What a difference a networking cable can make in a data center’s infrastructure requirements and costs…especially when that cable uses Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) technology. An industry-standard, FCoE carries Fibre Channel over Ethernet links, which reduces the number of I/O adapters, cables, and switches in the data center.
Wow! It’s been a whirlwind beginning to Cisco Live 2014. I’ve already met many partners and customers and we’re only about halfway through the week! Folks are excited to be part of such a huge event here in San Francisco. In fact, check out this shot of folks streaming into the room for John Chambers’ keynote address yesterday.
Before John even took the stage, we’d already spent a lot of time talking with customers and partners about the new Solution Partner Program. This key piece of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem used to be known as the Cisco Developer Network (CDN). Arjun Lahiri, Senior Manager, Cloud and Ecosystem Strategy and Programs Group, took some time to really explain how CDN evolved into the Solution Partner Program and why those changes have occurred and how they affect partners. Be sure to read Arjun’s blog and get up to speed on the latest on the Solution Partner Program here at Cisco Live 2014. Read More »
With the frenzy that comes with new phone releases, the excitement that new app launches cause, and our increasing ability to establish connections with anyone virtually anywhere, it’s safe to say the Internet of Everything (IoE) is changing everything about our global network.
And while the Internet of Everything describes the connections that link people, places, process, data and things, the convergence of all of these elements is the source of its growth.
On their own, increased mobility, enhanced cloud and Fast IT are changing the business and IT landscape. A new model for IT that accounts for the convergence of these technologies is essential to accelerating the trajectory of the Internet of Everything to new heights.
The ASR 1001-X is the latest addition to the ASR 1000 family of routers that packs 20Gbps forwarding capacity and 8G of Layer 3 Crypto throughput in a compact 1RU form factor!
In my earlier blog post I highlighted the need for connecting data centers to share and scale cloud services on demand and achieve flexibility and availability that is required by the cloud. As data centers continue to grow so does the need for more power and cooling, while rackspace continues to become a rare commodity. Talking to customers they wanted a platform with a smaller footprint but with higher performance and hence the ASR 1001-X was born.
Some of the key benefits of the ASR 1001-X we are highlighting at CiscoLive are:
- Investment Protection: Pay-as-you-grow forwarding throughput upgradable from 2.5 to 5,10 and 20Gbps
- Robust Security: Up to 8Gbps of Suite-B encryption combined with Layer 2 MAC Security.
- Data Center Interconnect (DCI): For workload mobility, high-availability application clusters and layer 2 extension for legacy applications support.
- Cisco IWAN: Application Visibility and Control, AppNav and Performance Routing enable inexpensive business-class Internet links as a WAN transport
- Advanced Routing: Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to enable Host mobility, Ingress traffic load-balancing, high VPN scale, and IPv6 transition
- Route Reflector: Up to 13M IPv4 routes (selective download)
- Multimedia Edge: Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) Enterprise Edition to offer 16k calls
- Ease of Management: Seamless integration and management with Cisco Prime Infrastructure.
I am often asked how each one of the benefits will help our customers so I wanted to talk about some of the common use cases where customers will see the largest benefit of the ASR 1001-X. For this blog I will cover in detail the Data Center Interconnect (DCI) use case and I will cover more use cases in future blog posts.
The Data Center Interconnect must provide secure access to satisfy a key requirement for the consumption of services from the cloud. Before the advent of the cloud, the network traffic that flowed in the interconnecting network fabric or the IP NGN was unidirectional -- it flowed from the client to the server in the network and back to the network client. Cloud and virtualization has made the network traffic multi-dimensional. The network traffic not only moves to and from client and network server it can also move across servers that are located in geographically dispersed data centers that are interconnected using DCI technologies. VMware virtual machine motion is an example of that. Based on this criteria, the ASR 1001-X supports the following DCI technologies:
- Virtual Extensible LAN Services
- Overlay Transport Virtualization
- Virtual Private LAN Services
- Ethernet over MPLS
- Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol v3
Please stay tuned for more in my next blog. I will talk about how the consumers of the cloud require the same great application experience when services are moved to the cloud and how the ASR 1001-X can help to deliver a better user experience.
This week we are celebrating with more than 25,000 attendees at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and many more viewers on line the 25th anniversary of Cisco Live and it’s an exciting time for Cisco and our partners! As John Chambers described it so eloquently in his Monday keynotes, customers are embracing the opportunities around the Internet of Everything and are looking for us to help them realize the benefits and manage the transition. And cloud deployment is certainly a critical component of this new IT world.
Since we announced our Intercloud strategy at Partner Summit, it continues to build momentum. This week, we are taking the next bold step and announcing new offers and new partnering models. We are expanding beyond our hosted collaboration and SaaS offerings with a richer set of cloud services.
Cisco is Moving Fast with our Partners to deliver on the Promise of an Intercloud
Rob Lloyd President, Development and Sales intends to demonstrate in his keynotes how fast Cisco has been able to move by driving a partner-centric Cloud strategy.
You can watch on line Rob’s keynote for a deeper dive into what is happening both at Cisco and with our customers as the Internet of Everything becomes a reality. Find out what Cisco is doing today, what we’re planning in the future, and what others are doing to tap into the power of the Internet of Everything.
A partner-centric approach differentiates Cisco and our partners
Innovation is required to meet the rapidly changing business requirements for cloud, mobile and the Internet of Everything. With that, new Intercloud reference architectures are being added to the Cloud and Managed Service Program for partners who deliver Cisco Powered services.
Aligning Your Strategy and Business for Cloud Success
This afternoon , Cisco executives Dr. Gee Rittenhouse –CDO and Faiyaz Shahpurwala -- Senior Vice President, Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services share our hybrid cloud strategy with you, including solutions such as Cisco InterCloud and Intelligent Automation for Cloud. They also discuss in their keynotes the role of applications and our partner ecosystem.
If you missed out on the Cloud Technology Trend Keynote – Aligning Your Strategy and Business for Cloud Success by Dr. Gee Rittenhouse and Faiyaz Shahpurwala, you’ll want to catch the on-demand replay.
In this session, Dr. Gee Rittenhouse and Faiyaz Shahpurwala provide use cases and insights to answer the following questions:
- How do you evolve your strategy at the right time with the right model?
- Which cloud is right for which workload?
- What is “fact or fiction” amid all of the cloud discussions and options?
- Is your strategy aligning you for success?
- Are your investments today setting you up for future success?
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Additional Cloud Information:
- A Strategic Approach to Meeting the Demand for Cloud [whitepaper]
- Watch the Cisco Intercloud Workload Migration Webcast (available on demand).
- Harness the potential of the cloud (interactive hub for #CiscoCloud assets)
- Subscribe to the Cloud Insights Podcast Channel featuring video interviews with #CiscoCloud executives.
Enterprise At-A-Glance (AAG) -- PDF
Provider At-A-Glance (AAG) -- PDF
- Cisco Cloud Strategy for Cloud Providers
- Cisco Cloud Portfolio for Cloud Providers
- Cisco InterCloud Provider Edition
- Many Clouds, Unlimited Choices [Enterprise]
- Many Clouds, Unlimited Choices [Provider]
- Cloud Computing, The Changing Role of IT
- Midsize Enterprises Leading the Way with Cloud Adoption: An IDC Infographic
- A World of Many Clouds: Solution pages
- Cisco Cloud Strategy
- Cloud Consulting Services
- Cisco Powered (login required)
- Video: Trey Leyton (VCE) and Jim Mchugh (Cisco) discuss Hybrid IT and the future of how VCE will be helping customers take advantage of Intercloud technologies with their Vblock infrastructure.
Read the press release:Cisco and Dimension Data to Accelerate Global Hybrid Cloud Adoption. Dimension Data Named Cisco’s First Global Intercloud Partner, Expanding on Successful 23-Year Relationship
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