Making New Connections In Russia: First-Ever Mobile CCIE Lab Opens in Kazan

The Internet of Everything (IoE) continues to drive network demands and, parallel to this, international needs for skilled networking professionals are on the rise. World Bank Studies estimate that over the next ten years there will be two million unfilled ICT-related jobs globally. To connect the unconnected, it is estimated that 220,000 new engineers are required every year between 2014 and 2022. To meet these growing requirements, Learning@Cisco is constantly on the lookout for ways to partner with higher education institutions and governments worldwide to provide training and certification for in-demand skills. Our CCIE Mobile Labs are one facet of this strategy.

Learning@Cisco recently opened a Mobile CCIE Lab in Kazan, capital of the Republic of Tatarstan (one of Russia’s dozens of regions.) This represents the first CCIE Mobile Lab to ever be offered outside of Cisco premises. It marks the first time the mobile labs have reached Russia’s regions, outside previous operations in Moscow and select locations across the globe.CCIE certifications are of the highest level of achievement for network professionals, which will help Russian IT pros further their careers while also providing Russia with a workforce of highly skilled networking professionals who have the capabilities to help usher in IoE.

The launch and operation of the CCIE Lab will support the additional objective of transforming Kazan into a “smart and safe city.” The President of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, is moving rapidly toward his goal of making Kazan the smartest city in Russia and one of the five smartest cities in the world. His strategy is to create a city platform to enhance the interaction between government and citizens by sourcing local solutions by citizens, for citizens. Cisco has partnered with President Minnikhanov, the Mayor of Kazan and the Kazan Federal University in recently opening an Innovation Hub at the University to turn this goal into a reality.

Certification exams will be offered in Kazan for CCIE Routing and Switching, CCIE Security, CCIE Service Provider, CCIE Collaboration and CCIE Data Center (recently added). These one-day exams offered for five days on a quarterly basis provide students greater access to lab testing than they would otherwise have. The fully equipped, eight-hour lab exam provides CCIE students with greater access to lab equipment while also testing their ability to configure actual equipment and get the network running in a timed-test scenario.

In the first mobile lab, held at the beginning of September, we were able to test 12 IT specialists from Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Republic of Tatarstan, and Uzbekistan. The successful launch of the testing lab lends great momentum to the global expansion of our CCIE program and to our focus on improving access to Mobile CCIE Labs. These labs provide a convenient and cost-effective method for students to test for CCIE Routing and Switching, CCIE Security, CCIE Service Provider and CCIE Data Center in areas that do not have permanent lab locations. The Mobile CCIE Lab reduces the need for costly travel; hotel, passport and visa fees; and the need to leave the country to take the CCIE Lab exam. As a result of the successful launch, we will be testing in the mobile lab regularly.

In further support of these initiatives, Wim Elfrink, Cisco’s Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions & Chief Globalization Officer, recently kicked off the University’s first Hackathon in which, after 48 hours of non-stop effort, the nine teams involved created innovative solutions for the city, ranging from Smart Lighting to Smart Bicycle alarm systems to Smart Shop queues. He also addressed 300 eager undergraduates at the Kazan Federal University in Tatarstan on the IoE.

These popular events demonstrated again great interest by the local youth in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and IoE. That’s good news, because Russia will need a skilled workforce in order to take advantage of IoE’s opportunities. Our studies show that IoE can drive $273 billion of economic benefit over the next decade in Russia. The depth of engineering talent in Russia places them, as a country, in a very strong position to capitalize on this value – and quickly. If other countries want to enjoy their share of IoE’s potential, they would do well to follow Russia’s proactive, right-now example of reskilling current workers and preparing future workers for our interconnected world.

A Digital India is A Possibility Today

Our digitising India vision is one of the most exciting initiatives the country has embraced to leapfrog us to the 21st century. What was once a visionary notion is now the new normal: technology is really as essential as the three utilities: water, gas, and electricity. Our government leaders have made it clear that broadband highways are as important as national highways. Through the government’s Digital India program, infrastructure will be offered as a utility to every citizen, governance and services will be on demand and citizens will be digitally empowered. It is this Digital India vision that inspired us to unveil our Cisco Smart City.

As part of the inauguration of the Cisco Smart City, we demonstrated the possibilities of the government’s Digital India program where infrastructure would be offered as a utility to every citizen, governance and services would be on demand and citizens would be digitally empowered. Over 150 partners and customers joined us at the launch as we showcased how our 2.6 million square foot campus-as-a-city, powered by the Internet of Everything, enables thousands of Cisco employees to work, play and learn with the physical network infrastructure securely connected to devices such as sensors, information access points and mobile devices.  We showcased our latest solutions in such as Smart Buildings, Remote Expert, Connected Learning, Smart Parking and Smart Work Spaces.

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Mr. R Chandrashekhar, President, The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM); Shri. Harpreet Singh, Secretary, IT, Electronics & Communications Department, Govt. of Telengana; Shri. Srivatsa Krishna, Secretary to the Government Dept. of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka; joined senior executives from Cisco including our Executive Vice President for Industry Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer, Wim Elfrink. Government leaders from Barcelona, Spain and Canberra, the capital city of Australia, described the role of Cisco’s technologies in transforming their city into a smart city. And R.V. College of Engineering, from our home city in Bangalore, displayed the role technology will play in the future of technology.

At Cisco we really believe that the Internet of Everything can play a transformational role in enabling the Digital India. From a technology point of view, in India we are reaching an inflection point for the Internet of Everything to occur. We see three main technology trends that are making this possible. The first is the dramatic increase in processing power, storage and bandwidth at very low costs. It’s amazing to note that even four years ago, 10,000 transistors cost less than a grain of rice. The second trend is the unprecedented rise of data – the world’s data is doubling every two years. And the third trend is the rise of apps. In 2007 when we opened our Globalisation Centre East Campus in India, there were just 3,000 apps worldwide. Today there are more than 1.6 million apps. You can see the possibilities.

So, from a technology point of view the time is right. What will take to achieve success at an overall level? At Cisco, we believe that creating the next generation of smart and connected cities will depend upon five key areas: visionary leadership, global open standards, smart regulation, public private partnerships and a new ecosystem. Why do we believe this is the right time for smart cities in India? The answer is simple: India has made more progress than ever before across these 5 key areas. Now is the time to move beyond pilots to scale which is why we are really excited about the government’s 100 smart cities program and its vision of a Digital India.

The opportunity to live, work, play and learn in a Digital India is finally at hand. Neither the government itself nor anyone company can do this alone – let’s make this happen together.

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Laying the groundwork for IoE in your city: Cisco and Semtech introduce the IR900 series

Cisco continues to push forward with our vision of an Internet of Everything. This “vision” is starting to become less of a futuristic dream world and more of a reality, which is why I am thrilled to show off a new platform and programmable Internet of Things gateway for Smart City applications – the Cisco IR900 Series.  Initially developed to meet the needs of Smart Cities in China, the Cisco IR910 Internet of Things (IoT) Gateway features an open platform design for Smart City applications like smart parking, street lighting, waste management, load sensing of bridges and structures, and signaling and traffic control. The ruggedized, modular gateway easily fits into any harsh environment to aggregate with wireless sensors, which will enable an IoE World.

The market in China presents a great opportunity given the government has identified IoT as a strategic investment, recently outlining plans to invest a trillion dollars on economic development for the Internet of Things by 2020. Cisco has developed a solution that aims to help address some of the IoT business models that will be needed to support the development of smarter cities and communities in China, and is also collaborating with Semtech to utilize its expertise to enhance the IR910’s capabilities. The Gateway uses Semtech’s LoRa chip to create a platform enabling easy deployment and rapid expansion of IoT sensors and end-devices.


With this latest technology, the range of the Gateway is impressive. So how far can LoRa and the IR900 actually cover? To put it into perspective (for those of you familiar with the San Francisco Bay Area), a single gateway located in Milpitas will cover from San Francisco all the way to San Jose – a distance of over 40 miles! Imagine the impact this gateway can have on an entire urban city. One gateway alone can power all of the sensors on a city network, bringing real time, intelligent data that can be turned into actions. This one gateway can open up the possibilities of an IoE world.

Fog Computing Framework

Back in January, Cisco introduced IOx, our fog computing framework, and how this new type of network will be necessary for bringing value to the Internet of Things. The IR900 series demonstrates how Cisco’s fog computing architecture can execute distributed data processing at the network edge. This approach offloads data center computing usage and reduces IP backhaul bandwidth needs. Intelligent computing and storage capacity can be distributed and processed in real-time calculation of the local IP network edge sensor to the raw data.

Through transparent integration with ecosystem partners’ solutions and the fog computing framework, the Cisco and Semtech gateway will be ready for asset tracking, smart parking, smart metering and smart street lighting.

Today, network development has entered the era of things; large-scale application of wireless sensor technology connects every corner of the city. Cities can collect all types of data from sensors, measuring sound, temperature, light, energy, carbon dioxide concentration, and even traffic changes.

The Internet of Everything will continue to push cities to adopt the most impactful applications and services, catering to the citizens and improving the quality of life. The IR900 is the next step in setting up a network to bring IoE to life by connecting wireless sensor networks and IP networks to back-end cloud platform integration.

Just like the saying, “It takes a village to raise a family,” it will take a robust ecosystem to “raise” the Internet of Everything. IoE cannot come to be through Cisco’s work alone, so we are continuing to work with industry partners, such as Semtech, to provide innovative technology and solutions to help city managers further enhance citizen’s daily lives and operational efficiency. 

For more information on the IR900 Smart City Gateway, please visit:

Check out our New Cisco Asia Pacific Blog for Australian and New Zealand Updates

If you’ve been enjoying the updates on Australian and New Zealand happenings, I hope that you’ll follow me to Cisco’s newest blog – the Asia Pacific blog – which was just launched a few weeks ago.

Asia Pacific’s an exciting part of the world with 45+ different languages and such tremendous growth that if you blink, you might be left behind!  Here are a few of the market trends that you can anticipate hearing more about on the Asia Pacific blog:

We look forward to continuing our dialogue with you on these challenges (and others) and the opportunities they present to our dynamic and diverse region.

Girls in Asia Pacific ICT Day 2014: A Wrap-up

IDC has reported that there will be a shortage of 400,000 jobs by 2016 in the Asia-Pacific region alone. Meanwhile, women are said to comprise less than a third of workers in the computer science, engineering and physics fields in the world’s emerging economies, according to a report by Women in Global Science & Technology. The logic is simple, we need to attract more women into IT, and importantly we need to equip these women with the support they need to have a successful career in IT.

Speaking as a female Cisco employee who majored in math in college, I can attest to the passion within the organisation to ensure females are no longer underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.


We believe that the key to shifting mindsets about entering STEM fields is by providing females with a “sense of belonging“. This is why we continue to take a leading role in the advancement of women in IT, as demonstrated by Cisco participating once again in the Girls in ICT Day – an international event organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The idea behind Girls in ICT Day is to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the IT industry.


Last month, girls and university students had the opportunity to hear from a range of female industry leaders at Cisco and the wider IT industry in the Asia Pacific region. The aim of the day was to inspire and motivate the young women for their future careers in IT. There were some exciting stories shared and useful content for girls looking to emulate the success of today’s women in ICT careers.

Participants were also able to engage with Cisco technologies, including collaboration platforms such as Cisco TelePresence, to interact with other girls participating across the region.

In total, Girls in ICT Day 2014 achieved the following:

  • 670 girls reached in total for Girls in ICT Day
  • 449 girls reached in person
  • 196 girls reached virtually via Cisco WebEx and other Cisco collaboration tools
  • Attendees from 14 countries and 17 different cities across Asia-Pacific

For more information on Girls in ICT day and other Cisco Networking Academy events follow this link:

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Why Upgrade to MDS 9700

MDS 9500 family has supported customers for more than a decade helping them  through FC speed transitions from 1G, 2G, 4G, 8G and 8G advanced without forklift upgrades. But as we look in the future the MDS 9700 makes more sense for a lot of data center designs.  Top four reasons for customers to upgrade are

  1. End of Support Milestones
  2. Storage Consolidation
  3. Improved Capabilities
  4. Foundation for Future Growth

So lets look at each in some detail.

  1. End of Support Milestones

MDS 4G parts are going End of Support on Feb 28th 2015. Impacted part numbers are DS-X9112, DS-X9124, DS-X9148. You can use the MDS 9500 Advance 8G Cards or MDS 9700 based design. Few advantages MDS 9700 offers over any other existing options are

a. Investment Protection — For any new Data Center design based on MDS 9700 will have much longer life than MDS 9500 product family. This will avoid EOL concerns or upgrades in near future. Thus any MDS 9700 based design will provide strong investment protection and will also ensure that the architecture is relevant for evolving data center needs for more than a decade.

b. EOL Planning — With MDS 9700 based design you control when you need to add any additional blades but with MDS 9500, you will have to either fill up the chassis within 6 months (End of life announcement to End of Sales) or leave the slots empty forever after End of Sale date.

c. Simplify Design – MDS 9700 will allow single skew, S/W version, consistent design across the whole fabric which will simplify the management. MDS 9700 massive performance allows for consolidation and thus reducing footprint and management burden.

d. Rich Feature Set – Finally as we will see later MDS provides host of features and capabilities above and beyond MDS 9500 and that enhancement list will continue to grow.

 Tech Refresh Example v1

  1. Storage Consolidation

MDS 9700 provides unprecedented consolidation compared to the existing solutions in the industry. As an example with MDS 9710 customers can use the 16G Line Rate ports to support massively virtualized workload and consolidate the server install base. Secondly with 9148S as Top of Rack switch and MDS 9700 at Core, you can design massively scalable networks supporting consistent latency and 16G throughput independent of the number of links and traffic profile and will allow customers to Scale Up or Scale Out much more easily than legacy based designs or any other architecture in the industry.

Moreover as shown in figure above for customers with MDS 9500 based designs MDS 9710 offers higher number of line rate ports in smaller footprint and much more economical way to design SANs. It also enables consolidation with higher performance as well as much higher availability.

Small SANs to Large SAN Design v1


  1. Improved Capabilities

MDS 9700 design provides more enhanced capabilities above and beyond MDS 9500 and many more capabilities will be added in future. Some examples that are top of mind are detailed below

Availability: MDS 9700 based design improves the reliability due to enhancements on many fronts as well as simplifying the overall architecture and management.

    • MDS 9710 introduced host of features to improve reliability like industry’s first N+1 Fabric redundancy, smaller failure domains and hardware based slow drain detection and recovery.
    • Its well understood that reliability of any network comes from proper design, regular maintenance and support. It is imperative that Data Center is on the recommended releases and supported hardware. As an example data center outage where there are unsupported hardware or software version failure are exponentially more catastrophic as the time to fix those issues means new procurement and live insertion with no change management window. Cost of an outage in an Data Center is extremely high so it is important to keep the fabric upgraded and on the latest release with all supported components. Thus for new designs it makes sense that it is based on the latest MDS 9700 directors, as an example, rather than MDS 9513 Gen-2 line cards because they will fall of the support on Feb 28, 2015. Also a lot of times having different versions of the hardware and different software versions add complexity to the maintenance and upkeep and thus has a direct impact on the availability of the network as well as operational complexity.


With massive amounts of virtualization the user impact is much higher for any downtime or even performance degradation. Similarly with the data center consolidation and higher speeds available in the edge to core connectivity more and more host edge ports are connected through the same core switches and thus higher number of apps are dependent on consistent end to end performance to provide reliable user experience. MDS 9700 provides industries highest performance with 24Tbps switching capability. The Director class switch is based on Crossbar architecture with Central Arbitration and Virtual Output Queuing which ensures consistent line rate 16G throughput independent of the traffic profile with all 384 ports operating at 16G speeds and without using crutches like local switching (muck akin to emulating independent fixed fabric switches within a director), oversubscription (can cause intermittent performance issues) or bandwidth allocation.


MDS Directors are store and forward switches this is needed as it makes sure that corrupted frames are not traversing everywhere in the network and end devices don’t waste precious CPU cycles dealing with corrupted traffic. This additional latency hit is OK as it protects end devices and preserves integrity of the whole fabric. Since all the ports are line rate and customers don’t have to use local switching. This again adds a small latency but results in flexible scalable design which is resilient and doesn’t breakdown in future. These 2 basic design requirements result in a latency number that is slightly higher but results in scalable design and guarantees predictable performance in any traffic profile and provides much higher fabric resiliency .

Consistent Latency: For MDS directors latency is same for the 16G flow to when there are 384 16G flows going through the system. Crossbar based switch design, Central arbitration and Virtual Output Queuing guarantees that. Having a variable latency which goes from few us to a high number is extremely dangerous. So first thing you need to make sure is that director could provide consistent and predictable latency.

End to End latency: Performance of any application or solution is dependent on end to end latency. Just focusing on SAN fabric alone is myopic as major portion of the latency is contributed by end devices. As an example spinning targets latency is of the order of ms. In this design few us is orders of magnitude less and hence not even observable. With SSD the latency is of the order of 100 to 200 us. Assuming 150 us the contribution of SAN fabric for edge core is still less than 10%. Majority (90%) of the latency is end devices and saving couple of us in SAN Fabric will hardly impact the overall application performance but the architectural advantage of CRC based error drops and scalable fabric design will make provided reliable operations and scalable design.


For larger Enterprises scalability has been a challenge due to massive amount of host virtualization. As more and more VMs are logging into the fabric the requirement from the fabric to support higher flogins, Zones. Domains is increasing. MDS 9700 has industries highest scalability numbers as its powered by supervisor that has 4 times the memory and compute capability of the predecessor. This translates to support for higher scalability and at the same time provides room for future growth.

MDS 9700 Capabilities v2

Foundation for Future Growth:

MDS 9700 provides a strong foundation to meet the performance and scalability needs for the Data Center requirements but the massive switching capability and compute and memory will cover your needs for more than a decade.

Most importantly customers don’t have to make FC vs FCoE decision. Whether you want to continue with FC and have plans for 32G FC or beyond or if you are looking to converge two networks into single network tomorrow or few years down the road MDS 9700 will provide consistent capabilities in both architectures.

Foundation for Future Growth v1

In summary SAN Directors are critical element of any Data Center. Going back in time the basic reason for having a separate SAN was to provide unprecedented performance, reliability and high availability. Data Center design architecture has to keep up with the requirements of new generation of application, virtualization of even the highest performance apps like databases, new design requirements introduced by solutions like VDI, ever increasing Solid State drive usage, and device proliferation. At the same time when networks are getting increasingly complex the basic necessity is to simplify the configuration, provisioning, resource management and upkeep. These are exact design paradigms that MDS 9700 is designed to solve more elegantly than any existing solution.

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Innovate More with Confidence in Your Cloud

Guest post from Dan Swart

Dan Swart is a Senior Manager in Cisco Technical Services Product Management, leading the team responsible for Enterprise and Data Center Solution Support services. Along with that, Dan has been heavily involved in Data Center Alliance programs and Converged Infrastructures. Dan has Batchelor of Science Degrees in Zoology and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Dan Swart is a Senior Manager in Cisco Technical Services Product Management, leading the team responsible for Enterprise and Data Center Solution Support services. Along with that, Dan has    been heavily involved in Data Center Alliance programs and Converged Infrastructures. Dan has Bachelor of Science Degrees in Zoology and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

In my last blog post, Complexity and Control in the Cloud, I covered some basic considerations as you navigate vendors and solutions when planning your enterprise cloud.

Unsurprisingly, when Cisco is talking to customers about their private cloud needs and our data center solutions, customers very quickly sound this panic button …

“Which of you expert vendors is going to support this? I’m counting xx of you inside this ‘best for me’ solution!” 

Our advice is whatever the skill level of your cloud administration staff, it is a really good idea—and may even help you avoid career limiting situations—to:

  • Have a strong primary plan to manage your cloud technology, and THEN
  • Build a backup to your primary plan that can provide cloud expertise and an ability to coordinate as rapid a resolution as possible for issues that pose a challenge to your primary administration staff

Where do you find this “team?” With Cisco and our partners.

First, our partners: normally they have significant expertise in the solutions they deploy.  Some of our partners have the ability to configure a cloud infrastructure and deliver their own brand of service on many elements of the infrastructure and the Cisco products used in the solution. These partners can provide coverage for the products they used to build your cloud infrastructure as well as the multivendor cloud infrastructure itself.  Working with these partners can really help you build and operate a successful cloud strategy.

However, while some partners may help configure and sell the products needed to build your cloud infrastructure, they may or may not have the ability to provide post sale implementation and solution support services. They resell supplier brand services and you go directly to Cisco for support of the Cisco products you deploy, and other suppliers for support for their products.  When you buy your cloud infrastructure from those Cisco Brand Service partners, you may still want to have a single point of contact for the multivendor cloud infrastructure.

Here is where Cisco Services steps in with our family of Solution Support Services. Specifically for cloud solutions, we offer Solution Support for Critical Infrastructure (SSPT for CI).

SSPT for CI delivers cloud expertise and truly centralized, coordinated issue management to resolve any issue within a cloud infrastructure. Customers who choose this service can open a case with Cisco, whether they think they know where the problem lies or only suspect there’s one, even if it’s with a third party product. Simply call Cisco, and we’ll provide holistic cloud infrastructure expertise and coordinate issue resolution with any relevant product support teams—Cisco’s or those at third party vendors. And we stay with your case until your issue is resolved.

Solution Support Services streamline and simplify the process for getting expert support for even the most complex, multi-vendor issues that may arise.




With Cisco Solution Support, you gain Cisco as an administration partner in your cloud deployment.  So if you ever run into those potential “career limiting” situations—meaning a major issue surfaces in a solution you recommended and in an area where your team may have limited/no experience—you can rely on Cisco to back you up by mitigating and resolving issues in the most expedited manner possible.




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Video Demo: The Power of ACI Physical Network Visibility in an SDN Overlay Environment

[Note: Register today for our upcoming live ACI webcast: “Is Your Data Center Ready for the Application Economy”, January 13, 2015, 9 AM PT, Noon ET, featuring ACI customers and several key ACI technology partners.]

At the most recent Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas, after some insightful discussions with customers and analysts, we came up with a great demo idea and proof point that highlights a key feature in our Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) platform. This particular demo centers on the unique visibility of the ACI Fabric to faults in the underlying physical network.

Joe Onisick, Principal Engineer in the ACI team at Cisco, compares this ability in ACI to SDN technologies that employ only virtual overlay networks in the following video. With overlay networks, such as a VXLAN tunnel, the resulting virtual network (and all the management and analytics tools) has a much harder time isolating faults within the physical infrastructure. The overlay is designed to “tunnel” through the physical network, simplifying and obscuring the physical topology and issues with any specific network node. Before going much further, I’ll let Joe provide the details in this quick, 3 minute video:

In this demo scenario, Joe eliminates one of the network connections in the ACI fabric, affecting traffic distribution to applications running off that network leaf, a typical Day-2 operational challenge that resonates with IT teams. Because the Nexus 9000 switches in the ACI fabric are monitored by the ACI SDN controller, APIC, we can get immediate notification of the resulting network fault, and begin remediation steps through the APIC GUI to quickly isolate the issue to a particular node or nodes.

Health scores, a key attribute of a particular application network in the ACI model, can immediately signal the scope and severity of the problem, and provide guidance to the administrator about the remediation process. In an overlay environment, much of this information would be lost to the SDN monitoring tools.

Want more information? Register for our upcoming webcast featuring enthusiastic ACI customers. Or you can learn more about the design of the ACI fabric, the APIC controller and how its designed for zero-touch provisioning here. Or check out all of our Cisco ACI white papers here.

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Cisco UCS Delivers the highest TPC-H result for non-clustered systems at the 1000-GB scale factor with Microsoft SQL Server

The Cisco UCS® C460 M4 Rack Server continues its tradition of Industry leadership with the new announcement of the best non-clustered TPC-H benchmark result at the 1000GB scale factor, in concert with Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition.

The Cisco UCS® C460 M4 Rack Server captured the number-one spot on the TPC-H benchmark at the 1000GB scale factor with a price/performance ratio of $0.97 USD per QphH@1000GBand demonstrated 588,831 queries per hour (QphH@1000GB), beating results from Dell, Fujitsu, and IBM.

The TPC-H benchmark 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. For the benchmark, the server was equipped with 1.5 TB of memory and four 2.8-GHz Intel Xeon processor E7-4890 v2 CPUs. The system ran Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition and Windows. Check out the Performance Brief for additional information on the benchmark configuration. The detailed official benchmark disclosure report is available at the TPC Results Highlights Website.

Some of the key highlights of Cisco’s TPC-H Benchmark results are:

  • The Cisco UCS® C460 M4 Rack Server delivered the highest TPC-H result ever reported for non-clustered systems at the1000-GB scale factor.
  • High Performance for Microsoft SQL Server 2014: Cisco’s result is the fastest server at the 1000-GB scale factor running Microsoft SQL Server.
  • As illustrated in the graph below, the Cisco performance result beats Fujitsu, Dell, and IBM top results for the 1000-GB scale factor by 80, 31, and 13 percent respectively. Cisco’s price/performance ratio is 29 percent less than the IBM result


C460 TPC-H Results
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.


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, QphH, and $/QphH are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). The performance results described in this document are derived from detailed benchmark results available as of December 15, 2014, at

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Cisco UCS Mini Wins infoTECH Spotlight Award

Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) announced the winners of the 2014 infoTECH Spotlight Data Center Excellence Awards today. Cisco is honored that UCS Mini is one of the recipients! To quote from the TMC press release:

infoTECH Spotlight Data Center Excellence Award Logo

Cisco UCS Mini is an edge scale solution optimized for branch and remote offices, point-of-sale, and smaller IT environments. UCS Mini is for customers who need fewer servers but still want the robust management capabilities provided by UCS Manager. If you aren’t familiar with UCS Mini, the Solution Overview details the components and how it works.

Want to turbocharge your UCS Mini deployment? Cisco has released two Validated Design Guides:

Or if you are doing VDI, check out the Nimble SmartStack Solution for UCS Mini.

I would like to congratulate the Cisco Nexus 9500 Series Switch and Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) teams who were also honored with an infoTECH Spotlight award.

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