Is there a manageability interface available with Cisco's InfiniBand switches to optionally take them offline and bring them back online when I would need them?
Here's what I'm thinking: I plan to build a few datacenters around the planet and I'll deploy a single I/O fabric - InfiniBand - for all I/O across all those datacenters, including storage, IPC, network management, etc. I would want to take entire IP subnets offline when there's less load on my network and bring them online as more load hits the network. Can Cisco's InfiniBand hardware fully participate in this energy optimization?
Yes, Cisco VFrame supports a full open API architecture. So, not only does VFrame work with Cisco products but it can also interface to non-Cisco gear (IBM, HP, UNIX, Windows, etc.) with API's written by the respective vendors or a 3rd party. With VFrame API we have really opened up a whole new market for software programmers.
Cisco VFrame also has an optional server agent that runs on the server to report load and other stats back to VFrame. This agent can also be used to gracefully shut down a server when it is no longer needed and therefore saving on power/cooling costs.
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This sort of dynamic and adaptive orchestration of Data Center resources you speak of is the sole purpose and vision of Cisco's VFrame Data Center product. And yes, VFrame does support Infiniband, and Nexus, and MDS, and Catalyst switches, and oh VMWare too!
In a nutshell this is Data Center 3.0 ...