Check out the new Cisco UCS Hardening Guide white paper which is now released and available on the Cisco Security Portal. The paper outlines and highlights security best practices for Cisco UCS.
This paper provides information to help users secure Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) platform and provides guidance on how to harden Cisco UCS Software features. The paper provides references to lots of related documentation.
In my last post I discussed how Cisco UCS Mini is helping us expand beyond the traditional confines of the data center, to deliver desktop and app virtualization with exceptional user experience, manageability and TCO savings – at the enterprise edge.
We’re only going to see more investment and focus in this space, thanks to the general trend towards making VDI and app virtualization more tenable in a wider array of use cases across the enterprise, pushing from data center to enterprise edge. This week, I want to offer a proof point I alluded to in my last post, enabled by our partners Nimble Storage and VMware.
Let’s take a look at the Nimble Storage SmartStack for ROBO (Remote Office / Branch Office) Desktop Virtualization. As you know, we’ve seen incredible traction with our friends at Nimble. Their CS array has seen wide market acceptance, and is now offered as an Integrated Infrastructure solution in the form of SmartStack, delivering the modularity, scale and manageability that IT demands.
I’m pleased to highlight that SmartStack now offers a solution optimized for ROBO. In case you missed it, check out Nimble Storage’s announcement. Bringing together best-of-breed components including VMware Horizon 6, Nimble’s CS300 array, and UCS Mini, this offering delivers on the key attributes critical to the enterprise edge:
Greater Consolidation: dense storage, compute and expansive I/O capacity of the Nimble + Cisco UCS solution, allows for hundreds of users in a small footprint, 50% of what traditional solutions might occupy.
Simplified Management: anchored on UCS Manager, this platform enables centralized IT to remotely spin up desktop and application virtualization capacity at remote/branch offices, without the error-prone, manual intervention required by traditional compute platforms.
High Performance: the combination of Nimble’s large IOPS footprint, low latency and Cisco UCS processing power delivers adaptive, exceptional performance in a compact form factor. This, along with VMware Horizon, allows IT to maintain an exceptional user experience through heavy application use and periods such as boot/login storms, patch operations and upgrades.
For more information on the Nimble SmartStack for ROBO Desktop Virtualization, please check out Sheldon D’Paiva’s blog on SmartStack ROBO.
Cisco is again a Premiere Sponsor of the OpenStack Summit, November 3-7 at Le Palais des Congrès in Paris. Here’s a summary of Cisco sponsored activities for your schedule.
Premier Breakout Session: “A World of Many (OpenStack) Clouds” Wed. 05 Nov; 13:50 – 14:30
Cisco VP and Cloud CTO, Lew Tucker, will talk about how Cisco is working with leading service providers and enterprise customers to enable a world of interconnected clouds. Find out how Cisco is delivering greater automation, programmability, and openness for IT infrastructure, to support the next generation of virtualization and cloud.
Cisco Expo Booth, Location #C3
Stop by and pick up a special OpenStack@Cisco gift while supplies last. Cisco specialists in services, sales and product development will be available to chat and answer any questions.
See demonstrations of:
-OpenStack Networking Using Cisco CSR and Nexus
-Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with Red Hat OpenStack Platform
-Group-Based Policy for Cloud Deployment
-Cisco UCS Bare-Metal-as-a-Service Cloud
Find out more about Metacloud, which officially became a part of Cisco on 17 SEP. Metacloud offers OpenStack clouds as a service, giving customers a choice of hosted or hybrid architecture, to operate like a public cloud from inside an organization’s own data center.
Evening Reception with Red Hat Wed. 05 Nov; 20:00 – 2:00
Each attendee who completes the Red Hat and Cisco Booth Rally Challenge (instructions onsite) will receive a ticket for the Evening Reception held at Faust, an entertainment facility located at the foot of the Ivalides Esplanade, underneath the Alexandre III Bridge. Shuttle transportation will be available. Food and drinks will be served. This is an awesome location and might very well be the highlight of the week.
In our previous big data blogs, a number of my Cisco associates have talked about the right infrastructure, the right sizing, the right integrated infrastructure management and the right provisioning and orchestration for your clusters. But, to gain the benefits of pervasive use of big data, you’ll need to accelerate your big data deployments and make a seamless pivot of your “back of the data center” science experiment into the standard data center operational processes to speed delivery of the value of these new analytics workloads.
If you are using a “free” (hint: nothing’s free), or open source workload scheduler, or even a solution that can manage day-to-day batch jobs, you may run into problems right off the bat. Limitations may come in the form of dependency management, calendaring, error recovery, role-based access control and SLA management.
And really, this is just the start of your needs for full-scale, enterprise-grade workload automation for Big Data environments! As the number of your mission-critical big data workloads increases, predictable execution and performance will become essential.
Lucky for you Cisco has exactly what you need! Read More »
In this week’s episode of Engineers Unplugged, Roving Reporter Lauren Malhoit (@malhoit) talks to Adam Eckerle (@eck79) about #UCSGrandSlam and UCS as a platform. Great view of the tech from the admin perspective: “UCS is built from the ground up with virtualization in mind.” Great practical episode for anyone exploring UCS!
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