Cisco & Turbonomic - Partner with IT

Video created by angelo.luciani on Jul 13, 2017

    Mike Myers: It's literally billions of dollars of hardware spread across our lab environments and our data center environments. It's all Cisco hardware, and so we're using the exact same things that we build. 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 for us. It's a lot of fun for me when I have the opportunity to talk about the success stories that IT has in our environments, because they're the same kind of successes that our customers can replicate using the same sorts of tools. 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 Turbonomic suite, where you're optimizing the compute, you're optimizing the TCAM on the network, you're looking at how the compute interfaces with the storage, so that you can make sure that you're building the right relationships between the different components. I think that it was a really good match for the environment.

     

    Chris Heinbokel: Turbonomic enables elasticity for us by continuously sweeping the environment to identify what clusters are running hot, what clusters are running cold, what VMs are actually using all of what they have today, and may need more. And, simultaneously, what VMs are sitting there idle, but have 28, 32 gigabytes of memory allocated to them sitting unused. You really see the enablement of elasticity, not just necessarily resizing your VM, whether you're resizing it smaller or 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, and then all of a sudden we don't need to spend $17 million. But, more importantly, we don't even need to spend the $3 million a year to rent RTP7. The first year, it was going to be the $17 million savings and then, subsequently, in perpetuity, $3 million a year, actually $2.8 million a year. It saved 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 VMs will run better. What's not to love about that?

     

    Liz Centoni: What we plan to do next is expand this integration across Cisco's entire hybrid cloud stack and with the rest of our data center portfolio.

     

    Mike Myers: When we find a company like Turbonomic, that just dovetails so well into the environment, that's priceless.

     

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