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Three Paths to Private Clouds with Cisco, EMC and VCE

June 14, 2012 at 7:37 am PST

Cisco Live 2012 has been  another great opportunity to show the power of the partner ecosystem that Cisco built to provide compelling solutions to the IT organizations, interested in deploying a Unified Data Center, and a private cloud infrastructure.

I invited this week VCE Tom Chatham to blog about the collaboration between VCE, Cisco and EMC to support workload mobility and business continuance, and EMC Brian Gracely to write about VSPEX.  But I also took advantage of the presence  at Cisco Live of EMC Parmeet Chaddha VP Partner Solutions and VCE Jay Cuthrell, Office of the CTO, to invite them to a short video panel with Cisco Senior Director  Data Center Cloud and Enterprise Solutions Shashi Kiran to talk about the different architectures that can simplify, automate and transform IT while helping customers accelerate the journey to cloud computing.

There is no doubt that the collaboration between our 3 companies over the past years has been  very productive , and today this “triad ” is able to offer to the customers 3 clear options  depending on their unique business IT needs:

  • ŸBuild Your Own—Solutions built using tested and proven products and services
  • ŸReference architectures through VSPEX—Pre-packaged reference architectures
  • ŸConverged infrastructure through joint venture VCE—Vblock
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Another trend affecting data centers – “Convergence”

November 13, 2011 at 11:57 am PST

Interesting trends are taking root around us and one of them is convergence. The term conjures up different thoughts depending on our background and experiences. Economists may say convergence is the parity of per capita income around the world. Convergence for telecom is the combination of voice, data and entertainment services. So what does it mean for data centers? In one of my recent informal webcast polls of technologists, one opinion was that convergence implied the union of telecom and IT. Reality is that data centers now are the hub and source for voice, video, data and application services.

So if we look at application workloads running in data centers, there are four infrastructure capacity variables -- CPU, Memory, Storage and Network. One approach is to optimize on the utilization of one of these variables. If we decide to optimize on Storage, then it must be virtualized and/or provided as a service. Implementation would involve purchase of the best of breed storage hardware, and building highly skilled teams to manage, tweak and optimize performance of the storage resources. Similarly a COE(Center of Excellence) for servers (CPU and Memory) must be formed for servers and for networks. This implies that any project would involve multiple teams and project management would be a challenge, to put it lightly. This reminds me of my mainframe experience in relation to the distributed platform. We could get an entire application developed, tested and ready to go before getting a RACF id to even access the mainframe.

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Nobody Ever Got Fired for Buying Cisco UCS

“Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.” -- Pat Riley (championship coach)

Sometimes change is difficult because of actual uncertainty, and sometimes change is difficult because of perceived uncertainty. The former is usually measured through probability and addressed via risk mitigation techniques. That latter is overcome through education and little bit of “prove it to me”.

It’s been two years and Cisco hasn’t quit the server business, as predicted by some. Independent analysts have highlighted the value and vision of Cisco Data Center Fabric. Cisco UCS has been setting performance records at a rapid pace, and customers of all sizes have been building out their Data Center Fabric with UCS and Nexus.

But sometimes it’s about more than technology and vision. Sometimes it’s about people, and concerns about uncertainty. What happens when previously isolated technologies begin to converge?

This is one of the areas that we will be highlighting at EMC World 2011 this week, in speaking sessions, booth demonstrations and theater presentations. Our goal is to not only highlight best-in-class convergence technologies, but educate network and storage professionals about the realities of creating Data Center Fabric networks with Cisco.

Question: Maybe you’re asking yourself, “Who owns the platforms and network when they converge into a Data Center Fabric?”

The answer: You do. The Storage Teams. The Network Teams. You own the distribution of responsibilities, and the underlying infrastructure allows you to either isolate operations or begin to integrate them. At your pace. According to your business needs. Read More »

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