So what exactly can you do in 16 minutes? Well, you can:
- Download and install your preferred tax prep software, because (if you’re in the US or Canada) April is coming
- Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame, then reminisce and/or lament about it for exactly 1 minute.
- Save 15% on your car insurance (you can supposedly get this done in 15 vs. 16 min.)
- Do some really unsavory things not suitable for mentioning on a nice blog post like this one.
Don’t care about any of those things? Neither do I. Let me come back to this in a moment…
If you’re familiar with our architecture portfolio for desktop virtualization, you may be aware that we’re continuing to invest in VSPEX-based reference architectures for Cisco Desktop Virtualization. This week, we just announced the latest addition to the Cisco Validated Design (CVD) portfolio – our solution for VMware Horizon View 5.3 with Cisco UCS and EMC VSPEX available here.
If you’re not already familiar with them, CVD’s provide prescriptive design guidance around how to build solutions with specific outcomes (performance) as documented through a testing/documentation discipline that Cisco’s been doing for years. You’ll find our repository of desktop virtualization CVD’s here.
So now let’s talk about the CVD itself. Our principal author is Ramesh Guduru – he’s a Virtualization Systems Engineer in Cisco’s Data Center Business Group and has extensive experience in Horizon View, virtualization infrastructure and management, Cisco UCS and storage. Ramesh assembled a test platform based on the setup shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Cisco CVD Validation Platform
As you can see the core pillars of the solution are:
Key things we wanted to expose/profile in this effort included:
- More with less – more powerful processors and faster memory
- System footprint for delivering 2,000 Horizon View desktops, while still retaining room to expand as demand increases
- Leverage more economical processors – ex: a 57% lower list price for the Intel E5-2680 v2 10-core processors vs. top bin processors tested in the past = lower server cost = lower per desktop CAPEX
- Hosting density leadership (# desktops per compute blade)
- End user experience as exercised using LoginVSI with medium workload with Flash
- Boot-up and login performance (simulating the Monday-morning boot storm dilemma all VDI implementations face and daily login storms)·
From a design perspective we also wanted to ensure our system provided:
- Full n+1 fault tolerance across the stack
- Fully virtualized platform, inclusive of the virtual desktops, as well as the infrastructure componentry like vCenter, AD, SQL servers etc.
I’ll leave it to you the explore the methodology Ramesh followed for the CVD, but let me point to a couple interesting things gained from this effort:
- With our B200 M3 blade, we increased our desktop workload capacity (across the system) by 30% compared with full-width blades used in prior analyses
- We collapsed the footprint from 30 RU down to just 12 RU.
- The combined effect of the selected CPU (Intel Ivy Bridge), high-bandwidth, low-latency unified fabric, and our VIC 1240 converged networking adapter yielded exceptional user experience at under 1.75 sec at full load.
- The EMC VNX5600 provided outstanding storage performance for both file and block, using EMC Fast Cache technology.
- VMware Horizon View 5.3 with Sparse Virtual Disk gave us better disk performance and disk space efficiency.
And as for the 16 minute thing?
- That’s how long it took for the full population of 2,000 virtual desktops to get booted and ready to login (under 16 minutes). And in an additional 14 we had all of them running user workload with no sign of exhausting the system.
Get the details by digging into the CVD posted here
Tags: EMC, horizon view, UCS, vdi, VMware, vspex
In my previous blog , I noted that IT is increasingly transitioning towards an IT service broker role, taking advantage of multiple sourcing options to become an intermediary of cloud services offered to the business constituents. The role of IT as a broker of cloud services enables them to add value on behalf of its users by dynamically aggregating, integrating, and customizing the delivery of multi-cloud services (whether public, private or a combination of both) to best meet the needs of the business.
It’s now time for Cisco to take the next bold step in leading the evolution of the “World of Many Clouds,” journey with our partners. Today, at Cisco Live! in Milan, we announced important news in the significant expansion of our Cloud Portfolio to enable a new Fast IT model. The new products and services in Cisco’s extended cloud portfolio include:
These solutions that we will detail in coming blogs are designed to provide major benefits for your organization as you move to the world of many clouds. They allow you to
- Reduce your exposure to risk in cloud environments.
- Enhance your business flexibility with a choice of consumption models in the world of many clouds.
- Increase agility and reduce TCO by managing and automating your cloud environments
Our breakthrough hybrid cloud solution, Cisco InterCloud, which lowers total cost of ownership for organizations and paves the way for interoperable and highly secure public, private and hybrid clouds. The addition of InterCloud to our Cloud portfolio also broadens Cisco’s commitment to openness and shows the unique value our partner-led model.
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Tags: ACI, BT, CenturyLink Technology Solutions, Cisco, CiscoCloud, citrix, cloud, CSC, CSC/ServiceMesh, Denali, Denali Advanced Integration, EMC, Hybrid Cloud, InterCloud, Microsoft, netapp, private cloud, Public Cloud, Rackspace, RedHat, VCE, virtustream, Zerto
I am neither an AC Milan soccer fan nor a connoisseur of haute couture, so it will be no surprise if you wondered what I am doing in Europe’s fashion capital Milan, and that too in the middle of Milan’s wintry January.
Without further ado, I will break the suspense. Yes, I am one of the few, chosen as Cisco Datacenter leads for the Cisco Live Milan event. You may be thinking I have the best job in Silicon Valley, as I hop from Melbourne to London to Milan to cover Cisco Live worldwide, over the years. You are right, I do have an enviable job, bringing together the best of cisco datacenter technologies that help customers achieve more value for their investment, and I also make sure to have some fun in the process. During this event, I will be bringing you real-time excerpts of the action in the show floor, via social media. In this blog, I want to provide all you Datacenter IT and Networking professionals, highlights of various activities we have on the menu.
If like me you are fortunate to attend, I am sure you are looking forward to attend the wall-wall keynotes on Jan 28, hosted by Cisco Executives Rob Lloyd and Rob Soderbery. Rob Lloyd will discuss how Cisco and the ecosystem of Cisco’s partners are uniquely positioned to connect the unconnected with an open standard and an integrated architecture from the cloud to end devices In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to check out the latest innovations in Cisco ACI and Data Center Networking technologies. Let us pick up action at the Cisco Campus and Datacenter area in the World of Solutions.
Cisco ACI demos are at the center of all action in Datacenter switching. .These demos in particular highlight the growing significance of Cisco as a datacenter infrastructure provider. With the successful introduction of Cisco ACI and its seamless integration with Cisco UCS, FlexPod, vBlock, UCS Director etc, we are able to demonstrate why infrastructure matters and its relevance to applications. I strongly encourage you to check out the Cisco ACI-Open Stack demo that highlights the provisioning and orchestration of a multi-tenant cloud environment and virtual applications through Open Stack, as well as showing integration of Open Stack on top of the Cisco APIC interface. Many of you have been eagerly awaiting the integration of L4-L7 services from Citrix, F5 with Cisco APIC, and we have put together a demo that illustrates the set-up and insertion of multiple network services into an application network, and the routing of traffic to the required services and the virtual workload. Other ACI demos include those that showcase Cisco Nexus 9000 platform programmability and Cisco ACI integration with Hyper-v, but in the interest of time, I will let you discover the exciting details of these demos at your convenience. Besides ACI, we have Unified Fabric based demos focusing on Nexus 7k and Dynamic Fabric Automation, VXLAN integration with Nexus switching platforms etc, to illustrate the comprehensive portfolio of switching products from Cisco. You will not be disappointed at the demo floor as the best and brightest engineers from Cisco business units will be available to engage you in technical conversations.
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Tags: ACI, application centric infrastructure, cisco live, citrix, cloud, datacenter, DFA, Dynamic Fabric Automation, EMC, FlexPod, L4-L7 services, Nexus 7000, Nexus 9000, SAP, UCS, Vblock, vnomic
In this week’s episode, everything you wanted to know about VSPEX but were afraid to ask. We’re talking VSPEX 101 with Chris Romano and Chad Dunn. They why, the how, and the use cases to back it up. Complete with a VSPEX unicorn, let’s watch:
**The next shoot is last week of January at Cisco Live in Milan! If you want to be internet-famous, contact me ASAP to talk about being on the show.**
This is Engineers Unplugged, where technologists talk to each other the way they know best, with a whiteboard. The rules are simple:
- Episodes will publish weekly (or as close to it as we can manage)
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Tags: Converged Infrastructure, EMC, vspex
Delivering unified management for converged infrastructure solutions, Cisco UCS Director is an award-winning choice for managing your vBlock, FlexPod or other converged infrastructure solution. In previous blogs, I have mentioned the benefits of Cisco UCS Director:
- How it abstracts the virtualization, compute, network and storage layers into a single pane of glass that reduces the complexity of managing your data center infrastructure
- Speaking fluently to Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus and EMC or NetApp storage, how your organization receives the full functionality and benefits of the compute, network and storage layers. As a stocking stuff, the hypervisor layer is included as well.
- Lastly, comprehensive management across physical, virtual and bare metal environments from a single pane of glass
Have you ever wondered if there was a way to see Cisco UCS Director in action — live with no strings attached?
Well Virgina, there is a way for you to do just that. I am not talking a canned demo or pre-recorded session available for replay. A real, honest live demo — and you can speak with our technical experts.
Numerous sessions are scheduled over the next few months but the next two showings are: December 17, 2013 and January 14, 2014. We have two sessions each day to accommodate different time zones — choose the one that best meets your schedule.
As work begins to slow down in preparation for the holidays, now is the perfect time to take an hour out of your day and learn more about Cisco UCS Director’s centralized automation and management capabilities. It will be an hour well spent.
To reserve your seat, register at: http://bit.ly/I8Vhr3. You can also learn more about Cisco UCS Director by going to: http://buildprice.cisco.com/software/ucs-director
Tags: Cisco Nexus, Cisco UCS, Cloupia, Converged Infrastructure, EMC, FlexPod, netapp, ucs director, Vblock, VMware