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 »
Tags: Cisco, citrix, CVD for Cloud, FlexPod, Microsoft Exchange, netapp, Oracle, RedHat, SAP, Sharepoint, VMware
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.
Tags: application performance, data cen, MS SQL, Oracle, SAP
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.
Tags: data center, intelligent automation, Oracle, SAP, Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, workload automation
On Tuesday October 9th at 9:00 am PST , NetApp will join the conversation between Cisco and SAP on Cisco UCS Data Center Solutions for SAP® Solution. An opportunity to discover how the SAP HANA® platform on Cisco UCS gives organizations instant insight into business operations. Registration here for the 10/9 Webcast.
NetApp, as well as Cisco, will be also present October 15-18 at SAP TechEd Las Vegas. In preparation of these events, I asked Thomas Stanley, NetApp VP Global Alliances and System Integrators to tell us more about NetApp, Cisco, SAP partnership.
NetApp’s strong partnerships with both SAP and Cisco have resulted in over ten years of breakthrough innovations. Our partnership with Cisco has led to pre-validated solutions such as FlexPod. By combining SAP applications with the FlexPod architecture, we delivered the SAP applications built on FlexPod solution to help SAP customers smoothly transition to the cloud. NetApp’s collaboration with SAP started with the joint development of Adaptive Computing; then came NetApp’s SnapManager for SAP product; and more recently, the integration with NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Manager. So it makes perfect sense that the three-way collaboration would extend to delivering a scale-out solution for SAP HANA. In fact, SAP used NetApp storage systems internally for the development of HANA.
The Cisco and NetApp Scale-out solution for SAP HANA combines the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) with the innovative NetApp unified storage systems to deliver a high-performance, scalable infrastructure that works right out of the box. Cisco UCS enables SAP customers to manage an overall SAP data center with one management tool, Cisco UCS Manager. Thus, the system delivers network simplicity in a smaller footprint, resulting in lower capital and operating cost. NetApp storage has delivered powerful, shared access solutions to “classic” SAP and SAP Business Warehouse Accelerator (BWA) customers for many years due to its infinite modular scalability, high availability, and overall ease of deployment. Now SAP HANA customers can benefit from the same persistent storage. Using a unified storage architecture, NetApp solutions create a single end-to-end foundation for dynamic data management that can scale from small to large without sacrificing application performance and service levels.
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Tags: Big Data, Cisco, data analytics, data center, FlexPod, netapp, SAP, SAP. HANA
If you have deployed a SAP solutions, chances are that you have also Cisco network solutions in your company. But do you realize that you can get much more out of the presence of the two vendors in your company? And if you run also solutions either from EMC and NetApp you are now literally seating on a golden opportunity. October 9th webcast is your chance to know more.
Cisco and SAP are very natural partners – Both companies are very interested in providing what business customers are increasingly eager to get out of an intelligent infrastructure ready for cloud, big data , and data analytics : Improve personal productivity, increase process visibility, expand customer insight, manage risks and provide security, with the promise of achieving unprecedented level of business agility, financial efficiency and IT simplification.
Over the past years , SAP introduced a new concept with SAP HANA, “a game changer in Memory platform, allowing customers to run the business differently thanks to an easy , near real-time access to a vast amount of data” to quote Ryan Veerubhotla, SAP AG , VP Ecosystem and channels – If you haven’t already seen this educative , easy to understand video, check out . A great way to see how data in motion become data in action!
Truth is ..for a solution such a SAP HANA to be very successful , it requires an outstanding infrastructure – And that’s where the Cisco Unified Data Center plays a central role –
Whether we talk about Unified Computing Systems, Unified Fabric or Unified management including Intelligent Automation, the Data Center portfolio of solutions that Cisco can deploy for a SAP user makes a tremendous difference in terms of ease of deployment, ease of management , cost reduction and containment and of course performances. (a quick reminder that Cisco UCS broke in less than 3 years + 70 world-record benchmarks including this week a TPC-C benchmark)
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Tags: Big Data, Cisco, data analytics, EMC, netapp, SAP, SAP. HANA