Convergence, Now with Scale and Intelligence

April 28, 2011 - 1 Comment

Welcome to the shownotes for Episode 89 The Agile Data Center – a veritable smorgasbord of data center innovation…this show is packed and the details are many. All of this centers around massive new technology announcements. (Click here to go right to our show)

Cisco recently shipped its one millionth Nexus 10Gb Ethernet port, bringing the total number of Nexus ports in customer production environments to more than 7,000,000. We have also surpassed 10,000 NX-OS customers and neared 4,000 Unified Computing Systems.  Wow. Good times.

The linkage and capabilities continue to build and this show covers the next step on our very mature convergence storyline adding scale and intelligence to the mix.

So what all did we cover?

Scott Lowe did a very nice write up here and the comments are worth following at the bottom for a healthy discussion and clarification.   Also worth a close a read – the ever informative and entertaining Chad Sakac and his angles on the ‘mega-launch’.

Anne Plese and Richard Rose

How Unified is the Fabric?

One size does not fit all – Beyond the ‘talk’ of data center convergence, true scale and intelligence is now available with a slew of new technologies.

Anne reviewed her ‘tasty bits’ worthy of focus as Richard Rose knocked it out of the part with his double dose of smooth talkin’ and dressin’

#1: Nexus 7000 ad MDS 900:  Multi-Hop FCoE

Convergence from server to storage array with director class

multi-hop FCoE for Nexus 7000 and MDS 9000 platforms (design guidance), MDS 9000 10-Gbps 8-Port FCoE Module

#2: DCNMData Center Network Manager, SAN Edition, new cloud APIs for cloud orchestration

#3: Nexus 5500: New Form Factor, offering all unified port extensions

#4 Nexus 3000 ultra-low latency platform supporting high performance tradingNexus 3000 – Ultra Low Latency

#5: FEX and VM FEX: Fabric Extensions- fabric extensions and manageability into the VM

#6 LISP and MPLS on Nexus 7000 – address separation that enables global

IP address portability simplifies IT operations (LISP Security, .pdf)

One key message:

Cisco’s Unified Fabric Delivers Convergence, Scale and Intelligence

Check out the way back machine where we talked about LISP in June of 2010 on our Security Show –

Jacob Rapp with Jimmy Ray Purser

Swift Switching

Jacob Rapp joins Jimmy Ray in the lab as they do a packet level walk through the fastest, lowest latency switches available anywhere. Its the new Nexus 3000 series.

Amit Singh

Nexus and the 6500

Amit Singh takes us beyond the access layer and into the core with FCoE on MDS and Nexus 7000 including MPLS and LISP for new scalable architecture as things look UP for Unified Ports on the 5500 – Data Design Delivered.

More Reading:

Multihop Fibre Channel over Ethernet Designs (pdf)

LISP Routing Architecture: Enable Global Mobility, Multi-Tenancy, IPv6 Migration, and Intelligent Scalability


Segment 4: State of the Art: Data Center 2011 Texas

It’s a TechWiseTV field to the new Allen Texas Data Center sporting the most incredible combination of cutting edge design ever assembled in one enterprise class data center.

What a fun trip – Jimmy Ray and I both wrote up some ‘trip reports’ sharing our impressions – good info and links within these.

Jimmy Ray’s Trip Report

My ‘Data Center Domination’ entry

Lots of good reading and learning:

Doug Alger – one of my favorite guys to follow ‘Data Center Constructed’

Data Center Knowledge

Feedback Loop

A very timely question from the audience around the often misunderstood nature of MAC address allocation that only intensifies when running redundant pairs. Sean Merrow did a nice write up in the Technical Support Community.

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  1. terima kasih 🙂