution brief explains how Cisco UCS is the ideal platform for deploying MapR to deliver a fully optimized Hadoop solution.
See for yourself how quickly you can go from pallet to production: watch this video demonstrating start-to-finish configuration of a 16-server rack with Cisco UCS—on the clock the whole time. Try to beat that.
If you are an open source fan, in particular GitHub, I have good news for you.
Yes, we now have a Cisco Nexus 9000 community on GitHub. While many of the initial contributions were created by Cisco employees, ANYONE is allowed and in fact encouraged to participate and share code. Pull requests are monitored and reviewed by a group of administrators to maintain a level of quality and protect users consuming code as well.
Our GitHub presence comprises two sections:
1. Cisco NX-OS Standalone Mode: Focuses on the Nexus 9000 series of switches running enhanced Nexus OS. These products include NX-API, Puppet, Chef, and scripting capabilities using Python and other shell scripts.
2. Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Mode: Focuses on the Cisco APIC controller and Cisco ACI Object Model. This includes Python, Puppet, and Chef code samples. Additionally, it includes Tenant creation examples, Application profiles which are XML-based configurations that model applications, and southbound device automation scripts, which can be used to integrate 3rd party L4-7 devices.
If you are wondering how you take advantage of this offering, first and foremost I can assure you these code samples can speed up your learning curve with Cisco ACI and Nexus 9000 programmability aspects. Refer my Cisco ACI blog on Cisco Nexus 9000 programmability details.
Last October , Cisco confirmed that Sourcefire was now part of our family of security products and solutions .
“With this acquisition, we take a significant and exciting step in our journey to define the future of security. As one company, we offer an unbeatable combination that will greatly accelerate our mission of delivering a new, threat-centric security model. Through the addition of Sourcefire’s competitive talent and technologies, I see vast opportunities to expand Cisco’s global security footprint in both new and emerging markets, broaden our solution sets and deepen our customer relationships “
“Beyond the technology, one of the things that is important to me is that Cisco and Sourcefire both share key values that transcend our company names, HQ locations and number of employees. Much like Sourcefire’s Firemen Principles, you can be confident that these values will continue as one team at Cisco.”
Martin Roesch, Sourcefire founder and CTO and now VP and Chief Architect of Cisco Security Group
in his blog ONE Team
These days , John Stewart , Senior Vice President, Cisco Chief Security Officer , announced that we completed the deployment of Sourcefire at Cisco . John Stewart oversees at Cisco the Threat Response, Intelligence and Development ( TRIAD ) organization .
The implementation is already giving us insights into our data center that we never had before
The Cisco security architecture helps data center networking teams take advantage of security capabilities built into the underlying data center fabric, to accelerate safe data center innovation. There are three important security measures that every IT organization should follow to securely support data center innovation. To learn more, download the Cisco white paper “Three Must-Have Security Measures that Accelerate Data Center Innovation.”
Tell us what do you think of the acquisition of Sourcefire by Cisco .