IBM crashes, Cisco soars, at Brisbane airport
VCE deemed too expensive en route to destination VDI
IBM has been deported from Brisbane Airport’s data centre, with its X-series servers shoved on a flight to oblivion as the red carpet was rolled out for the triumvirate of VMware, EMC and Cisco.
Five of the latter’s UCS servers now nestle in racks at the airport’s data centre, where they run vSphere 5, play nicely with an EMC VNX 5300 and power a private cloud.
The decision to move from the IBM X-series servers was motivated by technology manager Stephen Tukavkin’s belief they were hard to manage. He’s far happier with Cisco’s management interface and the private cloud concept, although provisioning of new servers is tightly controlled.
He’s also far happier to have bought a reference architecture rather than a pre-packaged vBlock from VCE, as he says the joint venture’s prices were unpleasant fare. That’s changed of late, Tukavkin said, but not soon enough for VCE to win his business.
The airport is, in many ways, living the virtual dream as Tukavkin says power costs are down about 20%, while IT staff are now working on lots of projects the business wants done instead of spending their days wrangling servers.
But the Airport hasn’t drunk all the virtual Kool-Aid … yet. Several servers running recalcitrant apps remain resistant to VMware’s wiles and Tukavkin said an upgrade from ESX 3.5 to vSphere was rather complex and challenging, as designing a resilient environment for the 24x7 airport was far from simple.
Desktop virtualisation is the next destination, with funding signed off for the necessary kit. Tukavkin wouldn’t say, at the press briefing where he discussed his virtual travels, just what will be listed on the purchase order. But he did intimate his current fleet of five UCS servers won’t get the new workloads off the ground and that new and more powerful engines will be needed to reach flying speed. ®
I'm calling my Cisco rep right now!
If it wasn't for the faithful reproduction of Cisco PR pieces I would never have known the important, and quite impartial, news that Cisco products are easier to manage and use less power than the competition from IBM. Thanks El Reg! And Cisco.
True, I work with a bunch of shops that have UCS as well. It is just amazing that the network, CCNAs types are able to get management to sign off on UCS. Typical conversation with CIO: How comfortable are you with the performance and agility of your network? "Not satisfied, it needs to change" How comfortable are you with the cost of your LAN, WAN? "It is outrageous. Cisco is charging excessively due to their proprietary lock-in" What are you plans? "We are going to implement Nexus and UCS"... Confused look.
I guess the thought is that if they just hand over everything to Cisco their integration and agility problems will be solved. As Cisco gives away UCS with their crazy costly network refreshes, the CIOs think the servers are free. Big difference between free and included. A lot of underqualifed CIOs out there listening to the completely biased recommendations of their networking people. It is a head shaker of a situation.
Work allot with these guys and they are a big customer. Must say that Cisco probably got this due some close relationships. However if this means they can start to move forward then great maybe now we can even look to move some of the xenserver systems (most critical systems in airport) into their DC ;)
I must say though I find it interesting that their networking partner that has cost them greatly and caused massive problems gets the PO for the servers.
Anonymous - to obviously they are an airport so print money and I collect some.
p.s. BAC is great just some butts need kicking in places.