Cisco today launched a wide-ranging set of updates to their Datacenter Business Advantage portfolio. To me – this is like EMC’s own Mega-Launch in January. Like us (in January, we refreshed/launched 41 products all at once), they have updated not one product, but a whole portfolio at once.
For what it’s worth (I’m just one voice) – color me impressed.
Like the January launch for EMC, the sheer fact Cisco can update so much in a single go, cover such a broad spectrum… Well, it highlights the breadth of what Cisco has become, and is in the process of becoming. On the note of “what they are in the process of becoming, see the NewScale acquistion as just one more example – strange in some ways, but to me makes a TON of sense (analagous to EMC’s Greenplum acquisition, or VMware’s Spring/vFabric – both reflecting possible answers to the question of “where is the puck going?”)
So – what’s the news? Don’t consider this an exhaustive list – but here are the things that tickle my nerd funnybone.
- New Data Center Network Manager (that ties to broad NX-OS revs)
- Nexus 7K FCoE support.
- Multihop FCoE across the whole family (N7K, N5K, MDS 9K)
- A new Nexus 3K platform – interesting in the sense it seems to be designed for a very specific use case (very low-latency use cases).
- Crazy updates to the N5K – with more dense configs (5548P and 5596UP), but also “any port, any protocol” design (better than the “FC module” approach, IMO).
- New Cisco UCS servers – refreshes to Westmere-EX across the B-series family, addition of a new C-series (C260M2)
- Cisco Storage Media Encryption (Fabric Based Encyption)
- New Fabric Extender (FEX) modules – very interestingly including host adapters
- Location/ID Seperation Protocol (LISP) support on the N7K – this is a very interesting idea (more below)
The launch is so big that there are many other things that while interesting, are more “meh” (though I’m sure important to customers) – like Layer 3 MPLS support on NX-OS in the N7K. This is important as Cisco works down their own convergence path. It’s interesting to look at the evolution of both Cisco and EMC – we both are working to converge where it makes sense to converge, but simultaneously, accelerate expansion and diversity in other areas.
First of all – to my colleagues at Cisco… CONGRATS! Trust me, I know what it takes to pull something like this off :-)
Will try to provide more details, perspectives (as well some performance testing, and EMC E-Lab support targets) in an even-handed way. If you’re curious, read on – and as always, courteous comments welcome!