Bringing ACI to VCE Vblock Systems

first_imgThe ability to have dynamic network policy,  driven by applications and enabling seamless mobility, will significantly boost cloud administrator productivity in the modern data center.  Cloud administrators also have a desire for deep, real-time operational visibility into how the entire system is operating.  VCE introduced Vision Intelligent Operations software to provide converged visibility across compute, storage and network resources within a Vblock System.   This systems-based telemetry view has given VCE customers extensive visibility into the system resources and their correlation to each other.  As multiple Vblock Systems are networked together, understanding the state of network pathways interconnecting Vblock Systems is vital to facilitating workload movement and user access.   A Cisco ACI fabric enabled Vblock environment provides new levels of visibility through systems-based network telemetry, correlating information between network resources and providing a single network operations perspective.Customers deploying Vblock Systems with Cisco ACI will have application level visibility for tracking of end-point policies and system performance attributes for any application environment.  This visibility is first seen in individual ACI enabled Vblock Systems and extends to application environments running on multiple Vblock Systems.  The Cisco ACI Fabric provides health status for every physical or virtual network port,  every switch port buffer and every connection to any resource within a Vblock System or between Vblock Systems.  This new insight and its inclusion in the VCE Vision object model will enable new converged operations capabilities that will be incorporated in future VCE Vision software innovations.VCE Vision allows a broad management ecosystem of partners to consolidate their view of Vblock Systems with comprehensive context around how the constituent products have been integrated through VCE’s productization process.   In the Cisco ACI keynote VCE collaborated with Cisco to produce an initial use case in demonstrating the power of Cisco ACI in combination with converged infrastructure, specifically Vblock Systems.  I want to provide some more insight into our work regarding this use case.For the ACI keynote demo, we wanted to demonstrate how ACI-enabled Vblock Systems can facilitate entire application environment migrations from legacy infrastructure to Vblock Systems.  For the specific demonstration we used an existing SAP business warehouse, running on legacy infrastructure and ingested its application model into a Vnomic desired state controller.  VCE Vision Intelligent Operations provides the converged infrastructure object model for the destination ACI-enabled Vblock System.  Vnomic’s desired state controller then determined how best to provision the resources of the ACI-enabled Vblock System to accommodate the SAP business warehouse, and then performed provisioning and migration.  Because the Vblock System was ACI-enabled, end point groups were configured based on application landscapes.  These end point groups were then assigned appropriate security, quality of service and connectivity attributes.   As the Vnomic declarative state controller prepared to perform the migration it became possible to migrate physical endpoints to virtual endpoints as the network policy would be assigned to the endpoint no matter it’s ultimate physical or virtual state.   Once the SAP business warehouse was operational on the Vblock System, physical or virtual resources could be moved within a Vblock System or between multiple Vblock Systems operating within the ACI fabric. Cloud, Mobility and Big Data are driving a paradigm shift in the design, consumption and operation of IT infrastructure. Management models are shifting from component centric capabilities to providing a more comprehensive and holistic view of infrastructure resources.  Security is evolving from a perimeter defensive posture to highly adaptive capabilities across physical, virtual and cloud domains.VCE was formed to lead the IT infrastructure paradigm shift by developing, selling and supporting the Vblock System™, the worlds most advanced converged infrastructure.   At the heart of every Vblock System are networks, the means by which Vblock System resources connect and the means by which users gain access to the applications they serve. The application economy is driving demands on the network in the form of higher performance, workload mobility, multi-tenancy, load-balancing, security and automation.  These capabilities are implemented each day in the thousands of Vblock Systems that VCE has in operation throughout the world.   For our customers, VCE represents business agility with low risk, high performance with high availability, and simplified, secure operations with low total cost of ownership.   The coordinated provisioning and optimization of infrastructure resources for multiple types of applications is essential to realize world-class IT services.The emerging application economy has been limited by legacy IT architectures, as application performance is frequently predicated upon limitless bandwidth, while infrastructure resources are bandwidth constrained because they have limited visibility into application resource consumption dynamics.  A more comprehensive approach has been needed, one that abstracts the complexity of the underlying physical infrastructure from the cloud administrator.Together, VCE and Cisco’s Insieme Networks team have been working on a better path. As one of Cisco’s major venture investments, VCE is built on a technology foundation of Cisco Networking & Compute, EMC Storage & Data Protection, VMware Server Virtualization & Virtualization Management.Today, Cisco launches a new generation of Nexus offerings and their much anticipated Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), and VCE welcomes this portfolio of products that represent new powerful capabilities to be incorporated within Vblock Systems.  Cisco’s approach to paradigm shifts has always been to deliver architectural solutions that provide comprehensive capabilities, adapting to the many use cases encountered in a diverse world of customers.The ACI architecture delivers a transformational network operations model for next-generation Vblock Systems.  While a single Vblock System can scale to hundreds of compute devices, the application economy is driving customers to scale beyond thousands of compute devices.  In scaling to thousands of compute devices, customers require resource isolation into fault domains by deploying multiple Vblock Systems. Network pathways to support workload mobility within a Vblock System are inherent to the system.   Creating network pathways to support any workload moving to any Vblock System requires a new approach to networking.In an ACI fabric-enabled Vblock environment,  applications drive networking behavior.   Pre-defined Application Network Profiles become policy templates for how networking end-points communicate and how their networking attributes are operationalized.As application resources are moved, their network security, performance and connectivity attributes remain constant.  The connectivity, security, load-balancing and quality of service network attributes become an extensible policy model, allowing application administrators to define how they need the network to operate, and the network’s resources (physical or virtual) are abstracted and then operationalized.  The configuration of the network no longer consists of provisioning individual components on a box by box, virtual switch by virtual switch basis.  Instead, the network operates as a system with aggregated capabilities, instructed by a centralized policy entity called the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (Cisco APIC).   Cisco APIC enables Vblock Systems to have one network policy, extensible to every system and every workload, dynamically aware of the application’s networking requirements. Today’s announcement and first demonstration hints at the possibilities for agility and optimization of ACI-enabled Vblock Systems, combined with VCE Vision Intelligent Operations.  We are excited to continue our journey in bringing together new operating models that combine application and infrastructure intelligence. The technology world continues to rapidly change and there are points where new concepts are introduced that give way to a quantum advances in innovation. Cisco ACI is an important contribution to the state of the art in networking, and VCE is proud to bring Cisco’s networking leadership technologies to the world in our industry leading Vblock Systems.last_img read more

Dell XPS Continues to Get Better

first_imgXPS is designed to deliver the best computing experience on the planet whether you are a frequent business traveler, photographer, designer, virtual reality (VR) developer or college student. We know that you don’t want to compromise performance for portability (I know that I certainly don’t), and that you care about the detail that goes into your product’s design and craftmanship. You want the best of the best.We are listening to your needs and we continue to update the XPS line with new technologies, features and configurations, to make the best Windows PC line, Dell XPS, even better. Our continuous innovation has led to more than 400 XPS awards, the most award-winning product-line in Dell history, including “Best Notebook” for the XPS 13 by European Hardware Awards 2017 and a Computex d&i award 2017 for the XPS 13 2-in-1 last week.I’m excited to share with you some recent updates we have made to our XPS portfolio that keep with the tradition of delivering premium performance and design.XPS 13 2-in-1 – New Black Color and Sustainable Ocean Plastics PackagingI mentioned earlier that many people, including myself, do not want to deal with the challenge of compromising performance for portability. While constantly being on the road I need the ability to work from a plane, office, hotel or wherever I may be. The XPS 13 2-in-1 was designed to be the most versatile device on the market with all the benefits of a traditional notebook along with the flexibility to serve as your tablet in one beautiful device. The XPS 13 2-in-1 features many of the same great features of the XPS 13 notebook, including an InfinityEdge display that is touch enabled and long battery life. It’s thin, light, robust and incredibly mobile with true tablet functionality. Using its smooth 360 degree hinge design enables it to be setup in one of its four flexible positions so you can work from anywhere comfortably.The XPS 13 2-in-1 is currently offered in a silver machined aluminum color and today we are announcing it will be available in black to give our customers more options. You can order it on in the US or Japan or purchase it at select Best Buy stores in the US starting June 11.The new color option isn’t the only update to the XPS 13 2-in-1. As of April 30th, every XPS 13 2-in-1 ships with ocean plastics packaging. In 2017 alone, Dell will prevent 16,000 pounds of plastic from entering the ocean by using recycled plastics collected from waterways and beaches in the XPS 13 2-in-1 packaging tray and we plan to scale it to the rest of our XPS line and all Dell products soon. I live in Miami and spend a lot of team at the beach with my family so it makes me very proud of this work – especially knowing that Dell is the first in the industry to ship recycled ocean plastics packaging and has created a working group to address the issue at scale. To learn more visit 27 All-in-One Now Ready for VRAt CES this year, we launched the award-winning XPS 27 All-In-One. This system has stand out features including a vivid UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD touch display with the best the audio available in an all-in-one to provide an absolutely captivating experience. With its 10 speakers at up to 50W per channel, the Dell XPS 27 AIO blows away the competition and we’ve just upped the performance with the latest 7th generation Intel processors and AMD RX570 graphics card to make it “Ready for VR”, a truly uncompromised desktop. This product adds to Dell’s industry leading end-to-end VR solutions including the XPS Tower Special Edition.XPS Tower VR Updated with Intel Optane MemoryLast summer, we updated the XPS Towers with new design, power and expandability and we are continuing to add new technology to keep it top of the line, as you would expect from this lineup. Earlier this year we added Intel 7th gen processors and now we’re adding Intel Optane memory, a smart, adaptable system accelerator that makes your computer more responsive by memorizing your frequently used commands and programs for a faster, smoother, and easier user experience. Intel Optane memory accelerates opening and storing photos, videos, apps and games, reducing the time you spend waiting for your PC to respond to you. A hard drive plus 16GB of Intel Optane Memory performs up to 14 times faster than just a hard disk drive alone. The XPS Tower will offer Intel Optane starting June 22.To learn more about Dell XPS products, visit Dell.comlast_img read more

UN group says Sri Lanka virus cremation rule violates rights

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A group of U.N experts has criticized Sri Lanka’s requirement that those who die of COVID-19 be cremated, even it goes against a family’s religious beliefs, and warned that decisions based on “discrimination and aggressive nationalism” could incite hatred and violence. The experts, who are part of the Special Procedures of the U.N Human Rights Council, said in a statement Monday that rule amounts to a human rights violation. Sri Lanka introduced the rule in March, saying there was a risk that bodies with the coronavirus could contaminate the ground water if they were buried. The WHO as well as Sri Lankan medical groups have said that burial of those who died of COVID-19 is safe.last_img read more

UK police arrest another 9 people at asylum seekers’ camp

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Police in southeast England said that they have made a further nine arrests at a former army barracks, which has been used to house hundreds of asylum-seekers and where a suspected arson attack took place. Kent Police said in a statement Sunday that 14 people have now been arrested following a “disturbance” on Friday at the site in the coastal town of Folkestone, which saw windows smashed and a building set alight. Five men previously arrested in connection with the incident remain in custody. One of them, 31-year-old Mohammed Ali, has been charged “with assault by beating, using or threatening unlawful violence and criminal damage.” He is due to appear in court on Monday.last_img read more

Ex-officers could face criminal charges over racist video

first_imgHAMILTON, Ga. (AP) — A western Georgia prosecutor says he’ll seek to indict a former police chief and officer for violating their oaths of office. Body camera footage showed Hamilton Police Chief Gene Allmond and Sgt. John Brooks making racists comments before a Black Lives Matter march in June. The two resigned Jan. 25 after an employee discovered the footage and showed it to officials. District Attorney Mark Jones tells news outlets he believes the comments violate the oaths of office the two men took as police officers. That’s a felony in Georgia. Jones says a grand jury in May could decide on charges. The prosecutor says he wants to block Allmond and Brooks from being rehired as officers.last_img read more