Archive for April, 2012

New Generation of Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card 1240

Posted on April 26th, 2012 in Announcement, Data Center, Industry News, Server, Virtualization | No Comments »

Cisco UCS had updated the product line up with VIC 1240, VIC 1280 and LOM expander which allow a single half width blade to aggregates up to 80Gbps total bandwidth to deliver high performance and high throughput requirement for the server system.

The New VIC 1240 come with the following capabilities.


Advanced Support for Virtualized Environments

The Cisco UCS VIC 1240 implements the Cisco VM-FEX, which unifies virtual and physical networking into a single infrastructure. It provides virtual-machine visibility from the physical network and a consistent network operations model for physical and virtual servers.

The Cisco UCS VIC 1240 supports VMware’s VMDirectPath with vMotion technology, which allows it to:

  • “Pass through” the hypervisor layer
  • Provide near-bare-metal performance for unified computing systems
  • Integrated modular LOM for new generation Cisco UCS blade servers
  • Delivers up to 80 Gbps aggregate bandwidth to the servers, with the use of an I/O expander in the optional mezzanine slot
  • Near bare-metal I/O performance
  • Ease of management
  • Exceptional network visibility
  • support  Up to 256 dynamic virtual adapters and interfaces

Please read more from the official Cisco UCS site

You can also refer the detail architecture from here

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Private Cloud Computing Consideration

Posted on April 14th, 2012 in Announcement, Virtualization | No Comments »

Cloud computing had been the top priority in most Enterprise IT spending now. While rushing to evaluate or roll out the Enterprise private cloud, you should always have the detail level of understanding and future consideration to decide the right technology platform to be adopted. I had been spoken to quite a number of users, which initial thought the cloud computing should drive the IT spending down compare to the legacy methodology they are doing today. After a detail study and analysis, they realize the upfront investment and additional tools may cost them more compare to the current spending, which are mainly due to new capabilities require additional tools, software and processes to be in placed.

Business are always the key drivers for cloud computing. The main benefits will always go to business rather then Enterprise IT. IT department had been educated to practice cost saving every year in most Enterprise Environment. More than 70% of the Enterprise IT today are focus cost cutting exercise rather than technology innovation for business enablement.Therefore, we are not surprise to see legacy application, devices are always in the production without ownership today.

As the IT leader to roll out the cloud computing, we should always understand the need of business and how the cloud will enable business to be better in future. You may not need all the cloud capability in place to support the business, but you will need the core component require to full fill the business model in your environment.

Cloud computing contains physical infrastructure include networking, security, servers, storage, backup, recovery, DR and etc. Beside the technology, automation and management are the core components which enable self service capability, automated management capability and others core function require to convert existing infrastructure to the cloud computing.

The selection of the technology should always consider compatibility, reliability, simplicity and flexibility. Open standard is another key word we should always remember. All this consideration will secure our investment into cloud computing. Hybrid cloud concept had been in the market for years but lack of practical due to technology constrains such as bandwidth, security concerns, compatibility and etc. Recently, we had seen some success roll out which enable hybrid solution in enterprise environment. To enjoy the full benefit of cloud computing, which usually tie to the phrase of ” Everything on demand”, you will require to ensure your private cloud are compatible, burst able to public cloud hosting at anytime you want. Therefore, the private cloud solution you choose to deploy, will make the huge impact to your future strategy for hybrid cloud adoption.

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EMC VSPEX offering

Posted on April 14th, 2012 in Announcement, Industry News, Storage, vSphere | No Comments »

EMC had announce VSPEX offering days ago. What is VSPEX? vBlock and Flexpod had been in the market for years which focus on highly integrated, tested and proven technology to bring Virtualization solution as a single solution stack to cover Networking, Storage and Compute. EMC had partnered with VMware and Cisco by offered vBlock to the market to simplify the ordering and deployment cycles to the user who want a reliable system with simple ordering method. At the same time, Netapp  had partnered with VMware and Cisco to provide Flexpod offering to the market. Flexpod are more focus in reference architecture and channel driven business by the Channel Partner. The approach is another way round if you compare vBlock with Flexpod. Client and partner have flexible choice to choose the solution.

Today, EMC had launch the VSPEX offering to address the channel market which provide more flexible choice to the partner and users to be considered in smaller scale deployment. vBlock will still be positioned as large scale deployment due to the density of the architecture are design to fit in for different environment.

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