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Introducing VXLAN

August 30, 2011 at 9:40 am PST

From my perspective, Cisco continues to be a fun place to work for a couple of reasons.  First of all, we have a company full of really smart geeks with networking chops second to none.  Second, we have the freedom to push boundaries and find ways to make our customers’ lives easier.

Bring those two together and you get some interesting results, like the new VXLAN technology we announced at VMworld today. Working with industry notables, Cisco contributed our networking smarts to help develop a technology that will make a big difference for our customers who want to build clouds.  VXLAN is the basis of a scalable cloud network where lots of logical networks (over 16M, courtesy of a 24 bit of logical network identifier) can be created instantly to meet the needs of the even the most complex and dynamic cloud.  Indeed, the technology even pushes the boundary of virtual machine migration beyond a layer 2 domain.  A group of networking and server virtualization companies have submitted a joint proposal to the IETF to have the VXLAN technology standardized.

To read the IETF submittal, click here.  To learn more about why VXLAN should be part of you cloud plans, read this white paper.  If you are at VMworld, by all means, swing by the Cisco or VMware booth to see a demo and get your questions answered.

If you are interested in putting VXLAN to test, stay tuned for the upcoming 1.5 release of Nexus 1000V (entering beta in September 2011).

Look for more posts on the topic, but, in the interim, if you have questions, post them here and we’ll get them answered.

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TechWiseTV Workshop SAP and the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)

August 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm PST

Visit Cisco Live Virtual on Wednesday, September 7th at 10am Pacific to view the live TechWiseTV Workshop “SAP and the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)”. The Cisco Unified Computing System serves as an ideal server platform for SAP since it provides a unique Intel Xeon processor-based industry-standard infrastructure for enterprise-critical applications such as SAP. The Cisco UCS platform offers stateless computing capabilities with dynamic server provisioning, unified fabric, and comprehensive management across both physical and virtual environments for reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). When you combine the UCS platform with Tidal Intelligent Automation software for SAP, you now have a safe, secure, platform that is protected from within the platform itself. As a result the Cisco UCS platform is quickly becoming the server platform of choice for mission-critical solutions from SAP. Experts will be available for live Q&A.

Access is free. Attendees to Cisco Live Virtual can access over 1,600 keynotes, super sessions and technical sessions, as well as network with peers, visit our World of Solutions, and play games.

Speaker: Jimmy Ray Purser
Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. PT / 17:00 GMT
Location: www.ciscolivevirtual.com

For more information on TechWiseTV and to access on-demand video content, visit: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/learning_center/techwisetv

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Back to School

As summer rolls into fall, my kids are heading back to school.  It’s always an interesting transition but this year even more so with my daughter going away to college for the first time.   This has brought back a flood of memories from my own college education experiences. 

I have always had a passion for education and have a strong belief in continous learning. 

Today, so much is available on the web, through social media websites, and online video

In the world of technology and government, there is so much more to learn every day.  New technologies: cloud,  cybersecurity and virtualization, new delivery methods: virtual classrooms, online video, and collaboration, and new government requirements and certifications.

I recently came  across some useful learning resources including the Cisco CCNP Security Certification courseware and VMware/Cisco  network considerations for desktop virtualization.    

See below.   

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Vblock: Accelerating the Journey to Private Cloud

In the continuing quest for a fully virtualized data center, IT professionals have a new tool that promises to dramatically simplify the journey: the Vblock. This 60-minute TechWiseTV episode explores this latest advancement in unified computing and shows how it will make it easier for organizations to build out data centers.


Episode 62: Vblock: Accelerating the Journey to Private Cloud

You will learn how Vblock™ Infrastructure Platforms simplify the acquisition and deployment process by integrating best of breed technology from Cisco, EMC and VMware into prepackaged units of infrastructure that are optimized for a wide range of virtualized solution deployments and how since each Vblock is pre-built and ready for deployment and the modular design is highly scalable to meet growth needs, your projects will get completed faster and you will have investment protection, and lower total cost of ownership.

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Is Your Network Ready for the Cloud Journey?

For many months now, we’ve talked about the Journey to Cloud Computing and how an evolution within your Data Center is needed to make that a reality. In many cases, we looked at this from an application perspective, focused on the interaction between automation, applications, servers, storage and the edges of the network.

But many of you have asked us to provide you a broader understanding of the role the Network plays in the Journey to Cloud Computing. Specifically you’ve asked us to highlight several areas:

  • What is Cisco’s perspective and strategy around the usage of multiple types of Cloud Computing (Private, Public, Hybrid, Community) and what is needed from the network to interconnect all these offerings?
  • How does my business manage the network transitions needed between today’s applications (often client-server), the virtualization of those application, and next-generation web and big data applications?
  • What considerations do we need to make within my Data Center as we try and maximize efficiency and scalability?
  • What considerations do we need to make at the edges of our networks when the proliferation of devices is almost out of control?
  • Are there ways to protect my network investments while still having the flexibility to deal with the business uncertainties that are around the next corner?
Is Your Network Ready for the Journey?
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