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Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Unified Management


Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Unified Management

Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Unified Management

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  • 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.
  • As you scale UCS domains there can be multiple UCS managers in the infrastructure, each managing a pair of fabric interconnects and the associated chassis and servers.What Pasadena brings is the ability to centralize the management of multiple UCS domains whether they are in a single datacenter or spread across multiple datacentersPasadena takes the underlying policy based management philosophy of UCS and simple globalizes it. As an example now you can have virtual MAC addresses derived from a global pool or firmware deployed from a central location to any UCS domainsUsing the same model based architectural framework of UCS Manager, Pasadena offers an API that can now be used for global automation among UCS domains.As the number of UCS domains and managed servers grow, this tool provides a way in which the management of this growing infrastructure can continue to be simple.As a result the operational savings of UCS continue to grow as the UCS environment itself grows.
  • 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
  • With that, I open it up for questions ….Please do take advantage of our passport program. You only need to visit three more stations to enter to win wonderful prizes, including the JawBoneJAMbox … one of the top rated headsets for all of you on the go, as well as $50K apple gift cards.Thank you for your time today and enjoy the rest of the show and your stay here in Barcelona.


  • 1. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 1© 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 1Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)Unified ManagementSameh ZakharyProduct Manager, UCSWith Intel® Xeon® processor
  • 2. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 2Hundreds of Management PointsPhysical/Virtual FrontierVirtualAutomatedand DynamicPhysicalManualand StaticVirtualization andAutomation ToolsFixed InfrastructureVirtual Resource PoolsAccidental Architecture Technology silos Difficult integration Labor-intensive Costly tointegrate, maintain, upgrade,scale, secure
  • 3. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 3UCS Blade and Rack Serversx86 industry standardPatented extended memoryUCS Fabric ExtenderRemote line cardTwo per chassisUCS Fabric Interconnect10GE Unified Fabric switchUCS ManagerService ProfilesAutomation FriendlyUCS Virtual Interface AdapterCreating NICs & HBAs in SWWith Intel® Xeon® processor
  • 4. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 5• Single, highly available point of management• Reduce number of management tools, consoles, and modules with fullinteroperability using the XML APIEmbedded andUnified Management• Faster provisioning and reduced spares inventoryStateless Computingand Service Profiles• I/O consolidation and increased CPU performance• Network policy control and transparency to the virtual machine levelVirtual AdaptersUnified Fabric andFabric Extenders• Simplify I/O infrastructure and management• Reduce support infrastructure up to 50%: NICs, HBAs, chassis interconnects,and cablingWith Intel® Xeon® processor
  • 5. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 6SIM CardIdentity for a phoneService ProfileIdentity for a serverWith Intel® Xeon® processor
  • 6. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 7BIOS Version, BIOS Settings, RAID controllersettings, UUID, Server Selection (Explicit orPool)UCS 6200 Series FabricInterconnectUCS 2200 Series FabricExtenderUCS AdaptersUCS ServersNIC Firmware version, MAC Addresses, VLANs,QoS Settings, HBA Firmware version, WWNsFabric Extender is implicitly configured based onServer Slot and physical connectivity to FabricInterconnectUplink port configuration, LAN Pinning, SANPinning, VLANs, VSANs, DCB SettingsUCS Service ProfileUnified Device ManagementHW Traditionally Managed as IndividualComponentsWith Intel® Xeon® processor
  • 7. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 8Total Server Deployment18 ServersToday’s Deployment:Provisioned for peak capacitySpare node per workloadBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeWeb Servers Oracle RAC XenServerWorkload Server Capacity Needed Server HW HA Total ServersOct Nov Dec JanWeb Servers 5 7 6 5 1 hot spare 8Oracle RAC 3 3 3 4 1 hot spare 5XenServer 3 3 4 4 1 hot spare 5With Intel® Xeon® processor
  • 8. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 9Total Server Deployment14 ServersReduction of 4 Servers22% CapEx SavingsBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeWeb Servers Oracle RAC XenServerOld Deployment:BladeHA SpareBurst CapacityCisco’s Deployment:•Resources provisioned based onbusiness need•Still HA with fewer sparesCisco Deployment:BladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeBladeWeb Servers Oracle RAC XenServerBladeBladeWith Intel® Xeon® processor
  • 9. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 10Unified Management for a Multi UCS EnvironmentData Center 1 Data Center 2 Data Center 3Efficiency of management overlarge scale, multiUCS domainsLeverages UCS ManagertechnologyDelivers global policies, serviceprofiles, IDpools and templatesWith Intel® Xeon® processor
  • 10. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 11 As of Q2FY13, Cisco UCS achieved an annualized run rate of 2Billion dollars 20,000+ unique UCS customers (February 2013)> 50% of Fortune 500 companies 3,000+ channel partners actively selling UCS WW1,500+ UCS specialized channel partnersWith Intel® Xeon® processor
  • 11. © 2009 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cisco ConfidentialPresentation_ID 12
  • 12. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 13© 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 13Thank YouCo-sponsored by Intel®Intel, the Intel logo, Xeon, and Xeon Inside are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.