Cisco has taken a leadership role in driving the industry on the creation of standards associated with IPv6. At recent count we had over 458 RFCs related to IPv6 – over a third of the total!
One example of this is how our technical leaders have taken on the challenge in dual stack (IPv4 and IPv6) networks to reduce user-noticeable delays in when the IPv6 path is broken or slow. We’ve documented a method called “Happy Eyeballs” as described in Internet-Draft “Happy Eyeballs: Trending Towards Success (IPv6 and SCTP”).
Today’s announcement that Citrix is dropping support for OpenStack has reverberated through the clouderati sphere like a new Justin Bieber song through my niece’s third grade class. Super important but will not matter much when the next idol arrives.
In any case, a lot of smart people have written about it. I’ll leave them to explain the whole thing.
But the post that most caught my attention came from Thorsten at Rightscale‘s. We both share something in common: we both build products that connect to cloud API’s. Including vendor who have API’s that claim to be compatible EC2. This experience, I think provides a useful point of view when thinking about API compatibility. Not to mention it creates a jaundiced view of the human soul.
I’ve said it many times and I’ll repeat it again: it’s the semantics of the resources in the cloud that matter, not the syntax of the API. This means that “API compatibility” has to reach very, very deep to be meaningful. Let me give you a couple of examples around EC2.
The most recent “Megatest” was initiated by Light Reading to assess our CloudVerse architecture. In the second part of the test, Cloud Intelligent Networks, Light Reading sought to validate the performance of Cisco’s IP NGN infrastructure in a world of cloud computing, and so far it’s the industry’s only end-to-end test of public cloud infrastructure.
Key questions which Light Reading sought to answer included:
Can Cisco deliver on the scale of network needed to connect customers to the cloud?
How can traffic between clouds (data centers) be delivered most efficiently to optimize network resources?
How can Data Centers keep up with the amount of traffic between them forecasted in the future, without having to replace long distance fiber infrastructure?
To learn more about how to administer and deploy IPv6-Based Cloud Intelligent Networks, and even have an opportunity to get your own questions answered, please attend a webinar with Sanjeev Mervana, Senior Director with Cisco, Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst with Light Reading, and Carsten Rossenhoevel, the Managing Director of the European Advanced Networking Testing Center.
The webinar will be held on April 4th, 2012 at 11am New York / 4 pm London and you can register at this link here. We look forward to hearing your questions!
At Enterprise Connect last week, Cisco Jabber and Cisco TelePresence weren’t the only stars of the show. Cisco’s desktop virtualization thin clients, Cisco Virtualization Experience Clients (VXC), were getting quite a bit of attention also. Some may find this surprising since Enterprise Connect has traditionally been considered a “voice” show. But just as the market has moved beyond voice to more mobile, social and visual collaboration, it has also evolved to a world of virtual collaboration. With the resulting unexpected benefit of unification of the complete office desktop, which in turn enables a variety of mobile strategies, many companies are now reconsidering their virtual desktop projects as voice and video become a must have for the users.
Last year at Enterprise Connect, we discussed how Cisco is helping customers address the challenges with Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), Cisco’s end to end virtual workspace solution with new desktop virtualization clients. In addition to the VXC 2000 series that were featured on the Exhibition Hall, we offered Cisco NDA sessions on VXI, where we demonstrated a new thin client we were working on, VXC 6215.
Last week, we demoed this new device in the Enterprise Connect Exhibit Hall and got a lot of interest from the conference attendees. The attendees immediately understood the value of VXC 6215, which unifies virtual desktops with voice and video, all in one device, without compromising the user experience. Many of them used the word “smart” to describe how VXC 6215 eliminates the classic “hairpin” issue that is associated with today’s traditional desktop virtualization thin clients when voice and video is not separated from the display protocol. With VXC 6215, we’ve applied the network intelligence to route voice and video traffic, point to point, without traversing back to the data center.
Explosive data growth and new transformational technologies such as cloud computing, converged infrastructure, unified networking and big data are changing the way organizations are running their businesses today. These new technologies affect IT systems and infrastructures, as well as the practitioners that design, install, operate and manage them. New skills and knowledge are needed for organizations to maximize the benefits of these new technologies.
To prepare the next generation of workers, Cisco is joining forces with EMC to offer comprehensive technical education solutions in the areas of cloud architecture, virtualization, storage, data center networking and data science. Watch below as Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager, Learning@Cisco and Tom Clancy, vice president, EMC Education Services discuss the joint education offerings available.
The joint education solutions offer advanced training and certifications to help customers acquire the skills required to successfully architect, build and transform their IT infrastructure, adopt cloud computing and realize the promise of data science and Big Data analytics.