Cisco & Turbonomic - A Success Story

Video created by angelo.luciani on Jul 13, 2017

    Mike Myers - Sr. Director, Cloud Orchestration & Platform Services CISCO


    Mike Myers: Cisco IT supports over 30 million watts of raised floor, that's literally billions of dollars of hardware spread across out lab environments and our data center environments. It's also Cisco hardware and so we're using the exact same things that we build, and we have amazing scale to demonstrate what some of these products are really capable of doing and when they fit into the ecosystem so well, it just becomes a natural extension of that Cisco powered data center.


    Every good data center starts off with Cisco hardware. Once you have a fully programmable infrastructure, then you can start to layer other capabilities on top of it. Some of those capabilities come from our own teams like Tetration. The next component that's going to be part of that stack is going to be the Turbonomics suite.


    Chris Heinbokel: Turbonomic enable elasticity for us by continuously sweeping the environment to identify what clusters are running hot, what clusters are running cold, what VM's are actually using all of what they have today and may need more, and simultaneously what VM's are sitting there idle but have 28, 32 gigabytes of memory allocated to them sitting unused.


    You really seethe enablement of elasticity not just necessarily resizing your VM, whether you're resizing it smaller of larger, but actually increasing the performance of your VM and we saw this in our RTP1 data center. We saw in RTP1 that enabling elasticity across about half of our overall infrastructure, and downsizing about a quarter of it, actually reduced our overall resource contention in the data center by 80%.


    Mike Myers: We put all these tools in place, we understand what we have, and how we can scale it and how we can grow it. Then all of a sudden we don't need to spend 17 million dollars, but more importantly, we don't even need to spend the 3 million dollars a year to rent RTP7. So the first year, it was going to be the 17 million dollar savings and then subsequently for perpetuity, 3 million dollar a year, actually 2.8 million dollars a year. But it save us 54 terabytes of memory, it saved us I want to say 4,800 virtual CPU cores. So we could add after that reboot, another 2,200 servers for free to the environment.


    Chris Heinbokel: We'll be able to do more with our existing infrastructure, we'll be able to make the most out of our data centers, and your VM's will run better. What's not to love about that?


    Mike Myers: So when you look at a Cisco powered data center, the Turbonomics suite with it's dynamic model, is really the secret sauce for how you get everything out of that data center that you can.


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