When administrators try to build clouds using legacy infrastructure, they run into operational complexities created by disconnected technology silos never built to work together seamlessly. Physical infrastructure was traditionally static and difficult to manage. It was built assuming frequent manual intervention. Virtualization, on the other hand, is inherently programmable. The problem comes in layering flexible virtualization software on static infrastructure. This boundary is fraught with complexity and expense in setup, configuration, and ongoing management. <click - animation>I call this an accidential architecture. No one wanted things to be this way, but infrastructure was designed largely before virtualization and has retained essentially the same overall design. Until the UCS, of course, which was designed explicitly to bridge the gap between physical and virtual by providing pre-integrated, programmable infrastructure.In fact, UCS was designed by one of the original VMware founders, Ed Bugnion. Ed wrote the original ESX hypervisor and understood as well as anyone, the difficulties in managing infrastructure dependencies in a virtualized environment. As good as his software was, it relied on extensive and costly manual configuration of compute, network, and storage to run applications efficiently in high quality virtual machines. By integrating the physical compute and network layers with hypervisors and their virtual machines, Ed was able to overcome many of the traditional bottlenecks in data center and cloud systems. Beyond performance, which could be considered a capex issue – do I have enough hardware? – the UCS improves operational processes by enforcing and managing the physical/virtual boundaries.
UCS is the only convergedinfratructure on the market today that was built from the ground up in a post virtualization world. Thusly it had the benefit of taking into account the impact that virtualization had on IT, and its ability facilitate cloud, and transpose those benefits to the physical infrastructure. Most virtualization technologies offer complete control over the virtual infrastructure without having to leave your desk, this coupled with a single point of management makes it easy to control large portions of the datacenter infrastructure. UCS offers this same value with the physical infrastructure.As you can see in this diagram, UCS offers the same conceptual value for the physical infrastructure. In fact, many of the common technologies that have only previously been available by using virtualization are now made possible by UCS. Technologies such as:Programmatic control over the infrastructure configuration.Policy based infrastructure configuration managementTemplating of known good configurations.Migration of operating systems between hardware devices
What is it about UCS that makes it so different?First off, it’s the same. UCS is a regular old x86 based server like what your are probably running most of you applications on today. All of the benefits that UCS bring, can be leveraged by everything you are using today.UCS takes advantage of Unified Fabic which reduces clutter in your datacenter by minimizing the amount of cabling necessary to connect your servers to network and storage devices.UCS has a single point of management for server, local network, and local SAN. This single point of management actually resides in the network. Unlike legacy architectures, the blades chassis has no local management or network modules. The chassis simply uplinks to a central networking & management device and is fully managed. Also, since the management resides in the network, any blade connected to those network devices can be managed. Not just the blades that are in the chassis that you are connected to.Unified fabric also makes for a more efficient data center. By merging your SAN and IP networks, you not only reduce cabling, but you reduce the number of devices that consume power, heat the air, and require separate dedicated subject matter experts.
One major difference that the Unified Fabric creates for the UCS is that instead of wiring for connectivity as is done in tradition infrastructures, the UCS is wired for bandwith. Once you’ve got the required amount of bandwidth, you never need to touch the cabling again. The unified fabric creates the potential for all devices to be connected at any time. Actual connectivity is determined through management software. This is in essence Software Defined Networking, and UCS has had it built into its management systems since it’s inception in 2009.
If we can say one thing about cloud services – it is that they are growing, resulting in ever increasing workload on system administrators. UCS is a stateless system that leverages the power of dynamic configuration to rapidly deploy compute nodes in whatever configuration is best suited to the applications at hand.UCS understands the concept of infrastructure templates and enables administrators to automatically provision dozens of physical servers at a time with policy-enforced configurations at the compute and network layers. Whenever the administrator wants to expand or create a hypervisor or application cluster, it is only necessary to specify the number of nodes in UCS Manager. UCS will automatically deploy the requested server and network configuration and then boot those nodes with the desired system image. The result is a dramatic savings in time and reduced potential for manual errors.Key points for cloud (beyond the normal UCS service profile value proposition)On-demand physical provisioning like virtualDeliver physical resources programmatically like a VMAutomate physical provisioning like software
Key points for cloud (beyond the normal form-factor independent value proposition)Any physical resource can be delivered on-demand: local storage, PCIe cards, more memory, etc.Treat all types of x86 hardware (blades, racks, PCIe, storage) as pools of resources
The market has spoken clearly: Cisco UCS is the #2 x86 blade manufacturer in North America and #3 globally. With a run-rate over $1Billion, UCS has sustained market traction and deployment across the world’s leading companies and institutions. Customers including Qualcomm, Freeport McMoran, and Levi Strauss run business-critical workloads on UCS including SAP and Oracle business applications. Travelport, Moses Cone Health System, and Boston University are examples of customers who have utilized UCS rapid deployment and configuration capabilities to more rapidly respond to their application requirements with low operational costs.Qualcomm:http://www.slideshare.net/Ciscodatacenter/why-cisco-ucs-for-oracle-solutions, http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps9441/ps9670/at_a_glance_c45-617345.pdfFreeport:http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns517/ns224/ns944/dcs_uc_for_erp_freeport.pdfLevi:http://www.sap.com/about-sap/newsroom/press.epx?pressid=13294Travelport:http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns517/ns224/ns944/casestudy_c36_674549.pdfMoses Cone:http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns517/ns224/ns944/case_study_c36-588298.pdfBoston University: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns517/ns224/bumc_cs.pdf
Most cloud solutions on the market are completely focused on solutions that are virtualization centric. In fact, most would have you believe that virtualization IS cloud. The reality though is that only 39% of the servers in the datacenter actually run a hypervisor OS, and cloud is really about giving the end user what they want when they need it. So what about that other 61% of the data center that isn’t virtualized? Let’s face it, some services just don’t run well when virtualized, or some customers want dedicated hardware either due to incompatibility or security concerns. Is there no hope to deliver the services that those systems host in a cloud delivery (self service) model? Thanks to the unsurpassed controllability that UCS offers over the physical infrastructure you can deliver both Physical and Virtualized services with CloudPlatform.The other challenge with a poor cloud foundation is scalability. When you enable end users to self service, they tend to actually self service! This means you could quickly run out of cloud resources. How do you add resources today when you run out? Rack, stack, wire, configure, etc. How long does that take? When that happens, could it ruin your end user’s on-demand experience?
Let’s compare CloudPlatform with legacy server architecture versus Cisco’s UCS. CloudPlatform has multiple modules which form a comprehensive cloud solution, one of which is the resource management modules for Server, Networking, and Storage management.<Click>The components can manage the virtual infrastructure completely and provide great flexibility. But what happens if you want to deliver physical as-a-service, or if you run out of resources in your physical infrastructure?<Click>By using UCS with CloudPlatform, you enable full control over both the physical and virtual infrastructure. This makes it possible to deliver services that use physical servers. This additionally enables rapid deployment of additional cloud resources to scale CloudPlatform to meet your customer’s demands.
The UCS reference architecture for CloudPlatform is designed to simplify your cloud Deployment. Cloud is a confusing and complicated topic, and there lots of independent solutions out there that aren’t proven to work together. This reference architecture reduces the amount of time it takes you to deploy Infrastrucutre as A Services Cloud by provide a pre-tested and validated hardware and software pairing.The reference architecture also provides best practices for configuration CloudPlatform with UCS so that you can be assured your cloud is properly constructed.Additionally the reference architecture provides some scaling data with example workloads so you can have an idea of what your cloud will be capable of before you invest.
Customers across the world have chosen Cisco UCS as the platform for their clouds – both private and public – because UCS was built to automate infrastructure management and provide on-demand resources for varied workloads. UCS provides enterprise-grade compute and network capabilities with a software interface that is compatible with CloudPlatform. UCS dramatically speeds the time to deploy cloud infrastructure while elastically scaling resources as demand grows. Cloud administrators can manage pools of compute and network resources with UCS rather than being tied down with hard-wired configurations that do not adapt to changing applications. Customers are taking advantage of these benefits today. Leading service providers build deploy UCS for hosting private clouds and offering multi-tenant public clouds. Fortune 100 enterprises, healthcare providers, public-sector IT, and educational institutions have realized cost savings by operating private clouds in-house where they have full control over application performance and data security.
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