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Ready, Set…Cloud! Vblock, VxBlock and Cisco ACI usher in operational simplicity and software defined innovation for the cloud era

Complexity is easy. Simplicity is hard. Solving operational complexity has been one of the hardest challenges in data center and cloud build-outs. For customers, the challenge of interfacing with different infrastructure vendors and driving integration has been a significant hurdle in the past, slowing application rollouts. The success of the integrated Infrastructure approach has largely been due to focused efforts on behalf of multiple vendors to come together to solve this challenge, resulting in a new hyper-growth market category being created. According to IDC’s Q3CY2014 integrated infrastructure tracker, the integrated infrastructure market has grown to ~$5.5B annually and most analysts have this market growing at 30+ percent YoY.

A shining example of solving this huge challenge has been VCE’s Vblock offerings that have been on a stellar growth path. Nothing speaks better of this than customer success and market traction it enjoys –

  • VCE surpassed a $2 billion annualized demand run-rate for Vblock and Vblock-related products and services exiting Q3 2014.
  • Its sixth consecutive quarter of greater than 50% year-over-year demand growth.
  • Clear leader in integrated infrastructure systems according to Gartner and IDC
  • A leader in the Gartner, Inc. Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems, based on an evaluation of VCE’s completeness of vision and ability to execute.

With its UCS Integrated Infrastructure solution approach Cisco has been literally in the midst of all of this action. Cisco UCS, Nexus and MDS switches have been key components of the integrated offering along with innovations from the other companies.  Customers have loved the operational benefits as they scale their cloud build outs. Last October next-generation “ACI-ready” Vblocks were introduced allowing customers to further accelerate their journey to SDN and cloud.

And now it is time to raise the bar even further. As VCE introduces VxBlocks in addition to the flagship Vblock offering, as well as vScale architectures and VCE Vision 3.0, Cisco and VCE are together committed to build on the past success as we align our sights to the future –

  • VCE and Cisco are committed to drive open, future proof converged infrastructure solutions through the GA shipments of ACI-Ready Nexus 9K enabled Vblocks and Cisco UCS. We already have 100+ joint customers in production.
  • VxBlocks will be featuring Nexus 9K as their default networking platform to support all their different flavors of SDN within their integrated infrastructure, even as Cisco UCS will continue to be their default compute platform. As of Cisco’s last fiscal quarter, there were over 1700+ Nexus 9000 and Cisco ACI customers, making the Nexus 9000 one of the highest growth products within the company even as new Cisco APIC customers shot up to over 300+ within two quarters. Cisco UCS has been on a tear in terms of market share worldwide and has continued to set world record benchmarks.
  • The Vscale Fabric is ACI enabled and includes the Nexus 9000s as the networking component of the fabric.  This  allows customers to choose ACI and get the added benefits of such.  If a customer chooses to deploy ACI in the fabric then the APIC would be a deployed as an add-on.   The Vscale architecture also uses MDS as the SAN fabric enhancing the convergence capabilities.

 What Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Brings to Vblocks and VxBlocks:

Cisco ACI is all about operational flexibility and choice. For example, customers can enjoy the  benefits of the Nexus 9396 in a standalone mode, or deploy it as an ACI leaf configuration. This is called “ACI-ready”. They can also be “ACI-enabled”, which means the Nexus 9396s are ACI leafs connected to spines and APIC clusters all part (provisioned and supported) of a Vblock or VxBlock.

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Cisco and Microsoft – Simplifying Scale-Up Cloud for Service Providers

As service providers strive to provide choices to their customers, we have made great progress in providing them with new ways to deliver cloud services. We’re helping them intelligently address all cloud opportunities with a portfolio of cloud solutions that meet customer requirements – for all types of cloud delivery models. That is why we are bringing the next level of simplicity, choice and value to our service provider cloud partners by partnering with Microsoft to deliver a next generation cloud architecture – the Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform.

This new cloud architecture for scale-up enterprise workloads and applications is designed to enable service providers to easily offer IaaS/PaaS and SaaS in a single platform with a life-cycle approach to service delivery and policy management. Most importantly, it allows service providers to lower Read More »

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Cisco UCS demonstrates performance leadership with world-record Oracle PeopleSoft benchmark results

Cisco UCS®) delivered world-record performance on Oracle PeopleSoft Human Resources Management Systems (HRMS) 9.1 FP2 Self-Service (online transaction processing [OLTP]) and Self-Service and Payroll Batch benchmarks.

The Oracle PeopleSoft Human Resources Management System (HRMS) 9.1 FP2 benchmark results for the Self-Service section of the benchmark demonstrate world-record performance and linear scalability. These results give you direct evidence of the degree to which you can scale your Cisco Unified Computing System™ deployments as the number of users of your human resources management system grows

Oracle PeopleSoft HRMS 9.1 FP2 Self-Service Benchmark Results

Number of Users Average Search Time (seconds) Average Save Time ( seconds) Transactions per Minute Availability Date
12,000 0.294 0.139 2400 January 15, 2015
16,000 0.324 0.155 3200 January 15, 2015
20,000 0.353 0.167 4000 January 15, 2015

 

Oracle PeopleSoft HRMS 9.1 FP2 Self-Service and Payroll Batch Extra-Large Data Model Benchmark Results

Number of Users Minutes  Payments per Hour Availability Date
500,480 21.95 1,368,055 January 15, 2015

 

Some of the key highlights of Cisco’s Oracle PeopleSoft Benchmark results are:

  • The Oracle PeopleSoft HRMS benchmark is designed to provide verifiable performance metrics across a broad range of PeopleSoft HRMS workloads. With these world-record results, Cisco, EMC, and Oracle demonstrate the performance characteristics of real-life representative workloads to provide a template for you to use in obtaining exceptional performance for your business.
  • These results demonstrate world-record performance and linear scalability and give you direct evidence of the degree to which you can scale your Cisco Unified Computing System™ deployments as the number of users of your human resources management system grows
  • The world-record-setting Self-Service and Payroll Batch Extra-Large Data Model benchmark results show you how quickly you can accomplish batch payroll tasks. 

Check out the Performance Brief for additional information on the benchmark configuration. Cisco measured the performance of all three components of the Oracle PeopleSoft HRMS benchmark. The disclosures for the three components are available at the following locations:

It is interesting to note that although all vendors have access to same Intel processors, only Cisco UCS unleashes their power to deliver high performance to applications through the power of unification. The unique, fabric-centric architecture of Cisco UCS integrates the Intel Xeon processors into a system with a better balance of resources that brings processor power to life. . For additional information on Cisco UCS and Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure solutions please visit Cisco Unified Computing & Servers web page.

Disclosure

Cisco measured the performance of all three components of the Oracle PeopleSoft HRMS benchmark. The disclosures for the three components are available at the following locations:

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Cisco UCS Manager Plug-In for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Cisco is pleased to announce the latest version of the UCS Manager Plug-In for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c (OEM).  This new version (12.1.0.9.0) is posted on the Cisco Communities website. The plug-in provides health monitoring and status checking.

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Cisco publishes results of the New SAP Concurrent Benchmark

Cisco is the first organization to publish a result for the new SAP Concurrent Benchmark

Cisco is the first organization to publish a result for the new SAP Concurrent Benchmark and have it certified by SAP on behalf of the SAP Benchmark Council. The benchmark allows vendors to demonstrate how well their SAP environments work side by side in a shared environment. Getting a new benchmark running and tuned can be difficult for some vendors, but because the Cisco Unified Computing SystemTM (Cisco UCS®) is a platform built for virtualization we were the first to demonstrate results—and we did it all using virtualization with Microsoft software: the operating system, the database management system, and the hypervisor.

Recently, the SAP Benchmark Council created a new category of concurrent benchmarks that allows benchmarking of multiple SAP dialog applications
running concurrently using shared resources—in our scenario, on a single server. The benchmark rules allow the use of any supported partitioning and isolation technologies, including hypervisors, hardware partitioning, and operating system containers. With a benchmark designed by SAP to measure the performance of these environments, we now can make objective comparisons between the same SAP applications running on bare metal or in concurrent environments with results certified by SAP.

Benchmark Results

Not only did Cisco publish the first- ever results on this new concurrent benchmark, but the results are remarkable. Comparison of the results with the results for the same software configuration running on a bare-metal server shows that the penalty for running in a virtualized environment was only 6.6 percent in terms of benchmark users, and only 6.7 percent in terms of SAP Application Performance Standard (SAPS) score.

With the Cisco UCS C240 M4 Rack Server powered by the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family, Cisco supports a total of 14,975 SAP SD users or a total SAPS score of 81,827. This result is excellent for virtualized environments and is further evidence that when you choose Cisco® servers and a complete Microsoft software stack, you have access to outstanding SAP performance.

Conclusion

Many organizations and SAP administrators prefer to run their landscapes on Microsoft software stacks. This first-ever SAP Concurrent Benchmark result shows just how easily you can incorporate virtualization software from Microsoft to add
more flexibility to SAP application deployments with little performance impact.
Now you can use our SAPS score certified by SAP on behalf of the
SAP Benchmark Council to estimate your capacity on Cisco UCS running Microsoft software and run all your SAP landscapes in a shared environment with higher utilization rates and with less infrastructure.

 

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