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UCS Innovation for Core Data Center Applications

We have a number of exciting additions to the UCS family, which we are announcing today.  Application architectures are fundamentally changing, which is driving a change to the core infrastructure.   Today, you will hear about new innovations in the area of scale-out computing, which are optimized for the delivery of new applications, data analytics and the scale that is required to support these apps.

As part of this announcement, we are delivering significant innovations around what I’ll call the core data center applications.  Put another way, these are the more traditional applications that keep the business running and keep employees productive.  Cisco is announcing our fourth generation of our workhorse two-socket blade and rack systems as well as a broad set of enhancements to UCS Management.

Over the past five years, when I ask customers why they purchased UCS, it comes down to two key areas:  more power to drive applications faster and simplified management, which accelerates IT operations. Let’s talk first about the core data center platforms and the new innovations there.  Once again, Cisco is raising the bar on “enterprise class” stateless computing and performance.  Today, we’re announcing the Cisco UCS M4 series, which are optimized for the widest set of enterprise use cases.  Delivered through the new UCS B200 M4, C220 M4 and C240 M4, Cisco continues to deliver the highest performance CPUs, maximum memory and highest I/O performance.  Besides support for fastest and highest core count and memory, we have added significant flexibility to the platforms via modular LAN-on-motherboard (LOM), Modular HBAs and Flex Storage options.

In addition to the M4 generation of servers we are introducing our 3rd gen VIC technology.  This generation brings native 40Gb and advanced networking features such as NVGRE and VxLAN to UCS.  The latest VIC will also enable ultra low latency RDMA capabilities.. As really fast flash storage becomes mainstream and clustered applications gain popularity, high bandwidth, low latency interconnect technology will be required for applications to see the full benefit of performance  improvements.  With this technology, applications requiring low latency can see up to an 85% improvement without the complexity of building Infiniband fabrics.

As much as we like talking about performance (and believe me, we like that a lot), the biggest innovation UCS brought to the datacenter was a dramatically simplified management paradigm with our UCS Management portfolio.   Today, we’re announcing the addition of the software programmable ACI fabric through the Nexus 9000 and APIC into UCS Director.  UCS Director is also delivering a software development kit and open API to accelerate third party integration with Cisco’s technology partners.

Finally, we are delivering new application container support within UCS Director, which provides both virtual and bare metal isolation of workloads, automated with UCS Director.  Users simply request a container for a particular set of application components and UCS Director deploys the necessary infrastructure configuration required.  Taken together, UCS Director becomes an even more robust control point for IT infrastructure as IT customers can now request application services and have computing, storage and networking services (such as firewalling or Layer 4-7 switching) delivered across a programmable networking fabric.

Taken along with the M-series and the UCS C3160, this announcement represents a huge step forward in the UCS portfolio to enable customers to move faster into the new application paradigm while still supporting their core data center applications.

 

 

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Introducing New Computing Platforms for the Internet of Everything

There will be fifty billion things connected to the Internet by 2020. Untold new and valuable connections will be formed as people, processes, data and things connect and create the next wave of the Internet that we call the Internet of Everything.

Our ability to realize the $19 trillion of economic potential inherent in that Internet of Everything will be dependent on the applications that facilitate business transactions; enable partners and suppliers to interact; transform how users share, learn and buy; and deliver analytics derived from all of these connections.

The ability of organizations to seize the opportunity of the Internet of Everything will be determined by how well CIOs embrace new models of I.T.   The performance and security of these critical applications will be determined by how well the I.T. industry rises to the challenge of delivering new forms of I.T. infrastructure.

Today is a big day for Cisco as we rise to that challenge for delivering FAST IT.

I’m excited to announce that today marks the beginning of the next wave of innovation for the Cisco Unified Computing System.

Five years ago, we delivered Cisco Unified Computing System, a groundbreaking architecture designed for virtualization, automation and orchestration that uniquely addressed the needs of customers embarking on the journey to data center virtualization and cloud.

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Next Generation Applications and Data Analytics

I was speaking with a customer today at VMworld and, unlike many discussions, which are focused on the infrastructure (servers, storage, networking), this one turned primarily on the application. This person was describing to me his need to match the server to a new set of applications he is being asked to support and then what to do with all the data being generated.   With much of the conversation at the show focusing on virtualization of resources, he made the point that consideration of the architecture itself – how servers, storage and networking is leveraged – was still critical to mapping the requirements of the application back to what that application lives on.

This is a trend we’re seeing more and more.  A new breed of applications, and the increasing density of data, is driving a new way of thinking about the underlying infrastructure.  Often, these applications are developed internally, leveraging many of the toolkits available on the market today, and delivered through a private or public cloud.  These applications can be run from Read More »

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The Next Wave of Innovation: Cisco UCS Fall Launch Sept 4th

In 2009, the course of data center technology changed forever with the introduction of a groundbreaking architecture designed for IT innovation and business acceleration.  With the Unified Computing System, Cisco answered the needs of customers embarking on the industry transition to data center virtualization and cloud.   This innovation led Cisco to becoming #1 blade server in Americas in 5 short years.

On September 4th, Cisco will unveil the next wave of Unified Computing innovation to meet the needs of the applications powering The Internet of Everything. As more users seek information in new ways, and as organizations use deeper intelligence to make faster decisions, IT must think differently about data center infrastructure.  To meet the needs of customers the power of the data center needs to be everywhere.

Please join us virtually to listen to an exciting group of technology leaders, including Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, as Cisco delivers a grand slam of innovation.  See the unveiling of exciting new systems that are optimized to bring the power of unified computing to applications at every scale. It is the broadest, most powerful array of new computing solutions since Cisco Unified Computing System (#CiscoUCS) first shattered industry convention in 2009.

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Learn how Cisco has the right technology and partnerships to help you power data-intensive analytics, applications at the edge, and the next generation of scale-out workloads.

UCS Launch Agenda

Your registration entitles you to view the sessions below:

Keynote Address & UCS Innovation Product Announcements
Featuring Padmasree Warrior

Customer & Technology Solutions Panel

  • Data-intensive Analytics in the Internet of Everything (Hosted by Padmasree Warrior, Cisco)
  • Next Generation Architecture for Extreme Scale-Out (Hosted by Matt Eastwood, IDC)

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Event Summary

  • Event type: Online Event
  • September 4, 2014
  • 7:30 AM PDT
  • 10:30 AM EDT
  • Opening Session: 60 minutes
  • Panel Discussions: 120 minutes

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Free Free Free Cisco UCS Development Free Free Free

January 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm PST

The other day I was “making” breakfast for my daughter, as I poured the cereal from the box I noticed that the “toy” was the box. The box had a game board printed on it and you had to cut it out along with the game pieces and the die. The game instructions were printed inside the box, so I ended up with a whole bunch of cardboard snippets and the game.  She was so excited to play the game, so we played the game, it was an arduous journey but I stuck it out because that’s the kind of dad I am. When we finished playing, my daughter with her eight years of life experience remarked, “You just don’t get anything good for free anymore!”

Anymore?!! How many reference points could she have in her eight years?  Myself, being a little older, I have some more experience with “free”, and sadly I have to agree with her that the free you get today is not as good as the free you used to get, to the point where seeing the word free no longer excites me.

Well I have found some exceptions to that rule. As a developer for a couple decades now I have used many development tools and environments. Along the way either I or my employer had to pay for those tools, but now almost every development product I use is free and not cheesy cereal box game free but full featured with community support and add-ons to extend the capabilities of the product.  That’s the kind of free to get excited about.

Why get excited?  Well take for instance the Cisco UCS Manager; it has an XML API that is communicated with via XML documents in an HTTP post. Every tool I use to write applications that interface with the UCS Manager is free. That’s great you say, but you still need a UCS Manager and to get that you need a UCS Fabric Interconnect and you need chassis, blades, adaptors, memory, disks, etc. and you start to think things like “the UCS we just ordered isn’t here yet” or “the UCS systems we have are all production and we can’t test our scripts against them.”

Don’t despair because Cisco has released a UCS Emulator for the 1.4 and 2.0 versions of the UCS Manager firmware.  The UCS Platform Emulator (UCSPE) has significant capabilities to enable UCS Manager development, things like hardware configuration importing from a live system, exporting of a configuration and the ability to build an emulated UCS system like the one you just ordered. In addition to the emulation capabilities the UCSPE also includes the UCS Object Model documentation, example scripts, Visore (the object browser) and more. Don’t know what the Object Model is or concerned you need more information on the XML API, check out these docs.
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