Is your network ready to help you transform and be the strategic partner that you can be? Let’s face it… Today’s data centers are challenged with siloed resources and facilities… Limited scalability… Poor resource utilization… Growing complexity…Perhaps the biggest challenge is time. When 80% of your resources are dedicated to “keeping the lights on” and managing all what you have, there is very little time left for innovation that benefits the business.
And the reality is that the role of IT has to change – from a cost center to a business strategic partner! Why? Because there are increasing demands on IT to help your business differentiate in order to survive and grow in these rough economic conditions. And let’s not forget that the increasing cost pressures, technology changes, and the advent of game-changers like cloud are forcing IT executives to look at how to deliver IT differently.
These growing demands put even more pressure on the shoulders of IT especially given the current state of your Data Centers. The data center network sits at the core of IT and is key to how IT can deliver services and provide value back to the business.
So what do you do? The good news is that …
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Tags: ASA, Cisco, cloud, Cloud Computing, Consolidation, convergence, data center, DCNM, Fabric Path, FCoE, fex, Fibre Channel, it-as-a-service, LISP, MDS, nexus, Nexus 1000v, Nexus1010, NX-OS, OTV, switch, Unified Fabric, virtualization
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.
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Tags: MDS, nexus, NX-OS, nxos
Our latest TechWiseTV episode is all about the recent announcements rolling out from the Data Center team. We did our best to cram a few handpicked things we liked and give you the detail we thought it deserved. The theme, and the show title: Evolutionary Fabric, Revolutionary Scale.
The announcements include the most scalable 10 Gigabit Ethernet Layer 2/Layer 3 Fabric in the industry. The claim is that no matter how diverse your data center demands may be, Cisco offers unparalleled abilities to arm you with efficiency, agility, innovation and differentiation. So no matter your form factor, physical, virtual or cloud- based environments are all positively impacted with an industry leading fabric-based approach.
Filled with geeky goodness….look at what you will find!
- 2nd gen Nexus 7000 with revolutionary new scale
- FabricPath, Adapter FEX, and VM FEX support on Nexus 5500
- New FEX switch and B22 OEM program
- Expansions to Nexus 3000 family
- IN YOUR FACE COMPETITIVE! Don’t miss the final segment of the show…Jimmy Ray calls out HP, Juniper, Arista….”I showed you mine, now show me yours!”
Watch the entire thing after the jump.
Tags: 2000, 5000, 5500, 7000, 7009, adapter fex, arista, b22, blade, cloud, data center, DC, extender, f2, fabric, Fabric Path, fabric2, FabricPath, fex, HP, nexus, NX-OS, nxos, scale, techwisetc, VM-FEX
The GCT is proud to announce that the Nexus 5K/2K running software version NX-OS v5.0(3)N1(1c), ACS v5.2 P3 has been Common Criteria certified at EAL4+, Cert # 10384. More Details can Be found at http://goo.gl/QXyWz
The evaluation was based around the Nexus 5000 Series Switch with 2000 Series Fabric Extenders and Cisco Secure Access Control Server (ACS) solution.
Tags: 2000, 5.0(3)Ni(1c), 5000, ACS, CC, Common, Common Criteria, criteria, Ne, nexus, NX, NX-OS
As the Nexus platform has become a staple in the data center environment, securing the environment begins with the Nexus Operating System (NX-OS). The recently published NX-OS hardening guide seeks to deliver on that. The Cisco NX-OS Hardening Guide provides information to help administrators and engineers secure NX-OS system devices, inherently increasing the overall security of a network environment. With the ever-increasing opportunity for exploits and vulnerabilities to prevail, it is imperative that organizations adopt and apply best practices to harden their infrastructure devices. We all know that an environment is only as strong as the weakest link, thus every effort should be made to ensure that each device is hardened.
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Tags: best practices, hardening guides, NX-OS, security