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Using best better practices with Cisco UCS Manager

I’ve been working with Cisco UCS since the very beginning. From the earliest days, whenever a customer ran into problems, I would often be asked to help figure out what was going wrong and to help fix it. Generally, this would involve a review of the system, and when we found less desirable configurations we would work with the partner and customer to clean things up. As a part of this process, I began documenting the good and the bad I saw, which evolved into what I describe as UCS “better” practices. This post aims to describe some of these practices and why they are useful. Follow-up posts will expand on this and include additional important practices. Read More »

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What’s New in High-Performance Computing: Science DMZ and SC15

The 27th annual SuperComputing conference is next week from November 15-20 in Austin, TX. The conference spotlights the many applications of high-performance computing (HPC) and innovations from around the world that are affecting the space. SuperComputing 2015 will attract the premier scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators, and developers in the international supercomputing community, and they’ll all be in Austin next week to talk about the latest and greatest in HPC!

We’re extremely excited to have some of our own Cisco representatives on hand, both to learn from the experts that will be present and to share some of Cisco’s initiatives in the HPC space. If you’re going to be at SuperComputing 2015, check out these two Cisco-led sessions:

Dave Goodell, Technical Leader Software Engineering

Monday, November 16 1:30-5:00 PM Room 12

Jeffrey M. Squyres, Technical Leader, Engineering

Wednesday, November 18 12:15-1:15 PM Room 18CD

In addition, there will be daily presentations happening at the Cisco booth (#588) throughout the conference on topics like Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), Next Generation Firewalls and HPC with Cisco UCS. There will also be a presentation on Science DMZ led by Cisco’s Jason King and Chris Hocker. Science DMZ is a subnetwork that is secure, but doesn’t have the performance limits that can occur with traditional security devices like firewalls. Science DMZ is designed to handle high volumes of data and is an important part of supercomputing.

However, it has been difficult to implement securely with traditional network protocols and hardware. One way to tackle this problem is using software defined networking (SDN). In fact, Cisco recently published a whitepaper on how an event-based SDN solution can utilize blocking and steering actions to improve both the security and efficiency of the traditional Science DMZ. You can check out the full whitepaper to learn more about this approach to Science DMZ.

If you’re going to SuperComputing 2015, be sure to stop by booth #588 to say hi and learn more about Science DMZ and hear from our HPC experts.

Hope to see everyone there!

#WednesdayWalkabout Series: Public-Private Partnership is King

Good for Citizens, Good for Government

Fast. Reliable. Easy to use. As a consumer, this is what I have come to expect from the technology that I use.

Many companies work hard to meet – and exceed – consumers’ technological demands. But in the new digital age in which we live, technology is advancing into all areas of our lives, from transportation to retail to healthcare, and forming a transcendent bond between our physical and digital worlds. As technology crosses into new realms, governments, cities, and countries are being digitized at an increasing pace, and citizens expect the same speed, reliability, and simplicity in these governmental technological advances.

Countries and communities around the world have a responsibility to meet the expectations of their citizens – but their digitization also provides a unique opportunity to position their nations for economic success. In fact, according to research conducted by McKinsey, “digitization of the public sector could free up to $1 trillion annually in economic value worldwide, through improved cost and operational performance.” But what does it mean for a country to ‘digitize’? Cisco defines the process as building a sophisticated technology ecosystem that will allow for greater connectivity, productivity, and security. Sounds like a fantastic idea, no? But how exactly can countries get to this higher ‘digitized’ state of being?

Unlock the Door to Digital Success

In this week’s post, our digital citizen is a renowned business leader tasked with fostering public-private sector partnership initiatives for country digitization efforts. Many countries are making impressive strides in this area. But two countries in particular stand out as the perfect locations for piloting the citizen’s program: France and Israel.

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Thank You to Our Veterans

Veterans, Thank you.

Thank you for your service to our country. Thank you for the sacrifices you make for all of us. And thank you for our freedoms.

With all of you, past and present, we have an amazing country in which to live, liberties many others do not experience, and the opportunities many others are not afforded. You’ve made this great country possible from those that dreamed what it could be.

As a National Honoring, every November 11th at exactly 11am, a color guard comprised of a member from each of the military branches, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Arlington National Cemetery salutes and honors our Veterans. It’s a beautiful ceremony and true dedication to our Veterans.

So today, I ask that we all take the 11 o’clock hour and stop checking off our ‘to do list’, hang up the phone, put down our computer and honor, thank, and support our Veterans any way you can.

It does not have to be big; the littlest of gestures often have a far greater impact. Buy a cup of coffee for a Veteran. Walk over to your fellow co-worker who happens to be a Veteran and thank them for their service. Maybe find a veteran cause such as Wounded Warriors or Operation HomeFront and make a donation.

And while I know many of you already keep our service men and women in mind and honor them daily, today is their day, like a birthday, so let’s make it special.

As a company, supporting Veterans is a key priority of our culture and employees. We are involved in and have many wonderful programs that focus on supporting our Veterans.

This November 19th (November 13th in San Jose), we are hosting a Veterans Career Transitioning Day across various Cisco locations: San Jose, CA, San Antonio, TX, Research Triangle Park, NC, Englewood, CO, and Washington DC. Local employee groups and some of our supporting Partners are holding this event to provide Veterans with information and resources to help them transition from service into civilian life.

Please join us for this amazing event in supporting our Veterans: Veterans Career Transitioning Day.

Thank you again to all of America’s Veterans.

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#WednesdayWalkabout Series: A Backpacker’s Guide to Digitization

Innovation at the Forefront of Everything

As the 2016 Rio Olympics draw nearer, the eyes of the world are turning to Brazil and South America. Latin American economies have historically been increasingly exposed to global uncertainty and economic volatility. However, the region has made significant progress in adopting technology innovations leading to economic development and initiatives to accelerate and stabilize growth. And as host to some of the world’s largest events, Latin America continues to attract industry leaders, economists, financial executives, technologists, and government innovators that are rallying behind the quest for change. Significant drivers of that change will be innovative technology adoption and digital transformation.

Along with the rest of the world, Latin America is witnessing that digital technologies are not only an essential building block of a society, but currently also the driving force behind social, economic, and political development. We are the fortunate ones to live through – and hold the responsibility to shape – an era in which ubiquitously connected information and communications have become the catalyst of human progress. We really have only scratched the surface of what is possible. And as we observe businesses, communities, and countries as they progress in their respective digital revolutions, we will only continue to deepen our understanding on how technology innovations transform our world.

The Latin America Backpacking Experience

This week, our digital citizen is feeling adventurous as ever. In deciding to take a break from the average workweek, our citizen planned a backpacking excursion throughout Latin America. Follow along as we learn and see first-hand how technology is transforming lives in the region, with new job skills, entrepreneurial opportunities, innovative services and stronger, digitally inclusive societies. Read More »

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