If you are involved in designing, supporting or managing a data center, you will undoubtedly rely on technical support services from one or more vendors. Running your data center, there is always the risk of a hardware failure or being impacted by a software defect. While relatively rare, hardware does occasionally fail unfortunately. However you undoubtedly have technical support in place to deal with such problems. You may have invested in a few extra switches as backup, you may also have failover mechanisms in place. Almost certainly you will have a support contract in place with your Cisco partner or with Cisco, so you have break/fix expertise on tap for when something goes wrong. This is critical support for your business, no debate from me.
Engineer Under Stress!
Now, arguably the most important resource you have in your data center is not so much individual switches, routers or servers. It’s your engineers, those who design and support your data center. If they have a problem, where and how do they get help? Who helps them when they are stretched? When business pressures are telling? Of course, their colleagues and managers can and will help. Where, however, can they tap into additional sources of expertise so that they can become even more productive for you? This is where Cisco Optimization Services come in – including our award-winning Cisco Network Optimization Service (or “NOS” for short), Collaboration Optimization Service, and the one I’m involved with, Cisco Data Center Optimization Services.
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Tags: ACI, architecture, Cisco Nexus, Cisco UCS, cisco_services, data_center, OpenStack, optimization, SDN
In September 2014, Cisco launched the UCS Mini for what they dubbed “Edge-Scale Computing”. The UCS Mini offering is a stripped down version of the classic UCS system with Fabric Interconnects. To learn about classic UCS, click here.
In this post I will go into some details about the UCS Mini that I’ve learned over the past few months. The information here will assume you have the basic knowledge about what the UCS Mini is and what components are involved. If you need a refresher, I’ve written up a small introduction here.
Let’s dive in.
The UCS FI 6324 is the same size as the UCS I/O Modules (IOM 2208XP, 2204XP, etc) and fits in the back IOM slot of the UCS Chassis 5108 (version 2).
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Tags: Cisco UCS, Cisco UCS Central, UCS Mini
The Cisco Nexus 1000V has been supported in VMware vSphere hypervisor since 4.0 release (August 2009) up to the current vSphere release 5.5 update 2. We are happy to announce that the Nexus 1000V will continue to be supported in the latest vSphere 6 release which VMware recently announced. Customers who are currently running Nexus 1000V will be able to upgrade to the vSphere 6 release and the new vSphere 6 customers will have the Nexus 1000V as part of their choices for virtual networking.
Cisco is fully committed to support the Nexus 1000V product for our 10,000+ Advanced Edition customers and the thousands more using the Essential Edition software in all future releases of VMware vSphere. Cisco has a significant virtual switching R&D investment with hundreds of engineers dedicated to the Nexus 1000V platform. The Nexus 1000V has been the industry’s leading virtual switching platform with innovations on VXLAN (industry’s first shipping VXLAN platform), and distributed zone firewall (via Virtual Security Gateway released in Jan 2011).
The Nexus 1000V also continues to be the industry’s only multi-hypervisor virtual switching solution that delivers enterprise class functionality and features across vSphere, Hyper-V and KVM.
In the last major release of the Nexus 1000V for vSphere, version 3.1 (August 2014) we added significant scaling and security features and we continue to provide subsequent updates (December 2014) with the next release planned for March 2015. The recently released capabilities include:
- Increased scale per Nexus 1000V:
- 250 hosts
- 10,000 virtual ports
- 1,000 virtual ports per host
- 6,000 VXLAN segments with ability to scale out via BGP
- Increased security and visibility
- Seamless security policy from campus and WAN to datacenter with Cisco TrustSec tagging/enforcement capabilities
- Distributed port-security for scalable anti-spoofing deployment
- Enhanced L2 security and loop prevention with BPDU Guard
- Protection against broadcast storms and or attacks with Storm control
- Scalable flow accounting and statistics with Distributed Netflow
- Ease of management via Virtual Switch Update Manager (VSUM) – a vSphere web-client plug-in
One of the common questions coming from our customers is whether VMware is still re-selling and supporting the Nexus 1000V via VMware support?
VMware has decided to no longer offer Nexus 1000V through VMware sales or sell support for the Nexus 1000V through the VMware support organization as of Feb 2nd 2015. We want to reiterate that this has NO IMPACT on the availability and associated support from Cisco for the Nexus 1000V running in a vSphere environment. Cisco will continue to sell Nexus 1000V and offer support contracts. Cisco encourages customers who are currently using VMware support for the Nexus 1000V to migrate their support contracts to Cisco by contacting their local Cisco Sales team to aide in this transition.
For questions or help, please reach out firstname.lastname@example.org
Tags: ACI, Cisco Nexus, Cisco UCS, Nexus1000V, VMware, VMware vSphere, vsg, vsphere 6, VXLAN
Today’s IT leaders want more from their data centers – and their technology partners. Customers want their technology partners to work together to deliver integrated solutions that enable business innovation. They can’t be limited by aging infrastructure and legacy platforms. With the end of support for Windows Server 2003 rapidly approaching, Cisco channel partners have an opportunity to help their customers migrate to a modern data center solution based on Cisco UCS and Windows Server 2012 R2.
Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. After this date, security updates will no longer be available and customers will be exposed to significant compliance and security risks. With millions of Windows 2003 servers still in production, channel partners have an opportunity to grow their UCS and Microsoft revenue with value added services including:
- Design and manage the migration of customer environments from Window Server 2003 to Widows Server 2012 and Cisco UCS
- Design and manage server consolidation projects
- Plan, build, and manage the transition to Microsoft Private Cloud on UCS integrated infrastructures
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Tags: channel partner, channel partner program, Cisco UCS, Cloud Computing, data center, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Windows Server
Bill Kehoe, CIO for King County, is taking a new approach to IT and building a progressive government to benefit citizens
The Lineup: Microsoft, Cisco, and Intel
It’s no secret that tested and tried solutions will lead to a faster time to production, allowing you to stay at the forefront of innovation and, most importantly, stand out from the competition.
The latest in our series of deep-dive examinations, our Microsoft-focused edition of Unleashing IT shows you how three industry leaders are creating integrated solutions to achieve better business outcomes. Read More »
Tags: Cisco UCS, Cloud Computing, data center, Microsoft, private cloud, Unleashing IT