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Cisco Validated Designs for Cloud – Part 3 – Flexpod

November 9, 2012 at 4:00 am PST

Over the past two weeks, Tom Nallen introduced the concept and benefits of the Cisco Validated Design , then Laszlo Bojtos,  illustrated this concept with the Cloud Service Assurance for Virtualized Multi-Services Data Center 2.2 Cisco Validated Design, with a specific emphasis on the integration with Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud .

This week I talked with John Kennedy, a Cisco engineer who put a lot of energy on the FlexPod CVDs.

“So John, what is FlexPod ?
FlexPod is the result of collaboration between NetApp© and Cisco to create a cost-effective, scalable solution for cloud applications as well as standard virtualization support.  The FlexPod(t), a pre-defined, pre-tested solution, includes the compute, networking, and storage customers need in a validated (as in CVD) package. But unlike other validated solutions, FlexPod can be scaled up or out, not just one or the other.

What need does FlexPod address ?
It’s probably been a while since you had to source a motherboard. Many of us have done this in the past, in order to get desktop computer system that met our needs. Pre-configured systems were limited in their abilities, and custom design was beneficial.

But choices of personal computer systems have increased, and most folks don’t need to customize anymore, preferring to buy an entire computer system that’s been tested and designed to meet their needs. On the other hand, customers want to be able to expand the system they have to keep up with new technology, or to add capabilities.

Customers need to support multiple types of applications and have multiple purposes for their infrastructure, and the Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs) for FlexPod reflect that need. The architectures have been validated by engineers from both companies to ensure performance and stability.
But that’s just the beginning. The Cisco Validated Design documents include multiple configurations with multiple types of application and operating systems  Read More »

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Getting IT right with an application assessment

Every business initiative and transaction is enabled by IT – which means that IT is a very powerful force in how organizations work

That power carries a lot of the responsibility. The responsibility  to act swiftly to the ever changing needs of the business and make informed decisions about technology platforms, applications, costs and resources. If IT gets it right, chances are so will the business.

Cisco and Intel have teamed up with 3 industry-leading consulting companies who offer clear insight into your mission critical Oracle, SAP and Microsoft SQL environments, and make infrastructure recommendations based on their findings to help your enterprise realize increased performance, more agility and lower operating costs. Here’s the best part: your enterprise may qualify for a complimentary assessment.

Unleash the power of your IT– and together we will celebrate your success.

Take a moment to watch the video and find out how enterprises much like yours achieve better results.

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Workload Automation, The Next Generation

I was talking to a few analysts this week on workload automation and some interesting themes came up.   Workload Automation (aka Job Scheduling) starting with IBM mainframes and job control language.  Over the years the automated execution of business processes (moving batch data  in real-time schedules) became a major workload in the data center.   This was extended from mainframe to distributed computing with Unix and then Windows compute.  Along with this came all the Enterprise Resource Planning and Business Intelligence package applications that made SAP and Oracle famous.  Moving the data around was absolutely mission critical.  Huge demand on the data center resources drove the need to begin to control the resource states of the target compute engines to be ready for the high demands of processing millions of transactions or running critical reports for the Enterprise.

Now here is the rub…

The 40 to 60 year old set (of which I am member) know all about this “in the background” processing and its importance.  The challenge now, with all the new Web applications being created and a new batch of IT professionals is that this critical part of the IT ecosystem is being forgot about, downplayed and generally not paid attention too until there is a big outage and enterprise controls and automation are put in place.  There are so many places where workload automation can be applied to help automate key processes.  Many of our customers of this product line have increased the size of their operations 2-3x over the past 3 years.  All this cool new technology and new products being sold are putting increased demands on workload automation.   Learn more about this cost saving automation technology, your CIO will thank you for it.

 

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Big Data Performance Delivered: Oracle NoSQL Database on Cisco UCS

October 4, 2012 at 8:24 am PST

Last year , Oracle launched Oracle NoSQL to address the need of Big Data and analytics. Since then this commercial grade solution has been deployed on Cisco UCS, taking advantage on the high level of performances, and RAS capabilities of this game changer.

At Oracle OpenWorld, I met both Ashok Joshi , Oracle Senior Director NoSQL Database Development and Raghunath  Nambiar , Cisco Distinguished Engineer  UCS  who had together  a well attended session on Tuesday  to present the powerful combination of NoSQL running on Cisco UCS -- Check below the rich content slide deck .

In this short video, Asho Joshi explained us what are the benefits of a a commercial grade solution, as opposed to an open source, highlighting not only the cost reduction and cost containment, but also the promise of business continuity with multiple data center support, thanks to the computing and networking capabilitie provided by Cisco

At the speaking session, Raghunath  described the huge momentum of Cisco UCS, which is now with close to 16,000 unique customers, present in more than half of all Fortune 500 customers data centers.

Check slide 5 for more details on the growth , and financial results of a platform which benefits today  from over 2600 Channel partners actively selling it .

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Cisco at OOW 2012 : Empowering your Innovation

September 27, 2012 at 10:20 am PST

Oracle Open World is around the corner -- And as usual Cisco will be there to showcase a partnership which is flourishing with the extension of the UCS family , which provides to the Oracle users and administrators , better performance and better platform management, not even mentioning cost reduction .(check here the excellent analysis from Bill Shields ).

As a matter of fact we just announced today a  world-record TPC benchmark result with Oracle beating the nearest competition by  7% better performance and 11% lower price performance !  Read “Introducing World’s Fastest 2-Processor Server

Our team of engineers has been extremely busy over the past months , developing numerous Cisco Validated Designs, an engineering and collaborative program which guarantees a high level of quality for the implementation of a solution - Here are some recent achievements that you want to keep in mind

Certification of 11gR2 on SUSE SLES 11

-New CVD on Oracle PeopleSoft on UCS
-New CVD on JD Edwards running n MS SQL Server on UCS
-New CVD on Siebel on UCS
-New CVD Oracle Database on Flexpod (Cisco /NetApp integrated platform)

If you are planning to be at the Moscone Center in San Francisco this coming week, here are some activities in addition of stopping at the Cisco booth ( #1221) for demos and meeting with experts that you don’t want to miss

Speaking Session

Paul Perez, Cisco VP and  CTO Data Center Group, will be on stage  on   Wednesday, October 3 at 11:45 AM PST
Cisco Innovation: Business Solutions Delivered in Proven Secured Clouds

The one constant is change. Yesterday’s technology cannot support today’s demanding business requirements. Cisco addresses data center IT challenges with the Cisco Unified Computing System, bringing unification of server, network, and storage access that provides unparalleled performance, lower cost, and management efficiencies. Customer challenges that range from linking data centers, moving virtual machines between private and public clouds, and securing of priority bandwidth can be successfully supported with Cisco business solutions. Hear from Paul Perez how proven and secure Cisco cloud infrastructure solutions deliver customers a competitive advantage in today’s dynamic business world and view into cloud infrastructures of the future. Also hear from Oracle how they leverage Cisco’s technology to benefit our joint customers.

Location: Lam Research Theater at YBCA (Seating Capacity of 700)

Other sessions that I would like to suggest are

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