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Oracle acquisition of Xsigo

Posted on July 31st, 2012 in Announcement, Data Center, Industry News, Virtualization | No Comments »

I just got to know that Xsigo will be acquired by Oracle. This will allow Oracle to be competed in the I/O virtualization market together with Cisco, HP Virtual Connect and etc. Personal opinion, I think this is a good move for Oracle as they require I/O virtualization to support the technology they provided to the users with End to End integration approach.

For full story, you can view it from here

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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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Is Public cloud ready for enterprise application such as Office Applications?

Posted on September 29th, 2011 in Data Center, Tips | No Comments »

Microsoft had pushed very hard for the office 365 to all their existing client doesn’t matter they are SMB or Enterprise. Personal opinion, I had tried out the office 365, the experience is useable but it doesn’t meet the requirement of my expectation for office use. Anway, this is just 1 of the down side. When you look at the infrastructure readiness and dependancy, I think enterprise may putting too much risk as now to adopt to office 365.

If the office 365 are able to be dedicated connectivity and resources with robust infrastructure behind, it could make a lot of different for many users to be considered.

Recently there are many outage happen on the cloud provider, which alert many of the users start to re-think to the strategy of cloud to minimize the business impact in the event of unexpected outage. A right strategy for Cloud can bring benefits to the company, but a wrong strategy of cloud could end up create disaster to the environment too. Those major outage top news had forced the service provider to further enhance the infrastructure uptime.

This report explain the uptime been claimed by Google and Microsoft both.

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Cisco and VMware Submitted VXLAN for Open standard

Posted on September 2nd, 2011 in Announcement, Data Center, vCloud, Virtualization | No Comments »

Interesting announcement from Cisco and VMware during the VMworld 2011 which was regarding the VXLAN capability. Both company had invited a group of product principle together to submit the VXLAN to IETF for approval as a standard for future.

Let’s talk a little bit more about what is VXLAN and why do we need that. As of today, DR solution are commonly deploy by every enterprise environment. Did you realize 1 of the biggest challenge which always happen on the DNS record, hard coded IP segment, subnet and VLAN which always require human interaction to manually change it, to allow a success fail over of the DR scenario? Well, I think this is just 1 of the major issue commonly face. With Cisco Nexus 7000 come with OTV (Overlay Transport Virtualization) which allow you to stretch the Layer 2 traffic over Layer 3, with minimal bandwidth requirement. Cisco had done a great job to the enterprise to address this, which now you can have both side learning the same VLAN, Subnet and ip address. A DNS and ip changes is no longer require as both end are transparent with similar VLAN.

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Federated hybrid cloud with vCloud director 1.5

Posted on September 2nd, 2011 in Announcement, Data Center, Hardware, Industry News, vCloud, Virtualization, vSphere | No Comments »

VMworld 2011 had focused a lot on private and hybrid cloud computing environment which address the concerns from enterprise over the public cloud offering in the market today. One of the key highlight during the event was the new capability over vCloud director version 1.5.

With vCD 1.5, you can now manage both private and public as a hybrid mode from the administration with secure federated. It allow you to subscribe, manage, relocate and provision anywhere you prefer, could be internal infrastructure or public cloud provider you choosen and manage in same console. I went through the hands on lab session for this topic and found the setup was great.
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