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Unified Data Center IQ Challenge : Two more weeks to win

October 26, 2012 at 8:27 am PST

As a quick reminder , to participate to this 6 weeks challenge and have a chance to win every week a new iPAD , you want to visit our Facebook page. The questions are submitted on Sunday midnight PST, and answers have to be provided  at the end of the week . Participation is easy and fun and allow you to collect points to compete for the highest IQ score. This best Unified Data Center “brain” will be the winner of the Grand Prize (valued US $2000).  Every week-end , you can answer bonus  questions, which give you additional points to catch up for the Grand Prize

Just a quick note today to share  with our numerous participants to the contest that this week challenge will be extended to Friday midnight PST  (instead of Friday noon) due to an outage on Monday , which impacted the access to the questions most of the day .

It’s a pleasure to introduce to you our last week winner Trevor Roberts Jr. (@VMtrooper
Trevor is a 15-year veteran of the IT industry.  As an Architect for VCE, he helps customers see the value of Cisco Data Center Solutions for Virtualization and Cloud Deployments.
Trevor believes the programmability of the Cisco UCS platform, especially, facilitates DevOps personnel realizing automation and orchestration goals that are challenging to achieve on other platforms.  This versatility allows IT departments and businesses to respond much quicker to customer demands.  Further, Trevor is excited to see how Cisco’s Software-Defined Networking (SDN) initiatives will spur the next evolution of Data Center Automation.
In his free time, Trevor enjoys travelling and blogging about applications of Cisco UCS and Nexus 1000V for Cloud at www.VMTrooper.com

If you haven’t entered the contest this week in answering the questions on virtualization it’s your opportunity to shine and win a new iPAD.

The questions as usual are pretty easy with multiple choice -- You just need one correct answer to be eligible to win the weekly prize -- Check out -- If you know one answer you’d better go right away to Facebook to fill the form -- All what we need is your e-mail address and your choices

  • Part of the Cisco multi-hypervisor strategy for Cisco Nexus 1000V , which solution is currently in beta?
    • Nexus 1000V virtual switch on the Citrix XenServer virtualization platform
    • Nexus 1000V virtual switch on Microsoft Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012
    • Nexus 1000V virtual switch the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) open source hypervisor for Linux
    • Nexus 1000V virtual switch on the VMware vSphere hypervisor
  • Which Citrix solution Cisco will include in its “Cloud Network Services” portfolio
    • High-performance NetScaler MPX appliances
    • Multi-tenant NetScaler SDX platforms
    • Software-based NetScaler VPX virtual appliances
    • All of the above
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What the Supermarket taught me about Big Data

October 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm PST

Author’s Note:  I have no kids.  I have friends with kids, who used to be in diapers.  The kids were in diapers, not the friends.  I’ve changed a few in my day, but not nearly as many as my friends have. And yes this has some sort of relevance to this story…

 

In every trade show or conference there’s someone talking about Big Data.  They talk about algorithms, CPUs, memory, software stacks, cabling, racks, ROI, TCO, nodes, names, federation, centralization, organization until you get “the pitch.”  I’m not really interested in the pitch for why someone’s product is better than the other, I’m more interested in the “What is the Problem that you’re trying to solve?”  This to me gets to the root of Big Data,or  the consolidation of a set of diverse data sources with a multitude of data types for which you’re attempting to determine relationships and patterns amongst it. Phew. Got it?

Me neither, but I like to think in examples and this is where it dawned on me in the grocery store.

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Cisco UCS Servers – Making Ben Franklin proud

October 25, 2012 at 7:56 am PST

In my first blog post, I highlighted some of the benefits being seen by customers using Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS) from Case Studies. In posts two, three, and four, I discussed reduction in cabling, provisioning times, and power & cooling in more detail. Today’s post will highlight three customers and their reduction in operating costs where, to quote Ben Franklin, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

EDIF Holding SPA– “We have reduced our operating costs by 75 percent while renewing the technology in our IT infrastructure, and we can now offer better continuity of service and a faster response to our customers.” Samuele Cerquetti, CIO

Seven Corners Inc.– “The system paid for itself in less than a year by recouping the more than $1 million the company had been losing annually due to network outages. The company also achieved a $475,000 reduction in operating costs within the first six months of buildout and saved $84,000 instantly by not having to renew software licenses on a number of virtualized servers.”

Avago Technologies – “Ordinarily, expanding from two to three data centers would be expected to increase operational costs by 50 percent. ‘Our operational costs will actually decrease by 40 percent when we expand from two to three data centers.’” Shreyas Shah, Senior Director, Global Information Technology

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Engineers Unplugged (Episode 6): What is a cloud architect?

October 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm PST

On today’s episode, Cisco’s Josh Atwell (@Josh_Atwell) and VMware’s Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick) discuss the roll of the cloud architect.

 

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Self-Service Arrives for Workload Automation – and Saves the Day

It’s close to 11 p.m. on the last day of the quarter in a large corporation. IT gets an urgent request to postpone a closing of the books process because there’s a large order stuck in the CRM system.

This means that the order won’t hit the books and be recorded as a booking.  The customer won’t get her order, the salesperson won’t get paid, and finance will show a missing number.

This generates an urgent call to the team that manages the workload automation platform: Hold the closing workflow!  Stop the presses!

The admins have to get to their console to find the job and pause it.  Not a huge deal, except there are thousands of jobs to be run and hundreds of business people calling on a regular basis, at all kind of hours.

Some customers have created help desks for their workload automation teams or they may even off-shore the call center to serve these kinds of requests.

No more.  Introducing self-service for workload automation.

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