Deploying new servers is a routine task in data centers. Whether it is tied to server refreshes, net new compute initiatives or to an expansion of existing compute capacity, adding new servers can be a time consuming activity for IT personnel. This server deployment process has historically been very manual, with many solutions requiring:
- Multiple tools or scripts
- Repeated human interaction by the server team throughout the deployment process
- Coordination of activities across server, networking and storage administrators for every server deployed.
All of these add to complexity, increase time to production, increase costs, and unavoidably increase the potential of human error.
What is needed is a dependable, repeatable process that automates and streamlines server deployment activities. This lets IT staff to devote their time to more value added activities which improves operations and productivity, yielding a much better TCO picture. Automated, fast, efficient, scalable management and infrastructure – this is where Cisco UCS and UCS Manager excel.
The efficiency of Cisco UCS server deployment is tied to UCS Manager. Cisco took a unique approach to computing and focused on the common point of interaction, the fabric. Servers don’t operate in isolation. They are part of a total environment that at the minimum encompasses servers, networking, management and storage – a Fabric Based Infrastructure . Cisco’s comprehensive and efficient architecture is the key to why customers worldwide are rapidly adopting UCS.
This detailed paper (below) does a side by side “time to deploy” evaluation of the Cisco UCS B200 M3 and the HP BL460c Gen8. The strength of UCS and UCS Manager for automation is clear in the ease of use and lack of complexity.
Below is a new time lapse side-by-side video – B200 M3 is 77% Faster Blade Deployment vs. HP BL460c Gen8.This new video (July 2013) illustrates the Business Advantage of the Cisco UCS Unified Compute, Unified Fabric and Unified Management – Cisco’s Unified Data Center. Comparing this video to the one we did for the B200 M2 is 47% Faster Blade Deployment vs. HP BL460c G7 (May 2011), Cisco UCS Manager has shaved a full minute off the deployment time for two blade servers and still only takes 14 steps to set up the automated process. HP’s time to deploy increased dramatically and is still very serial nature with lots of manual inputs.
For information on how UCS and UCS Manager integrates with other major systems management tools follow this link UCS Manager Ecosystem Partners and for interoperability see the UCS Interoperability page.
Tags: Blade Servers, Cisco UCS, data center, HP BL460c Gen8, HP blade servers, HP c7000, intelligent automation, server automation, Server Management, UCS B200 M3, UCS blade servers
Pack your bags, double up on shoes and leave room for swag, it’s time for VMworld 2013, and Team Cisco Data Center has a lot going on. For a full round up of our show presence, this: http://www.cisco.com/go/vmworld
Yes, that is a tower of real bacon at #vBacon.
Now for the the behind the scenes look. First, follow @CiscoDC and #ciscovmw for all Cisco-flavored information from the show. This year’s Roving Reporter duties will be most ably handled by Scott Hanson (@CiscoServerGeek). Follow Scott for up to the minute geek’s-eye views on what’s happening.
We are also welcoming Maish Saidel-Keesing (@maishsk), one of five Cisco vExperts, who will be leading a talk through our #vBrownBag sponsorship. Details pending–we’ll update you as we have the specifics.
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Tags: Cisco UCS, private cloud, v0dgeball, vbacon, vBrownBag, vdi, virtualization, vmunderground, vmworld 2013
Cloudera Sessions is coming to a City Near You!
Have you registered for the upcoming Cloudera Sessions roadshow yet? According to IDC Analysts, the market for Big Data will reach $16.9 billion by 2015, with an outrageous 40% CAGR. As the sheer volume of data continues to climb, enterprise customers will need the right software and infrastructure to transform this data into meaningful insights.
Cisco is partnering with Cloudera to offer a comprehensive infrastructure and management solution, based on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), to support our customers big data initiatives. As a proud sponsor for this event, I would encourage you to join us at one of the following scheduled stops to learn more about our joint solutions for big data:
San Francisco 9/11
Jersey City 9/18
Milwaukee 10/17 (Note: changed from 10/2 to 10/17)
Cloudera has a fantastic agenda scheduled in each of the cities featuring keynote speakers that you won’t want to miss. I hope to see you there.
For the latest information regarding Big Data on Cisco UCS, I’ve added a couple links below for your reference:
Introducing Cisco UCS Common Platform Architecture (CPA) for Big Data, By Raghu Nambiar
Top Three Reasons Why Cisco UCS is a Better Platform for Big Data, by Scott Ciccone
Stop by and say hello and let me know if you have any comments or questions, or via twitter at @CicconeScott.
Tags: Big Data, Blade Servers, Cisco UCS, Cisco Unified Computing System, Hadoop, Rack Servers, UCS
Virtualization, Private Cloud, Big Data, HPC, etc. have been steadily changing the landscape of data center architectures. Lower latency and higher performing server-to-server data traffic (East-West) have become key discussion points as customers look to modernize their infrastructures. Cisco specifically designed UCS unified fabric for this type of traffic to create a highly-available infrastructure with reduced latency and unmatched consistency as the solution scales. Without providing any supporting data, HP and IBM have been incorrectly asserting that Cisco UCS unified fabric would increase latency and slow blade-to-blade traffic. Cisco ran the tests, and the results were simply amazing.
Cisco UCS Outperforms HP Blade Servers on East-West Latency
Cisco UCS Outperforms IBM Flex System Blades on East-West Latency
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Tags: blades, Cisco UCS, Cisco UCS Performance, Cisco Unified Fabric, Fabric Interconnect, HP, HP c-class bladesystem, IBM, IBM Flex System
Cisco intern, Renee Yao recording videos at WPC 2013
The Cisco Data Center team recently wrapped up a great week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2013. Cisco’s VP of Unified Computing Marketing, Jim McHugh took the opportunity to interview Cisco experts about how Cisco UCS provides an optimal platform for Microsoft oriented data centers and creates opportunities for channel partners to drive new customer engagements and increase sales.
Special thanks Renee Yao for producing these videos as part of her summer internship at Cisco. Renee is a rising senior at UC Berkeley and has done a great job for the UCS marketing team this summer.
Check out our WPC 2013 video collection to learn about joint channel programs and solutions from Cisco, Microsoft and our partners.
Empowering Cisco and Microsoft Partners in the Data Center
Listen as Brian Allison, Cisco Director of Partner Solutions discusses how the Cisco Microsoft Alliance is creating business opportunities for channel partners.
Tags: Cisco UCS, data center, FlexPod, Microsoft, Microsoft WPC, Nexus 1000v, UCS, UCS Manager, vspex