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Oracle OpenWorld: Cisco + Oracle = UCS Collaboration

It’s that conference time of year — this week it’s Oracle OpenWorld 2010, taking place in San Francisco. This annual conference draws attendees from around the world to learn about product developments in all layers of the stack, from applications, database and middleware, to servers and storage systems. I once again headed down to the Moscone Center in downtown SF to get news from the event. (Seems like I’m at Moscone a lot these days—I might as well set up a booth for myself!)

Cisco is a Platinum sponsor of this year’s conference: We have a booth showcasing Cisco and Oracle data center and industry solutions, such as Oracle Real Applications Clusters on Cisco’s Unified Computing System. Visitors to the booth get all the latest deets about Application Networking Services (ANS) and Application Control Engine (ACE) Integration with Oracle.

Attendees at a breakout session heard from Oracle and Cisco about UCS, data center architectures, and how the companies are working together with our partners to deliver customer solutions.  I visited with folks from Oracle and Cisco and learned how solutions from both companies are helping customer NaviSite increase profits and efficiency.

And, be sure to watch the interview I did with customer NaviSite.

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UCS: A Better Home for Oracle Apps

This week our team is out in force at Oracle Open World in San Francisco, and with good reason.  Last week Scott Ciccone and I talked about the kinds of applications that are particularly well-served (no pun intended) by the new UCS B230 blade. Yesterday, Oracle quantified what that means when they announced world-record results with the SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark, using a pair of B230s running Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, with our 4-socket B440 M1 acting as the database server.

I asked my colleague Girish Kulkarni, who works closely with our application partners, to help put this into context:

“We got the top dual-node SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark result of 11,283.80 JOPS@ Standard (jAppServer operations per second). This result surpasses the prior dual-node world record by 54 percent and was obtained running Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, Oracle Database 11g Release 2, and Oracle Enterprise Linux.”

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TELUS Foundation for Managed Cloud Services

According to a recent market study, the total global managed services opportunity will have reached $217 billion by 2014 – with managed cloud services becoming a significant component of growth. Some service providers are still studying the revenue upside, while the most forward-looking ones have already taken decisive action.

TELUS, a leading Canadian service provider, announced yesterday that it’s applying the Cisco Unified Service Delivery (USD) architecture to facilitate their progressive move to agile cloud-based IT service delivery.

We know that innovative service providers are looking for better ways to unify data center and network assets, as they seek to find a profitable path to cloud service delivery.

However, for SPs to succeed they must meet the stringent SLA demands of enterprise customers. In the legacy data center model, that can be a big challenge. Unfortunately, many of today’s applications are provisioned out of data center service silos.

In contrast, a cloud solution that can unify pools of resources within each data center — use a common unified fabric, implement advanced peering to interconnect provider data centers to one another and then join them to an IP NGN — can put service providers on a pathway to profitable cloud service delivery. This is precisely how Cisco’s Unified Service Delivery offers providers a way to change the rules of the gameĀ in their favor.

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