Cisco Launches Industry’s Broadest Networking Programming Environment with Its New Nexus® 9000 Product Line

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November 6th, 2013

CiscoProgrammingEnvironmentNexus9000BradleyWongToday’s networks are restricted to configuration programming via CLI, but what if applications can call upon network resources automatically or if application developers are provided access to network state, topology, performance and other information? How might applications change and user experience improve? How may a networking programmable environment enable automated provisioning, orchestration and management? Could a programmable network enable a new era of IT and an industry of network aware applications just when the Internet of Things is starting to emerge? The Cisco Nexus® 9000 product line provides a wide range of programming options through an enhanced version of the Nexus Operating System (or NX-OS) that ranges from APIs to direct programming via its built-in Linux BASH environment, RPC, RESTful APIs, JSON, Python etc. I’m joined by Bradley Wong, Distinguished Engineer, Technical Marketing at Cisco, as we review the Cisco Nexus programming environment, its programming options provided to developers, use cases and potential industry impact.

Duration: 14 minutes 4 seconds

Cisco Nexus® 9508 Power Efficiency Test

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November 6th, 2013

By Nick Lippis

Cisco launched its Nexus® 9500 series of data center modular switches, which Cisco promises offers not only the highest port density of 10/40/100GbE, and the most programmable and fastest packet forwarding modular data center switch in the industry, but the most power efficient too. To verify and measure the power efficiency claim, Cisco engaged the Lippis/Ixia team to test the new Nexus® 9508 modular data center switch for power draw at scale. We found that the Nexus® 9508 sets a new record in data center modular switch power efficiency drawing some 3.85Watts per 10GbE port at a scale of 1,152-10GbE ports populated in a single chassis.

Cisco Nexus® 9508 Switch Performance Test

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November 6th, 2013

By Nick Lippis

Cisco recently launched its Nexus® 9500 series of data center switches which Cisco promises offers the highest port density of 10/40GbE and future 100GbE—the most power efficient, the
most programmable and fastest packet forwarding modular data center switch in the industry. To verify these claims, Cisco engaged the Lippis/Ixia team to test the new Nexus® 9508 modular data center switch. We found that the Nexus® 9508 sets new records in data center modular switch performance. In short, it’s the fastest modular switch under the Milky Way.

The Industry’s Most Comprehensive Nexus® 9000 Programming Environment Demonstrated

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November 6th, 2013

Nexus9000ProgrammingEnvironmentDemonstratedLillianQuanTo understand the depth of the Cisco Nexus® 9000 programming environment, Lillian Quan, Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco, demonstrates the richness of this new platform. We start with standard CLI comments then move to the Nexus API environment that generates JSON or XMP code. We then utilize this code to demonstrate automation of repetitive network engineering task via Splunk and real-time graphic of network data via Graphite to create a NOC dashboard. After watching this video, network engineers will want to enroll in a Linux course while DevOps will finally be able to use familiar tools to access network data and information.

Duration: 20 minutes 25 seconds

Cisco Nexus® 9508 Sets New High Performance Latency Test Result Record of 1.6 to 3.5 microseconds Spine Switch Populated With 288-40GbE Ports

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November 6th, 2013

CiscoNexus9508LatencyTestResultBradleyWongWhile most companies announce products long before first customer ship with long road maps of when product features are available, Cisco’s Nexus® 9508 is ready now. The independent and open industry Lippis/Ixia team test the Nexus® 9508 at 288-40GbE capacity for layer 3 unicast plus IP multicast latency and congestion management via RFC 2544, 3918 and 2889, respectively. This test is a new industry record as no other data center switch has been tested at 288 40GbE ports. What are really impressive are the results and the engineering achievement of the Cisco team. I’m joined with Bradley Wong, Distinguished Engineer, Technical Marketing, at Cisco, as we review the Cisco Nexus® 9508 test methodologies and results.

Duration: 12 minutes 9 seconds

Cisco Nexus 3548 Top-of-Rack Switch Performance and Power Test

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August 11th, 2013

By Lippis/Ixia

The Cisco Systems Nexus® 3548 is the fastest ToR switch that we have tested at these Lippis/Ixia tests by a large amount. The Nexus® 3548 forwards packets in slightly more than half the time of the next fastest switch we have tested! That is, it’s nearly twice as fast as the fastest previous switch tested. The Nexus® 3548 is also the fastest IP multicast forwarding switch we have tested to date, being able to forward packets some 62.5% faster than the previously fastest ToR switch tested. The Nexus® 3548 is an engineering achievement for both its raw packet processing performance, congestion management and value added Algo Boost and Warp Mode technology.

Cisco Nexus 3548 Switch

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November 5th, 2012

By Cisco Systems

The Cisco Nexus® 3000 Series Switches are a comprehensive portfolio of 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet switches built from a switch-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture. Introduced in April 2011, this series has established itself as a leader in high frequency trading, high-performance computing, and big data environments by pairing high performance and low latency with innovations in performance visibility, automation, and time synchronization.

Lippis Report 197: Cisco’s Unified Fabric for Physical, Virtual and Cloud Environments

August 14th, 2012

Over the past several years, the term “fabric” has been used to describe a weave of computing, storage and networking that make up the foundation of data center infrastructure. Many networking firms use the term “fabric” to describe converged networking and storage. But today’s data centers are built with a combination of physical, virtual and cloud networking elements that need to interoperate and span multiple data centers. A modern fabric needs to incorporate all of these forms of networking consistently to deliver flexibility through a wide range of design options. Cisco Systems has one of the most expansive fabric definitions that is backed up by over 36,000 customers who deployed NX-OS. Cisco modifies the term “fabric” with the word “unified” to describe a functionally-rich fabric, yet control is simplified through integrated management. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we review Cisco’s Unified Fabric from business driver, architectural structure and outcome point of views.

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Cisco’s Familiar Approach To A Unified Multi-Protocol Storage Network

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July 30th, 2012

Cisco’s multi-protocol storage initiative brings all storage protocols into its unified fabric. Just like the days of multi-protocol routing, IT managers were able to manage the transition to IP networking after routing supported multiple network protocols such as DECnet, AppleTalk, etc. In short applications that relied upon vendor specific protocols were supported and thus the transition to IP was regulated by how fast the application could support IP. The same is true in modern data centers; build a unified fabric that is capable of supporting multi-protocol storage and IT business leaders can transition to a single storage protocol over time and gain simplification, lower life cycle cost and faster application deployment. Rajeev Bhardwaj, Sr. Director of Product Management in the data center group at Cisco Systems is responsible for the MDS, Nexus and load balancing products making him the ideal executive to discuss multi-protocol storage networking and the transition toward a converged or unified data center infrastructure.

Cisco Scales Up Its Data Center Fabric At Industry Setting Levels

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November 21st, 2011

IT business leaders are seeking data center fabrics that scale to support increasing density of physical and virtual servers at cloud spec. In October of this year, Cisco delivered a monster data center fabric announcement aimed at increasing scale, security and new data center services. A few highlights are the second-generation Nexus 7000 capabilities, a new Nexus 7009 platform, plus FabricPath capabilities on the Nexus 5500 and expanded Nexus 1GbE and 40GbE form factors of the Nexus 3000. Shashi Kiran, Director of Market Management for Data Center/Virtualization and Enterprise Switching at Cisco Systems joins me to talk about what IT business leaders will gain from this new announcement from a business outcome and data center fabric design perspective.

Lippis Report 175: Cisco’s Data Center Fabric Weaves Computing, Networking and Storage for iBusiness Outcomes

July 12th, 2011

The tech sector is at a crossroads. In just 18 short months, mobile and cloud computing has fundamentally changed business assumptions and technical underpinnings of IT delivery. And in the process IT business leaders are fundamentally changing their buying requirements and corporate IT investments challenging existing vendor relationships. The tech sector served up corporate IT along technical lines of computing, networking, storage and applications, but these lines are blurring as every major multi-billion dollar IT firm now seeks to deliver vertical offerings comprised of a single rack of compute, storage and networking to address scale and simplicity associated with the new mobile and cloud computing models. Cisco, IBM, HP, Dell and Oracle all are repositioning their data center offers to address the market opportunity and shift to assist IT leaders building iBusinesses. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we dive into Cisco’s Data Center Fabric as it’s the furthest along at integrating compute, networking and storage access for corporate advantage offering a glimpse of IT’s future.

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Cisco Delivers Next Generation Nexus Network Operating System for Virtualized and Converged Clouds

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July 12th, 2011


Cisco’s Nexus Operating System that runs on the Nexus switches and evolved from Cisco’s MDS SAN-OS is a fundamental building block of its Data Center Fabric. Berna Devrim, Senior Manager of Data Center and Virtualization Marketing at Cisco Systems, discusses the next generation of Nexus OS designed to address the biggest data center issues. These issues are virtualization scale and mobility, cloud spec scale, LAN and SAN convergence plus operational efficiency. This is one of the best audio podcast we’ve produced, so sit back listen, learn and enjoy.

A Simpler Data Center Fabric Emerges For The Age of Massively Scalable Data Centers

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July 1st, 2010

By Nick Lippis, the Lippis Report

A number of independent trends are driving a new age of massively scalable data centers. One of these trends include a new IT delivery model based upon cloud computing, where large hosting facilities provide a range of IT services to corporations and governments. Further, high performance computing (HPC) facilities built via server clusters on the order of thousands to tens of thousands of servers and more has ushered in new favorable economics, thanks to its use of x86 commodity hardware. The growth of public hosting and HPC facilities will only continue as efficient data center economics point to a fewer number of highly dense sites. It is this data center market segment, where the number of servers per facility is greater than 5,000, that we focus this white paper from a perspective of fabric, connecting servers and storage to internet/intranet via high performance Ethernet networking. For IT architects and designers of high-end data centers, this is the most important network design paper you will read this year.

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The Role of 10 Gigabit Ethernet in Virtualized Environments

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May 17th, 2010

By Cisco Systems

Virtualization is rapidly becoming an essential tool for more fully harnessing and managing the power of today’s data center servers. In only a few years, standard x86 server technology has increased in performance and density so that today, multisocket, quad-core systems with 32 or more gigabytes of memory, are the norm. The combination of multicore computing and virtualization software such as VMware Virtual Infrastructure has enabled IT departments to bring server sprawl under control by running multiple independent workloads on a smaller number of servers. Today, fewer servers are required to do the same work, and their utilization levels have increased — both factors that contribute to greater energy efficiency and lower power and cooling costs.

As IT departments have discovered the benefits of server consolidation, they have also found that virtualization solves an even broader set of problems. Business continuity plans based on virtualization can make disaster-recovery solutions simple, reliable, and more cost effective. Virtual desktop environments can use centralized servers and thin clients to support large numbers of users with standard PC configurations that help to lower both capital and operating costs. Virtualization allows development, test, and production environments to coexist on the same servers, and it helps decouple application deployment from server purchasing decisions. New applications can be deployed in virtual environments and scaled on demand to accommodate the evolving needs of
the business.