To sum up the value of a centrally managed server technology with CloudPlatform, I like to compare UCS to any of the virtualization technologies out on the market today. 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.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
The key construct that enables much of the agility that UCS offers is the Service Profile. Let’s take a look at how Service Profiles can be advantageous.Your subject matter experts for server, networking, and storage can work together to create the necessary configurations for their respective areas within the Unified Computing System. That complete configuration for a blade and its supporting network and storage components is called a Service Profile.<Click>Once those configurations are created and the service is verified to be working, those configuration details can be captured and converted into a Service Profile Template. Templates have all of the same configuration information as a pofile, but the unique identified information is removed (WWNs, MACs, UUIDs, etc).<Click>Those templates can then be used to replicate the given configuration to as many servers as needed in a rapid fashion. The unique identified information is populated for pre-define pools. This also means you will predictively know which MAC addresses and WWNs will be used for a given service which allows you to preconfigure other automation systems.
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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