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
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