Many Cisco UCS systems connect to SAN. FC vs FCoE, that is the question.

Cisco UCS be design is CNA vi FCoE to FI, and can continue out FCoE or FC. On the UCS platform the FCoE from CNA to FI is transparent and seems to work well. Does throw off standard SNMP IOD’s used for performance but that is no big deal as NetFlow is part os UCSM 2.2x. Will see if that breaks down the CNA traffic through FI.

So FC vs. FCoE? At around 2.1x Policy Based Zoning came along on UCS. Policy Based Zoning is something Brocade should have figured out long ago. My preference is connecting the FI’s to FC SAN via FC (will spare the fine details on this and different options) and using Policy Based Zoning. Brocade fabrics work fine but can not benefit from Policy Based Zoning at the FI (blah).

FCoE in my opinion (putting on flame suit) is a solution created for a problem that does not exist. Deploying the QoS etc on Nexus 5k or 7k and extra complexity does not serve. Most network engineers would avoid the unneeded complexity and get some MDS switches. It is like “Redistribution” between OSPF and EIGRP, it looks great on paper but in the real world a skillfully placed static route usually works just fine. Since a SAN Device will have a set number of ports needed for FCoE or FC, don’t see the reduced cabling. This is all from the Cisco UCS perspective.

More on all this:

Cisco VP: We’re still into FC storage (but FCoE is doing fine)

Screen Shot 2014 08 21 at 10.48.39 PM TPC H Benchmark Establishes Cisco UCS C240 as the Fastest Two socket Server for Microsoft SQL Server 2014

TPC-H Benchmark Establishes Cisco UCS C240 as the Fastest Two-socket Server for Microsoft SQL Server 2014

TPC-H Benchmark Establishes Cisco UCS C240 as the Fastest Two-socket Server for Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Server

Processors (Cores/Threads)

Performance

Price/Performance Ratio

Availability Date

Cisco® UCS C240 M3

2 Intel Xeon E5-2690 3.0 GHz (20   cores, 40 threads in total)

304,362 QphH@1000GB

$0.73 USD per QphH@1000GB

August 20, 2014

HP ProLiant DL980 G7

2 Intel Xeon E7-4870 2.4 GHz (80   cores, 160 threads in total)

219,887 QphH@1000GB

$1.86 USD per QphH@1000GB

August 30, 2011

This result joins the more than 90 previous world-record performance results set by Cisco UCS since it was announced five years ago. Many of these world-record results use real-world workloads, including business applications, Java middleware, database performance, high-performance computing, and virtualized and cloud computing environments. Check out the Cisco UCS Performance Benchmarks website for additional details.

Screen Shot 2014 08 21 at 10.50.40 PM The Cisco UCS® C240 Rack Server is the fastest  two socket server running Microsoft SQL Server  2014

TPC-H 1000-GB Results for 2-Socket Intel Xeon Processor-Powered Servers

Cisco UCS Delivers the Best 2-Socket Server
Performance and Best Overall Price/Performance on
the TPC-H Benchmark at the 1000-GB Scale Factor

Streamed live on Aug 19, 2014

Join Cisco Technical Marketing Engineers and other data center management experts for a discussion on UCS Central update for the 1.2(1) Release. You will learn more about the newly introduced features of the UCS Central 1.2(1) release, such as new Fabric Interconnect model support, Virtual MIT, WAN Optimization of traffic between UCS Manager and UCS Central, and different approaches on how to best implement and deploy UCS Central at scale.

When: August 19th, 2014 8:00-9:00am PST

Moderator :
Jeff Foster , Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco

Guests:
Eric Williams, Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco
Jacob van Ewyk, Product Manager, Cisco
Brad TerEick, Technical Solutions Architect, Cisco

Overview of UCS Central and new feature discussion – Jacob van Ewyk

• 1:438:33 For those who are new to UCS Central, what is it, and what are the main use cases of using it?
• 8:3613:35 I see that there is a new version of UCS Manager 3.0(1). Could you tell us a bit about that new release and how it impacts the UCS Central 1.2 release?
• 13:3615:39 If UCS Manager 3.0(1) is only for systems that use the 6324 FI, how do customers who have both the 6324 FI and other FIs management their environment from the same management tool?
• 15:3919:02 Besides supporting UCS Manager 3.0(1) and the 6324 FI, what other new features are part of the UCS Central 1.2(1a) release?

Deep Dive into UCS Central 1.2(1a) Features – Eric Williams

• 19:1521:32 So Jacob talked about the introduction of a new type of UCS Domain based on the 6324 FI’s integrated into the UCS Chassis’s. Can you talk a bit about how UCS Central manages both types of domains?

• 21:33-35:55 Three Demos

• ******* DEMO ********* – Let’s look at how UCS Central models these elements
o Jacob also mentioned being able to configure fabric connections in both UCS Classic / miniature UCS with UCS Central, is that something you can show?
• ******* DEMO ********* – Let’s look at how UCS Central models these elements
o Unified KVM Launch Manager sounds like a pretty interesting feature. What is it, and how will it make customers lives easier?
• ***** DEMO ******** – Show Unified KVM Launch
• 36:1742:40 Earlier Jacob mentioned something called the Virtual MIT. What is this new Virtual MIT feature, and how does it impact users of UCS Central?
• 42:40-47:22 ***** DEMO ******** – Show UCS PowerTool for UCS Central (Eric is showing something isn’t even released yet!)

UCS Central Customer Adoption / Migration Use Cases – Brad TerEick

• 47:40- Brad, I know you have been involved heavily in helping customers adopt UCS Central. How have customers been utilizing UCS Central across the different UCS Central releases?
• 47:3052:44 So, what is the implementation strategies and philosophies you recommend customers have for a successful adoption of UCS Central?
• 52:4454:54 Do customers REALLY need to fully migrate their environments from local to fully global to take advantage to UCS Central?
• 54:5458:54 What advantages does a customer have using UCS Central in a small UCS environment, say one or two UCS domains?

If you’re at VMworld 2014 next week you should stop by the Cisco booth and check out a demo of the UCS Performance Manager.   I am personally excited to finally see a good way to monitor our UCS Pods.  Here is the link to the Cisco blog.Fern Topology View1 550x475 300x259 Announcing Cisco UCS Performance Manager
Rumor is it might be a “Module for UCSM or Director” and no info on Cost.

Link to twitter thread (please join the fun): https://twitter.com/VirtuallyMikeB/status/501940365813768192/photo/1

BvdAGOhIAAIsTUA Have you seen the new 2.2(2c) UCSM web page? Includes a UCS Central add?

Cisco UCSM 2.2(2c)

 

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RIP to Robin Williams

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At RWUCS we like to post about Cisco culture along with UCS. This is a “Big Picture” blog icon smile Weve got openings but no female applicants. Why?

We’ve got openings but no female applicants. Why?

Interesting Question.

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