Operaciones de Data Center Simplificadas Por Medio de Cisco ACI

– January 27, 2017 – 0 Comments

Desde la introduccion de Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) por parte de Cisco al mercado, este ha recibido reconocimiento de analistas, profesionales de tecnologia informática (TI). Entre un gran numero de galardones recibidos, fue eligido por IT Pros como la mejor solucion de SDN. Ademas, su creciente ecosistema cuenta con mas de 65 integraciones con otros proveedores de tecnologia. El mercado tambien lo demuestra, ACI hoy en día ha recibido preferencia de 2700+ clientes.

Para comenzar, por simplemente ser una solución brindado por una de las companias más grandes y sofisticadas en TI, Cisco tiene robusta cantidad de recursos para cuidar de todas las necesitades de sus clientes.

Existe 5 razones por las cuales Cisco ACI ha ganado la preferencia del público:

  • ACI brinda capabilidades automatizacion de la solucion completa.
    1. Esto es gracias al modelo de representacion de aplicaciones de ACI, que es la base principal de la automatizacion. Este modelo presenta una abstraccion de las aplicaciones. En otras palabras, en vez de preocuparte en como configurar la red, solo tienes que determinar como quieres que las aplicaciones se comportan y funcionan, y ACI se encarga del resto. Porque si te preguntas, qué es lo más importante en un data center? Son las aplicaciones! Todo lo demás existe solo para apoyar a las funciones de las aplicaciones. De esta misma manera, ACI ayuda a reducir errores y acelera los despliegues de las aplicaciones de semanas a segundos.
  • ACI es una inversion inteligente
    1. En este articulo de Network World, el autor ha colectado los resultados de varios clientes que han utilizado ACI. Por ejemplo, Symantec ha obtenido $145 millones en beneficios de negocios, un ciclo de desarrollo de aplicaciones que es 87% más rápido, y operaciones de red 83% más eficientes.
  • ACI simplifica el despliegue, administracion y resolucion de averias.
    1. ACI integra el controlador, la infraestructura, aplicaciones o instrucmentos que tu prefieras, sea instrumentos de orquestación, o dispositivos de L4-L7. Esta manera, ACI te permite operar SDN facilmente en cualquier ambiente de data center
  • ACI presenta flexibiliad a la hora de integrar con otros componentes y servicios:
    1. Tienes accesso a un ecosistema de 65 socios, dándonte un espectro inmenso de funcionalidad, ya que ACI es diseñada como una architectura abierta. Esto signitica que puedes aprovechar y extender tus inversiones y tecnologias existentes. Por eso, con ACI, tienes vasta cantidad de opciones de interoperabilidad, que te ayuda a reducir costos mientras que tú innovas.
  • ACI brinda una solucion comprensiva e integrada sin importar el tipo de punto final (end-point)
    1. El modelo de ACI apoya puntos finales que son heterogeneas, fisicas o virtuales. Esto significa que no importa que politica aplicas, ella funcionaria en los servidores fisicas o virtuales en cualquier tipo de hipervisor o containers.

Para aprender de ACI con mayor detalle, a continuacion te presentamos una serie de videos sobre el tema:

En este video, el experto Carlos Campos Torres, Arquitecto de soluciones para centros de datos para la región de Latinoamérica, te explica cómo incrementar la agilidad de tu negocio con la nueva red de Cisco.

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Para saber cómo provisionar y operar redes físicas y virtuales de manera consistente y segura en cuestión de minutos. Aquí te mostramos cómo hacerlo fácilmente:

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Automating Your Data Center With HyperFlex and UCS Director

– January 26, 2017 – 0 Comments

Contributors: Gil Haberman

Cisco has made deployment, provisioning and expansion of data center workloads running on Cisco HyperFlex™ and Cisco UCS™ up to 90% faster and much easier by delivering private Infrastructure as-a-Service (IaaS) with UCS Director.

Guest Blogger: Gil Haberman

Cisco UCS Director provides automation for more than 66%* of the converged infrastructure installed worldwide. It orchestrates workflows across compute, storage and network resources to implement routine tasks quickly and consistently. This automation has been extended to Cisco HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure in the latest release of UCS Director. It facilitates a new era of hyperconvergence that supports a broader range of infrastructure. You can now realize greater efficiencies for continuous delivery using the foundation of Cisco UCS for both converged infrastructure and hyperconverged infrastructure, eliminating data center silos and streamlining operations across your environment.

Enabling Continuous Delivery

Cisco HyperFlex is engineered on Cisco UCS to provide programmable infrastructure. The unified API and software object model in the Cisco UCS management framework work in conjunction with the Cisco® fabric interconnects and the Virtual Interface Cards (VICs) to facilitate infrastructure as code. The Service Profiles in Cisco UCS management provision the infrastructure and facilitate infrastructure lifecycle management for Cisco HyperFlex and the I/O properties within a Cisco UCS domain. For example, the UCS Director workflow automates the provisioning of virtual machines (VMs) using HyperFlex native cloning capabilities.

Unified Automation in Action

We created this video to explain how you can use Cisco HyperFlex together with the converged infrastructure solutions developed with our partners- VCE vBlock and NetApp FlexPod. This demo shows how UCS Director fully automates many manual and error-prone steps in to rapidly deploy workloads. (Click on the arrow to start the video).

IaaS Without the Cloud

The Cisco HyperFlex solution with UCS Director delivers true Infrastructure as-a-Service (IaaS). The Virtual Data Center (VDC) Creation Wizard automatically discovers a newly installed HyperFlex System. It creates VDC resources by assigning policies for a group of users and management of multiple HyperFlex clusters.

Administrators can create and publish a self-service private cloud service catalog. They can publish VM provisioning, multi-tier application infrastructure deployment or other advanced workloads to the UCS Director catalog for self-service execution. These VMs and applications are then available for end users to access using End User Portal (see Figure 1).

Figure 1. Screenshot of Cisco UCS Director End User Portal

 

UCS Director Catalog new UI - CrAs a result, IaaS setup on HyperFlex dramatically reduces manual processes and drives better consistency across the data center. The self service capabilities reduce dependency on IT, allowing services to be quickly delivered on-demand while lowering operational costs for the organization.

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* Source: IDC Q3 2016 WW Converged Systems Tracker.

 

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It’s no use going back to yesterday’s storage platform for tomorrow’s applications

– January 20, 2017 – 0 Comments

There’s a line in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland where Alice says “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” Some days I feel that way about my storage infrastructures as well. I fell down a particular rabbit-hole into storage management accidentally almost 20 years ago.

I wouldn’t have seen Cisco’s UCS S-Series platform and MapR’s Converged Data Platform coming from that far away, but they’re both here now, ready for your next-generation applications and storage requirements.

My friend Bill Peterson, MapR’s VP of Partner Strategy, and I will have a conversation on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, about where you might want to get to, and which way you ought to go from here.

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Visit my guest post on the MapR blog for more details, and to register for the webcast. We’ll talk about how data and applications have changed, what our two companies offer to make the most of your data (including the MapR CDP and Cisco’s C-Series and new S-Series server offerings), and even cover when/why you might choose not to move your use cases to our CDP on UCS platform.

 

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FlashStack from Cisco & Pure Simplifies SAP TDI

– January 19, 2017 – 0 Comments

Converged Infrastructure featuring all-flash storage offers the promise of ease of use, faster performance, and better ROI.  This is particularly true in the SAP world where the ability to rapidly access and process critical data can have a huge impact on one’s business.

 

We understand this quite well because at Cisco we run our own business on SAP, and use in-memory HANA-based analytics to deliver real-time insights every day to our various lines of business.   In fact, the first reference architecture for Big Data and SAP HANA Vora is just one of our many co-innovations with SAP, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the business improvements it has helped us achieve.

 

Our latest innovation to help SAP users gain maximum benefit from their data center investment is FlashStack for SAP HANA, a joint all-flash solution from Cisco and Pure Storage.   If you’re reading this blog, you are almost certainly familiar with Pure Storage.   But you may not know that Gartner identifies Pure Storage as one of the highest rated flash storage providers.  (“2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays”)

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Characterizing Cisco as “the pioneer of converged infrastructure,” Pure Storage CEO, Scott Dietzen, noted that the release of FlashStack is part of Pure’s expanded relationship with Cisco. And in an interview with ChannelBuzz said FlashStack is an important element of “an environment that augurs a bright future for Pure.”

 

So what is FlashStack and what can it do for your SAP environment?

 

FlashStack combines compute, network, storage hardware and virtualization software, into a single, integrated all-flash architecture:

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  • Speeds time to deployment – Fully tested, validated, and documented for rapid deployment and reduced management complexity.

 

  • Lowers overall IT costs – Dramatic savings in power, cooling, and space with 100% Flash storage.

 

  • Scales easily without disruption – Consolidate 100’s of enterprise-class applications in a single rack.

 

  • Delivers flexibility to support your most intensive workloads – Suitable for enterprise applications such as SAP, Big Data and real-time analytics, and heavy transactional databases.

 

  • Reduces operational risk –Highly available architecture with no single point of failure, non-disruptive operations, and no downtime.

 

 

To make integration of FlashStack within your SAP Data Center as simple as possible, especially in SAP Tailored Datacenter Integration landscapes, Cisco and Pure collaborated on a new Cisco Validated Design for FlashStack for SAP HANA TDI.

 

If you are interested in implementing an all-flash solution for SAP, please click on the link above for a faster, more reliable, fully predictable deployment.

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Democratizing Data Center Storage ¡Viva la Revolución!

– January 18, 2017 – 0 Comments

History regularly repeats itself. Sometimes it’s exciting and other times not so much. A current market transition I’m excited about happens to be occurring across the entire data center touching compute, storage, and networking. It’s the shift to shared nothing architectures and it takes me back to my studies on high performance computing and how far technology has evolved, yet stayed the same. In Silicon Valley’s early stages computing was dominated by integrated systems called mainframes which, due to the massive size of the equipment, were often stored in warehouses. Mainframes evolved quickly to meet the rapid growth of new users by leveraging early virtualization and multi-tenancy technologies to create time-shared services. This is similar to cloud computing services that are available today and are also coincidentally housed in warehouses due to the massive amount of equipment needed to provide those services.

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The problem with these early “big iron” systems was that even with advancements in technology they could not create economies of scale for those consuming their services. They were limited by the physical resources available within their sheet metal; i.e. finite amounts of compute, memory and storage, available for users to reserve. When expansion was necessary, “big iron” also didn’t scale incrementally with user demand and was extremely complex to setup and maintain making them cost prohibitive. Further, there were no alternatives as everything top to bottom was a closed system designed and built to work together by a single vendor who controlled architecture, performance optimization and the cost premiums they carried.

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This was the first time the technology industry created a user community ripe for dissent. The shift away from mainframes came with the advent of x86 system architectures which scaled incrementally, were much lower cost, and commonly available through a new ecosystem of hardware suppliers. But success in this technology transition was only achieved through some form of software abstraction to empower the user to take advantage of this new system architecture. In this 1st wave of democratizing technology the Unix, Linux and FreeBSD operating systems along with various middleware software solutions created a lethal combination that challenged the status quo.

Fast forward to the 1990s when servers were more open and costs came down. At that time the components by themselves were a performance bottleneck when it came to executing very specific functions within a data center. The need to accelerate certain functions went beyond what was commonly available so the uncommon became available shifting back to centralized systems architectures. This resulted in a wave of new startups in networking, storage and security all aimed at building appliances; each with purpose built functionality and centralized scale up performance. The appliance model required interoperability and reference architectures to dictate terms for how to play nice in a multi-vendor environment with each vendor optimizing for their functional role. While the server industry at this time was open for new software development, storage, networking and security were not. There was no ecosystem of software abstraction to democratize the functions they provided or remove their inherent complexity which only the original designing engineers understood.

Even if these appliances were democratized; planning, designing and delivering on multi-vendor solutions may not be for everyone. Commonly we see businesses preferring the simplicity of single sourcing equipment to simplify procurement, deployment and ongoing support knowing everything works together as designed. It’s even better when you combine best of breed appliances into a single solution to create a better overall experience. This is where converged systems come into play creating prepackaged solutions between industry leading vendors to solve customer operational deficiencies and provide the horsepower to scale up and support the most intensive mission critical workloads.

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The changing tide came when new web scale applications emerged forcing the need to scale out quickly and cost effectively to meet user growth. This created an opportunity for an entirely new approach to designing infrastructure to meet the demands of these data intensive workloads. Forbes wrote a great article about this topic but you can learn more from this Moor Insights white paper. This is where history repeats itself. The dissent this time came from web 2.0 companies and cloud service providers who have found new ways to support their explosive user demands in infrastructure. The seismic shift they triggered was moving from centralized systems architectures to distributed systems architectures with a shared-nothing software abstraction layer pooling the physical compute and storage resources. Even the network architecture changed from a rigid 3-tier hierarchical design to ridiculously scalable IP Clos architectures borrowed from high performance computing practices. What this new model delivers in terms of end user value is scalability, deterministic performance, fault tolerance and high availability. For an always-on world fueled by instant gratification this shift is paramount.

However, none of this signals the death knell for the appliance model no matter what noise is coming from eager infrastructure startups or pundits alike. History has shown even mainframes are still alive and certain workloads simply run better on them or are too difficult to migrate to another system. You have to remember that many of these Web 2.0 companies are built from the ground up supporting homogenous applications and have no legacy applications environments to maintain or interoperate with. This is where the new ecosystem of startups offering solutions on shared nothing architectures comes into play.

While Cisco is not a storage vendor, we are a systems and solutions provider. We partner with storage and all-flash array vendors to offer turn-key converged systems for scale up workloads. We also offer our own Cisco HyperFlex solution as the world’s only “complete” hyperconverged system that scales compute and storage independently depending on your workload requirements. All of these systems are designed, engineered and fully tested to work together and perform optimally with service and support you can trust. And most importantly, Cisco UCS and Cisco HyperFlex are still the industries only solutions that fully integrate compute, storage and networking for rack and roll simplicity. It’s really the same reason that some people decide to become an “all Apple” household. It’s about simplicity and ease of use that Apple offers in making various products work together seamlessly. It’s all about the user experience.

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In the new shared nothing storage architecture, I mentioned a new ecosystem of startups have emerged. In this ecosystem, there are many similarities between the hyperconverged and software defined storage players. The main technical differentiation is whether or not you are running workloads in virtual machines or containers or whether you are simply creating a pool of shared storage, which is accessed similarly to a traditional NAS or SAN. Regardless of the use-case, they all leverage industry standard x86 system architecture to scale incrementally while lowering cost at the same time. Each solution utilizes a distributed abstraction layer to create pools of storage and offer high availability through innovations in fault tolerance, data redundancy, compression and deduplication required to host applications or efficiently store large amounts of data.

For customers who choose to pick their own building blocks and tailor their solutions to their unique business, Cisco has built an ecosystem of software defined storage partners. It’s important to us that our customers know that we offer choice. If you do not prefer our integrated systems approach you can choose whatever software you want to achieve your goals. We will make sure these solutions are certified as compatible with our hardware through our Interoperability Verification Testing (IVT) program and work closely with our solution partners to deliver a great experience while doing business together.

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Our partners know that running their software on the Cisco Unified Computing System provides the best total cost of ownership over any other server vendor by fully integrating compute, storage and networking into a single management framework. The value we bring as a systems company is not just in the sheet metal but instead the embedded software we designed from scratch to manage the server infrastructure at scale like UCS Director. Now we are extending that same value from compute to storage so you old school storage grey beards should really dig this! Our recent announcement of the UCS S-Series storage server rounds out our UCS family offering high capacity storage that is plug-and-play with existing UCS environments and offers the lowest $/GB. Put that together with one of our storage solution partners and you’re ready to go from Terabytes to Petabytes in no time!

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Customers who want choice can confidently count on the Cisco Solution Partner Program to not only enable them to solve their data intensive workload challenges. But also to make it a lot easier to do business with us and our partners. For example, we are getting great traction with the S-Series for handling large data sets in Big Data environments, storing and archiving video surveillance data for digital retail and smart city initiatives, and of course more common things like hosting your user data for business applications like Microsoft Exchange. Check out our Cisco Marketplace, where you can search for solutions that best meet your needs. We have 1,422 joint solutions in our Technology Solutions Catalog and 111 joint solutions in our Solutions Showcase. Also be sure to check out our Design Zone, which contains reference architectures and Cisco Validated Designs for just about every solution you may be interested in.

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If you liked this blog please stay tuned for more on this topic. I plan to highlight our various storage solution partners and help you find their Cisco UCS compatible solutions in our Cisco Marketplace. Until then follow me on Twitter at @chalizmo.

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Deep Dive Into HyperFlex With Technical Demos

– January 18, 2017 – 0 Comments

Hi again!

We are continuing to see incredible customer adoption and interest in technical aspects of HyperFlex. I often get asked on usability of the platform, especially around deployment automation and impact on daily operations. So in this blog I will point you to some cool demos that dig into variety of key aspects of our platform.

End-to-End Deployment And Expansion Including Network Configuration

Here’s a look at the HyperFlex Installer. Using a simple and intuitive wizard, the entire process takes minutes to complete and uses UCS Manager service profile templates that are optimized for hyperconverged environments.

The key to this process is that both server and network configurations are integral part of the flow and the policies automate the configuration – eliminating manual and error-prone issues that often arise in hyperconverged solutions that are limited to only compute & storage.

 

Intuitive Provisioning And Management

In this video you will get a chance to see our vSphere integration – all daily operations can be done using this familiar interface.

Key cluster information is displayed in a single tab. The environment is always optimized using dedupe and compression and savings figures are displayed in a single tab along with information about the state of the cluster.

 

Instant Clones and Snapshots Without Performance Impact

In these videos you can learn more about the common operations of clones and snapshots.

Clones are offloaded to the HX Data Platform. Our native clones are instant and space-efficient, and the wizard allows to create a one or multiple clones in a single operation. The demo shows creation of a 100 clones in a minute, demonstrating how simple and quick this operation is for admins.

 

Similarly, snapshots are offloaded to the HX Data Platform. You can continue using the same snapshot manager and either take a single snapshot or set an hourly, daily or weekly schedule. Since we do not use redo logs, admins eliminate performance impact and challenges at scale.

 

Monitoring and Alerts

Monitoring the HyperFlex environment is extremely easy and flexible. On top of basic monitoring in the summary tab, this demo shows how to customize detailed information for various time intervals. You will also see how our platform proactively alerts admins on various types of hardware, software and system utilization events.

 

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Solid State Speed. Cisco and Intel Publish World Record Performance for Big Data Systems

– January 18, 2017 – 0 Comments

Contributors: Raghunath Nambiar

AL70239Cisco continues to lead the industry in performance for Big Data systems, this time smashing the previous TPCx-HS benchmark world record by over 14% while simultaneously reducing cost by 5%.

The TPC developed the TPCx-HS benchmark several years ago as Big Data systems grew from a curiosity to one of the fastest growing segments in IT. This industry-standard benchmark evaluates both raw performance and cost. It is a vendor-neutral way to evaluate the performance and price-to-performance ratio of different solutions.

At the 3-TB scale factor, Cisco’s new benchmark configuration achieves 13.47 HSph and US$41,830.67 / HSph. This is a 14.5% increase in performance over the previous record and a 5% improvement in price-performance.

These results leverage the architecture, scalability, and performance of the Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data and Analytics. Working with our strategic partners, Intel and Cloudera, we addressed the three primary sources of performance bottlenecks: networking, I/O bandwidth and processing power:

  • We upgraded to the latest generation of Cisco UCS fabric interconnects, increasing the bandwidth from 10 Gbps to 40 Gbps
  • We replaced traditional spinning disks with state-of-the-art Solid State Disks (SSDs) from Intel
  • We incorporated the latest generation of Intel Xeon processors

The performance of any big data system is directly affected by the underlying infrastructure, including computing, networking and storage: all three must be addressed in a holistic way. With our new SSD-based configuration, we are addressing these sources of performance bottlenecks.

In addition to our leading performance, our solution consumes 26% less power. This translates in real savings in energy and cooling costs.

Cisco UCS® Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data and Analytics harnessing the power of Intel® solid-state disks (SSDs), Intel Xeon processors and 40-Gbps network bandwidth delivers the best results on the TPC Express Benchmark HS (TPCx-HS) at the 3-TB scale factor.

Cisco is committed to more than just raw performance. We are interested in solutions that create value for your business, too. The results reported here were achieved using the Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data and Analytics.  This integrated infrastructure combines the network, storage and computing into a unified, fabric-based architecture optimized for Big Data workloads.

You can quickly deploy and cost-effectively expand this efficient, scalable, high- performance solution. You can start small, yet scale to thousands of servers hundreds of petabytes of storage, all controlled from a single pane with Cisco UCS management offerings. Widely adopted across industry vertical markets, our solution affords you a proven, fast, and simple way to deploy Big Data environments, accelerate data analysis, and quickly deliver results to users.

Additional Information:

Cisco UCS Performance Brief

Cisco UCS Benchmark Summary Report Dec. 2015

Cisco Big Data Solutions

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Cisco Live Cancún: Resumen y Demos de Data Center

– January 12, 2017 – 0 Comments

El Cisco Live Cancun de este año 2016 ha sido todo un éxito. Me dio mucho gusto ver miles de mentes brillantes conectarse y hablar cómo la tecnología de Cisco ha podido solucionar sus problemas.

Las demos de data center han recibido muy buenos comentarios, y varias personas me ha solicitado que les de un resumen. Por eso, aquí les presento un breve resumen de las demos de data center.

Cisco Hyperflex: Infraestructura Hiperconvergente

Hyperflex unifica el cómputo, servidores y la red para aprovechar todo el potencial de la infraestructura. Esta solution toma menos de 1 hora para implementar, crear clones de cualquier tamano en pocos segundos, y te ayuda a reducir hasta 80% en almacenamiento de datos! Aprende más de la solucion hiperconvergida más comprensiva del mercado aquí:


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Administracion de Nube Hibrida con Cisco ECS:

Ya puedes modelar, administrar y desplegar aplicaciones de diferentes nubes en una sola herramienta de software. Lo que me gusta de esta herramienta es que te deja saber cuanto te  cuesta usar diferentes servicios de nubes. Por ejemplo, si usas una mezcla de Amazon, Vmware Softlayer, etc; esta herramienta te ayuda a calcular cuanto te cuesta al fin del mes. Sin bromas, es realmente muy simple:

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Tetration Analytics: Simplificación de Operaciones por Medio de Zero-Trust

¿Sabes de toda la lista de aplicaciones que hay en tu data center? ¿Sabes en donde se ubican exactamente o como se estan comportando? Si no estas seguro, entonces su data center tiene severos riesgos de seguridad. Cisco ha desarrollado una tecnologia que nadie ha logrado hasta el dia de hoy. Averigua como Tetration Analytics permite monitorear y obtener una completa vision de lo que esta sucediendo en su data center:

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La Infraestructura Centrada en Aplicaciones (ACI):

Basado en Network World, ACI es el lider numero 1  en despliegues de redes definidas por software (SDN). Hay 5 razones por la cual nuestros clientes eligen ACI. Para empezar, ACI ha puesto alto enfoque en simplificacion del despliegue, administracion e identificacion de problemas en el data center. Ademas, ACI tiene un robusto ecosistema de 65 socios que brindan soluciones para cualquier ambiente o solucion que desee.  Asimismo, ACI provee una solucion comprensiva e integrada no importe que tipo de punto final o sea lugar remoto. Aun mejor, ACI tiene capabilidades de automatizacion que reduce errores y acelera despliegues y procesos de IT. ACI no solo brinda beneficios a su infraestructura, sino tambien a su presupuesto. Como por ejemplo,a Symantec le tomo 11 meses para obtener un reembolso, y Pulsan, logró reducir 85% el tiempo de aprovisionamiento.

Jesus Chavez le habla mas de ACI:

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Para información más detallada, chequea esta explicación super fácil de entender (te juro que lo vi con mi papá, y hasta él lo entendió y quedó sorprendido):

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Simplificando Despliegue de Nubes a Base de OpenStack:

Provisionar maquinas virtuales en segundos! OpenStack es una plataforma de opensource (“código abierto”) para nubes privadas, publicas e hibridas. Esta tecnologia te permite tener mas control de sus recursos y reducir costos. Aprende como:

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Cisco Business Cloud Advisor (BCA):

¿Estas usando la tecnologia nube efectivamente? 6159 usuarios de 31 paises han participado en esta encuesta para comprender mejor en donde estan en su viaje hacia la nube. Tu tambien puedes tomar esta encuenta GRATIS y optener un resumen personalidado para ayudar a tu organization a tomar decisiones estratégicas.

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Contiv: Soluciones de Cisco para Contenedores de Software

Muchos todavia creen que las funciones primarias de los containers son para optimizar recursos en comparacion a las maquinas virtuales (VM). Es cierto que los containers aumentan la escala hasta 10x mas, reduce la huella (memoria, CPU, disco duro), y permite crear y destruir mas rapidamente. Mientras todos estos beneficios con ciertos, containers trae beneficios mas alla de eso. Aprende como:

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Automatizacion de Redes de Data Center y VXLAN

Ya sabemos bien de las ventajas de VXLAN, pero el Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) de Cisco hace que esta aplicación sea aún más sencilla, rápida y escalable. DCNM te permite administrar gran numero de dispositivos y te provee capabilidades de administración y automatización listo para usar. Ve este breve demo con Genaro Chavez:

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Cisco UCS Para Analítica de Big Data:

Simplifica la implementacion en la nube abierta, aborda aplicaciones usando graficos intensivos, aprovecha el valor oculto en sus datos. Vea esta breve demostración:

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Aparte de tecnología, claro que fue todo un gusto mío conocer gente super interesante en el evento mismo y en Mandala. Mi experiencia fue muy memorable gracias a ustedes! Espero verlos de nuevo en los próximos eventos!

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Adobe Uses Cisco and AWS to Help Deliver Rich Digital Experiences

– January 11, 2017 – 0 Comments

Adobe’s Marketing Cloud is a comprehensive set of digital marketing solutions enabling marketers to measure, personalize and optimize digital experiences. As the fastest growing of three business units, reaching its customer base on time became increasingly important as the company continued to grow and expand on new platforms. Adobe Marketing Cloud’s speed to market meant greater agility and mobility to deliver the ultimate customer experience. This required Adobe developers to transition to public clouds using Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Eventually, Adobe had over 700 AWS accounts across multiple regions. A variety of solutions were being used to keep the accounts connected and there wasn’t a centralized network solution. In addition, security teams wanted to ensure Adobe products were following security standards when moving data across public clouds. There became a pressing need to create a global network connecting public clouds to private data centers. With this goal in mind, network engineers began to develop a solution.

Adobe’s Growing Network

Adobe’s infrastructure design is based on edge collection and core processing. This design allows Adobe to deliver personalized content to end users within 300 milliseconds by extending its edge collection closer to the customer base. As Adobe’s customer base continues to grow, it must keep pace with additional edge collection facilities. As the company expands offerings to smaller regions around the world, it will take advantage of cloud edge collections like AWS.

The infrastructure design, called Adobe Multi-Cloud Transport, provides a global MPLS network built on Cisco ASR routers. It connects mixed data center infrastructures together and allows applications to cross end-to-end transparently. Using overlay protocols for end-to-end delivery, allows the data center infrastructure to remain independent and reduces the complexities of more specific technology integrations. The Adobe Multi-Cloud Transport integrates private and public clouds using this overlay protocol:

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Using the Cisco ASR and CSR 1000V as MPLS routers simplifies the company’s delivery of AWS VPC’s and allows Adobe to integrate public clouds while maintaining the architecture. The CSR 1000V is the main edge solution when aggregating multiple AWS regions across Adobe’s private backhaul.

Within each AWS region Adobe has multiple accounts requiring collaboration across VPC’s, so traditional VPC peering does not scale. To solve this scaling problem, Adobe implemented a Hub and spoke topology using Cisco’s CSR1000V and AWS Direct Connect:

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The adoption of the CSR 1000V seamlessly integrated with Adobe’s environment because it was a virtual platform. This configuration is the same as used with Adobe’s ASR 1000 platforms. The CSR 1000V was deployed in virtual infrastructures exactly how Cisco ASR 1000’s are implemented in physical data centers. CSR 1000V supports Adobe’s global MPLS configuration, routing protocols, BGP’s and ISI’s, GRE tunneling, and the company’s zone-based firewall policies.

Cisco CSR 1000V and AWS provide security and improve performance

Cisco CSR 1000V is a complete multiservice cloud networking platform that provides a transparent expansion into AWS, as well as the familiar user interface of Cisco IOS XE Software. By adopting the Cisco CSR 1000V, organizations can take advantage of existing networking management tools and processes. Cisco CSR 1000V and AWS together provide:

  • Secure Inter-VPC Connectivity – Multiregion deployments become simpler with an inter-VPC VPN connectivity. By deploying a Cisco CSR 1000V instance on an Amazon VPC in each region and interconnecting through VPN, you can create and secure a global network topology.
  • Branch Office to AWS and Interapplication Security – The Cisco CSR 1000V includes advanced Cisco IOS XE Software security, providing access control lists, MPLS support and a zone-based firewall. It extends enterprise security policies to the AWS Cloud, allowing Adobe to extend network segmentation and apply the same policies and tools across clouds.
  • Application performance monitoring and control – Monitor and analyze public cloud security and performance. Control what goes in and out of your environment and extend existing policies across the entire enterprise.
  • Branch-office, campus, and data center VPN aggregation – Deploying CSR 1000V enables every branch-office, campus, and data center location to directly access the Amazon VPC securely, without backhauling through an existing data center. This process reduces latency, eliminates expensive private WAN links, and avoids per-VPN-tunnel costs.

Watch the AWS Partner Series webinar, Cisco CSR 1000V: Securely Extend Your Apps to the Cloud, to learn more about how Cisco CSR 1000V and AWS can extend your enterprise network with consistent policies across your hybrid environments.

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2017 New Year’s Resolutions Ideas for Data Center Pros

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This is the time to write our New Year’s resolution, and for that we should learn from what we have achieved in the past to better prepare for the future. With that in mind, I invite you to look at the new innovations that Cisco brought to you in 2016, the awards they have received, and how they have been perceived by our customers, partners, analysts and tech lovers represented in awards.

This way, if you are considering data center solutions to meet your 2017 goals, you can definitely start by looking at the list of 2016 awards winning data center products and make better decisions!

To give you some background, in 2016, Cisco has formulated the most innovative Cisco data center strategy to provide an architecture that lets you AnalyzeSimplifyAutomate, and Protect your data and applications: the ASAP data center. Brad Casemore, Research director of Data Center Networks at IDC, shares his honest opinion about the Cisco ASAP Data Center:

“…an architecture devised to modernize infrastructure, simplify operations, prepare for next-generation cloud applications, fully leverage hybrid cloud, and provide comprehensive visibility and security throughout the datacenter and across all application environments.”

Enabling Digital Transformation in Datacenters and Hybrid Cloud: Cisco Analyze, Simplify, Automate, and Protect (ASAP).

 

Best of Interop Awards

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Data Center | Cisco Nexus Fabric Manager | 105

Networking | Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) | 105

Cisco Tetration Analytics | The biggest launch in Cisco Data Center history

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As Chuck Robbins proudly assured, Tetration is “…an open platform that provides data center visibility at a level that’s never been achieved before, and at a scale never possible before”

 

Cisco ACI: InfoWorld Technology of The Year 2016

Besides being chosen for this prestigious award, ACI has also been recognized by customers and partners. As of today, there are 2700+ ACI customers and a rapidly growing ecosystem of 65 technology partners, representing a 100% growth for the year. Learn more about ACI and the benefits of such a rich ecosystem here.

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2016 Brand Leader Awards Voted BY IT Pros

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Cisco has been chosen as the award winner in market leadership, price leadership, performance, reliability, reliability, service & support, and/or innovation:

  1. SDN Platform (Cisco ACI)
  2. Unified Communications
  3. Best Fibre Channel Network Monitoring
  4. Network Performance Monitoring
  5. Ethernet Core Switches
  6. Ethernet Top of Rack Switches
  7. Servers for Software Defined Storage
  8. Integrated System
  9. Converged Network Adapters
  10. FCoE Switches
  11. Fibre Channel Switches
  12. Low Latency Ethernet Switches
  13. Fibre Channel Network Monitoring
  14. Network Performance Monitoring
  15. Virtual Router / Network Access Appliance
  16. All Flash Hyperconverged System
  17. On-Premise vs. Cloud Unified Communications
  18. Layer 4-7 NFV Services Platform
  19. SDN Enabled Switches
  20. Ethernet Network Monitoring

 

Miercom report: Intelligent buffers are superior than large buffers

In this past year, there has been a marketing buzz about having larger buffers. While there are benefits to larger buffer sizes, Miercom tests and reports that Cisco’s intelligent buffers demonstrate a clear advantage over large buffers. See the report to satisfy your curiosity!

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SIIA CODiE Awards:

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All of these solutions are key solution components of the Cisco ASAP data center. As represented by the awards, ASAP brings you the most comprehensive collection of best of breed point solutions yet also integrated to work seamlessly together, something that no other single vendor can deliver. Nada! Cero! Ni uno! Learn more by visiting www.cisco.com/go/datacenter

Now that you start writing your New Year’s resolution, you might also want to read what analyst Zeus Kerravala has to say in What to expect from Cisco in 2017 , and of course, attend Cisco Live, where you can meet the experts and see all the latest innovations.

 

 

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