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
In this last part of this series I will discuss the top customer priority of visibility. Cisco offers customers the ability to gain insight into what’s happening in their network and, at the same time, maintain compliance and business operations.
But before we dive into that let’s do a recap of part two of our series on Cisco’s Secure Data Center Strategy on threat defense. In summary, Cisco understands that to prevent threats both internally and externally it’s not a permit or deny of data, but rather that data needs deeper inspection. Cisco offers two leading platforms that work with the ASA 5585-X Series Adaptive Security Appliance to protect the data center and they are the new IPS 4500 Series Sensor platform for high data rate environments and the ASA CX Context Aware Security for application control. To learn more go to part 2 here.
As customers move from the physical to virtual to cloud data centers, a challenge heard over is over is that they desire to maintain their compliance, security, and policies across these varying instantiations of their data center. In other words, they want to same controls in the physical world present in the virtual – one policy, one set of security capabilities. This will maintain compliance, overall security and ease business operations.
By offering better visibility into users, their devices, applications and access controls this not only helps with maintaining compliance but also deal with the threat defense requirements in our overall data center. Cisco’s visibility tools gives our customers the insight they need to make decisions about who gets access to what kinds of information, where segmentation is needed, what are the boundaries in your data center, whether these boundaries are physical or virtual and the ability to do the right level of policy orchestration to maintain compliance and the overall security posture. These tools have been grouped into three key areas: management and reporting, insights, and policy orchestration.
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In part one of our series on Cisco’s Secure Data Center Strategy, we did a deeper dive on segmentation. As a refresh, segmentation can be broke into three key areas. The first, the need to create boundaries is caused because perimeters are beginning to dissolve and many environments are no longer trusted forcing us to segment compute resources, the network and virtualized attributes and environments. Along with segmenting physical components, policies must be segmented by function, device, and organizational division. Lastly, segmenting access control around networks and resources whether they are compute, network, or applications offers a higher level of granularity and control. This includes role-based access and context based access. Ensuring policy transition across the boundaries is of primary concern. To learn more on segmentation go here.
Today we will dive deeper into Cisco’s security value-add of threat defense.
Technology trends such as cloud computing, proliferation of personal devices, and collaboration are enabling more efficient business practices, but they are also putting a strain on the data center and adding new security risks. As technology becomes more sophisticated, so are targeted attacks, and these security breaches, as a result, are far more costly. The next figure is from Information Weeks 2012 Strategic Security Survey and illustrates top security breaches over the previous year.
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Tags: Cisco ASA, cisco firewall, Cisco Security, cisco sio, Cisco UCS, cloud, data center, data center security, DC, firewall, intrusion prevention, IPS, it security, network security, pci-dss, security, server, threat defense, virtual, virtualization