Guest Blogger: Jed Scaramella, IDC Research Director, Servers and Datacenters
Over the past several months Cisco, Dell, HP and other vendors have introduced a new category of servers called composable infrastructure. These subsystems are based on disaggregated server architecture. In a new video series and an IDC paper I explain what is driving the demand for composable infrastructure, how it is designed and managed and the benefits for customers.
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Tags: Composable Infrastructure, data center, dell, HP, IDC
Few have been involved in OpenStack as long as Monty Taylor, who’s OpenStack path began at Rackspace and continues today at HP where he is a Distinguished Technologist. Watch or download this OSPod episode to hear Monty’s thoughts about:
- His love for Duke and his background in theater
- Nebula shutting their doors, and what it means for OpenStack
- Why AWS isn’t a fit for everyone or everything
- Project Shade and varying behaviors behind APIs
- The chicken and the egg problem running OpenStack as a public cloud provider
- Containers and Project Magnum
- OpenStack and the “sophomore slump”
- The importance of focusing on stability in OpenStack
You can follow Monty on Twitter at @e_monty and on IRC at mordred. Have a show idea? Tweet Jeff and Niki at @openstackpod
See past episodes, subscribe, or view the upcoming schedule on the OSPod website.
For a full transcript of the interview, click read more below.
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Tags: HP, Monty Taylor, Nebula, Niki Acosta, OpenStack Podcast, Project Magnum
Gartner has released their 2014 Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure. For the 3rd year in a row, Cisco is recognized as a leader in both vision and execution. We believe this Gartner recognition is validation of Cisco strategy and investments for unified access, policy management and cloud managed solutions.
Cisco’s position in the Wired and Wireless Gartner MQs has been consistent over the past 3 years as the market landscape has shifted we believe validating our commitment to meeting shifting customer priorities and requirements.
The 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure (Authors: Tim Zimmerman, Andrew Lerner, Bill Menezes; Published 26th June 2014) reflects the evolution from prior years and highlights what customers are looking for:
“With limited growth in IT resources, administrators require one network management application, one access security solution, one guest access application or one policy enforcement solution with the flexibility to be deployed in a public cloud, private cloud or on-premises. This integration reduces the costs associated with the upfront capital expense of multiple network service applications each dedicated to either the wired infrastructure or the wireless or cloud components. This savings is also extended to the ongoing software maintenance costs of all access layer management, security and policy enforcement components.”
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As the product owner, one comment I get most of all is “Wow, I had no idea Cisco had these products“. This is the case even though we ship well over 20 million switch ports delivering hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue per year in this portfolio – to customers in all geographies, markets, verticals, and customer types.
Which products are we talking about? It’s the Cisco SMB portfolio.
See what independent testing agency, Miercom, found when they compared Cisco 300 Series Switches (SG300) to other switches in the market from competitors – Miercom lab test report.
Cisco was top performer in the test in Performance, Energy Efficiency, Usability, Capacity/Scale, Feature/functionality, and was the most Economical. For further dialog around this report, see the following link for more details: Competitive dialog on the Miercom test report.
Almost identical results were found when comparing the Cisco 500 Series Switches (SG500) to other Stackable switches in the market from competitors – Results from Stackable Switch Lab Test Report.
“We were impressed with the comprehensive set of features, performance, overall power efficiency, and ease-of-use of the Cisco switches”
– Rob Smithers, CEO, Miercom (Miercom report: DR120119C)
Over this last year, here’s a small sampling of additional features Cisco has added to the 300 Series portfolio in addition to what has been tested in the Miercom lab (a free software download for customers, I might add):
- Web-based Authentication – Provides network admission control through a web browser to any host devices and operating systems
- IPv6 First Hop Security – Protection against man-in-the-middle attack, malicious or rogue devices, and IP address theft
- RA Guard
- ND Inspection
- DHCPv6 Guard
- Neighbor Binding Integrity
- UDLD – detect unidirectional links caused by incorrect wiring or cable/port faults to prevent forwarding loops and black-holing of traffic in switched networks.
- Time-based POE – time-based shutdown of ports or POE for operational cost savings
Here’s a list 100+ intelligent features many/most of which are not present in the corresponding competitive products. Read it and decide for yourself: Detailed feature differentiators post.
So more features means it costs more, right? Nope. These Cisco switches are actually just as affordable—and in many/most cases, even more affordable — than Competitive switches. See for yourself. Here’s a few examples of comparable products you can look up:
- Cisco SG300-28 versus HP 2530-24G (J9776A) – $513 versus $724
- Cisco SG300-52 versus HP 2530-48G (J9775A) – $910 versus $1,129
- Cisco SG300-28PP versus HP 2530-24G-POE+ (J9773A) – $876 versus $1,218
- Cisco SG300-52P versus HP 2530-48G-POE+ (J9772A)- $1,232 versus $2,324
(Prices collected on CDW Website on 2/20/2014)
But don’t stop there. Have a look at the features and pricing for rest of the Cisco Small Business portfolio. You will see very similar results in other parts of the portfolio as well (For example, compare Cisco SF500 switches against HP 2620 series). By the way, these Cisco switches come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, which includes next business day (NBD) advanced replacement as part of the product – no need to purchase a separate Service contract to get this. We can only do this since we truly stand behind these products.
“Cisco has raised the bar for this product category”
Kevin Tolly, founder, The Tolly Group (See Link)
Bet you didn’t know many of these things as well. Awareness is the biggest problem for this portfolio. So, let’s change this to “Did you know Cisco had these products?”.
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Cisco’s award winning converged infrastructure management software solution just got even better! In the latest release of Cisco UCS Director, we’ve added broader and deeper infrastructure support across the compute, network, storage and virtualization layers, as well making the product even more scalable. The latest release also comes with new software development kits (SDKs) for partners to provide extensibility and interoperability and a northbound API for integration with Cisco’s Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC) as well as other cloud management systems. Let’s take a closer look at these enhancements in detail.
SDKs and APIs
UCS Director’s new SDKs and APIs were recently made available to give our partners the following functionality:
- Northbound API which integrates into higher platforms like Cisco IAC. This API enables you to perform operations on Cisco UCS Director resources and to integrate those operations into applications so that they can provide API-supported functionality and features.
- SDK available on cisco.com & DevNet (CDN), which provides open automation for partners looking to create new device connector
|UCS Manager 2.1 (Delmar); KVM console; SAN zoning through UCS Manager; standalone management of UCS C-SeriesUCS Integration -Local disk provisioning and policies
-Workflow tasks for vNIC templates and service profile
-Assign blade or server pool to group
-Cloning of profile and profile template
Whiptail – application acceleration
- Invicta, Acella API Version 1.5 support
- Inventory reports
- CRUD actions, workflows, and reports
- Converged and stack views
UCS Central Integration
-Multi-domain Manager concept
-Inventory for UCS-M elements
-Local/global service profile and templates
-Pools and policies for network and storage equivalent to UCS-M
-Select/deselect UCS domain assigned to POD
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Tags: Brocade, Cisco UCS, Cloupia, converged infrastructure management, data center, FlexPod, HP, Invicta, Microsoft, nexus, red hat, UCS, ucs director, unified management, Vblock, VMware, WHIPTAIL