Cisco's New Product DetailsBy Chris Talbot | Print
Cisco is adding Cisco Unified Network Services to its data center architecture, technology that Cisco says will help with building policy-based provisioning and workload portability across the network, compute and cloud environments.
VSG is a virtual appliance that provides security policies on virtual machines and across VLANs and shared compute infrastructures in the data center. According to Cisco, it helps businesses meet the security and compliance requirements in virtualized data center and multitenant cloud environments. It will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010 as software for the Nexus 1000V.
The Cisco vWAAS is also a virtual appliance. It runs on VMware ESX/ESXi hypervisor and the Cisco Unified Computing System, as well as other x86-based servers. As a cloud-ready optimization product, vWAAS was designed to accelerate application delivery from private and virtual cloud infrastructures while ensuring an optimal user experience.
Also as part of the announcement, Cisco announced new platforms under its Unified Computing and Unified Fabric portfolios. The new Nexus 5548 Switch is a one-rack, 48-port unit that includes double port density.
"It really takes convergence to the next level, and for the customer it really gives them a lot of flexibility to dynamically configure these ports based on their needs," Kiran said. The ports can be configured for use as Ethernet or Fibre Channel, depending on the business' needs, which Kiran said is a key differentiator for Cisco channel partners.
Cisco is also launching the Unified Computing System B230 M1 Blade Server, which is an Intel Xeon 6500/7500 processor-based system in a half-width blade server. According to Cisco, the new blade is ideal for transaction-intensive database workloads, server virtualization and desktop virtualization.
Cisco is also launching new professional and technical services designed to help customers take advantage of the new Data Center Business Advantage framework.
"We're actually bringing in a significant amount of our services offerings across our portfolio for each of these architectural pillars," Kiran said.
More than 200 Cisco channel partners already have the certifications and specializations needed to bring the Data Center Business Advantage framework to customers.
"When we look at the channel perspective, our overall channel strategy is that we're trying to develop what we call unified data center practices within our partner community," said John Growdon, director of technology for go-to-market for routing, switching and data center in Cisco's worldwide partner organization.
The value partners bring to customers is in being able to understand and integrate all of the parts of the new framework, he said.
"Effectively, these are just enhancements to the productivity portfolio that support our unified practices," Growdon said.