As a homeowner I found that I am regularly involved in some sort of home project. Typically that project will require a tool that I do not own, cannot borrow and usually wouldn’t rent because the rental would cost more than the entry level version of the tool that I may only use once.
Years ago my friend gave me this advice “Never buy cheap tools; it is almost always more frustration than the money you save.” However a while back I wrote a blog that was all about free tools that I use for developing code that interacts with Cisco UCS.
With software, there are some really great free tools out there and a little time spent checking out free stuff can yield goodness. This blog is a few tidbits of free tools and suggestions for your development efforts.
First up, autohotkey, what is it you ask? Let’s examine a scenario that comes up pretty regularly in UCS Server management, KVM access, where’s the Cut-n-Paste? You cannot paste into the KVM but AutoHotKey will emulate keystrokes and mouse clicks. Additionally AutoHotKey will locate windows by title and bring them to the foreground, has programmatic logic capabilities, and can be compiled into distributable scripts as execuatables.
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Tags: Cisco UCS
Cisco continues a tradition of enterprise application performance leadership with four new world records on Oracle E-Business Suite benchmarks, demonstrating that Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) powers business-critical software better than any other server vendor.
In four of the Oracle E-Business Suite Standard Benchmarks, the Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server delivered the best performance of any server, regardless of configuration or number of processor cores.
The benchmarks were run in a two-tier configuration with a single Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server hosting both the database and the application server instances, all running on a single Oracle Linux image.
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Tags: benchmark, Cisco UCS, Oracle E-Business Suite, performance
Right before the recently concluded Oracle Open World 2012., Cisco announced world-record TPC-C performance with Oracle Database 11g Standard Edition demonstrating continuing industry leadership for database performance with the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®).
The tested configuration consisted of a Cisco UCS 240 M3 equipped with two Intel Xeon processors E5-2690 at 2.9 GHz with 768 GB of main memory. The server ran Oracle Database 11g Standard Edition One and Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2. The client tier consisted of two Cisco UCS C200 M2 servers. The storage system consisted of two Violin 6000 series arrays.
World-record TPC-C Result on Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server: Fastest Two-Socket Database Server
Cisco’s world-record Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) result of 1,609,186 transactions per minute in the TPC-C benchmark (tpmC), with a price-to-performance ratio of US$0.47 per tpmC ($/tpmC), in combination with Oracle Database, delivered world-record performance for 2-socket servers at lower cost than the competition.
- Better Performance at Lower Cost: The 2-socket Cisco UCS® C240 M3 Rack Server achieved 1,609,186 transactions per minute in the TPC-C benchmark (tpmC), with a price-to-performance ratio of US$0.47 per tpmC ($/tpmC).
- Faster and cheaper than competition: Cisco’s results are 34 percent faster and the cost is 32 percent less than for IBM DB2 running on a 2-processor IBM POWER7 system . The results are 7 percent faster and the cost is 11 percent less than for a 2-socket IBM Flex System x240 running IBM DB2
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Tags: benchmark, Cisco UCS, performance, Price/Performance, TPC-C
Did you catch the announcement from EMC?
EMC announced the new EMC VSPEX Private Cloud for Microsoft Windows Server 2012. You can read the Press Release here.
Cisco and EMC believe there are three distinct paths…or choices…on the journey to the cloud. Build-your-own using best of breed products, a truly converged infrastructure product in Vblock from VCE, or VSPEX…a flexible reference architecture approach. A picture says it all…see below.
VSPEX offers an unprecedented choice of industry-leading virtualization, server, network, storage, and data protection. Accelerate your journey to the cloud with the EMC VSPEX proven infrastructure.
What was announced? Microsoft Fast Track for VSPEX
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Tags: Cisco Nexus, Cisco UCS, Converged Infrastructure, EMC, fast track, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Vblock, VCE, vspex
There is no better time to announce a world-record TPC-C benchmark result with Oracle than right before Oracle Open World 2012. The Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server with two Intel® Xeon® E5-2690 2.9 GHz Processors and 768 GB memory running Oracle Database 11g Standard Edition achieved the best 2-Processor performance record of 1.6 Million transactions-per-minute  beating the nearest competition, the IBM Flex System x240 Server with identical Intel processor and memory footprint running DB2 , by 7% better performance and 11% lower price-performance. This benchmark result is yet another demonstration of the performance and price-performance advantages of Cisco UCS for running enterprise applications.
This result also demonstrate a 53% improvement in performance from the previous generation of servers (see chart 1)  and in line with Moore’s Law (see chart 2). (Yes, TPC-C trend has been in line with Moore’s Law) .
Chart 1: TPC-C: 53% improvement from Cisco UCS M2 to M3 Generation
Chart 2: Transaction Rate vs. Moore’s Law
As of 9/27/2012. Source: Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), www.tpc.org.
 Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server, 1,609,186.39 tpmC, $0.47/tpmC, available 9/27/2012
 IBM Flex System x240, 1,503,544 tpmC, $0.53/tpmC, available 8/16/12
 Cisco UCS C250 M2 Extended-Memory Server, 1,053,100 tpmC, $0.58/tpmC, available 12/07/2011
 HP ProLiant DL380 G7, 1,024,380 tpmC, $0.65/tpmC, available 06/20/2011
 R. Nambiar, M. Poess, Transaction Performance vs. Moore’s Law: A Trend Analysis: http://www.springerlink.com/content/fq6n225425151344/
About TPC and TPC-C
The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) is a non-profit corporation founded to define transaction processing and database benchmarks and to disseminate objective and verifiable performance data to the industry.
Often referred to as the flagship server benchmark that measures online transaction processing performance, TPC-C simulates a complete compute environment where a population of users runs transactions against a database. TPC-C is not limited to the activity of any particular business segment, but rather represents any industry that must manage, sell, or distribute a product or service. The primary metrics are the transactions per minute (expressed as tpmC) and the associated price per transaction (expressed as $/tpmC).
Tags: Cisco UCS, Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server, Oracle Database 11g, TPC, TPC Benchmark, TPC-C