This weekend I managed to see the new James Bond film, Skyfall. The technologist in me noticed the transformation of the espionage industry to the cyber world. More interesting were the Data Center scenes in which the equipment was neatly arranged with minimal cabling. One blog even called it the data center of the future.
(This film image released by Sony Pictures shows Daniel Craig, left, and Javier Bardem in a scene from the film “Skyfall.” Bardem portrays, Raoul Silva, one of the finest arch-enemies in the 50-year history of Bond films.) (AP Photo/Sony Pictures, Francois Duhamel) – Notice the data center equipment in the background.
Reality is that data centers are full of cables (see above) unless you are using Cisco UCS in which case you have a chance of being in the future NOW. General availability of UCS Manager 2.1, which brings all the cable reduction benefits to rack mount servers could not have been more timely.
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Tags: data center, UCS, UCS Manager
In this week’s episode of Engineers Unplugged, we hear from VMware’s Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) and Chuck Hirstius (@rexremus) as they discuss how to Be Kind to Your Protocol, including solutions to common problems and the art of tuning.
Welcome to Engineers Unplugged, where technologists talk to each other the way they know best, with a whiteboard. The rules are simple:
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Andre Leibovici and Chuck Histrius on Engineers Unplugged at VMworld Barcelona.
Do you agree with Andre and Chuck? Are you being kind to your protocol? Find more information on Chuck’s blog and Andre’s blog. Post a comment or a question here, or join the conversation with @CiscoDC on Twitter or Facebook.
Tags: bandwidth, data center, protocol, tcp/ip, virtualization, VMware, vmworld
I pulled some workshop hosting duty trying to fill Jimmy Ray’s big orange shoes this morning. The subject is a great one – Intrusion Prevention in the Data Center with an incredibly sharp engineer, Stijn Vanveerdeghem. Stijn is one of those crazy smart security guys down in Austin, TX as he works with a bunch of old friends from the team of IDS experts we have there.
So much emphasis on the data center these days for obvious reasons and it makes sense that anytime we consolidate something valuable – there is going to be an increase in creativity for how to get to it when your not supposed to.
We do these workshops as part of our TechWiseTV shows for their interactivity and the difference in the depth we can achieve. A number of references were made as to other resources, shows we have done as well as published papers and studies. I have included all the links we brought up below.
If you missed Stijn’s presentation or would like to go back and take better notes – you can get to it at the same link you used to originally register OR I also highly recommend you bookmark ciscoworkshops.com
TechWiseTV Episodes referenced:
TWTV120 – Defending the Data Center
Couple of notable segments within this show worth looking at here:
Clustering Technology with the 5585X
IPS 4500 Series
Episode 15, Firewall Reinvention with the ASA CX, is a good show throughout – only one segment I will call out as a favorite however, a Master Class Jimmy Ray did on ‘Forensic Analysis.’ The differences between network device versus traditional computer forensics and network forensics best practices, why routers and firewalls aren’t the smoking gun, and how the Cisco Router Analysis Tool can help with your networking.
Fundamentals of IPS
Fundamentals of High End Firewalls
Couple of good pointers Scott Simkin lays out in his support of our workshop today – thank you Scott.
The 2012 Verizon Data Breach Report (pdf)
Performance of the Cisco IPS 4300 and 4500 (Whitepaper, .PDF)
Global Correlation on Cisco IPS Sensors (Whitepaper, PDF)
IPS Tech Tips – Protecting Industrial Environments:
Cisco IPS Go page: http://cisco.com/go/ips
Thanks for watching!
Tags: data center, IPS, security, TechWiseTV
The following excerpts are from an interview with Bernie Trudel, Asia Pacific Regional Data Center and Cloud CTO, Cisco Systems, Inc.
As someone whose world is dominated by cloud, data center, privacy, and compliance, it was exciting to meet a long-term expert with the same-shared interests. Bernie Trudel has been with Cisco for 17 years, and in addition to his role as Regional CTO, he is Chairman of the Asian Cloud Computing Association, an industry organization dedicated to making cloud computing a reality across Asia Pacific (APAC) by addressing the needs for common platforms. He shared his ideas with me on key regional trends, security to accelerate cloud adoption, and the future of the data center.
What are the key regional trends?
Increasingly APAC countries are adopting a national broadband policy driven by a combination of the adoption of cloud and the ubiquity of personal computing. There is a strong focus on data sovereignty and privacy in response to emerging data privacy legislative measures in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines and also greater awareness around consumer’s rights to protect private data. International connectivity is also emerging as an issue as smaller countries rely on networks that cross geographic borders.
Many of these trends are measured in the Cloud Readiness Index, which uses 10 parameters that focus on risk, power, sustainability, and other metrics to assess readiness across the region.
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Tags: Asia, asian cloud computing association, cloud, Cloud Security Alliance, data center, privacy, virtualization
Is your network ready to help you transform and be the strategic partner that you can be? Let’s face it… Today’s data centers are challenged with siloed resources and facilities… Limited scalability… Poor resource utilization… Growing complexity…Perhaps the biggest challenge is time. When 80% of your resources are dedicated to “keeping the lights on” and managing all what you have, there is very little time left for innovation that benefits the business.
And the reality is that the role of IT has to change – from a cost center to a business strategic partner! Why? Because there are increasing demands on IT to help your business differentiate in order to survive and grow in these rough economic conditions. And let’s not forget that the increasing cost pressures, technology changes, and the advent of game-changers like cloud are forcing IT executives to look at how to deliver IT differently.
These growing demands put even more pressure on the shoulders of IT especially given the current state of your Data Centers. The data center network sits at the core of IT and is key to how IT can deliver services and provide value back to the business.
So what do you do? The good news is that …
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Tags: ASA, Cisco, cloud, Cloud Computing, Consolidation, convergence, data center, DCNM, Fabric Path, FCoE, fex, Fibre Channel, it-as-a-service, LISP, MDS, nexus, Nexus 1000v, Nexus1010, NX-OS, OTV, switch, Unified Fabric, virtualization