Microsoft & Cisco extend cloud partnership

by Shijaz Abdulla on 09.11.2013 at 15:41

Microsoft and Cisco have announced their extended partnership at the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) event in New York on Wednesday.

This is a great example of how a prominent hardware manufacturer like Cisco can take advantage of Microsoft’s proven track record and experience in building and managing some of the largest clouds on the planet and bring the best solutions to our customers.

Through this expanded partnership, we will bring together Microsoft’s Cloud OS and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure to deliver new integrated solutions that help customers take the next step on their cloud computing journey. These new solutions are designed to improve business agility and reduce cost by driving infrastructure automation in support of core business processes and applications. This next-generation infrastructure will deliver increased application performance, resource pooling, visibility, automation and mobility through:

  • Converged ACI stacks that include fully integrated versions of Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server, Exchange and SharePoint
  • Optimized application and workload performance through dynamic network policies that automate and simplify deployment
  • Comprehensive management, infrastructure programmability and deep visibility and automation across Cisco UCS/ACI, System Center and Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual and non-virtual environments
  • Complete support for workload mobility using gateway solutions delivered by both companies – delivering on the promise of hybrid clouds

Please read the below post by Satya Nadella, Executive Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise – Microsoft.

Cisco Nexus 1000V for Microsoft Hyper-V now available!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 10.06.2013 at 23:05


Cisco Cloud Networking and Services Platform team announced the availability of Cisco Nexus 1000V for Microsoft Hyper-V as a part of their hypervisor-agnostic cloud networking strategy. This represents a major milestone for the Nexus 1000V platform which already has more than 7000 customers. 

They are also shipping Virtual Services Gateway (VSG) and Virtual Network Management Center ( VNMC)  for Hyper-V. With this introduction, enterprise and cloud provider customers will be able to extend Nexus experience to Hyper-V virtual environments.

Industry Award    
The  Nexus 1000V is already a winner – Winner of Best of Microsoft TechEd 2013 award in the Virtualization Category.

Cisco Nexus 1000V for Microsoft Hyper-V Solution Highlights

  • Advanced NX-OS features and associated partner ecosystem to Windows Server 2012
  • Consistent operational model across hypervisors (vSphere & Hyper-V)
    Innovative network services architecture (via vPath) to support secure multitenant environments
  • Tight integration with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) as well as support for PowerShell    

Cisco Nexus 1100 Cloud Services Platform also supports Nexus 1000V for Hyper-V to host VSM and VSG virtual appliances.

Features and Functionality

Capability Features
Switching    L2-Switching, PVLANs, QoS, ACLs, port security etc
Security    DHCP snooping, Dynamic ARP Inspection, and IP source guard
Monitoring NetFlow, packet statistics, SPAN, and ERSPAN
Manageability SNMP, NetConf, syslog, REST-APIs etc
Virtual Services vPath architecture to enable services like VSG etc.

Note: Nexus 1000V feature-set will be consistent across all hypervisors

Pricing and Orderability
Nexus1000V pricing is consistent across hypervisors. Nexus 1000V for Microsoft Hyper-V is available in two editions:
•         Essential edition is available at no-cost
•         Advanced edition (includes VSG for Hyper-V) is available at $695/CPU

•       Cisco Nexus 1000V for Hyper-V external page:
•       Cisco Nexus 1000V Public Community:
•       Cisco-Microsoft partnership page:

Cisco FlexPod validated with Microsoft Private Cloud

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.02.2012 at 20:33

clip_image001[4]The Cisco FlexPod data center solution is now validated with a Microsoft Private Cloud Deployment Guide.

The FlexPod is a physical product built on Cisco server (UCS), Cisco networking, NetApp storage and Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track architecture with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft System Center. It can be optimized to fit a variety of mixed application workloads and use cases as the customer moves to virtualization and private or public cloud environments.

The FlexPod is built on:

  • Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus data center switches
  • NetApp FAS storage components
  • A range of third-party software

Download the deployment guide on the Cisco FlexPod DesignZone.

On another note, Cisco has also published documentation indicating the extension of their Nexus switches to work with Windows Server 8 Hyper-V, making use of the open extensible switch coming in Windows Server 8 Hyper-V – which allows networking vendors to support network virtualization capabilities with Hyper-V.

Cisco Inflicts DoS upon itself, Google follows suit

by Shijaz Abdulla on 11.08.2007 at 03:02

» This is the Power of the Network. Now?!?
In a bizarre incident, Cisco inflicted a Denial-Of-Service (DoS) upon itself earlier this week, which resulted in the company’s entire website,, to go down for several hours!

Apparently a “human error” during a preventive maintenance caused an electrical overload in that caused and other applications to go down. Due to severe impact of the overload, redundant mechanisms were also impacted, as per the Cisco blog.

A lesson for the rest of us: Even though redundant systems were in place, the entire site did go down!

Redundancy = Fault tolerance? Think again.

» Google shoots itself in the foot
In another turn of events, Google identified one of its own blogs as spam by mistake and deleted it! And here’s the best part — somebody named Srikanth then registered the freed blog URL for himself and put his own comments there!

Wow, that must be one heck of a spam filtering technology they’ve developed! – if it can’t tell the difference between one of its own blogs and ordinary spam.

Friendly fire?