Practical benefits of putting a Mantl under your cloud native applications

mantl-logo-320Cisco and partners built an extensible microservices platform that fits multiple application workload types. The team has vetted and integrated key open source projects in the cloud native space to eliminate guesswork, increase your project’s time to market and give you the flexibility to select the best infrastructure to put your application on.  Continue reading “Practical benefits of putting a Mantl under your cloud native applications”

UCS Firmware Upgrades Simplified

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 10.55.16 AMOne of the many benefits of UCS is the ease at which firmware upgrades/downgrades can be applied.  UCS Manager simplifies this by utilizing an Auto-Install procedure that takes a lot of the manual firmware application out of the equation.  UCS Firmware Auto-Install was introduced in UCS version 2.1(1) and includes two stages: Continue reading “UCS Firmware Upgrades Simplified”

Selecting a Parent for your FEX

parentCisco Fabric Extenders (FEX) have been a tremendous success since their introduction more than 7 years ago. In essence, a FEX acts as a remote linecard or slot that is configured and controlled from another switch. For the purposes of this post, we will call that remote switch the FEX Parent. This allows a network administrator to combine the management benefits of a single switch with the simplified cabling of a Top of Rack environment. Continue reading “Selecting a Parent for your FEX”

Diving into UCS server pools

12074316761864705193diving black.svg.hiAlthough most datacenter admins regularly utilize pools for resources like WWNs or IP addresses, I find few fully utilizing the benefits of Cisco UCS dynamic server pools. You can create a static pool, but the true power and flexibility of server pools comes from creating dynamic pools. I’m going to show you the benefits of dynamic pools and show you how to create them via the GUI and via PowerTool. Let’s dive into pools. Continue reading “Diving into UCS server pools”

A GPU for your UCS Blade Servers is now a reality

coming-soonI was pleasantly surprised to find out that Cisco and nVidia partnered to deliver a GPU that now fits into a blade server form factor.  For those UCS customers out there, this was a much anticipated announcement.  Since the inception of UCS, heavy graphic user customers had to rely on C-Series rack servers if they wanted to take advantage of GPU capabilities.  This worked well, especially since UCS allows C-series to integrate into UCS Manager, allowing full service profile functionality.  But, nevertheless you had UCS customers that had standardized on blades and thus was really longing for a blade based GPU. Continue reading “A GPU for your UCS Blade Servers is now a reality”