In his paper “A Data Center Fabric is Critical to the Next Generation of Data Center ” published on January 2014, Zeus Kerravala (@Zeeman) wrote ” The data center has gone through many major evolutionary changes over the past several decades, and each change has been defined by major shifts in architectures…in 2011, another major shift began: the shift to a virtual data center. This has been the primary driver in enabling customers to transition to the cloud and ultimately IT as a service…Next-generation data centers will see a greater coupling of hardware and software to bring together both physical and virtual infrastructure. The result will be a fluid, dynamic “fabric” capable of moving IT resources where the business needs them.”
End of January at Cisco Live Europe, Cisco introduced new solutions “Data Center and Cloud Networking Accelerations Continues” expanding the portfolio of data center fabric solutions designed to create this virtual data center.
On March 11, a panel of experts shared the best ways to achieve this shift . You can access here to the recording
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During this webcast, our guests examined solutions to address the need for elimination, integration and consolidation. Eliminating IT silos will allow your resources to be ready when and where they’re needed, and can be achieved by implementing a data center fabric. With the capability of being quickly and easily built—and rebuilt—as necessary, data center fabrics provide an overarching, unified infrastructure to securely house your data and allow for benefits such as:
- Consolidation and simplification of the network, compute, storage, and application resources
- Faster delivery of services
- Enhanced utilization of resources
- More productive IT staff and employees
- Lower operating expenses
So to be ready to shift into high gear and accelerate , register now to discover the optimal way for a smooth transition.
A Data Center Fabric is critical to a next-generation Data Center by Zeus Karravala
“Data Center and Cloud Networking Accelerations Continues ” A blog from Shashi Kiran
“And the Momentum Continue- New Nexus Data Center Innovations ” A blog from Berna Devrim
Tags: cloud, Data Center Fabric, IaaS, next-generation data center, nexus, webcast, zeus kerravala
For many months now, we’ve talked about the Journey to Cloud Computing and how an evolution within your Data Center is needed to make that a reality. In many cases, we looked at this from an application perspective, focused on the interaction between automation, applications, servers, storage and the edges of the network.
But many of you have asked us to provide you a broader understanding of the role the Network plays in the Journey to Cloud Computing. Specifically you’ve asked us to highlight several areas:
- What is Cisco’s perspective and strategy around the usage of multiple types of Cloud Computing (Private, Public, Hybrid, Community) and what is needed from the network to interconnect all these offerings?
- How does my business manage the network transitions needed between today’s applications (often client-server), the virtualization of those application, and next-generation web and big data applications?
- What considerations do we need to make within my Data Center as we try and maximize efficiency and scalability?
- What considerations do we need to make at the edges of our networks when the proliferation of devices is almost out of control?
- Are there ways to protect my network investments while still having the flexibility to deal with the business uncertainties that are around the next corner?
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Tags: Big Data, Borderless Networks, Cloud Computing, Data Center Fabric, FabricPath, Layer 2, Layer 3, nexus, UCS, virtualization, Web Applications
Over the last few days, I’ve been listening to some interesting conversations on the topic of “fabric” in the data center. To be honest, one of the common questions I get is if there is anything materially different about “Fabric” (our Data Center Fabric or anyone else’s), or is it merely the latest buzzword from bored marketing geeks. From what I have seen, many of the companies throwing around the term “fabric” are referring only to transport and are usually tying it to a specific product or technology. On these two points, Cisco’s view of fabric markedly differs. Read More »
Tags: Data Center Business Advantage, Data Center Fabric, unified computing, Unified Fabric, Unified Network Services
With all the news over the last few days regarding the continuing growth of Cisco UCS, sometimes it worth taking a step back to look at how we got here. For me, I took a look at a blog post I wrote in March 2009 (pre-FCS), and it’s interesting to see how much mindset shifting has happened in such a short period of time.
A couple of important things should jump out at you:
- Cisco UCS is a simpler, more powerful way of building Data Center (or Cloud) infrastructure.
- While change can be hard, a change to Cisco UCS doesn’t have to be difficult for your organization or your IT staff.
- The short, medium and long-term vision for Cisco UCS (even from an outsider’s point of view) was clear back in 2009, well before we laid out Cisco’s strategy to evolve the Data Center of the future.
- Even as server technology has evolved over the past two years, the core UCS architecture focus on automation has continued to differentiate the product.
- No company has greater experience in helping customers transition through technology and business shifts, as is evident by the diagram above. In today’s confusing IT environment, businesses look to technology partners they can trust to help them through transitions and deliver solutions that are ahead of the curve.
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Tags: automation, Cisco UCS, Data Center Fabric, Disruption, innovation, unified computing
“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 »
Tags: Cisco UCS, Cloud Computing, Converged Infrastructure, Data Center Fabric, EMC World