Cisco and Big Data and Analytics Partners unveil vertical solutions at Cisco Live

Why do I love Big Data so much? It’s because there are endless possibilities to deliver on the Internet of Everything (IoE) opportunity that will create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunities for businesses, countries, and individuals. Analytics is an enormous part of that value creation and is estimated to drive $7.3T of the $19T IoE opportunity over the next 10 years.

Big Data and Analytics take the data created by people, processes, and things – that’s held within the Data Center and at the Edge – and convert it to insights that deliver the truly transformational business outcomes for which we all strive. I’m not talking about ‘iterative’ changes here. I’m talking about game-changing breakthroughs that change the way businesses compete, healthcare teams treat their patients, and cities and governments meet the needs of their constituents.

Cisco has incredible Connected Analytics offerings that address the needs of data streaming at the edge. These offerings are complemented by solutions based on Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure and broad ecosystem of Big Data & Analytics Partners.

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At Cisco Live in San Diego, we will be showing customer demos that show the advantages of collecting and analyzing data from the data center to the edge. We will be highlighting how Connected Analytics and Big Data solutions in manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, and financial services play a key role in delivering on the promise of IoE and IoT.  If you are there, please feel free to join one of our Big Data and Analytics booth tours. Here is a quick summary of some of the cool demos we will be showing:

  • Cisco and Splunk deliver full operational visibility and a proactive, predictive approach to achieve smooth, safe, cost-effective transportation operations.
  • Cisco, MapR, and Platfora together have the ability to analyze data in minutes that previously would have required months allows Financial Services customers to identify, stop, and remediate security issues faster and minimize their impact.
  • Cisco, Cloudera, and Tableau use data-driven, predictive insights to help medical teams improve quality of care and healthcare outcomes.
  • Cisco, Hortonworks, and SAP combine real-time and historical data about asset performance and repair to proactively prevent disruptions, increase manufacturing yield, and reduce costs.

For the next two weeks, I will be posting a series of partner blogs that will go more in depth about each demo. Follow along with me and you will see how these solutions deliver real value & business insight in each of these verticals. In addition, I will be happy to point out why Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure is the ideal platform for Big Data and Analytics applications while Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) enables workload isolation, optimization, and prioritization. If you make it to San Diego, look for me…Chances are I will be on the tour.

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Cisco Prime Infrastructure WorkFlows for Converged Access – Single Switch Branch Network WorkFlow

Cisco Prime WorkFlows for Converged Access are designed to help simplify the deployment of Converged Access architecture quickly and error free. There are 3 WorkFlows  – Small network, Large network and Centralized network deployment.

The focus of this document is deployment of small branch offices using the Single-Switch Small Branch Deployment Model.

Single Switch Branch Overview

The small-size remote branch office or retail store may consist of a single or a stack of Ethernet switches to provide network connectivity to the wired and wireless users. Such small networks can converge the Ethernet switching with next-generation wireless capability on the same Catalyst switch.

For such network designs, the switch can integrate WLC Mobility Controller (MC) and Mobility Agent (MA) functions without requiring any additional Converged Access elements, such as Switch-Peer-Group (SPG) in the network. These networks may need Guest wireless services, as well as common security and network access policy enforcement across all branch offices.

The network administrator can use Cisco Prime Infrastructure IOS-XE Controller Small Network Template to deploy Converged Access. Below figure illustrates reference network design and deployment plan for single switch small branch office network.

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The WorkFlow helps deploy the below features. With just a few clicks you can deploy multiple branch networks with all the wired / wireless best practices for Converged Access.

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Benefits of the Converged Access WorkFlows

Compared to the traditional deployments based on manual configuration, Cisco Prime Infrastructure simplifies and automates the deployment process by providing configuration templates that can be used to deploy networks, with minimal user input.

  • Automated Converged Access Deployment: Cisco Prime Infrastructure simplifies converged access deployment by automating the device configuration process. Requiring only a few deployment specific inputs from the network administrator, it generates and pushes the complete converged access configurations to the network devices.
  • Hiding Configuration Complexity: Cisco Prime Infrastructure saves the network engineer from dealing with device CLI commands; the GUI interface requires only high level network information, which is automatically converted to CLI commands for the devices, thus hiding a lot of configuration complexity.
  • Automatic Inclusion of Cisco Best Practice Guidelines: The configuration templates used by Cisco Prime Infrastructure incorporates a large number of Cisco best practice guidelines, improving the deployment quality. Some of these automatically included best practice wireless technologies/features are Band-Select, Radio Resource Management (RRM), Fast SSID-Change, CleanAir, and Wireless QoS.
  • Error Free Deployment: The template based configuration used by Cisco Prime Infrastructure avoids manual misconfigurations making it easier to build/maintain enterprise-wide standardized configurations that are well understood across the network administrative staff. This, in turn, improves efficiency and helps reducing troubleshooting efforts.
  • Simultaneous Multiple Branch Deployment: one shot deployment of multiple branches is possible, leading to faster deployment.
  • Leveraging Common Deployment Parameters: While deploying a branch, the configuration parameters common to all branches can be exported as a CSV file, and reused later to deploy any number of additional branches, saving manual data entry efforts.
  • Scales to large enterprise networks: Cisco Prime Infrastructure is designed to support large enterprises with thousands of branches. It not only reduces efforts to deploy greenfield branches, but also simplifies large scale conversion of traditional Ethernet based branch networks to converged access branches in an error-free way.

Video Tutorial for Small Network Template

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How Cisco ACI Stands out from other Network Virtualization Solutions – Part 2

[Note: This is part 2 in a three part series of blogs discussing how Cisco ACI stands alone in the market. Part 1 | Part 3]

In part 1 we talked about how Cisco ACI simplifies diagnosis and enables DevOps Model compared to competing network virtualization solutions.

In this blog we’ll explore two additional critical scenarios that affect network IT teams. We’ll look at it from ACI perspective and compare that to other network virtualization solutions.

1) ACI Provides Proactive SLA Assurance

IT organizations are pressed to track and provide SLA especially for productivity and critical business applications. The challenge is typically around how to actively monitor SLA for specific app and how fast to go about improving SLA in case it drops below certain level?

In this scenario, IT wants the ability to monitor health score for a customer facing app and to be able to correlate performance degradation across the network to locate the problem. With ACI, you get real-time healthscore dashboard as well as built-in intelligence in the fabric to load balance application traffic as congestion occurs to meet SLA requirements. Also, the integration of L4-7 devices with APIC allows fault correlation across loadbalancers and firewalls to locate the problem.

In comparison to competing network virtualization solutions, they are unable to natively demonstrate real-time view of traffic/ application pattern, or automatically load balance traffic in case of congestion or link failure as well as limited integration with underlay to locate cause of problem.

See Joe Onisick explaining this here

2) ACI Designed For High Application Performance

In the new era of applications that require the highest performance from networks, we’ve seen leaf spine architectures becoming more common to optimize traffic patterns and minimize number of hops that packets traverse the network. So it is important the architecture is able to support both physical and virtual applications without complicated configurations or additional Layer 3 gateways that may impact performance.

In this scenario, users are experiencing application performance problem related to data residing on bare-metal DB server. Let’s look at how ACI architecture will handle this? First, the ACI fabric is automatically discovered and configured thus minimizing amount of time required to bring up switches and configure them. Second, every leaf switch which can be top-of-rack is a Layer 3 gateway for both physical and virtual workloads. Third, all are managed from a central location, APIC. Lastly, every packet is two hops away maximum from its destination within the data center and delivery of small packets won’t suffer in the presence of large packets.

This is unlike what customers may find in competing network virtualization solutions that require additional Layer 3 gateways. The result is likely to have impact on application performance, increased latency, and additional cost.

See Joe Onisick detailing this here

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Criteria for SDN/NFV Vendor Selection – Heads Up on Cisco Live

Cisco Live US 2015 is just around the corner, and will start in San Diego on June 7th, running through Thursday 11th June.  I’m surprised and honoured to be one of the folks wearing a “Cisco Live Speaker” shirt, and I’m looking forward to sharing some of what I’ve been working on over the past year or two.

I’ll be basing a lot of my presentation off of as yet unpublished, independent market research, into the challenges of SDN and NFV adoption, some of which are illustrated in the diagram below.  The final copy of this brand new market research report landed on my desk just last weekend – May 23rd 2015.  Hot off the press, it was funded by Cisco but conducted completely independently by a leading market research company.  The intent of this report is to guide our SDN and NFV professional services strategy. Some of the insights, however, are too useful not to share with you!  Covering a global audience, with separate questionnaires for service provider and enterprise businesses, we had set out to increase our understanding of the latest challenges of adoption of SDN and NFV as appopriate in (enterprise) businesses, including public sector, and service provider markets.

Some of the Topics in my Cisco Live Presentation

Questions I Will Discuss In My Cisco Live Presentation

 

All too often, selecting a technology vendor – or more precisely, technology partner – is decided based upon “speeds and feeds”, “bits and bytes”, protocols, features and – candidly – hype.   Part of my inspiration for this topic came after reading reports on how you should select your technology partner …. in reports that typically only talked about technology features (in a previous blog, I called this “the what”) – while pretty much ignoring the key aspects of why you should (or should not) get into this technology, and at the same time, failing to present any advice on how you get the project done, dusted and successful. In my Cisco Live seminar, designed to help you assess potential SDN and NFV partners, I’ll cover not only the technology options, but I’ll also consider the capabilities and skillsets – most usually delivered via technical and professional services – that you should look for in your partners and vendors in order for your SDN/NFV adoption projects to be highly successful.

My session is entitled “Criteria for SDN/NFV Vendor Selection” (Session ID PSOSDN-1905) and runs on Tuesday 9th June at 3:30pm.  “OK”, I hear you say, you’ll just say “buy Cisco”.  That would of course be a very easy presentation to write but wouldn’t be useful at all to our attendees.  In Cisco, we are always very conscious you have a choice when it comes to buying any product, so what I’d like to do in this session is discuss a set of criteria you may wish to use to help guide you when selecting your SDN and NFV partner, and I’ll encourage you to apply this to Cisco and any other vendors you are considering.  The aforementioned independent market research will keep my presentation both objective and interesting: respondent feedback on their actual and perceived challenges of SDN and NFV adoption will mean that all attendees can learn about the very latest concerns related to these technologies.

You don’t need to be an SDN or NFV expert to benefit from my session.  In fact, if you are starting out to learn about SDN and NFV, my session will help think through the broader picture of successful deployment. And if you are already working on an SDN and/or NFV project, some of the insights from our research may highlight areas you need to put more focus on.

As preparation for my session, I really recommend having a quick read at the “SDN for Dummies” eBook, that colleague Gary Kinghorn introduced a few weeks back.  There are also good background learning materials, VoDs and so on, on the Cisco Live site here.

I’ll be providing a few tasters on Twitter in the lead up to Cisco Live, so follow me on Twitter for additional insights.  If you are planning to attend Cisco Live, please do let me know!

Let me also take this opportunity to highlight another “state of the practice” session at Cisco Live.  My Cisco Services colleagues, Vimal Suba and Rashid Rana, are presenting on some of our DevOps work in the session “Cloud and Network Transformation using DevOps methodology” (Session ID CCSCLD-2865) – so make sure you check out that session too! You can read more about this in Vimal’s LinkedIn post.

Look forward to meeting some of you reading this post at Cisco Live in San Diego!

 

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Deliver Infrastructure at the Speed of Need

Smart devices give us access to information and services at the speed of need. But they have conditioned us to expect anything and everything faster — and that includes IT services. This expectation for speed coupled with modern technology is driving IT innovation.  Yet, in most organizations, delivery of consistent infrastructure to application or business teams is just not fast enough.  Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite contains infrastructure automation that changes that by letting you deliver IT services within minutes.

A component of the Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite, Cisco UCS Director was introduced over two years ago and has proven to deliver consistent infrastructure instances across Cisco and multi-vendor compute, network, storage and virtualization components within minutes.  Customers frequently comment on the following outcomes:

  • Efficiency: operational efficiencies that are a result of consistent infrastructure delivery virtually eliminating rework or expensive troubleshooting delays experienced from human configuration errors
  • Staffing: ability to delegate junior IT staff to infrastructure duties, which frees up experienced staff to focus on more strategic projects
  • Innovation: IT’s ability to manage more infrastructure with the same staffing levels opens up opportunities for the business to allocate resources towards implementing new products and solutions

Nevertheless, as organizations automate their infrastructure in preparation for private cloud, they find that a single time-consuming procedure needs to be expedited: the configuration of network connectivity and security policies associated with virtual application services.  Trust Cisco to automate networking.  The combination of Cisco UCS Director and Virtual Application Container Services (VACS), simplifies the delivery of pre-configured networking, compute and storage elements to get your moving faster.  Watch this video to learn more.

Cisco VACS  delivers preconfigured virtual services, switching, workflow automation and configuration tools to streamline the configuration of policy definitions for virtualized applications.

Working in tandem with VACS, Cisco UCS Director combines the virtual network fabric and services with compute, storage and virtualization components to deliver infrastructure templates. These templates deliver infrastructure pre-configured to the specific application’s needs, such as Puppet on Windows, SQL with high availability, dev/test environments or multi-tier generic infrastructure instances.

Now for the real magic.  The built-in Stack Designer with Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite enables application architects to combine infrastructure templates with application components to create automated application services.  These application services can be deployed, via the self-service portal, into private or hybrid cloud environments within minutes.

New Stack Designer

We expect fast and consistent delivery of data center infrastructure at the speed of need.  Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite allows you to deliver not only infrastructure but applications to the business within minutes accelerating time to revenue.

To learn more about Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite and all its components, download our latest technical white paper.

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Announcing #SelfieBINGO fun for Cisco Live! #CLUS

SelfieBingo SampleOne of the things I love about Cisco Live is seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Especially fun is meeting people I’ve known on Twitter!  To help increase this fun, I’m announcing SelfieBINGO! Hopefully, this will strengthen our community (offline and on) and give people a great reason to make new friends.

Between now and June 3rd I’ll be collecting twitter handles, names, and hints on where people will be. Then I’ll print up a few bingo cards, and anyone who wants to can join in on the fun!  Details below on how to be part of SelfieBINGO and then how to play!

Want to be on a Bingo Card? – Do This First:

3 options: Leave a comment on this blog, ping me on Twitter (@Lauren, #SelfieBingo), or fill out this sekret form with:

  1. Your Twitter handle
  2. Your real name (first & last)
  3. (Optionally) a hint on where you’ll be.

At Cisco Live:

Pick up a #SelfieBINGO card at the social meetup on Sunday, at the Community party Monday night, and in the Social Media hub or in the Data Center booth throughout the week.  And yes, I’ll update this / tweet excessively with more details.

How to play:

  1. Find people on your sheet(s)
  2. Introduce yourself and take a selfie with them
  3. Tweet the selfie with their name, the bingo card number, and the hashtags: #SelfieBingo #CLUS
  4. Cross out the box with the name of the person in your selfie.
  5. (make a note of the day/time you took the selfie if you can)
  6. When you have 5 in a row take a picture with yourself & your bingo sheet! #SelfieBingo #CLUS

For example: I’d find Melanie, take our picture, tweet it (as below) and cross off her name on the bottom middle square of the *sample* grid above!

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ITD: Winner of the Best of Interop 2015

When the Best of Interop 2015 award winners were announced at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, the ITD team members couldn’t control their emotions. This team is well known to work in a startup-mode — comes up with new ideas, builds a prototype, demonstrates it to the executives and SEs, goes into execution mode, and delivers a world class solution.

As the leader of this team, I was asked by several media representatives for an interview. Here is an interview by Information Week news desk (watch full-screen for HD):

ITD (Intelligent Traffic Director) is now shipping on Nexus 9k/7k/5k series of switches.

Here is an informative blog on ITD.

 

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Cisco ONE Software Makes it Easy to Start Automating

Companies’ expectations of IT keep increasing as the pace of business intensifies, creating greater demand for new services and faster access to resources and data.  If you have been reading my blogs, you know that THE way for IT to keep pace with the speed of business is automation. But buyers beware.

IT automation solutions are difficult to create with multiple products that carry a la carte pricing models and licensing models tied to hardware. The hassles are obvious, and that model doesn’t help IT automate effectively. What is necessary is full functionality automation software that offers simplified pricing and licensing options as well as unified automation that delivers broad coverage for diverse environments. So Cisco offers exactly that.  Watch this video to learn how.

 

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Cisco ONE Software for Data Center makes it easy to automate at a pace comfortable to your business.   The Cisco ONE Foundation Suite lets you master basic automation at the compute level.

 

 

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Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite delivers broad automation across  multiple  layers of  your organization as well as connectivity to hybrid cloud resources.

 

 

 

Next Cisco makes it easy to buy.  Cisco ONE Software for Data Center delivers  modern  pricing providing the Foundation and Enterprise Cloud Suite suites as  inclusive solutions — no pieces parts or a la carte pricing. Best of all, these bundles  are not tied to hardware, so upgrades or changes to your infrastructure do not  translate into new purchases for software licenses.

Automation can be challenging and represents new processes, tools and ways of doing business. But it is the key to achieving the agility and efficiencies business expects.  Therefore, Cisco has made it easy to acquire the automation you need at a pace that suits your business.  Learn more about Cisco ONE Software for Data Center or the Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite.

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Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data with MapR: with Support for Multi-Tenancy

Hadoop is a Game Changer ! Cisco and MapR have partnered to offer a comprehensive portfolio for enterprise Hadoop deployments that combines Cisco UCS and the MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop. With significant investments in architectural innovations, the joint solution offers a high-performance platform that can be optimized and scaled for any size to meet the demanding needs of our customers. Today, we are announcing the 3rd generation of our joint solution:

    • Based on Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data – extending our vision of Integrated Infrastructure to help organizations deploy and scale applications faster to drive the revenue side of the business, while reducing risks and TCO
    • Taking full advantage of the high performance compute, internal storage and active-active network fabric with crucial investments in MapR improving performance and scalability while maintaining the Apache Hadoop API and application compatibility for broad applicability
    • Foundation for an enterprise data hub with support of multi-tenancy out-of-the-box–ensuring application level SLA, guarantee isolation, enforce quotas, job placement control, security and delegation as well as providing a low cost of operations and simpler manageability with UCS Manager and the MapR control system
    • Fully automated provisioning and deployment of a cluster with Cisco UCS Director Express for MapR with a single management pane across both physical infrastructure and Hadoop software, with advanced application-level monitoring
    • Scalability to very larger clusters with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, enabling multi-tenancy, policy-based flowlet switching, packet prioritization to deliver- throughput on demand, leading-edge load balancing across UCS domains.

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Additional Information

Cisco Validate Design: Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data with MapR with Multi-Tenancy Extension
Cisco UCS Big Data Design Zone
Cisco UCS Solution Accelerator Paks for Big Data

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New Cisco Storage Networking Innovations for the Agile Data Center

Data is not just multiplying at an astounding rate. It is also changing dramatically in nature.  Trends like the Internet of Things, Mobility, Cloud, and Big Data Analytics are driving the adoption of different types of storage protocols and architectural requirements as well as increased application workloads in the IT environments.

To help customers design efficient IT operations that can adapt over time to changing business needs, Cisco is announcing new additions and innovations to the Cisco MDS and Nexus Multi-Protocol storage networking portfolio. The latest Cisco innovations include:

  1. New Cisco MDS 9396S High Density Fabric Switch
  2. Highest Performance 16G FICON support on MDS 9706 and 9250i
  3. 40G Converged Ethernet support across Nexus 7700 and Nexus 7000 platforms
  4. New Enhancements to simplify SAN Management and reduce Operational Cost

 To learn more, please attend Webinar on June 23rd 8:00 PST 

We are happy to see that our Partners are also equally excited and looking forward to the arrival of the new Cisco MDS high density Fabric Switch.  Cisco’s MDS product line is supported and sold by authorized original storage manufacturers (OSM).  Special thanks to all our partners for their support and participation to make the launch successful.

Doug Fierro, Senior Director, Connectrix, EMC Corporation in his blog post ‘ Fibre Channel Customers Get Another 16Gb Boost’ discusses about our customers need for simple, easy to configure, automated FC systems and how Cisco MDS 9396S addresses these requirements. Krister Eriksson, Senior Product Manager, NetApp in his blog ‘Cisco Continues to Focus on its Fibre Channel’, addresses the importance of keeping the Fibre Channel roadmap fresh and  invest in new platforms, while Derek Nguyen, Strategic OEM Accounts Manager, Qlogic, in his blog ‘ QLogic FlexSuite Supports Cisco’s Latest MDS 9396S SAN Switch to Meet Growing Demand ‘  analyzes how  Cisco is enhancing its market leading MDS portfolio  to provide high performance, versatile and affordable solutions for SMBs and Enterprise customers.

New Cisco MDS 9396S Multilayer Fabric Switch: The new versatile and affordable 96 port 16G FC switch delivers industry leading density with enterprise class capabilities and is an extension to the already successful MDS 9148S Fabric Switch.

Explore MDS 9396S with Saptarshi Sengupta  (Sr. Product Manager )& Lauren Friedman (Influence Marketing)

So why Cisco MDS 9396S?  MDS 9396S is being introduced as a response to the adoption of all flash storage and increase in Data Center Storage demand. The MDS 9396S is available in two configurations, 48-Port base configuration with a pay-as-you-grow model to allow customers to upgrade to 96 ports in 12-port increments and 96-port fully configured base configuration for ease of ordering and installation.

SMB customers will find they have enough ports to connect all the server and storage ports to a couple of MDS 9396S switches for high availability with room for future growth. While customers with larger SAN deployments can deploy the MDS 9396S as a Middle of Row switch and grow to hundreds of ports with fewer chassis.

Use cases include: shared storage, common backup, security, compliance, consolidation, virtualized storage and business continuity.

USe Cases

“In the past, Cisco MDS products have helped us scale and grow our storage infrastructure with consistent performance and manageability. Going forward, we are excited to see Cisco launching its next generation 16G High-density Fiber Channel Switch MDS 9396S, as it will help us meet our growing customer demand for IT outsourcing services in the banking and financial services sector”-  Alessandro SpigaroliHead of Project Engineering and DC Architecture at Cedacri

16G FICON and Open System Enhancements

Cisco is celebrating 11 years of System z FICON and Open System support on the MDS Family. Cisco continues to innovate and support mainframe customer connectivity needs. The feature rich MDS 9000 platform makes an ideal choice for mainframe customers with highest performance and reliability and for SAN extension utilizing 10G FCIP. Cisco’s existing MDS 9700 and 9250i platforms now offer the highest performance 16G FICON capabilities in the industry, supporting FICON Distance Extension using 10G FCIP and specialized acceleration technologies.  In addition, Cisco has collaborated with IBM to deliver rich capabilities to be supported on the new IBM System z13 and beyond.

FICON and Open Systems

40G Converged Ethernet support across Nexus 7700 and Nexus 7000

Currently, 40G Converged Ethernet is already available on Nexus 5600 and Nexus 2300 platforms. Cisco today introduced 40G Converged Ethernet support across Nexus 7700 and Nexus 7000 platforms so that customers have the flexibility to deploy 40G FCoE, NAS, iSCSI, IP-based object storage, and LAN connectivity on a single platform. With 10G/40G Converged Ethernet deployed at the access, 16G line-rate FC deployed on Cisco MDS at the storage core, and 40GE spine-leaf architecture for IP storage traffic, customers can mix-and-match the various Cisco MDS, Cisco Nexus, and Cisco UCS products to build a highly efficient unified fabric architecture that can adapt to a customer’s future needs.

Watch this video by Rudra Roy(Sr. Product Manager ) & Lauren Friedman (Influence Marketing) to learn about new FCoE enhancements.

“We have deployed Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and we are really excited about the launch of 40G FCoE on Nexus 7000. This will clearly help build greater architectural flexibility and massive scalability in our datacenter.” – Ed Diaz, Network Architecture at Adventist Health Systems

New Enhancements to simplify SAN Management and reduce Operational Cost

New DCNM features will enhance SAN monitoring that help IT administrators avoid outages and reduce risk. New enhancements allow the IT administrator to be informed of the differences in the configuration between the Storage Array’s LUN masking database and the Storage Network’s zone database. Automated path redundancy feature automatically analyzes, every 24 hours and on demand, whether the redundant paths in each of the redundant SAN Fabrics are maintaining best practices, thereby signaling any issues proactively. Learn more about DCNM features: www.cisco.com/go/dcnm

Bottom Line

The newly refreshed Cisco Storage portfolio support the traditional storage architectural requirements for block and file storage along with the new requirements to support big data and object storage for the cloud.

This is the right time to refresh, upgrade or build your next generation SAN or Converged LAN/SAN infrastructure using Cisco’s 16G FC portfolio including 96 port high-density Fabric Switch MDS 9396S, along with newly introduced 40G FCoE Line Cards installed in Nexus 7700 and 7000 series chassis. Upgrade your Data Center’s mainframe connectivity with MDS 9706 and 9250i for either switch based FICON support or cascaded FICON support. Finally make your Data Center operationally simple, easily manageable and downtime proof using Cisco’s Data Center Network Manager software with simple, intuitive plug-and-play capability.  Cisco is a leader in providing both choice and value for server and storage connectivity!

For more info: www.cisco.com/go/mds

  Mark your calendar to  attend live Webinar on June 23rd 8:00 PST  .  See you all on June 23rd!

Partner Blogs

EMC blog: Fibre Channel Customers Get Another 16Gb Boost, Doug Fierro, Senior Director, Connectrix, EMC Corporation

NetApp Blog: Cisco Continues to Focus on its Fibre Channel, NetApp  Krister Eriksson, Senior Product Manager, NetApp

QLogic Blog: QLogic FlexSuite Supports Cisco’s Latest MDS 9396S SAN Switch to Meet Growing Demand, Derek Nguyen, Strategic OEM Accounts Manager

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