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Would You, Could You, In a Box?

September 28, 2011 at 10:00 am PST

If you saw any coverage of the recent opening of Cisco’s Data Center in North Carolina, you likely noticed that it features two distinct server environments – an in-building facility and a containerized one.  Having them side-by-side naturally raises the question when is a container a good alternative to a brick-and-mortar installation?

I researched that topic a few years ago when I was part of Cisco IT’s Data Center design team, as we explored different approaches to address the company’s computing needs.  I found eight great reasons to consider a containerized Data Center, and three potential reasons not to:

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Cisco Unified Computing System Reference Architecture for Oracle Solutions

September 26, 2011 at 4:00 am PST

The day after meeting John McAbel to talk about  ”Oracle VM consolidation on Cisco UCS ” (see blog and video ), I met another Cisco speaker at Oracle OpenWorld.  Siva Sivakumar, Director Cisco Unified Computing Systems Performance and Solutions, will present on Monday October 3rd, in conjunction with one of his engineers Greg Blotter, what his team is doing to provide to the  UCS customers, who are migrating Oracle applications to the UCS platform, a rock solid environment.

Here is the extract of the session (#35600), which will take place on
Monday October 3 at 5 pm Moscone South -- 307

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Oracle VM Consolidation and Path to the Cloud on Cisco UCS

September 23, 2011 at 10:08 am PST

I recently wrote about our participation to Oracle OpenWorld 2011, highlighting John Chambers key note speech and the importance of Cisco and Oracle partnership

Yesterday I talked with one of the Cisco experts on Oracle , John McAbel – John will have a speaking session ((Session #9208)) with Oracle VM Product Management Director Ronen Kofman , and was kind enough to explain in front of the camera what it is about

Here is the extract of the session

Oracle VM provides users with an array of new capabilities to help manage and consolidate workloads as a first step to a cloud implementation. The underlying hardware must be architected to combine compute, network, and storage elements balanced correctly to help ensure maximum performance.
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Why is Cisco John Chambers Oracle OpenWorld Key Note Speaker?

September 21, 2011 at 4:00 am PST

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Do you know the expected size of the audience at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 in San Francisco , October 2-6. ?  Probably at least 41 000 attendees .No doubt that this year again the huge software company will succeed in attracting a very large crowd of IT decision makers and managers anxious to  learn more,  and solve daily problems as well as planning future services for their organizations.

Cisco this year again will be present as a diamond sponsor – And guess what ? John  Chambers , Chairman and CEO of Cisco will on Wednesday October 5 morning the key notes speaker starting at 8:00 am PST . Well ..what does it mean ?  Let me give you my perspective on that

First the partnership  between Oracle and Cisco is getting stronger and deeper over the time- Yes our entrance on the server market with the Unified Computing systems at the time that Oracle was acquiring Sun Microsystems makes the relationhip more complex , but let’s face it – Oracle is first of all a software company, and when a company like Cisco is coming with a very successful server  platform which makes your software shine in terms of performances, you definitely want your applications on this platform. Check out here benchmark reports and some customer testimonials.

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Hyper-V Joins the Party

September 20, 2011 at 10:37 am PST

Today, we announced we will be delivering VM networking support for Hyper-V in Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8.  Specifically, we are working with Microsoft to deliver integrated support for the Nexus 1000V and VM-FEX technology in their next generation server platform, thus extending the benefits customers have seen from both these technologies to another server/hypervisor environment.  For more info, check out the announcement and this brief and this Q&A.

With this latest announcement, we offer (or will offer) Nexus 1000V functionality for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V as well as VM-FEX support for those two hypervisors and RedHat Enterprise Virtualization.  For folks building out virtualization architectures and cloud environments, we think this is a key benefit, since it maintains their choice and flexibility and allows them to build out hyper-visor agnostic infrastructure that delivers consistent features and functionality.

So, that’s about it for now. Stay tuned to this space and we’ll keep you apprised as things progress.

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