We’re halfway into Cisco Live! Each year I find more and more attendees are coming to talk to us about running various desktop delivery models on UCS. Some observations from folks I’ve chatted with:
More and more of you are asking about NVIDIA GRID solutions for graphics intensive use-cases. I had several in fact, from the oil and gas industry who were especially interested in our C240 M3 solution with GRID – which conveniently we’ve been demo-ing here, remoted out of our San Jose lab. If you’re not familiar with it, check out our solutions for both Citrix and VMware.
CAPEX-friendliness with great performance, for small seat count environments is key. Lot’s of folks asking about solutions that are optimized for 100-200 seats of Horizon or XenDesktop, that are completely self-contained, including compute, storage, broker and the infrastructure assets. I’ve shared this brand new whitepaper on our C240 200 seat config with everyone I talk to – just a single rack footprint that includes the LSI Nytro MegaRAID Controller with 200 GB of flash for write-caching, plus 12 x 600GB SAS drives. Here’s what’s been tested:
Cisco UCS C240-M3 Rack Server (2 X Intel Xeon processor E5-2697 v2 @ 2.70 GHz) with 384GB of memory (16 GB X 24 DIMMS @ 1866 MHz), hypervisor host
Cisco UCS VIC1225 Converged Network Adapter/Rack Server (Optional for 10GB Connectivity)
2 x Cisco Nexus 5548UP Access Switches
12 x 600GB SAS disks @ 10000 RPM
LSI Nytro MegaRAID Controller 8110-4i
The infrastructure/user file volumes are on the 1st 4 drives set up in a RAID 5 config, and the 2nd and 3rd groups of 4 drives (combined in RAID 10) are for XenDesktop MCS (Citrix) or Floating Assignment / Linked Clones (VMware). Extremely cost-effective for 200 seats with great performance that doesn’t max out the system and has plenty of room to breathe. Check out the Citrix and VMware configs of this “in-a-box” solution.
Flash – Flash and more Flash. It’s hard to move around SF without seeing a Cisco UCS / Flash-Forward advertisement promoting UCS Invicta Solid State Systems. Invicta is changing the economics of desktop virtualization with industry-leading wear life rating, expansive write-IOPS capacity, and superior manageability within the UCS fabric with UCS Director. We’ve got a nice demo of 600 XenDesktop seats booting off an Invicta appliance, in under 9 minutes.
There you have it – great performance that goes beyond the traditional barriers associated with cost-effectively delivering desktop virtualization. Definitely check out these three solutions if you have some time remaining at Cisco Live this week.
I’ve been in this industry for more than three decades, and so I’ve experienced every data center technology breakthrough and market transformation in that time. We drove a market disruption ourselves with the introduction of Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) in 2009, and after just five years, we have more than 33,000 customer-proven results.
Now, we’re doing it again, but this time it’s different.
We are in the midst of the next major inflection point, driven by a new wave of applications. With the swipe of a finger, users can download an endless array of useful apps to their smart phones, tablets, and even wearable gadgets. We bring our personal devices with us to work, expecting the IT department to deliver the same access and ease of use on the business side.
This consumerization of IT puts end users in the driver’s seat. Scrambling to meet growing consumer and employee expectations, organizations in both the public and private sectors have demands of their own when it comes to next-generation data center capabilities and improved outcomes. Applications need holistic compute solutions, not just plain old servers. The explosive growth of mobility, social media, collaboration, the Internet of Everything (IoE), and big data means their applications need to scale up and out.
Now applications must be serviced by compute solutions that can integrate performance needs, handle large data sets, and scale as needed while reducing operational complexity and OpEx budgets. The requirements of these complex business applications are defining the infrastructure—not the other way around—because now more than ever, application performance translates into business results. This requires fresh innovation in designing an integrated infrastructure that is highly responsive to business and IT needs, while keeping data center budgets from spinning out of control.
At Cisco Live, I’ll show you how we’re driving a market disruption once again, this time with our breakthroughs in compute solutions that we didn’t think were possible just a few years ago. Technology leaders agree that Cisco UCS and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) deliver solutions that put IT managers back in the driver’s seat, able to meet user demands, where applications are no longer constrained by the data center infrastructure.
It is that time of year again. SAP Sapphire is just around the corner and thousands of CIO’s, Line of Business Managers, Basis Consultants, and Application Architects will be heading to Orlando to see what is new and up the sleeves of SAP.
Cisco will again have a major presence at this years event. In addition to being an Onyx sponsor, Cisco will have five speaking sessions all centered around use cases with customers. Johnsonville Sausage, Cisco, TransCanada Pipeline, and an oil and gas giant will all explain why they chose to install SAP HANA and what operational efficiencies they have realized as a result of their decision. This will all be capped off by a major theater session involving ebay and Cognilytics, and Cisco explaining the reason ebay chose to install SAP HANA on Cisco UCS and what it means to them as a company.
In addition to the major speaking sessions at Sapphire, Cisco will also offer customer the opportunity to hear from and see the solutions from many of their partners with presentations in the Cisco booth, during the event. Customers will hear from Deloitte, Virtustream, WiPro, SAP, ProMorphics, Freudenberg IT,EMC, and NetApp just to name a few.
Two of the newest innovations that is setting Cisco apart from the rest of the world is the Internet of Things and Application Centric Infrastructure or ACI. Don’t miss these demos on our booth (Booth #230 ). It’s going to be awesome and quite surprising !
Sapphire also plans to be an interesting event from a hardware certification perspective. With the release of the newest Intel chip set, most of the SAP hardware partners are again going through the certification process for SAP HANA. Customers will be the beneficiaries of faster processing speeds and larger amounts of memory for their in-memory processing.
Cloud, Cloud, Cloud. This is the battle cry of SAP this year. Since Cisco is the #1 cloud provider in the world, and because of the ever tightening relationship with SAP, Cisco is poised to offer SAP customers a number of options with their cloud decisions. So as SAP moves to the software and licensing to the cloud, Cisco will move with them offering solutions to benefit and enhance the SAP customers’ experience.
All in all, Sapphire looks to be another year of innovation. Come by the Cisco booth #230 to be part of the future of SAP and Cisco. You can also download the latest IDC white paper to see why Cisco UCS is quickly becoming the server platform of choice for SAP HANA. See you in Orlando
It’s that time of year again. Next week in San Francisco, an estimated 22,000 customers and partners will convene for our annual Cisco Live user conference in the U.S. It’s also when we make big announcements … and this year is no different. The event hasn’t even started and we just made our first major announcement this morning.
Cisco UCS Director is unique in the industry because it offers the ability to automate the provisioning of both virtual and physical data center infrastructure resources – including compute, network, and storage – from a single management console. Building upon other recent releases, this major new release of UCS Director provides richer automation, greater extensibility, and broader device support. Some of the new capabilities in UCS Director version 5.0 include:
Support for APIC and the Nexus 9000 Series to provide automated deployment of application-ready infrastructure across both traditional and ACI-based data center networking from a single user interface.
Enhancements to the core platform including a new software development kit and open APIs that allow third party hardware and software vendors to integrate directly with UCS Director.
Expanded support for Cisco’s complete UCS and Nexus product portfolio; third-party compute, storage, and virtualization vendors’ products; and integrated infrastructure systems including NetApp FlexPod, VCE Vblock Systems, and EMC VSPEX.
Rapid customer deployment and even faster time-to-value with over 800 pre-built tasks in the updated UCS Director task library.
You can learn more about what’s new in UCS Director 5.0 in this “at-a-glance” overview:
In a few days at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Cisco Live. This year we are expecting record attendance exceeding 20,000 participants, 9 amazing keynotes, 600 sessions, live demos at world of solutions, big analyst and partner presence, and last but not least, the opportunity for you to meet and network with top minds in high-tech. If you are new to Cisco Live and feel overwhelmed by the grandness of the event, let me assure you that you are not alone. I have been there before. I have set out in this blog to give you an easy walkabout of Cisco Datacenter highlights, particularly the Cisco ACI key activities over the duration of the event.
Much like you I will also be eagerly looking to attend John Chambers’ majestic keynote that starts the proceedings on Monday, May 19. John in his unique style will lead with the Theme “Tomorrow Starts Here” covering leading industry trends such as Internet of Everything (IOE), Fast IT, and Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) among many others. So, do not miss this opportunity. I want to shift gears and take you on a fast cruise of Cisco Data Center and Cisco ACI highlights at the event.
In less than a year since the announcement, Cisco ACI has taken the industry by storm with a large customer base and several of the industry’s key partners such as Microsoft, Red Hat, Citrix, F5, et al endorsing and building joint solutions. There is so much excitement around ACI at this year’s Cisco Live. I want to give a structure to how I am planning to cover the topic in this blog. Essentially, I consider them as Cisco-led and Partner led.
Cisco has a packed agenda of ACI activities and announcements. Cisco APIC, which enables ACI Fabric mode on Nexus 9000 networks, will be available this summer along with a robust Go-To-Market (GTM) strategy that includes additional eco-system partners, Cisco Validated Designs (CVD), additional platform support and leading-edge hardware innovations across the portfolio. We are also introducing two new additions to the existing portfolio of Nexus 9000 to meet scalability, flexibility and performance requirements of standalone and ACI mode deployments.
Executive ACI speaking sessions feature prominently this year with Cisco President Rob Lloyd’s session “Infrastructure for the Agile Enterprise” keynote, May 20, 10 AM, at the North Hall. Rob’s keynote also features Soni Jiandani, who will present how ACI delivers agility. Rob Soderbery and Soni Jiandani are presenting a technology trends keynote (GENSK 1109) on May 21, 8.30 am, titled “Fast Track to Fast IT: Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure”, another choice from a catalog of exciting offers.