John Chambers with Satya Nadella at ACI Launch
From the beginning Microsoft has been a strategic partner with Cisco in the development of our Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) technologies and solutions. In fact Cisco CEO John Chambers shared the stage with Microsoft’s Satya Nadella at the ACI launch several months ago in New York City.
ACI itself in the data center is a holistic architecture with centralized automation and policy-driven application profiles. ACI delivers software flexibility with the scalability of hardware performance. Traditionally, IT approaches took a siloed operational view, with no common operational model between the application, network, security, and cloud teams. With ACI, a common network operational model delivers IT application agility, simplified operations across teams, assured network and application performance, and scale. Read More »
Tags: #CiscoACI, ACI, Cisco Nexus, Cisco UCS, Exchange, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Microsoft Sharepoint
Ask any storage administrator trying to deploy Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) solutions between two data centers if it is simple to get the networking set up for mission critical applications in a BC/DR scenario. I am willing to wager you’ll hear the same tales I’ve often heard, that the storage team and the network team have a difficult time setting up the necessary network configurations for the storage replication application’s service level requirements between sites. Equally important, there is also a complicated challenge with providing a duplicate infrastructure at the secondary site so that the application will be able to come up to restore the application to service quickly (often referred to as the Recovery Time Objective, RTO).
Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure enables a novel solution to this problem which one of our ACI partners, World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT), recently deployed. It illustrates the power of the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller’s (APIC) and the ACI fabric’s open programmability. To appreciate this, let’s take a closer look at the problem.
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Tags: ACI, business continuity, disaster recovery, Federated ACI Fabrics, WWT
It’s finally here- the new Data Center and Cloud community framework has launched! We created new content spaces for Compute and Storage, Software Defined Networks, Data Center and Networking, and OpenStack and OpenSource Software.
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Tags: ACI, CiscoUCS, cloud, compute, intercloud fabric, Invicta, MDS, Nexus 1000v, OpenSource, OpenStack, software defined networks, Storage, Unified Computing Systems
Complexity is easy. Simplicity is hard. Solving operational complexity has been one of the hardest challenges in data center and cloud build-outs. For customers, the challenge of interfacing with different infrastructure vendors and driving integration has been a significant hurdle in the past, slowing application rollouts. The success of the integrated Infrastructure approach has largely been due to focused efforts on behalf of multiple vendors to come together to solve this challenge, resulting in a new hyper-growth market category being created. According to IDC’s Q3CY2014 integrated infrastructure tracker, the integrated infrastructure market has grown to ~$5.5B annually and most analysts have this market growing at 30+ percent YoY.
A shining example of solving this huge challenge has been VCE’s Vblock offerings that have been on a stellar growth path. Nothing speaks better of this than customer success and market traction it enjoys –
- VCE surpassed a $2 billion annualized demand run-rate for Vblock and Vblock-related products and services exiting Q3 2014.
- Its sixth consecutive quarter of greater than 50% year-over-year demand growth.
- Clear leader in integrated infrastructure systems according to Gartner and IDC
- A leader in the Gartner, Inc. Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems, based on an evaluation of VCE’s completeness of vision and ability to execute.
With its UCS Integrated Infrastructure solution approach Cisco has been literally in the midst of all of this action. Cisco UCS, Nexus and MDS switches have been key components of the integrated offering along with innovations from the other companies. Customers have loved the operational benefits as they scale their cloud build outs. Last October next-generation “ACI-ready” Vblocks were introduced allowing customers to further accelerate their journey to SDN and cloud.
And now it is time to raise the bar even further. As VCE introduces VxBlocks in addition to the flagship Vblock offering, as well as vScale architectures and VCE Vision 3.0, Cisco and VCE are together committed to build on the past success as we align our sights to the future –
- VCE and Cisco are committed to drive open, future proof converged infrastructure solutions through the GA shipments of ACI-Ready Nexus 9K enabled Vblocks and Cisco UCS. We already have 100+ joint customers in production.
- VxBlocks will be featuring Nexus 9K as their default networking platform to support all their different flavors of SDN within their integrated infrastructure, even as Cisco UCS will continue to be their default compute platform. As of Cisco’s last fiscal quarter, there were over 1700+ Nexus 9000 and Cisco ACI customers, making the Nexus 9000 one of the highest growth products within the company even as new Cisco APIC customers shot up to over 300+ within two quarters. Cisco UCS has been on a tear in terms of market share worldwide and has continued to set world record benchmarks.
- The Vscale Fabric is ACI enabled and includes the Nexus 9000s as the networking component of the fabric. This allows customers to choose ACI and get the added benefits of such. If a customer chooses to deploy ACI in the fabric then the APIC would be a deployed as an add-on. The Vscale architecture also uses MDS as the SAN fabric enhancing the convergence capabilities.
What Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Brings to Vblocks and VxBlocks:
Cisco ACI is all about operational flexibility and choice. For example, customers can enjoy the benefits of the Nexus 9396 in a standalone mode, or deploy it as an ACI leaf configuration. This is called “ACI-ready”. They can also be “ACI-enabled”, which means the Nexus 9396s are ACI leafs connected to spines and APIC clusters all part (provisioned and supported) of a Vblock or VxBlock.
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Tags: ACI, ACI-enabled, ACI-ready, Cisco UCS, Converged Infrastructure, MDS, Nexus 9000, SDN, ucs integrated infrastructure, Vblock, Vscale architecture, VxBlock
#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking about ACI with Cisco Technology Evangelist Lauren Malhoit and Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer Carly Stoughton.
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Lauren Malhoit, @malhoit, Cisco Technology Evangelist
Carly Stoughton, _vCarly, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer
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Michael Aossey, @aossey, Solutions Architect
Chris Nickl, @ck_nic, Cloud Infrastructure Architect Read More »
Tags: #CiscoChampionRadio, ACI, ACI Policy Model, Cisco Nexus 9000