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Video: Cisco C200 M1 Overview

by dave on January 22, 2010


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I finally received some new servers in the Atmos lab and…well, I thought I’d share with you!!!  These are Cisco C200 M1 servers and they’re loaded out in the following config:

ProcessorsIntel Xeon 5520 (2.27Ghz quad cores w/Hyperthreading)

Memory: 4Gb DDR3 ECC/Registered x 12 for a total of 48Gb memory

NICs: Dual ServerEngines Gigabit Ethernet NICS + dedicated IPMIKVM-over-IP NIC

Enjoy the video!!!!

UPDATE:  YouTube does SD (standard definition) processing first and HD processing second.  if it looks terrible now, just wait and it’ll look better.

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Deploying FCoE: What you need to know

by dave on May 11, 2009


So, my good friend Stu Miniman (@stu on Twitter) put out a video a few months back extolling the virtues of FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) for the next generation data center.  This video, while fascinating, didn’t answer the underlying hardware questions that we all had: What the heck does all this stuff look like?  To make us happy, Stu created a Part 2 video showing off some of the FCoE hardware like the Cisco Nexus 5010 and Qlogic 81xx series CNAs.  This video is definitely worth a look/listen.

Accompanying this video, Stu also prepped the following slide deck which goes over the hardware a little more specifically.

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CloudCall #1: Schedule of Events

by dave on March 22, 2009


I’m anxiously looking forward to tomorrow’s CloudCall event.  I’ve previously published the bridge line information here and all that’s really left is a “schedule” for the call. So, here you go!

Topic:  Cisco Unified Computing/Communication Server

Call Schedule:

  • Introduction and Topic Exposition – 5 minutes
  • Open discussion on the applicability of Cisco‘s UCS for public/private clouds (virtualization) – 50 minutes

Some of the chatter around Twitter, etc. has been about the server infrastructure of the UCS platform versus, perhaps, the solution as a whole.  I want to hear from YOU as to what you think is going to happen and its implications.

See you then!

 

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Great Overview Video on FCoE!

December 15, 2008

This YouTube video was done by a good friend of mine, Stu Miniman @ EMC. This video provides a VERY good overview of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and an basic fabric implementation. Enjoy!

Stu on FCoE – YouTube
See more on Stu’s blog here.
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Fibre Channel over Ethernet or Infiniband: a Response

December 8, 2008

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Over at Cisco, there is a post from April, 2008 on the FCoE vs. IB argument that was written by Dante Malagrino. What follows is MY perspective (not my employers) on the FCoE vs. IB argument that he puts forth.
a.) Historically, both IB and FC have been more difficult to manage than competing […]

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