Today we introduced release 2.6 of the Cisco VXI Smart Solution, offering enhanced performance user experience and faster ROI, with unified workspaces that go beyond VDI. VXI 2.6 offers new capabilities and enhancements to the underlying platform, spanning Cisco Unified Data Center, Borderless Network, and Collaboration pillars. I invite you to check out posts from Phil Sherburne and Brian Dal Bello to learn more. For now, let me turn your attention to the data center pillar, specifically the advancements that are part of this release, and as amply illustrated in the Cisco Validated Design for VXI.
Reducing the TCO of virtual desktops
With VXI 2.6 we focused significant attention on improving performance, and driving down the cost of deploying end-to-end desktop virtualization through a combination of data center enhancements that are now part of the Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for VXI 2.6. These include:
- The Cisco UCS B200 M3 server blade, based on the Intel Romley- platform delivers continued leadership in virtual desktop density. We recently commissioned a study with Principled Technologies to evaluate B200 M3 performance with virtual desktop workloads – check the results we published for VMware and Citrix based platforms. We’ve also added the UCS VIC 1240 (mezzanine LOM) to the CVD, offering up to 80 Gbps aggregate bandwidth per Blade Server. Bandwidth management capabilities of the VIC 1240 and its effect on delivering QoS in a mixed workload scenario of virtual desktops and other workload types is covered in detail here. The CVD also includes the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect, 6296UP, that provides up to 2 Tbps throughput, thereby offering enhanced workload scalability and overall performance
- Support for published shared desktops with XenApp 6.5, including Jabber for Windows. With this feature, we deliver much greater scalability while also extending our industry-leading Jabber solution support to this popular application delivery approach, resulting in a more scalable, cost-effective, superior collaboration user-experience
- Optimizing storage costs is also a key focus area for the release, and VXI2.6 introduces support for a number of capabilities that help reduce storage costs. With VMware vSphere 5, we have Content Based Read Caching (CBRC) addressing performance bottlenecks associated with the high read IOPS found during O/S boot and AV scans. CBRC offers host RAM-based caching to reduce read IOPS to back-end shared storage, improving scalability and overall storage performance and end-user experience.
- With B200 M 3 servers, we support “Tier-0” Solid State Disk (SSD) which enables the storage of Desktop images internally on the server while user data and personalization can be stored on back end shared storage, allowing for better overall performance and reduced dependency and costs associated with back-end shared disks We have also included validated testing of the WhipTail Flash silicon storage array (SSA) offering up to 12TB of flash with 250k IOPS in a 2U array.
Want to learn more about VXI Release 2.6? Check out the following:
And visit our website at www.cisco.com/go/vxi
Tags: citrix, vdi, VMware, vxi
Just imagine. It’s HR benefits enrollment season. And you’ve left your annual selections to the last possible minute. And it’s the last day of the enrollment period. You find yourself feverishly dialing the support line, hoping that by some stroke of luck there’s still an HR analyst around to help you wade through an employee guide (that you were supposed to have read two weeks ago but didn’t). Read More »
Tags: BPO, desktop virtualization, vdi, VMware, vxi
Despite all the rumblings in the media about the future of the Cisco and VMware relationship, the two companies announced at VMworld last week that they will expand their strategic partnership to deliver next generation cloud infrastructures. Hear directly from Rahul Tripathi, Director of Product Marketing at Cisco and Nitin Brahmankar, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances at VMware, about latest joint product offerings at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco: Cisco UCS E-Series, which takes virtualization to branch offices and Cloud Services Router (CSR) 1000V, which seamlessly extends enterprise networks into external clouds.
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Tags: CSR1000v, UCSE, vblog, VMware, vmworld
It’s been a busy week as Cisco has been active with Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 launch activities around the world. We’ve spoken with customers at events in Toronto and New York City with many more in person and digital events to go…
While the week’s focus was on Windows Server 2012 and the datacenter, I thought I would orient this post on how our UCS server family architecture is already benefitting customers in their own Microsoft focused environments. Below is a snippet of metrics, all from publicly available Cisco case studies, and they each demonstrate how Cisco UCS not only advances your data center forward technically but also drives efficiencies in OpEx and CapEx budget spend:
- 97% – Young America. Increased their server virtualization rate from 20% to 97%.
- 80% – National FFA – This nation-wide organization significantly per server reduced management time.
- 70% – Secure 24 – U.S. based service provider saw a tremendous reduction in datacenter cabling.
- 66% – Microsoft – One of Microsoft’s Redmond, WA based datacenter achieved double digit power savings.
- 40% – Human Kinetics – Illinois based health and lifestyle firm recognized a large reduction in server acquisition costs.
- 12 weeks to 10 minutes – ING Direct (Australia) – Large financial firm experienced a drop in the time needed to provision a new banking environment.
- 2 Days to 2 hours – Volunteer State Community College – Tennessee based college improved the time required to deploy a desktop for students.
- $1,575 to $80 – Slumberland – Mattress retail firm in the U.S. achieved a reduction in per server management cost.
Cisco’s UCS server family, as well as our other datacenter assets such as our Nexus switch family and Cisco Advanced Services, support the full range of Microsoft environments – Windows Server, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, and VDI. For virtualization, we’re hypervisor agnostic, too so Hyper-V, VMware, etc. are equally supported. Bottom line is Cisco technology will help create a better datacenter for you while also being friendly to your OpEx and CapEx budget spend.
Tags: Cisco, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Nexus 1000v, ROI, tco, UCS, VMware, Windows Server 2012
Welcome to San Francisco for one the most exciting events of the year!
Here’s a short blog post that will help you connect with the Intelligent Automation team at VMworld and learn about new solution developments and releases. In particular, you will be interested to see a brand new demo featuring Virtual Network Management Center 2.0. VNMC is a centralized device and security policy management software, which works together with Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) and the Cisco ASA 1000V firewall to manage security on Nexus 1000V virtual switch series.
Other Intelligent Automation and Unified Management demos offered in booth #1213 include:
• Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud
• Network Services Manager
And make sure you mark your calendar to attend one of these theater presentations to learn more about what Cisco can offer your organization:
• My First Cloud Get Started with Cisco Cloud Management from Cisco Data Center
This session will discuss how Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud enables IT to move from manual to flexible automated provisioning of physical and virtual resources, while maintaining existing processes and governance, increasing IT efficiency. Monday, August 27 10:30am Cisco booth
• Virtual Network Management Center 2.0 from Cisco Data Center
Join us to learn about Cisco’s latest VNMC release. Tuesday, August 28 11:00am Cisco Booth #1213
• Private Cloud Case Study with Cisco Management and Orchestration from Cisco Data Center
Join this session to learn about the challenges Cisco IT has solved by implementing cloud management and orchestration technology to provide internal private cloud services. Tuesday, August 28 11:30am Cisco Booth #1213
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Tags: Cisco Intelligent Automation, cloud, Cloud Builder, Cloud Management, events, unified management, VMware, vmworld