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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 33: does this rack server make my data look big?

CiscoChampion200PXbadge#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking about UCS and Big Data with Cisco Technical Solutions Architect Sean McKeown.

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Latest additions to the Cisco UCS M-Series Modular Server Portfolio

Cisco UCS M-Series Modular Servers deliver exceptional value for online content delivery like gaming, web serving, transcoding, and HPC. Built around Cisco’s virtual interface card (VIC) technology and the policy-based management of UCS Manager, this new design brings the award-winning architecture and management of Cisco Unified Computing to the world of parallelized workloads.

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Cisco UCS delivers top TPC-H result for non-clustered systems at 3000-GB scale factor

The Cisco UCS® C460 M4 Rack Server continues its tradition of Industry leadership with the latest announcement of the best TPC-H benchmark result at the 3000GB scale factor in non-cluster category, in concert with Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition. This TPC-H result with Cisco UCS C460 M4 Rack Server is 57 percent faster than the HP DL580 and 47 percent less expensive, and it surpasses servers from other contenders, including Fujitsu and Lenovo as shown in the graphic below:

TPCH C460 Results 3000GB

                                         Results Comparisons (Source www.tpc.org as of 7/22/2015)

The Cisco UCS® C460 M4 Rack Server captured a performance of 725,686 QphH@3000GB and a price/performance ratio of $1.08 USD per QphH@3000GB. The Cisco UCS® C460 M4 Rack Server was equipped with four 2.5-GHz Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v3 CPUs and 3 TB of memory (up to 6 TB supported). The system ran Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition and Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition. Check out the Performance Brief for additional information on the benchmark configuration. The detailed official benchmark disclosure report is available at the TPC Results Page.

It is interesting to note that the Cisco UCS® C460 M4 Rack Server also has the top performance and price/performance record at the 1000GB scale factor. Cisco UCS C460 M4 with 588,831 QphH@1000GB and $0.97 USD per QphH@3000GB, available December 16, 2014.

The Cisco UCS C460 M4 delivers the balanced I/O, memory, and computing capacity needed for large-scale analytical and business intelligence applications. These benchmark results demonstrate the industry-leading performance you can expect when you choose Cisco UCS servers. For additional information on Cisco UCS and Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure solutions please visit Cisco Unified Computing & Servers web page.

Disclosure

About the TPC and TPCH

The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) is a nonprofit corporation founded to define transaction processing and database benchmarks, and to disseminate objective and verifiable performance data to the industry. TPC membership includes major hardware and software companies.

 TPC-H is an industry standard benchmark for decision support systems. It evaluates a composite performance metric (QphH@size) and a price-to-performance metric ($/ QphH@size) that measure the performance of various decision-support systems by running sets of queries against a standard database under controlled conditions.

The performance results described in this document are derived from detailed benchmark results available as of July 13, 2015, at http://www.tpc.org/tpch/default.asp.

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Cisco and Microsoft Ignite Partner Opportunities

Cisco and Microsoft understand the power of a connected ecosystem of partners. Together, we’ve developed a robust portfolio of data center and cloud solutions that is igniting opportunities for our channel partners to address their customers’ business transformation initiatives. The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is the perfect opportunity to learn how the Cisco and Microsoft partnership can help you reach new markets and drive the next wave of profitable growth.

Partner of the YearDimension Data and Scalability Experts are prime examples of the Cisco connected partner ecosystem. Both partners delivered transformative solutions built on FlexPod, the Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure jointly developed with NetApp. Cisco is honored to be recognized alongside Dimension Data and NetApp as the Microsoft Partner of the Year in the Modern Data Center, Customer Focus category for the Zero Touch (Microsoft Private Cloud) solution at ING Direct. We’d also like to congratulate Scalability Experts for winning the Microsoft Data Platform Partner of the Year Award for the amazing results attained with the SQL Server 2014 on FlexPod solution at Iforium.

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My take on the integrated infrastructure buzz

I recently created a playlist of my favorite 80’s, 90’s and current songs. Listening to the playlist in shuffle mode, I noticed the stark contrast and evolution of the recording quality from the old classics to the current stuff.

Thank you Pink Floyd and Apple

I have to admit that the quality does get progressively better overtime, but in some cases tunes just sounded over-engineered, especially on the digitally recorded tracks. As good as they may sound, they often lack the warmth of reel-to-reel tape deck recordings. I am sure someone is busy developing an app to fix that.

The Tres Virgo Recording Studio – 1980’s style with owner Robin Yeager

The Tres Virgo Recording Studio – 1980’s style with owner Robin Yeager

It actually makes me wonder how some artists are able to pull some of those over-engineered studio songs off on a live stage, and some do a great job. But these days, concerts are as much about the show, not just the music – thank you Pink Flyod for setting a trend.

Pink Flyod Live – Earls Court, London 1994

Awesomeness: Pink Flyod Live – Earls Court, London 1994

But I digress: what digital allows you to do is fix stuff in the mix with a simple mouse click, versus having to re-record part of, or all of the tracks. That is time and money saving stuff. It is streamlined sound engineering workflows at it’s best.

And it has opened up a whole world of possibilities for recording artists, including making mediocre ones sound pretty amazing. In fact, anyone with Garage Band installed on a MAC (and some talent) can sound pretty good these days. Thank you Apple.

Is your data center stuck in the tape-deck age?

Similar evolution has occurred in data centers around the globe. An IT environment of disparate servers, storage, and networking systems all managed in silos is a thing of the past. Or is it?

The unfortunate reality for many organizations is that their data centers are stuck in the tape deck age and associated laborious workflows. The result is that much of today’s IT budget is still being consumed by keeping the data centers humming along. That comes at the expense of real innovation.

It’s no surprise that in today’s connected-everything world, businesses and organizations off all sizes rely heavily on IT. And in that world, you need an infrastructure that is up to the task: an environment that is agile, secure and simple to manage with few resources.

Once you have that in place, your talented IT folks can turn their attention to focusing on real innovation that can lead to tangible business outcomes, rather than just keeping the lights on – just as talented musicians should focus on the music.

So what a novel idea to have an environment that combines compute, storage and networking into a pre-validated, fully integrated design that can be centrally managed? Enter the idea of integrated infrastructure. By no means is this a new concept. After all, many vendors now claim they deliver integrated infrastructure. Or can they?

I can’t speak for other vendors, but can say that Cisco has teamed up with the best in the industry to deliver pre-validated (so you know it will work together), integrated systems.

And they work just as advertised. I recently discovered this when I picked up my personal hardcopy of Unleashing IT.

I was delighted when my hardcopy of Unleashing IT arrived in the mail

I was delighted when my hardcopy of Unleashing IT arrived in the mail

This edition dedicated to discussing the various Integrated Infrastructure flavors available today from Cisco and it’s eco-system of partners. It profiles businesses and organizations much like yours that are reaping the business benefits.

I encourage you to take a moment to subscribe, download the pdf or get your personal hardcopy shipped to you, and let me know what you think.

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