The Cisco Validated Design for VSPEX on VMware Architectures (V250) has been published!
This is a NEW document, and third in the series of CVD’s, for VSPEX and the first centered on the UCS B series server. The CVD provides the end-to-end solution with VMware vSphere 5.0 for 250 Virtual Machines. Here is a high level picture of the architecture.
The Cisco EMC VSPEX solution is based upon the best-of-breed technologies including Cisco UCS B series, Cisco Nexus 5548, and EMC VNX 5500 storage.
As Kevin Sullivan points out in his recent blog, partnerships are an important strategic approach to today’s R&D and innovation. Kevin recommends strategies that industry-winning manufacturers can follow.
Investments in innovation are exciting. They inspire creativity and they fuel our economy.
What an afternoon of innovation looks like at Cisco
I was thrilled to discover that an institute for manufacturing innovation was recently launched in Youngstown, Ohio. This effort embodies a publicly and privately-funded partnership aimed at fueling R&D and innovation. Along with the U.S. federal government, a consortium of impressive manufacturing firms, universities, community colleges and non-profit organizations formed a partnership called the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). They contributed a combined $70M to the Youngstown manufacturing innovation effort.
Motivated resources from a variety of academic, manufacturing and business backgrounds will come together to advance technology and manufacturing. And what will this Youngstown institute focus on first? Additive manufacturing. What is additive manufacturing? It’s the more formal name for 3D printing. And it’s quite cool.
Yesterday Cisco and EMC announced new milestones in our collaboration on IT Transformation with VCE Vblock and with EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructures. The announcement includes two new Cisco Validated Designs (CVD) along with aligned channel partner incentives and customer support for VSPEX. Through these advancements, and a decade long partnership, Cisco and EMC are working closer than ever together to accelerate IT transformation and the journey to the cloud.
3 Paths to the Cloud
Cisco and EMC together offer customers a flexible set of choices. We refer to it as the three paths to the cloud. The choice is fairly simple.
* Implement a customized design with best of breed products.
* Purchase a pre-integrated converged infrastructure with VCE Vblock System.
* Install a validated, easy to deploy reference architecture with Cisco Solutions for EMC VSPEX.
When we talk about networks in the data center, there is often talk about bandwidth, 10Gigabit Ethernet, switch sizing, and the changes that have been wrought on the network since the inception of widespread server virtualization. The base operating system that the switch runs on, the networking software itself, is often only discussed in terms of how/when/why to do upgrades. Networking software has more relevance than that, especially from a strategic standpoint.
The strategic nature of networking software is easy to see. But the most important way networking software is important is in the flexibility it can provide over the lifetime of the product line. Poorly written or architected networking software can put a huge burden on the vendor when new features or when major changes to the networking industry occurs. As a customer that matters because the vendor may spend the time and money to accommodate those changes or has to charge an exorbitant amount. It all speaks to the investment protection a vendor can bring. Poor network software equals poor investment protection and a degraded upgrade path.
Do you have different management tools for your Storage and Ethernet Networks? For IT Administrators who need to manage them, using these various management applications can be a daunting task. Cisco announced last week the release of Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) 6.1. DCNM is now part of the Prime portfolio of Infrastructure Management products that focuses on holistic, single pane of glass management of Cisco’s Unified Fabric.
Cisco Prime DCNM 6.1 provides a robust framework and comprehensive feature set that meets the routing, switching, and storage administration needs of present and future virtualized data centers. DCNM offers visibility into the virtualized hosts by integrating with industry standard hypervisors and provides host-tracking capability to easily manage and diagnose virtual and physical servers.