Evolutionary Fabric. Revolutionary Scale.

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Quite catchy - Cisco way to Unified Fabric Architecture…

Its promise was to deliver flexibility across Physical, Virtual and Cloud environments for any application – now promises enhancements for new age massively scalable Data Centres to deal with Big Data/Hadoop environments and bare-metal deployments. These data centres have massive blade density and demand flexible workload mobility (VM’s freely moved) not compromising on plug-and-play capability plus throughput on network and storage transport.

Unified Fabric will virtualize data centre resources and connect them through a high bandwidth network that is very scalable, with high performance and enables convergence of multiple protocols onto a single physical network.

@Locuz we have managed to exploit this further by being able to bring automation to the application layer. Our HPC and High Performance Storage capabilities are coming handy as Business computing has been echoing the same needs that we kept executing for long enough now.

Want to build the next generation Data Centre, review our reference architecture and do not hesitate to write to preetam.oswal@locuz.com

Cheers!

Uttam

Cisco ISE

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Must watch…

Cheers! Uttam.

Anywhere any device

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The rapidly growing use of Tablets by Enterprise users is making it imperative they get anywhere any device access to all applications. Anytime is implicit.

Many Businesses are unprepared with such sudden rise in on-demand access by unconventional devices.

Access to Business applications had been in some form tied down to desktops/laptop hardware and operating system on them.

Application access and user side applications need to be decoupled from hardware of users and be centrally hosted. For example the desktop is Virtual and is provisioned to user from the (Private) Cloud. Equally well for tablets.

Virtualization will help in desktops being delivered consistently across users (tablet and desktop) and will make access far more secure than the traditional desktop methods. The transformation may have to be accelerated for many Enterprise deployments without disruption and uncompromised experience with settings or device itself.

The technology itself has quite evolved with examples like Cisco CIUS, a Enterprise Tablet and RIM Blackberry having a Citrix Receiver for Playbook Tablet.

Our approach is an accelerator. We are helping customers go thru such transformation in a manner that is not only smooth but extremely effective.

Cheers!

Uttam

 

Private Cloud Infra

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We are an authority in building Private Cloud Infra. Something that I have been longing to write for a while but wanted to be sure if we were not missing anything. With a tested methodology and deep expertise across parts of a service ready stack, in place, we can help customers transition their Core Technology Infrastructure to Cloud Infra.

Our offering is independent of any Virtualization or Storage or Interconnect technology. We can assist customers chose an appropriate stack that will provide full scale Automation and Orchestration. Resource provisioning thru our self service portal is not only an assured cost effective outcome but dramatically easier – all within a policy framework.

Cloud Reference Architecture (Locuz Proprietary)

Our Integration capabilities offer the flexibility of using your Private Cloud like any SMT service and add capabilities like charge back.

Over next few posts I wish to elaborate our capabilities and experiences in customer environments.

Cheers! Uttam

Cloud Predictions

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This Morning I decided will blog about 8 points that to my mind seem some kind of predictions and just then saw a Google Alert message that had 14 predictions from Chirag Mehta and Wang. They said more than what I was sure and could not have agreed more – then just copeid them over here…

1.Most new procurement will be replaced with cloud strategies

2.Private clouds will serve as a stepping stone to public clouds

3.Cloud customers will stop saying “the cloud is not secured” and start asking hard questions about how the cloud can be secured

4.Public cloud adoption will be temporarily reduced by concerns about cybersecurity. Private clouds will be kept for security and backups.

5.A transition from best-of-breed purpose-built applications to “cloud mega stacks” will occur.

6.App stores will be the predominate channel for application deployment

7.User experience and scale will no longer be mutually exclusive

8.Custom application development will shift to the cloud

9.Development-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service will merge

10.Integration vendors will be expected to offer integration beyond data

11.Consumer tech features such as social business platforms, mobile enterprise capabilities, predictive analytical models and unified communications will continue to proliferate in the enterprise

12.Customers will demand better virtualization

13.The overall technology landscape will simplify thanks to the cloud

14.Archiving and data management will be core competencies for cloud users

Read their blog…

Only when something compeling is said, will I be prompted into copying. Credits to the orginal authors…

Cheers! Uttam

Cloud – Moving beyond hype

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Not one CIO or CTO is avoiding the thought of cloud adoption – plain truth. There could be some who do not have a Business-IT posture Read the rest of this entry »

SOA Governance

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Identity Management is the corner stone of Governance and more so in the case of SOA.

SOA interactions impose tremendous complexity on being able to make each interaction accountable from user access standpoint and unlike Identity in monolith applications; Identity for each interaction will have to be brokered effectively.

It may be useful to plan and perhaps deploy Identity Management early in the cycle of SOA readiness and more importantly the SOA blueprint should capture protection in the form of accountability for both service consumer and provider – just like the way it does for Interoperability, service discoverability and predictability of service performance.

I thought this may be a useful discussion for many CIO’s. During several meetings around Governance this point emerged as one very important subject. I spoke on similar lines at an IDC event in Doha because of the special interest expressed by attending CIO’s.

Please post your comments and thoughts, we could all learn from experiences of many.

Cheers! Uttam

Twitter

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I will continue to post here, but may tweet more often. Micro blog may just work better for me. My tweets…

Cheers!

Uttam

Interesting Comment by Neelesh Gupta

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Neelesh is my childhood friend. We recently got connected after some 20 years – thanks to Web2.0… To my last post “High Perfromance Computing – not the same anymore”, he made a very interesting comment and it cannot stay tucked inside the comment corner of my blog but be up here for everyone to read. Neelesh is now based in NY and works for Citibank as Vice President (I can now guess VP for what?).

Thanks Neelesh!

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Uttam,

Its interesting you mention about CUDA and the advent of GPU based computing.

This is something most of the high-end investment banking houses here in NYC and also in the UK are seriously looking at. We currently use symphony based grid orchestration for lot of our compute power needs for various risk calculations (monte-carlo simulations, prepayment modeling and fixed income risk calculations).

But now several teams are trying to evaluate moving to GPU based computing. My initial reactions to this was that GPU based computing is good if you are doing a “pure-maathematical-grind” type of calculations rather than something that requires an “if-else” type structured logic. Well that does not come to me as a surprise as GPUs were primarily built for that kind of stuff – image rendering or graphics type programming, where matrix algebra is the cornerstone for all computations.

What we were a little hesitant as part of our evaluation and future possible adoption was that someone using CUDA is sort of married to the architecture and its hard to unplug out of it. Most of the code logic in CUDA world is very intrusive and not platform agnostic. Might not be a big issue but this is something software engineers are usually cautious about. (P.S: we were looking at the NVIDIA based products).

But on the flip side there is huge-huge cost savings in hardware needs and data center needs. We were amazed by the amount of reduction we would have in h/w if we ever redid all of our code using the CUDA based API.

While this space is sure to evolve in the very near future in terms of compute power needs, I also have a strong suspicion that the likes of Intel/AMD will try to put something in place in their architectures to prevent or limit folks from leveraging the massive GPU power or at least make sure that they are somehow the part of the equation. At the end of the day the “instruction-set” or the brain power still is with the main CPU and they (Intel/AMD) could tweak things around…

Cheers!!

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High Performance Computing – not same anymore

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Scientific and Enterprise computing that are CPU intensive is not going to be same anymore. GPU architectures are making those large G/T/P FLOP systems faster, greener and smaller, also cheaper.

More and more applications are getting accelerated with CUDA. Among good examples are – CFD solvers running at 1/20 of resource for a given iteration; HMMER running at 62x time faster; Monte Carlo Simulations running up to 50x time faster.

The GPU architectures from CUDA and FireStream have already made it to Top500 list sometime ago which has been a milestone and is fast moving up the charts, I am sure the 35th list of Top500 is going have much more of GPU+CPU. It is only matter of time that desktops would be replaced with supercomputers. The GPU’s help offloading non-sequential parts of application from the CPU and achieves performance of nature described before.

More interesting to watch is if CUDA is really breaking the dominance of Intel and AMD? And if more and more developers will optimize applications with OpenCL or DirectX for CUDA? What will even happen to ClearSpeed?

Cheers!

Uttam

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