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FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft Private Cloud — A Premier Integrated Platform for Mission Critical Microsoft SQL Server Implementations

This guest blog was authored by Frank Cicalese and contains summarized content from various articles that can be found on Cisco and NetApp’s sites. 

Untitled5Frank Cicalese is a Technical Solutions Architect with Cisco’s Data Center Architecture Team helping customers globally with their Microsoft solutions on Cisco UCS. Frank also worked at Microsoft for over 10 years in several positions that required deep technical knowledge such as Services Consultant, Platform Architect, Database Technology Specialist, Virtualization Technology Specialist and Datacenter Technology Specialist. Frank has in-depth technical knowledge and proficiency with database design, optimization, replication and clustering and has extensive virtualization, identity and access management and application development skills. He is also a writer member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers with published musical works that have aired on well-known cable and news networks.


 

FlexPod

Cisco and NetApp have been teaming for several years developing the FlexPod solution portfolio. This portfolio includes architectures that combine NetApp storage systems, Cisco Unified Computing System servers, and Cisco Nexus fabric into an architecture that provides a highly efficient operational model for workload deployments. This architecture is capable of hosting mission critical SQL Server implementations and is capable of providing them with the required throughput and availability for even the most demanding business requirements.

Recently, Cisco and NetApp contracted Scalability Experts to implement a performance and load test that proves my claims in the above paragraph beyond any doubt in my mind.

Scalability Experts, for readers who may not be familiar with them, is a triple Gold Microsoft Partner, and highly awarded consulting company specializing in Data Platforms, Business Intelligence and Infrastructure Solutions. Scalability Experts conducted the performance and load testing over several months using real world workloads. More information on Scalability Experts can be found at http://www.scalabilityexperts.com/

The purpose of this performance and load test was to validate that FlexPod is a premiere platform for the most demanding applications. This performance and load test implements a real world gaming workload on Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate Edition was used to generate and run the performance and load tests. For more information about Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate Edition see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd831853.aspx. More information about Microsoft SQL Server 2014 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/sql-server/.

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Announcing the new Data Center and Cloud Community!

It’s finally here- the new Data Center and Cloud community framework has launched! We created new content spaces for Compute and Storage, Software Defined Networks, Data Center and Networking, and OpenStack and OpenSource Software.

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Oh, The Things You Learn After Hours!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for us in big data land. One thing that struck me is how much we learned about the big data and analytics space after hours at Strata Hadoop, and sometimes that can be just as exciting as what we learn during the sessions. I have a couple of videos I like to share with you to prove my point.

In this video, I learned some things from Jim Scott, MapR. First, MapR is providing –and get ready because it’s a mouthful—“ an online, Interactive, platform neutral, vendor agnostic training” — and some cool use cases of a Hadoop cluster in a briefcase.

It’s also fun to get together with our various partners and talk about the great solutions we are doing together. In this video, I have MapR and Platfora do all the work. Hey it was after hours!

Cisco Big Data Webinar At-A-Glance ABSOLUTE FINAL VERSION

Webinar At A Glance

Want to learn more about what we are doing with our partners? Check out the Webinar At A Glance from our recent Big Data webcast, “Analytics Solutions for Driving Better Business Outcome,” which is available on demand now. The feedback has been amazing and we plan to do more of these with our partners in the future.

Have some interesting stories or solutions you would like to share? Find me on Twitter, @JimMcHugh, we can work together to get the news out.

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SQL Server 2005 End of Support on April 12, 2016 | Cisco UCS is here to help.

SQL Server 2005 end of support is on April 12, 2016. Many of our customers agree that it’s time to think about migrating/upgrading to something better and faster soon. If you are still using SQL Server 2005, here are some points to consider.

SQL Server 2014 New Features This is a major upgrade packed with new features of SQL Server 2014 include In-Memory online transaction processing (OLTP), updateable Columnstore indexes, and AlwaysOn availability groups.

Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) C460-TPC-H-Results-550x369So why should you consider Cisco UCS to take advantage of these SQL Server 2014 features? Let’s start with performance.
Cisco UCS C460 M4 running Microsoft SQL Server 2014 outperformed:

  • Fujitsu SPARC M10-4S by 80 percent
  • Dell PowerEdge R820 by 31 percent
  • IBM x3859 by 13 percent

Why are we so good?

  • Optimize OLTP workloads
    The new OLTP engine helps facilitate high performance, low latency data access. Cisco UCS has high memory capacities that support you to take advantage of the SQL Servers’ In-Memory OLTP engine. Progress Insurance used Cisco UCS and In-Memory OLTP and saw a 4x performance gain. They saw a 320% increase in processing rate, from 5,000 transactions/second to 21,000 transactions.
  • Optimize BI and Data Warehousing workloads
    Columnstore index provides significant performance improvement for Data Warehouse queries. You no longer need to drop and recreate the index when making changes. We have seen 10x better performance results. Such workloads are increasing tenfold every 5 years. With high memory support, Cisco UCS Blade Servers provide up to 3TB of RAM and the Cisco UCS Rack Servers up to 6TB of RAM. You can trust us to give you the best experience.
  • Maximizing Availability
    Cisco UCS’s service profiles and the stateless architecture allow SQL Server workloads to be introduced back into production in 5-7 minutes regardless if it’s virtualized or bare metal. Children’s Hospital in Colorado leveraged the service profiles and provisioned 15 servers in 1 day. Without them, it usually takes up to weeks to configure the new servers.
    SQL Server’s AlwaysOn AGs provide protection against unplanned downtime. During a failure, Cisco Unified Fabric ensures the connection between the primary and the secondary replicas has the best performance of bandwidth.

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Run simple, run fast, run lean. Run SAP on Cisco UCS.

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Picture1The New Year has arrived, and with it, SAP has added new solutions to their portfolio. The latest announcement is SAP’s Business Suite on HANA (S4HANA).

Over the past several years, SAP’s overall movement to create an in-memory platform has been strengthened by industry-leading and mission-critical solutions such as Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI), integrated infrastructure, big data, and Internet of Things. How much do you know about these solutions? Would you like to learn more?

Cisco has developed a series of educational webinars to provide a deep dive into each of these solution areas.

These webinars have been created to educate and provide you the opportunity to ask the hard questions about how these SAP and SAP HANA solutions will fit into your organization.

Register for the individual webinars to learn how you can maximize your company’s competitive edge.

 

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We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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