Cisco ACI: Overcoming the ‘Stack Fallacy’

There’s a new buzz phrase making the rounds recently around the concept of the “stack fallacy,” with the premise being that market leaders in any industry are well adept at going “down the stack” in terms of innovation but constantly struggle to stave off more nimble upstarts who are creating disruption in the layers above. The underlying factor, according to the source of this theory, is companies focusing too much on the tools they need to build and not enough on solving the evolving needs of their customers.unleashingit

As the undisputed leader in networking infrastructure for decades, Cisco is now faced with this innovator’s dilemma with the emergence of SDN, or software-defined networking, which has spawned countless wannabes hoping to redefine how enterprise networks should be built. But as evidenced by the progress Cisco has made from vision to reality with the Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI), it is clear that Cisco is succeeding in every measure in overcoming the stack fallacy challenges.

Cisco introduced the ACI a little over a year ago. Since then more than 1000 customers have already deployed the groundbreaking SDN architecture as part of their application deployment and management processes. We believe the key success factor has been our ability to build the ACI ground-up on the fundamental understanding that that today’s enterprises must do a lot more with a lot less, and do it a lot faster.

Cisco incorporated this design principle into the original ACI architecture and has constantly evolved it with customer-driven features and capabilities such as:

  • Docker container support, with integration between the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) and Project Contiv, an open source project defining infrastructure policies for container-based applications.
  • Enhanced security, with micro-segmentation support for VMware VDS, Microsoft Hyper-V virtual switch, and bare-metal applications, allowing granular endpoint security enforcement.
  • Support for multiple data centers, with policy-driven automation, application mobility, and disaster recovery across multiple sites.
  • Service insertion and chaining for any service device, without the need for a policy coordination device package.

In addition, technology leaders such as F5 Networks and Citrix are pushing the benefits of Cisco ACI up and down the stack to simplify network and security operations. And software innovators like Apprenda, CliQr, DataTorrent, and Vnomic are taking advantage of the policy-based architecture to boost the development, integration, and security of cloud and enterprise applications.

In the latest edition of Unleashing IT (“SDN Taking Flight”), we delve deeper in the specific customer use cases and benefits of the Cisco ACI. You can get a first-hand look at how Cisco is solving the stack fallacy by making enterprises more responsive and agile to the modern realities of IT.

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From desktop to Data Center…changing the game with graphics

What if you were able to give everyone in your organization the flexibility and freedom to securely work anywhere in the world and on any device? What types of productivity gains would your company see as a result? What efficiencies or cost savings might your IT department receive from moving desktops to your datacenter and managing these virtual workstations through one single pane of glass?

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Our Cisco UCS team is excited to present the new Maxwell generation NVIDIA Tesla M6 GPU for the Cisco UCS B200M4 Blade and the NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPU for Cisco 2U Rack Rack Servers. Cisco and NVIDIA have joined forces to deliver this new graphics solution.  Combining security, reliability and manageability from Cisco UCS and adding NVIDIA’s GRID technology, we’re able to deliver performance and speed needed to run high-end applications on virtual desktops. What’s better is that you have two form factor options to fit your organization’s’ data center footprint. 

The M60 Rack GPU is supported with UCS Manager 3.1(1) and later & Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) 2.0(9) and later; the M6 Blade GPU is supported with both UCS Manager 3.1(1) and 2.2(7) and later.

 

With Cisco UCS & NVIDIA GRID, you can now expand your virtualization footprint without compromising performance or user experience while also increasing security. This means, you can empower your workforce to create anything around the world, from any location with the ease and flexibility.

 

The new Cisco & NVIDIA M6 Blade GPU solution is fully integrated with the flagship B200M4 Server, supporting all CPU configurations and performance on par with NVIDIA K2 GPU, at less than half the power profile!  With two of the M60 GPU’s on Cisco UCS C240M4, you can now enable high density NVIDIA Tesla Compute and GRID 2.0 VDI user consolidation, which is over 8,000 CUDA cores & 32GB of GPU memory for up to 64 GPU-accelerated virtual desktop users.
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This is especially exciting for organizations in the Oil and Gas, Manufacturing and Design industries since historically, this type of work demanded high-end applications like ESRI, AutoCAD, Petrel and Siemens to be used in on-site with workstations. But now, these types of applications can be powered virtually through your data center to any device.

Take an airplane manufacturer for example. With a follow-the-sun working model, this organization can now empower its employees to design from anywhere in the world with the device they prefer, while all working on the same application in real-time. This helps the company save time, money and fuels rapid innovation. Last but not least, this is all done while maintaining security for the organization.

Empower your employees to create flexibly, securely and from any device and any location in the world. Now possible with Cisco UCS & NVIDIA GRID.   

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Productivity, mobility, security, and flexibility for all. This changes everything.

Learn how others are transforming their data centers with Cisco UCS.

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Cisco Converged Access Boosts Productivity At RSA

The RSA Insurance Group is a British multinational general insurance company headquartered in London, United Kingdom, operating in more than 140 countries and reaching more than 17 million customers.

Faced with challenges spurred by new trends in their work environment such as BYOD, more geographically dispersed teams and move to the cloud, RSA is using Cisco Unified Access to collaborate better, be more productive and reduce costs. RSA uses Catalyst 3850 Converged Access to truly integrate wired and wireless networks, Cisco Identity Services Engine to uniformly apply policies, and Cisco Prime to manage devices, users and resources in their network. Talking about the benefits of using Converged Access on Catalyst 3850 switches, James Sandell, Group IT Delivery Director at RSA, says “People can only work flexibly with real time presence because the underpinning wifi is rock solid, fast and its seamless to join. We use Cisco Catalyst 3850 switches with IOS XE software and integrated wireless controller and it provides One network, one management and one policy”.

Thousands of customers across the globe in diverse verticals such as finance, healthcare and public sector are using Converged Access to simplify their operations and enhance user experience. Further, since Catalyst 3850, Catalyst 3650 as well as Catalyst 4500E support Converged Access, customers can deploy this capability uniformly across their network, regardless of scale and form factor requirements.

We have saved millions of pounds a year, we have a flexible workspace underpinned by a flexible infrastructure and we could not have done it without a trusted partner like Cisco”, says James Sandell.

Click here to learn how Cisco Unified Access can help your business drive workplace satisfaction and reduce costs.

 

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The Journey to DevOps and Composable Infrastructure

The rate of change is accelerating in IT. The need to provide your enterprise with a competitive advantage and to leverage new technologies is driving the need for rapid change and constant improvement. IT organizations must deliver new business services consisting of new and enhanced applications faster while ensuring SLAs. This environment of frequent and rapid change is what analysts refer to as Mode 2. It requires adopting business practices where development and IT operations work more closely together and more processes are automated. These forces are driving the growing requirement for DevOps and composable infrastructure.

Speed of ChangeAfter watching the videos and reading the press reports from the recent HPE Synergy announcement, you’d think that transitioning to a DevOps and implementing composable infrastructure just requires purchasing the new hardware and launching HPE OneView. Some good marketing, but DevOps is a methodology, not a system. It is an ongoing journey of continuous improvement as well as continuous delivery. Adapting to a faster rate of change requires enhancing processes, better communication and tighter integration of tools as well as some new technology.

You can embrace the speed of change while minimizing the disruption and risk. We’ve developed a new brief that explains how you can make the transition to DevOps and composable infrastructure easier using your existing UCS systems, UCS management software and operations management tools.

Download the brief to learn more.

The Journey to DevOps: Infrastructure as Code

DevOps is a growing movement toward processes and methods that facilitate greater communication and collaboration between development, QA, and IT operations. It facilitates continuous delivery by automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes by reducing inefficiencies throughout the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Figure 1 below provides an overview of the different phases of the SDLC.

Figure 1: Phases of the Software Development Life Cycle

Phases of SDLC

An important way to speed the rate of change and accelerate the SDLC is to treat the infrastructure as code. By abstracting all configuration and identity of hardware and transforming it into software defined infrastructure (SDI), you’re moving down the path to managing the infrastructure as code. Cisco has been executing on our strategy of software defined infrastructure since the introduction of UCS in 2009. UCS management includes four key areas of innovation that treat the infrastructure as code. These four areas provide the foundation for automation of infrastructure management by making the infrastructure programmable. These include:

  • Software Object Model: hardware is not configured manually with UCS. Instead, every identity and configuration setting of every device in the system is software defined via Service Profiles
  • API Centricity: a unified system control plane made accessible via a fully documented and open Application Program Interface (API).
  • Virtual Interface Card (VIC): all network and SAN adapters are software defined yet present themselves to bare metal OS or hypervisor as physical devices. This local resource sharing and abstraction capability is the foundation for System Link Technology.
  • Storage Profiles: allow flexibility in defining the number of storage disks, roles and usage of these disks and other storage parameters. They also encapsulate the storage requirements for one or more Service Profiles.

An essential aspect of implementing DevOps is to increase automated management. You can encapsulate the best practices of your server, storage and network experts in code. These best practices are established as policies and templates, which we call Service Profiles. Service Profiles let you consistently repeat, test, share and promote configurations across your entire environment. Combined with the open API in UCS, they provide a common “language’ for provisioning and configuring the infrastructure across the different types of devices. The combination of true SDI and best practices defined in Service Profiles ensures that routine tasks are implemented consistently and correctly to allow you to accelerate the rate of change in the SDLC while reducing the risk.

The Journey to DevOps: Transitioning All of Your Infrastructure

UCS management supports the entire UCS product portfolio. HPE OneView only supports a portion of the HPE server portfolio. The current release HPE OneView provides management for most Gen8 and Gen9 models and some of the G7 BL servers. Most of the G6 BL and DL and G7 DL servers are just monitored, not managed1. OneView doesn’t manage or monitor other HPE servers product lines, such as Moonshot, Apollo, Integrity and Cloudline. That means you will probably have to leave many HPE systems behind or use additional management software, if you want to use OneView on your journey to DevOps.

Cisco doesn’t have this limitation, because UCS management was baked into the UCS hardware from day 1. The API in UCS management provides a unified control plane. It is a programmatic interface to all of the components in the products and models in the Cisco UCS portfolio. We have used the API to develop plugins and integrations to establish a broad partner ecosystem over the past six years.  You can easily extend your existing tools and processes to support any UCS product, including Cisco Composable Infrastructure.

The open API in UCS management accepts XML documents through HTTP or HTTPS. Developers can use any programming language to generate XML documents that contain the API methods. It can present physical and logical resources in the same way virtual and public cloud resources are presented.

Figure 2: The Entire UCS Product Portfolio Is Supported by UCS Management

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This approach allows developers to automatically provision and flex their infrastructure for their application requirements. An API call can initiate changes to attributes of one or more objects, including chassis, servers, adapters, drives, policies, and other configurable components. The UCS Manager Developer API toolkit includes PowerTool – PowerShell modules and a Python SDK along with the UCS Platform Emulator. This makes it easier to implement DevOps by integrating existing tools and automating more processes, as it makes sense.

The Journey to DevOps: Composable Infrastructure

Cisco Composable Infrastructure products, including M-Series Modular Servers and C3260 storage server2, are SDI solutions that let you treat infrastructure as code. The architecture of these systems disaggregate the resource components, so they can be programmed and automatically managed more efficiently. The functionality of UCS management has been extended to let you handle your infrastructure resources as fluid pools that can be composed dynamically.

We’ve been shipping our composable infrastructure products for over a year. They provide significant advantages for many applications and workloads. However, you don’t have to purchase these products to continue on your DevOps journey. You can realize the business benefits of DevOps and accelerate the pace of change in your organization today using the UCS B-Series, C-Series and UCS Mini products you already have installed.

Speed the Rate of Change by Making It Easier

You shouldn’t have to take on greater risk and disruption to realize the benefits of DevOps. You also shouldn’t have to determine whether your older systems can be included in your DevOps journey. Introducing faster rates of change and continuous delivery doesn’t have to require significant changes to your existing infrastructure and management software.

As you consider evaluating the HPE Synergy product, remember it is currently in a limited number of beta sites. It will begin shipping later this year, and it requires a brand new, more complex version of HPE OneView to support the completely new functionality in the Synergy hardware.

Cisco UCS makes the transition to DevOps and Mode 2 environments much easier, and it reduces the risk. You can use your existing UCS management software supported by a mature partner ecosystem to implement DevOps efficiently and with less disruption. You can adapt to the requirement for rapid change by going down a path that is smoother and that makes the best sense for your organization.

Download the brief to learn how you can transition to DevOps and composable infrastructure.

Ken

Notes

  1. See the HPE OneView 2.0 Support Matrix for details
  2. The UCS C3260 will be supported by UCS Manager in a release available later this year.

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Big Data and Analytics Touchdowns

What’s your winning combo for big data and analytics? This may come as a surprise to you – but given that the Superbowl is approaching – I am going to use a football analogy. As we get ready for the game in 2 weeks, we have a tale of two quarterbacks. One is an established quarter back with a long-standing history of victories. The other –new, up and coming—brings a ton of enthusiasm and fresh legs to the game.

This is like the analytics market place of today. We have established players like SAP, SAS, and IBM and new ones such as Splunk, Platfora, and ParStream (now part of Cisco). On this 10th birthday of Hadoop, we have established technology approaches from Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR using MapReduce being challenged by the new player to the game – Spark, which is starting to score big in the technology field. The big 3 are taking different approaches to this, which should make it fun to watch.

Ok, guess how Cisco UCS ties into all of this? The foundation under all of these players is a solid integrated infrastructure that enables the game to be played and won. And like Levi’s stadium, UCS is the state of the art infrastructure with all of the most essential bells and whistles (Yes, I’m talking about service profiles for policy execution and management and ACI for business-relevant software defined networking (SDN)). Because in football and in business, it’s important to go ALL THE WAY, you can rely on Cisco’s end-to-end solutions to make this happen.

Trying to figure out the winning combination for your team? I pulled together a ‘scouting report’ to help you put together your ideal fantasy team. Bookmark this, because this is where you can find the latest and greatest and how each player partners with Cisco to bring you insights to action.

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Oh wait, you are from Europe? You don’t actually watch American football? Come to Cisco Live Berlin and we can work on our European football analogy.

Follow @CiscoDC, @ReneeYao1, @RexBackman, @gserda for real time updates.

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Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data and Cisco ACI with SAP HANA Vora

One of the common topics of debate in data management circles has been – do Big Data solutions replace traditional database solutions? The industry trends shows that it will not, but instead the two will coexist and complement each other.

Following this theme of coexistence, two years ago we at Cisco shared our vision of integrating with platforms such as SAP HANA and Hadoop. As you would already know, SAP HANA is an in-memory database, built for transactional, analytical, and application logic processing while with Hadoop from the Apache software foundation is designed for  large scale data management and distributed data processing that can analyze massive amounts of diverse datasets. Combing SAP HANA with Hadoop can bring new dimension to data analytics. Our new integration shows how a shared infrastructure and unified management architecture delivers simpler and scalable implementations at a lower cost of ownership.

Last year we announced our partnership and commitment to SAP HANA Vora – an Apache Spark-based execution framework for interactive memory analytics on Hadoop. SAP HANA Vora on the Cisco UCS and ACI offers unified administration across SAP HANA and Hadoop distributions, role- and policy-based automation, full active- active redundancy, high performance and exceptional scalability needed to support glowing business demands.

Today, we are happy to announce the availability of the Cisco Validated Design (CVD), Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data and Cisco ACI for SAP HANA Vora, that provides step by step design guidelines that have been comprehensively tested and documented to help ensure faster, more reliable and predictable deployments at a lower total cost of ownership.

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Is your database at risk? Let Cisco help

Are you preparing your organization for the end of support on Microsoft SQL Server 2005? Continuing to run legacy SQL Server can present significant challenges for your organization.

Information volume continues to grow worldwide at a minimum rate of 59% annually. And while data is expected to grow 44x larger over the next decade, the number of IT pros is only expected to grow 1.4x larger. This puts IT pros under pressure to perform at higher levels than they ever have, and legacy infrastructure is ill-equipped to take on this burden.

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As SQL Server 2005 becomes end-of-support, not exposing organizations’ databases to a tremendous amount of security risk should be a priority for your business. As the scale of data growth intensifies, the gapbetween the performance organizations’ require and the capabilities of legacy database systems will continue to widen.

But with this challenge comes the opportunity to leverage powerful new capabilities that aren’t available in older versions of SQL Server. It’s time to think about upgrading to something better and faster soon.

IDC recently completed a study interviewing Cisco UCS installed customers and determined that by installing your application on a Cisco UCS server platform, customers will gain the following business benefits.

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Maximize the return on investment of your mission critical applications by upgrading to Microsoft SQL Server 2014 on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). The Cisco UCS platform provides an average 5 year ROI of 368% and gives your organization increased SQL Server uptime, and performance while lowering upgrade costs.

Cisco UCS provides your organization with increased SQL Server uptime, and performance while lowering staff time needed for server deployment by 84%. In conjunction with Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI), automate your IT tasks and accelerate application deployments, enabling your organization to be flexible, efficient, and agile.

Join Cisco at these upcoming events to get first hand knowledge of these benefits.

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SQL Saturdays are 1 day training events for SQL Server professionals that focus on local speakers, providing a variety of high quality technical sessions. It’s a group of SQL Server database administrators, database and application developers, business intelligence experts, and users from around the globe. This community is represented by more than 285 local PASS Chapters worldwide, 28 virtual chapters, 120,000 members.

Come visit Cisco at the upcoming locations:

Austin, TX – Januaray 31st, 2016

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Chicago, IL – March 5th, 2016

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Boston, MA – March 19th

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Silicon Valley, CA – April 9th, 2016

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For more information on joint Cisco and Microsoft solutions, please visit our website at: cisco.com/go/microsoft

 

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AGCO Reaps Rewards with Cisco Infrastructure

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AGCO is a company that’s made its name by providing high-tech solutions to farmers around the world. After years of acquisitions and growth, the company needed to update its IT infrastructure. AGCO looked to Cisco to facilitate this communication simplification by making sure that its workers were all on the same page.

Cisco deployed a suite of business communication software to ensure that AGCO’s frontend portals were consistent through out the company. But the real changes occurred in the backend infrastructure. AGCO realized that it wouldn’t do much good to have cutting-edge communication software without having cutting-edge hardware for it to run on.

Therefore, the company began consolidating data centers and standardizing on Cisco networking and communication infrastructure. Products that were included on this complete overhaul included:

• Cisco Nexus 2000, 5000 and 7000 Series Switches
• Cisco Catalyst 2000 and 3000 Series Switches
• Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
• Cisco 2900 Series and 3900 Integrated Services Router

The changes have made a lot of hay, as AGCO saw a $45,000 saving per month via Voice over IP calls. The company also witnessed greater collaboration and productivity through video, allowing for new ideas to travel faster and decisions to be made more swiftly.

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Evaluating IaaS Solutions: Comparing UCS Director to HPE OneView

According to the latest predictions from analyst firm IDC, “more than 80% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud by 2017.” That means that your organization is likely to evaluate an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions this year, if you haven’t chosen one already. As you consider options, it can be difficult to evaluate the different management platforms and sort through the vendor claims. A team of technical experts developed a list of evaluation criteria to make it easier. They have recently published a white paper that provides a clear comparison between Cisco UCS Director and HPE OneView.  The paper looks at three critical areas of IaaS functionality:IaaS Image

  • Orchestration and automation
  • Self-service provisioning
  • Heterogeneous provisioning and management

A concise side-by-side comparison is provided in a table on page 5 of the document with details provided in the other sections of the paper.

You can download the paper here.

Just the Facts

The Gartner IT Glossary describes Infrastructure as a Service as follows:

“…a standardized, highly automated offering, where compute resources, complemented by storage and networking capabilities are owned and hosted by a service provider and offered to customers on-demand. Customers are able to self-provision this infrastructure, using a Web-based graphical user interface that serves as an IT operations management console for the overall environment. API access to the infrastructure may also be offered as an option.”

Using the Gartner definition, the IT organization owns and hosts the infrastructure, and it becomes the service provider. The goal of the white paper is to assess the extent to which Cisco UCS Director and HPE OneView address the requirements of an IaaS solution. The analysis is based on public information describing the latest versions of HPE OneView, version 2.0, and Cisco UCS Director, version 5.4.

Let me begin by saying that HPE OneView is an excellent converged infrastructure management tool for deploying and configuring many HPE products. The latest release includes some significant enhancements. However, as HPE states on the OneView web page and in their content, it only provides a “…path to Infrastructure-as-a-Service”. This becomes evident when you begin to assess the orchestration, self-service provisioning and API functionality in OneView as summarized in Table 1.

Table 1: Comparing Orchestration, Automation, Self-Service and API Capabilities

 

How Wide Is the Path to IaaS?

Most IT organizations plan to deliver a significant portion of their infrastructure as a service to end-users. They want a broad path to IaaS that gives them the capability to provision and manage the infrastructure, regardless of the hardware vendor. UCS Director provides IaaS support for a wide range of Cisco and third party hardware. HPE OneView is focused on providing management for only a portion of the HPE product portfolio. Table 2 below provides a summary of heterogeneous provisioning and management provided by UCS Director and HPE OneView.

Table 2: Heterogeneous Provisioning and Management by Infrastructure Type

 

UCS Director supports a diverse set of vendors across infrastructure types. Cisco has established partnerships and participated in joint development activities with many vendors over the past six years to develop this broad IaaS capability. Tasks and workflows automate the configuration of all hardware infrastructure layers including computing, networking, and storage. You can provision bare-metal servers, add virtualization layers, and add your chosen operating system(s). Support includes configuring virtual and object-based storage configurations as well.

Not HP OpenViewHPE OneView Is Not OpenView

You should not confuse HPE OneView with HP OpenView, the monitoring product HPE acquired several years ago. OpenView was designed to be open, as the name implies. It supports HPE as well as a variety of third party servers and network devices. HPE OneView is focused on managing a limited environment of HPE hardware. It only provides support for a portion of HPE’s server, storage and converged infrastructure portfolio. The only third party products managed by OneView are Brocade and Cisco switches.

As your organization evaluates IaaS management solutions on your journey to hybrid cloud, I encourage you to consider the advantages of UCS Director. It was designed to deliver IaaS across infrastructure types from Cisco and a variety of hardware vendors, including HPE. UCS Director delivers IaaS out-of-the box, and it provides a strong platform and broad ecosystem that your organization can build on as you offer hybrid cloud services to your end users.

Download the paper to learn more about UCS Director and HPE OneView.

Ken

 

* See the HPE OneView 2.0 Support Matrix for details.

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Tune in to Networking Field Day 11 – Switching Innovation—Everything Runs on Switching

networkingtechfielddayNetworking Field Day 11 is tomorrow and will be live streaming this Thursday, January 21st, from 2:00-4:00pm.

For the uninitiated, Tech Field Day is an event hosted by Cisco where delegates come and listen to a technical deep dive by a Cisco expert in a presentation and discussion format. These delegates range from bloggers, speakers, freelance writers, and podcasters that have a public presence that has an immense influence on ways that products and companies are perceived by IT practitioners. There are a few different branches of Tech Field Day: Networking Field Day, Wireless Field Day, Virtualization Field Day, and Storage Field Day.

#NFD11 will be a two-hour session where we’ll showcase a few different Cisco technologies to 12 delegates. We’ll be discussing the provisioning of Nexus switches using Puppet, IOS 16.x, Programmable Fabric Using VXLAN/BGP-EVPN, and LED lighting powered by Cisco Catalyst switches. Before we dive into those topics, we’ll kick-off our session with an introduction from Senior Director of Data Center and Enterprise Switching Carl Solder.

Jeff McLaughlin, a Principal Technical Marketing Engineer, will start off our Networking Field Day and will give an overview of configuration management tools. Specifically, he will focus on Puppet to configure and maintain Nexus switches. Jeff will also provide a live demo of switch configuration using Puppet, along with a walk-through of the required Puppet code.

Next one of our Product Managers for Enterprise Switching, Jagbir Kang, will follow Jeff and will be giving a white boarding demonstration highlighting on the IOS XE Denali 16.1.1 release. This release is the starting point for a series of innovations that will grow across Cisco’s Enterprise platforms over the next few years.

Jagbir will be discussing the two switching platforms namely Catalyst 3850 and Catalyst 3650 and show the plans to support routing platforms (ASR1K, CSR1Kv, ISR4K) in IOS XE Denali 16.2.1.

She will talk about the functionality of a common software-stack bringing in feature consistency, which allows users to run any feature anywhere. You will also see the cross-platform integrated model and how it enhances customer experience through simplified lifecycle management, which has shown easier deployment and qualification processes.

Principal Technical Marketing Engineer Lukas Krattiger will then discuss the details around Cisco’s Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) EVPN solution and give a deeper look on the combined L2/L3 Gateway at the top-of-rack (ToR). He will also touch on how to efficiently connect the VXLAN EVPN Fabric to Multi-Tenant WAN services.

Himanshu Mehra, Product Manager for Enterprise Switching, will be discussing how smart building use-cases are driving yet (un)connected devices like lights and sensors to converge onto a standard digital infrastructure and deliver compelling business outcomes.  This session will highlight the key drivers and talk about the new capabilities for connectivity, on-boarding, security and management that will enable this transformation.

Tune in tomorrow for the live stream to hear from these Cisco experts and see what the delegates have to say: Click here.

 

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