IT & Network Infrastructure : Cisco's Biggest UCS Deployment Runs a Multitude VMworld Labs

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-09-09 Print this article Print
Cisco's Biggest UCS Deployment Runs a Multitude VMworld Labs

Cisco's Biggest UCS Deployment Runs a Multitude VMworld Labs

VMworld 2009, held in San Francisco Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, was noteworthy only for its major product announcements and large attendance-nearly 13,000-but it also sported the biggest deployment thus far of Cisco Systems' new Unified Computing System. Cisco's UCS, launched last March 16, consists of a new data center architecture, a new server and a new set of management software and services based on Intel's powerful quad-core Nehalem Xeon processors. Cisco partners that include EMC and NetApp [storage], BMC [management software], VMware Microsoft [virtualization software layers], and Accenture [product configurations] are pitching in on the deployments, which Cisco says are gaining traction. Cisco's VMworld Data Center was used to run 23 different labs, including 11 self-paced labs. More than over 4,000 users were trained in these labs over the four days of the conference. The architecture was designed, architected and implemented in a record two months and was comprised of 16 Unified Computing Systems, supporting 1,024 processors. It was provisioned and up and running less than 30 days from the first customer shipment to support the big event. The architecture featured Cisco's Data Center 3.0 hardware, including the Nexus and MDS switches. Here is a quick-click tour through the huge but temporary data center, which is larger and more powerful than most of the world's permanent data centers.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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