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Deploying private cloud with Flexpod and UCS Director

Deploying private cloud with Flexpod and UCS Director



Deploying private cloud with Flexpod and UCS Director presentation from VMworld 2013.

Deploying private cloud with Flexpod and UCS Director presentation from VMworld 2013.



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  • Why is automation critical for today’s dynamic data centers? This chart shows the IT costs for managing virtual as well as physical servers.. The bottom bar indicates the cost of server spending --- which over the years has decreased as is expected. The purple bar indicates the cost of managing standalone servers. The orange bar shows the cost of managing virtual servers. As can be seen, the orange bar has increased significantly --- translating into increased IT costs for managing their environments. Why? Virtualization has made it virtually “free” to spin up multiple virtual servers on demand. However, the rest of the solution stack remained on the manual provisioning process. And as those virtual servers were spin up quickly, server sprawl was created because legacy management tools did not provide the visibility into this new virtual environment. Just where was IT’s time being spent? In a survey of CIO and IT Directors, IDC indicates that IT spends over 75% of their time configuring, deploying and administering infrastructure resources. This leaves a meager 23% of their time available for competitive innovation needed to better align with the business. IT needed new tools and ways of configuring infrastructure to enable them to become more agile and flexible
  • Key Point: What would be the ideal value IT could bringWhat if IT could be used to make the company respond faster to new opportunities initiatives instead of being the critical path item that slows completionWhat if your IT staff could spend their time on high value IT innovation, evaluating and adding new technologies instead of spending most of their time mundane tasks trequired to keep the environment runningWhat if you could build an iT environment that supported applications and initiatives not even being considered today.What if you could do this not for just one part of the business but for the entire business and for any workload. Transition:This requires a new approach to data center design.
  • Key Point: NetApp and Cisco have introduced critical capabilities to make this data center vision a realityTransitionSo how do these technologies deliver the advanced data center functionality….
  • Original data source: IDC, Worldwide Integrated Infrastructure and Platforms Tracker – 2013Q2, October 2, 2013FlexPod is officially #1 in Integrated Infrastructure! IDC just published a new quarterly tracker report for Worldwide Integrated Infrastructure and Platforms (aka Converged Infrastructure).  The report segments the market into two categories: Integrated Infrastructure (i.e., horizontal infrastructure stack type solutions including FlexPod and Vblock) and Integrated Platforms (workload stacks that include the application such as Oracle Exadata).  The results are in: FlexPod is #1 in Revenue and Capacity within the Integrated Infrastructure segment. We consider this report strong validation of FlexPod leadership in the global Converged Infrastructure market, and it endorses the Cisco and NetApp long-term vision and strategy of a highly scalable, unified architecture. Key take-aways:FlexPod is the global leader in Integrated Infrastructure.FlexPod is #1 in terms of both Revenues and Data capacity shipped within its segment.FlexPod is leading many established and larger players: VCE VBlock, EMC VSPEX, Dell vStart, HP CloudSystem, Hitachi Unified Compute Platform and IBM PureFlex.Integrated Infrastructure is the relevant segment for enterprises and service providers who need a Shared IT platform vs. a single workload-centric system.This result led from our focus on the customer, and our decisions to deliver the most cost efficient and flexible solution on the market.
  • Key Points: The technologies from Cisco and NetApp transform the physical infrastructure into dynamic pools of data center resources creating a shared virtualized infratructure that is flexible and efficient but still retains control and security of a dedicated environmentBuild 1 – Cisco and NetApp technology enables physical devices to be virtualized and abstracted as dynamic resources pool. These resource pools span multiple physical devices to 1000’s of servers and Petabytes of storage. Workloads can by dynamically and non-disruptively moved in the environment. The abstracted environment supports both bare metal and hyper-visor based deployments. Including multiple varieties of hypervisors. Build 2 – Resources are provisioned logically based on service catalogs. The application environments are isolated in this share virtual environment both to ensure data security and service level control while still enabling resources to be dynamically shared across those environments. Something we call Secure-multitenancyTransitionThis environment is ideal for a cloud infrastructure but not all companies are ready to move all of their environment to a cloud….
  • Cisco Cloupia Orchestration delivers unified service delivery across the virtualization, compute, network and storage layers from a single pane of glass. The solution orchestrates both physical and virtual infrastructures resources utilizing the APIs of each respective hardware component contained in the converged infrastructure. . Cloupia’s self-service portal enables IT operations or customers to order and receive automated delivery of infrastructure resources quickly. This unified management approach reduces deployment of infrastructure from weeks to minutes. By updating component templates, administrators can apply maintenance updates or patches within minutes freeing up IT staff from mundane daily tasks. Cloupia manages the industry’s leading converged infrastructure across compute, network, storage and virtualization layers from a unified pane of glass and according to policies and governance specified by IT.