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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Tags: Cisco, Converged Infrastructure, data center, unified computing
There’s been some activity inside Cisco around big data, particularly with regards to Hadoop running on Cisco’s Nexus switches and UCS servers. A little bit of that work is starting to surface here and there, so I thought it would be a good time to do a little post to aggregate.
If you’re interested in what else Cisco is up to in the exploding world of big data, check out the new page we put up to pull it all together – cisco.com/go/bigdata.
UPDATE: You can catch Jacob Rapp speaking with the folks from Wikibon live at 1:15PM on Wednesday Nov 9th on siliconANGLE.tv
Tags: Big Data, data center, networking, nexus, UCS
In this recent article by Alex Barret you’ll find some great commentary by customers on the “snowballing” interest around the Cisco Unified Computing System. It follows on the heels of TechTarget’s Virtualization Decisions 2011 Purchasing Intentions Survey where nearly 20% of respondents pointed to UCS as their platform of choice for virtualization.
When you start to see IT professionals recommending a platform to their friends and neighbors you know it’s for real. It’s exciting to see people talking about the tangible benefits that they’re realizing … and they tell the story better than anyone here at Cisco.
Tags: Cisco UCS, Computing, data center, Servers, UCS, unified computing, virtualization
A few weeks back, Cisco in the UK released a report on the status of cloud adoption in the UK – based upon market research by an independent market research consultancy. This report covered multiple customer segments, including retail, finance, public sector, service provider and others. I though many people across the world would be interested in some of the fascinating fact and figures, and conclusions, from this report. Market research is a key part of my role, and last year I blogged on some market research I did on cloud a while back (here and here). As a result I’m always interested in good pieces of market research, of which this “CloudWatch” report is an excellent example.
In this blog, I’ll point you to the full report and summarise and comment on some of the key conclusions.
If you’ve read some of my previous blogs, you’ll have seen that I work on our Cisco Cloud Enablement Services, our family of professional services offerings that have and are helping many customers across the world develop their cloud strategies, and realise their cloud computing architectures. These services are illustrated below, and include the recently announced Cloud Optimization Service.
Cisco Cloud Enablement Services - including the recently announced "Cloud Optimization Service"
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Tags: Cisco, cloud_computing, data center
Cisco recently announced the Nexus 7009 chassis expanding the Nexus 7000 family to 3 chassis. To refresh your memory on the Nexus 7000 family, here’s a quick at a glance comparison.
I often get asked, why Cisco introduced a 9 slot chassis when we already have a 10 slot chassis. The simple answer is – customers asked for a smaller form factor Nexus 7000 switch that delivers the high performance and resiliency that the Nexus 7000 family is known for.
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Tags: Cisco, data center, nexus, Nexus 7000, nexus 7009, Unified Fabric