New Release from Cisco Nexus 1000V R1.2 on VMware vSphere 4

Posted on December 22nd, 2009 in Announcement, Tips, Virtualization | No Comments »

Just came across the release note from Cisco and VMware about the latest version Nexus 1000V R1.2 for VMware vSphere 4. According to the original blog there are new improvement on the area below

  • GUI setup following software install
  • Layer 3 control between VSM and VEMs
  • Virtual Service Domains for classifying and separating traffic for network services
  • iSCSI Multipath—supporting multipath feature introduced in vSphere 4
  • XML API for developing client apps for managing/monitoring the Nexus 1000V
  • DHCP Snooping for validating DHCP messages and filtering invalid responses
  • Dynamic ARP Inspection for validating ARP requests and responses
  • IP Source Guard for filtering traffic on interfaces to valid MAC and IP addresses
  • MAC Pinning for assigning Ethernet port members to particular port channel subgroup (where upstream switches do not support port channels)
  • Static Pinning

There are more new features in the latest release and please read more from here.

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Great Article about Cisco UCS Networking with Palo adapter

Posted on November 13th, 2009 in Virtualization | No Comments »

Cisco had officially launched the Palo adapter for their UCS platform. Now you will have more choice to select the adapter to be used by the UCS platform. While I am searching more information on the net to compare about the different within Palo and Menlo, I found this great article which provide a very detail overview of the UCS networking, nexus 1000v and etc.

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Cisco UCS will soon to be in Malaysia

Posted on September 1st, 2009 in Data Center, Industry News | No Comments »

Cisco had officially launched the UCS solution which include the blade servers and Nexus integration for couple of months and we are still waiting the products to be officially available in Malaysia. I just got an update this morning as the products is available to be ordered now and we should expect the products availability in Malaysia soon. I am very impressed with the features and capability, can’t really wait to physically test it out when the hardware available here.

FCoE in the Data Center

Posted on August 23rd, 2009 in Virtualization | No Comments »

FCoE is new today for data center environment, but it will be very soon adopt by most of the users in 2 years time. If we look at the current environment in most data center today, there will be isolated environment of FC connection for Storage and Ethernet connection for networking purpose in every single data center. Cabling management and knowledge require to keep the environment running and organize is becoming more challenging from time to time. Well, with the FCoE technology from Cisco, it will definitely simplify everything for us.
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Cisco Nexus 5000 POC

Posted on July 10th, 2009 in Data Center, Tips, vSphere | 10 Comments »

The past one week have been busy with VMware vSphere 4 and Cisco Nexus 5000 POC and the result is really disappointed. Personally I couldn’t believed and I think I may missed out something. If anyone have any idea or suggestion, please feel free to comment here or post reply at slow Performance with 10 Gb CNA card on vSphere 4 thread.

Benchmark Test Configuration
2 x VMware vSphere 4 hosts
2 x Dell PE2950 Hardware
– Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5410 @ 2.33GHz
– 16GB RAM
Qlogic QLE8042 10GbE Mercury Converged Network Adapter(CNA) – connected to PCIe 8x slot

Updated: PERC 6/i version. 6.2.0-0013 & BOIS version. 2.6.1

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