Simplify Setup and Configuration for Cisco UCS vs Traditional Blade

Posted on January 27th, 2010 in Data Center, Hardware, Server | No Comments »

I was tighted up with the cloud computing event we run in KL and Penang last week. It also the 1st time that the Cisco UCS showcase to the public in our event. Of course the demo and staging unit were setup by myself with my close buddy from Cisco Malaysia. The 1st time I unpacked and setup the box, it really surprised myself because it does not require special skillsets to understand too much about the architecture. Of course, I did went for a 4 days boot camp previously for Cisco UCS, but they did not show us step by step to setup and configure the UCS box from scratch. Anyway, to setup the UCS 6120 HA cluster, it take me less than 8 mins from the console CLI. I will suggest anyone of you who are preparing to setup this Cisco UCS, to have the Serial to USB converter ready as most of the business laptop today will not support serial ports. It require console connection to both unit of UCS 6120 for the 1st time to enable the UCS Switching cluster. Once is done, you can access the UCS Manager with the right virtual IP you had enabled in the UCS switch cluster.

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Virtualization on Blade

Posted on June 29th, 2009 in Data Center, Hardware, Tips, Virtualization | No Comments »

We see the growth in the market to be more aggressive for consolidation in the data center for both physical and virtual server from time to time. There are plenty of solutions in place allow blade to support virtualization today such as virtual connect from HP, pass through module, infiniband integration Xsigo, Cisco UCS and etc. This had significant resolved the I/O interfaces require per blade to host the virtualization host server. CPU and memory per blade and significant increase with the latest release from all the major server vendors, the CPU, memory and disk I/O are no longer the concerns for virutalization.

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Why ESX are not suitable to run on Blade

Posted on September 30th, 2008 in Data Center, Hardware | 7 Comments »

1st of all, the reason of being utilize blade system in the market are looking at the point of servers consolidation, reduce power consumption and reduce the TCO require to purchase in term of hardware compare to the 1U, 2 U and 4 U servers. When we do compare the reason of having blade, you will always notice it was comparable between 2U and 1U servers in the x86 family and data center environment. In large scale deployment, you will always see that the Blade allow you to scale and spend in the sense with more stand alone machine you can have with the limitted rack space and power you do have in your DC. These seems to make sense for us to start moving to blade, BUT it also have some risk which will become major issue later on.

Before you can use blade, you require higher power consumption per rack to support approximately 30 to 32 blades per racks on 42 servers rack. At the same time, the cooling unit design in you DC require to be customize to ensure your blade chassis is working in perfect condition. Once you have this, then you may able to start think about Blade.

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