Cisco IT completely changed our voice and video infrastructure in the data center – and nobody noticed!
We changed the systems that Cisco IT uses to run ALL our voice and video supporting:
- 200,000 voice endpoints in 540 buildings around the world,
- 87,000 voicemail boxes
- 1600 TelePresence units
- 8.6 Million Webex meetings per year
- Our customer contact centers handling 22M calls / year
It was a big job, migrating all these services off of 574 Cisco MCS servers, and onto new Virtual Machines running on 191 Cisco UCS servers in 12 different data centers. It took a while, but it was truly worth it, despite the fact that nobody noticed.
We reduced the amount of data center resources significantly – less space, less power, fewer cables. Even better, we now have all our voice and video running on virtual machines, making operations jobs and updates and growth a good deal easier, and faster. Best of all, though, we moved all our voice and video to a completely new server platform — and nobody noticed!
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Tags: Cisco IT, mcs, TelePresence, UC, UC on UCS, ucce contact center, UCS, unity, video, virtual, virtual machine, Voice, voicemail, webex cca, webex cloud connected audio
“I confess that in 1901, I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years . . . Ever since, I have distrusted myself and avoided all predictions.” — Wilbur Wright, 1908
In SDN in the Enterprise: aligning with business needs I highlighted one of what some people are claiming to be the most disruptive technologies in the networking space in recent memory: Software Defined Networking (SDN), or what I like to call the continuation of the abstraction of everything. Today we’ll explore some of the ways I believe SDN will and will not change networking.
Trying to predict the future in any endeavor is fraught with danger, or at least substantial risk of embarrassment. Winston Churchill once said, “I always avoid prophesying beforehand because it is much better to prophesy after the event has already taken place,” and he was on to something. Technology predictions, in particular, seem to have a funny way of getting away from even the most intelligent and business-savvy among us. Hit the target, and you look like a genius. Miss it, and if you have a high enough profile people will remember it forever. Worse than that, however, is that in business if you miss the target you leave money on the table, or in the worst cases sink the company. Read More »
Tags: #ciscochampion, business, Enterprise, sddc, SDN, UCS, virtualization
Cloudera Sessions is coming to a City Near You!
Have you registered for the upcoming Cloudera Sessions roadshow yet? According to IDC Analysts, the market for Big Data will reach $16.9 billion by 2015, with an outrageous 40% CAGR. As the sheer volume of data continues to climb, enterprise customers will need the right software and infrastructure to transform this data into meaningful insights.
Cisco is partnering with Cloudera to offer a comprehensive infrastructure and management solution, based on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), to support our customers big data initiatives. As a proud sponsor for this event, I would encourage you to join us at one of the following scheduled stops to learn more about our joint solutions for big data:
San Francisco 9/11
Jersey City 9/18
Milwaukee 10/17 (Note: changed from 10/2 to 10/17)
Cloudera has a fantastic agenda scheduled in each of the cities featuring keynote speakers that you won’t want to miss. I hope to see you there.
For the latest information regarding Big Data on Cisco UCS, I’ve added a couple links below for your reference:
Introducing Cisco UCS Common Platform Architecture (CPA) for Big Data, By Raghu Nambiar
Top Three Reasons Why Cisco UCS is a Better Platform for Big Data, by Scott Ciccone
Stop by and say hello and let me know if you have any comments or questions, or via twitter at @CicconeScott.
Tags: Big Data, Blade Servers, Cisco UCS, Cisco Unified Computing System, Hadoop, Rack Servers, UCS
Since around the turn of the year, specific to each region of the world, we in Cisco Services have established magazines (available in both printed and online formats) to bring you help and guidance on the challenges and opportunities of new technology adoption, evolution and maintenance, across all areas of Cisco technology. If you’ve read my blogs on Data Center and Cloud adoption challenges, you’ll know that such opportunities and challenges are my passion, so I personally find these new magazines, and their perspectives from a range of Cisco writers including senior executives, very interesting.
Cisco Services Magazines
In line with the way our customers’ challenges vary across the world, we produce different magazines for:
- The Americas – “Services Perspectives” – Register and read here for Services Perspectives.
- Asia Pacific, Japan and China (APJC) – “Services Discovery” – Register and read here for Services Discovery.
- Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR) – “Services Dynamics” – Register and read here for Services Dynamics.
In each case, you can eother subscribe online, request a printed copy, or do both!
In the Services Discovery Issue 1, there are excellent articles on migrating legacy RISC applications to Cisco UCS, and “Are You Thinking Cloud” – both areas Cisco can help you with. One of our Chinese financial customers, Bank of Chengdu, is featured on how they improved efficiency via data center improvements.
In the Americas “Services Perspective” Magazine, the recent article on “The Hidden Hazards within Private Clouds” was particularly interesting, including coverage on Cisco Domain TenSM which I have blogged on extensively on this year. Another excellent topic was “The Business and Technology Case for Infrastructure Modernization” describing the challenges and solutions to UNIX to Cisco UCS application migration.
And in the EMEAR Services Dynamics magazine, we also discussed Cisco Domain Ten, Cisco Services framework for data center and cloud transformation.
As I say above, these are not simply magazines for data center and cloud, I’ve simply highlighted a few articles above that most relevant to my interests and this subject of this particular Cisco Data Center blog. So whatever your interests and location, we have well designed and insightful magazines for you! And we hope you enjoy and learn from them!
Tags: architecture, Cisco Domain Ten, cisco_services, cloud, Cloud Computing, data center, Smart Care, UCS, unified computing
I’ve previously written a bunch about the effects of location, Location, LOCATION! on MPI applications.
Here’s another subtle NUMA effect that a well-tuned MPI implementation can hide from you: intelligently distributing traffic between multiple network interfaces.
Yeah, yeah, most MPI implementations have had so-called “multi-rail” support for a long time (i.e., using multiple network interfaces for MPI traffic). But there’s more to it than that.
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Tags: HPC, mpi, Open MPI, UCS, USNIC, VIC