Accelerate UNIX to Linux Migrations with FlexPod – RedHat Summit 2012

June 27, 2012 - 0 Comments

Over the past years, with the growing success of UCS, the partnership between Cisco and Redhat  has been stronger and stronger. Cisco is a Gold Sponsor of the RedHat Summit 2012 in Boston, and the UCS platform has been once more again praised on stage in front of the 3000 participants . During his keynote address yesterday SAP Sybase’s Irfan Khan, senior vice president and chief technology officer, announced that  in two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmarks, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and its Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor running the SAP ERP 6.0 application achieved leading performance results  running on… Cisco UCS  servers *.

If UCS attracts more and more SAP customers, the Oracle customers can also rely on this platform to gain significant performances and reduce cost as they migrate from a Risc migration environment to Cisco UCS .Check the blogs from Cisco Timothy Stack on this topic.

One of the best way to achieve this migration from Unix to Linux, is certainly in deploying a solution such as Flexpod, presented at RedHat Summit 2012 by NetApp, which is a Silver Sponsor (see NetApp activities here) – So I ask  Jon Benedict  (@CaptainKVM) , oVirt board member and NetApp Sr Virtualization Solutions Architect to share with us what Flexpod can provide in this context.

“Anyone who has had to maintain a rigid, outdated infrastructure knows it’s a time-consuming and painful process. Prior to joining NetApp I was a Red Hat solution architect and led a mainframe migration project for a large financial services company running both Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Solaris. We were confronted with an issue that impacted both platforms; getting the issue resolved with Red Hat and the newer Solaris versions was relatively straightforward but custom-tweaked applications running on older, end of life platforms required a ridiculously expensive per system financial investment. A key outcome of the project was the requirement that the IT team create a plan for migrating older Solaris-based applications from UNIX to Linux.

FlexPod would have been a great way to handle this, but unfortunately this project was pre-FlexPod.

The Cisco Unified Computing System represents an ideal computing platform for Linux-based applications while the joint collaboration between Cisco, NetApp and Red Hat is key to accelerating this type of transition. Instead of just upgrading servers and the operating system, our pre-validated FlexPod data center platform enables you to modernize your infrastructure holistically with an integrated solution including Cisco UCS servers, Cisco Nexus switches, and NetApp FAS storage. As my marketing guys love to say, “It’s a platform capable of meeting your needs today and scaling to meet your needs in the future.”  Like me, the comment looks fluffy but it’s solid.

In short, FlexPod is a great target for UNIX to Linux migrations because it provides the building blocks to deploy the data center that you need for your environment and is fully supported and backed by Cisco, NetApp and Red Hat.

If you’re in Boston this week for Red Hat Summit, be sure to attend the following sessions

Today June 27 , you may want to be at the lab

Hour 1: Application Driven, Open Source Cloud with UCS | Hour 2: Cisco Innovations for VM Networking & Applications

1:20pm – 3:20p  — Mark Balch Director, Product Management, Cisco — Ven Immani Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco  — Klaus Aker Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco

Application and business requirements shape cloud infrastructure decisions. In the first hour of this session, Cisco’s Mark Balch will outline specific Cisco Unified Computing System advantages as part of an open source cloud architecture. UCS open APIs and integration with Red Hat open source technologies, including Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualization technology, will be presented in the context of a unique foundation for the secure, scalable, and reliable infrastructure needed to support both public and private architectures.
In the second hour, presenters will demonstrate how virtualized SAP performance can be enhanced by using Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 6.1 playing in team with Cisco Data Center Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX) technology. Combined improvements reach 35% in user number increase or drastically better system response time starting from a baseline with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 and no VM-FEX.

On Thursday June 28, don’t miss

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization & SAP: Best Practices

At 4:50pmin the Red Hat RHEV campground (Room 105).

Red Hat Solution Architect Sherry Yu will detail best practices for virtualizing SAP and Sybase using RHEV 3.0, Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus 5000 series switches and NetApp FAS storage.


Please stop also  by the NetApp and Cisco booths and ask about Cisco Validated Designs for RHEL Built on FlexPod, Cisco UCS and NetApp for Oracle RAC , and Secure Separation Built on FlexPod.

Get details on why FlexPod is a great destination for HPC, SAP, messaging and other I/O intensive workloads plus how you can use the combination of Cisco UCS, Nexus and NetApp storage to easily configure end-to-end secure multi-tenant solutions, fully virtualized environments, bare metal environments, or any combination in between.

For more details, check out Cisco RISC migration solutions, the NetApp at Red Hat Summit overview, or visit my blog at ”

(*) Two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark configuration and results for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 on KVM on Cisco UCS B230 M2 (2 processors/20 cores/40 threads): Running SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0, Intel Xeon Processor E7-2870, 2.40 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 30 MB L3 cache per processor, 128 GB main memory, one virtual machine using 40 virtual CPUs and the SAP MaxDB® 7.8 database. Achieved 5,100 SAP SD benchmark users and 28,080 SAPS. SAP certification number: 2012013. 






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