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  • Data center strategy has become a critical part of business strategy. Today, more than ever, the ways and means of IT deployment can make the difference between an efficient, successful organization and an ineffective one. But IT’s support workload is increasing with greater numbers of applications for business operations and new services for competitive differentiation. As a result, the IT environment has become increasingly complex, and that shows no signs of stopping. This has placed greater burdens on IT staff in times when budgets are flat or decreasing. One of the major burdens is the management of the IT environment, with considerable staff time needed to configure, deploy, and manage applications and infrastructure. A recent IDC survey shows just how heavy this burden has become. IT decision makers report that approximately ¾ ’s of IT staff time is spent maintaining existing environments with less than ¼ of staff time being spent on value-added activities. Looking deeper into the maintenance activities we discover: 24% of time is consumed by pre-system deployment 23% of time is consumed by turning on and preparing systems for applications 29% of time is consumed by monitoring, update and patch management, health monitoring and analysis, and troubleshooting
  • 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.
  • Unified Infrastructure Manager (UIM) is an integrated management suite purpose-built for Vblock systems that includes Configuration Center, Provisioning Center and Operations as key suite elements. UIM is not an element manager…it sits above themIn unison, they deliver a single point of management for one to many Vblock systems with the ability to:Provide centralized change, configuration and compliance for Vblock systemsConfigure and provision disparate compute, network and storage resources as oneReduce and in some cases eliminate the need for multiple server, network & storage configuration toolsSignificantly streamline the integration of Vblock systems into existing IT Service Management (ITSM) frameworksUnified Infrastructure Manager [Configuration Center] can help you a secure and robust Vblock system. It uses a policy-driven approach to:Validate compliance with configuration best practicesAvoid configuration drift (Unified Infrastructure Manager tracks and reports on all changes to the Vblock system, including those that are performed by tools other than Unified Infrastructure Manager)Avoid conflicting resource identity assignmentsAutomatically track and report changes over timeUnified Infrastructure Manager [Provisioning Center] enables the critical shift from resource stovepipe-model management to a more service-oriented approach; a well known criterion for achieving the economies of scale Cloud promises. Core capabilities of Provisioning Center include:The ability to discover and operationalize Vblock converged infrastructure as a new atomic unit in the Data Center, thereby enabling unified provisioning of compute, network and storage resourcesProviding out-of-box automation workflows that can help sustain variable infrastructure provisioning requirements from the business with minimal effort and with 100% compliance guaranteedAggregate Vblock system management with a single instance, further reducing day-to-day dependencies by operations staff on individual element managersAn open and robust API to satisfy northbound integration with more diverse (and often complex) Infrastructure & Operations (I&O) management ecosystemsUIM Operations will offer:At-a-glance Vblock system topology and mash-up views for quick identification of system components and the inter-relationSimplify object search capabilities across Vblock system environments, including physical and logical objects (e.g. service profile)Deliver consolidated event management and forwarding to higher level enterprise management or network management systems (EMS/NMS)Streamline integration with 3rd-party ITSM suites through common API and MSA
  • UCS Director Overview

    1. 1. Cisco Confidential© 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 1 Cisco UCS Director Overview Presentation * *Formerly named Cisco Cloupia
    2. 2. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 2 77% 23% Maintain Value-Add • VMs in minutes remainder of infrastructure stack provisioned manually • 77% of time spent on infrastructure deployment, monitoring, updating and troubleshooting • Limited time to focus on new services • Centralized automation and management is key to shifting this ratio towards value-add • Allows IT to better respond to needs of business Source: IDC, 2011
    3. 3. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 3 Server Growth 10Times* Data Center Growth 14x Times* Data will Grow 5x Times# IT Staff Growth by 1.5Times* • Application Consistency • Simplification • Agility • Efficiency and Scale • Business Alignment • Physical and Virtual Integration Power Requirements Grow by 100x Times# What Data Centers Need Source: * 2012 IDC Digital Universe Study By 2020 & # Gartner
    4. 4. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 4 Challenges: • Manual processes • Complex handoffs between teams and domains • Static resource allocation Result: • Days/weeks/months to deploy IT services • High operational cost • Rigid silos • Infrastructure inefficiency and under utilization NetworkAdm Update Trunks Create VLANs Configure SAN Zoning Create UCS Service Profiles Create Network Policies ServerAdmins Configure Servers Bare metal Provisioning Setup Servers Add VLAN to Service Profile Create VLAN Create Storage Resources (LUNs and Volumes) Storage Add vFilers to Group Create vFilers Create IP space UCS Blade Power On Create Storage Policy Map NetApp LUN Add Users and Groups IT Planning Approvals Define Cost Models BusinessApplication Requirements 1 2 3 4 5 6
    5. 5. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 5 On-Demand Automated Delivery Policy-Driven Provisioning Secure Cloud Container VMsComputeNetwork Storage UCS Director Domain Managers OS and Virtual Machines Storage Network Compute Tenant B Tenant C Tenant A Virtualized and Bare-Metal Compute and Hypervisor B CA Network and Services VM VM Bare Metal Single Pane of Glass End-to-End Automation and Lifecycle Management
    6. 6. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 6 Agility and Simplicity for Virtualized and Bare-Metal IT Services Centralized Lifecycle Management of Physical and Virtualization Infrastructure Virtual Infrastructure IT Admins IT OperationsEnd Users Physical Infrastructure Cisco UCS Cisco Nexus Open API for Integration UCS Director Self Service Console OS & VM Deployment Admin Console Policy Manager Dashboard Resource Pools
    7. 7. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 7 Access configuration, VLAN, VSAN, Security, and Hardening Operating System Configuration OS Type, Patch Level, Settings Network interface card (NIC) configuration: MAC address, VLAN, and QoS settings; host bus adapter HBA configuration: worldwide names (WWNs), VSANs, and bandwidth constraints; and firmware revisions Unique service ID, Application revisions, and Storage settings Application resources: Server, Storage, Network Security, OS VI SME Storage SME Server SME Network SME Access configuration, VLAN, VSAN, Security, and Hardening Operating System Configuration OS Type, Patch Level, Settings Network interfacecard (NIC) configuration: MAC address, VLAN, and QoS settings; host bus adapter HBA configuration: worldwide names (WWNs), VSANs, and bandwidth constraints; and firmware revisions Network interfacecard (NIC) configuration: MAC address, VLAN, and QoS settings; host bus adapter HBA configuration: worldwide names (WWNs), VSANs, and bandwidth constraints; and firmware revisions Network interfacecard (NIC) configuration: MAC address, VLAN, and QoS settings; host bus adapter HBA configuration: worldwide names (WWNs), VSANs, and bandwidth constraints; and firmware revisions Network interfacecard (NIC) configuration: MAC address, VLAN, and QoS settings; host bus adapter HBA configuration: worldwide names (WWNs), VSANs, and bandwidth constraints; and firmware revisions Access configuration, VLAN, VSAN, Security, and Hardening Operating System Configuration OS Type, Patch Level, Settings Access configuration, VLAN, VSAN, Security, and Hardening Operating System Configuration OS Type, Patch Level, Settings Access configuration, VLAN, VSAN, Security, and Hardening Operating System Configuration OS Type, Patch Level, Settings Subject matter experts define policies 1 Administrators select resource pools and policies 2 Quickly deploy resources from pools and policies 3
    8. 8. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 8 Aligns People, Policy, and Configuration With Business Subject Matter Experts Define Policies Policies Used to Create Service Profile SAN and Storage 2 vSwitch Nexus 1000vVI SME Storage SME Server SME Network SME Server Policy… Storage Policy… Network Policy… Virtualization Policy… Application Profiles… Server Name UUID, MAC, WWN Boot Information LAN, SAN Config Firmware Policy SAN Zoning Create and MAP LUN Provision Physical and VI 3 System is ready for Use 4 Server Name UUID, MAC, WWN Boot Information LAN, SAN Config Firmware Policy Storage Configuration Virtual Infrastructure Configuration Network Configuration
    9. 9. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 9 • Request for Stateless server from Catalog • Invokes a Service Request • Service delivered in Minutes Self-Service Request for Bare-metal Server
    10. 10. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 10 NetworkAdm Update Trunks Create VLANs Configure SAN Zoning Create UCS Service Profiles Create Network Policies ServerAdmins Configure Servers Bare metal Provisioning Setup Servers Add VLAN to Service Profile Create VLAN Create Storage Resources (LUNs and Volumes) Storage Add vFilers to Group Create vFilers Create IP space UCS Blade Power On Create Storage Policy Map NetApp LUN 4 5 6 Provisioning a Stateless Server Data 1. LUN 2. Initiators/ iGroups Simplified Bare Metal Deployment • Compute, Network and Storage • Installation : PXE Creation, ESX/ESXi, Nexu s 1000v • VMware: Add the Host to vCenter • Nexus 1000v registration and migration 1. Zone 2. ZoneSet 1. Service Profile 2. Server Selection 3. Installation of OS 1. VI Configuration 2. 1000v Configuration 3. Storage Virtualization VMware VMware Hyper-V FC/VLAN
    11. 11. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 11 Deploy and De-Provision a Stateless Server in Minutes MinutestoProvision • Unified Bare Metal Provisioning Deliver both Physical and Virtual servers Unified Provisioning Unified De-Provisioning Services delivered in minutes instead of days (or weeks) Benefits • Enables Dynamic Service Delivery Highly Flexible Adaptive On-Demand Service Minimize Time to Deploy Higher Flexibility Deliver Consistent Deployment in Alignment with IT Standard Deployment • Resource Utilization Visibility
    12. 12. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 12 Automated Self-Service Provisioning Architect Design Where Can We Put It? Procure Install Configure Secure Is It Ready? Manual Capacity On-Demand Policy-Based Provisioning Adaptive FROM WEEKS TO MINUTES
    13. 13. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 13 • Unified-click provisioning • Single management interface Physical and virtual infrastructure • Model-based orchestration • Converged infrastructure management Self-service portal Multi-tenant/Secure Multi-Tenant security UCS Director End-to-End Infrastructure Management Application Hypervisor X86 Server Network Storage
    14. 14. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 14 • Single-click provisioning • Single management interface Physical and virtual infrastructure • Model-based orchestration • Converged infrastructure management Self-service portal Multi-tenant security UCS Director End-to-End Infrastructure Management Application Hypervisor X86 Server Network Storage
    15. 15. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 15 Single-Click Provisioning Single Management Interface • Physical and Virtual Infrastructure Model-Based Orchestration Resource Pooling across Vblock Converged Infrastructure Management • Self-service portal • Multi-tenant security UCS Director End-to-End Infrastructure Management System 720 August 2013 System 200 System 320
    16. 16. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 16 Delivers IT efficiency to better align with business strategy End-to-End Automation  Turnkey Solution ready for use in hours Align People, Policies and Infrastructure Configuration with Business Multi-Vendor Support
    17. 17. Cisco Confidential© 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 17
    18. 18. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 18 • Self-service infrastructure catalog • Rapid provisioning and de-provisioning • Policy-based resource provisioning across system • Real-time reporting of Vblock system • Dashboards to simplify Vblock solution UCS Director • Designed for monitoring of Vblock systems • Dashboards of Vblock configurations • Real-time reporting of Vblock system components VCE Vision • UCS Director to centrally provisions and manages Vblock systems • VCE Vision provides monitoring of Vblock system configurations
    19. 19. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 19 • Manages Physical, virtual and bare metal infrastructures Heterogeneous virtualization, compute, network and storage vendor components No vendor lock-in at any layer • Out-of-Box Task Library Drag „n drop capability to build and maintain physical and virtual orchestration workflows • Model-based Orchestration Aware of relationships and dependencies between virtual and physical components and data objects Capable of adapting to changes in infrastructure UCS Director • Manages Cloud and applications management for service providers providing on-premises services utilizing Windows Azure Virtual Infrastructure • Imported Task Library Leverages imported PowerShell cmdlet libraries for limited physical infrastructure capabilities • Model-based and Script-based Orchestration Model-based orchestration at virtualization layers Limited script-based orchestration in other layers through PowerShell cmdlets Microsoft System Center • UCS Director provisions and manages compute, network storage infrastructure • System Center deploys, configures, management Microsoft software stack
    20. 20. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 20 • Extends System Center capabilities with infrastructure monitoring • Comprehensive self-service catalog and management actions for unified infrastructure • UCS Director‟s monitoring, provisioning and reporting capability across physical and virtual infrastructure can complement System Center • Provisioning across physical, virtual and network complements System Center offering • Virtual machine management works with System Center Cisco UCS Director • Designed for infrastructure and application management on-premises for service providers utilizing Windows Azure • Enterprise accounts standardizing on the Microsoft platform • System Center integration into UCS Director via REST APIs to enhance provisioning and management API integration simplifies System Center infrastructure resource provisioning, configuration and monitoring Perfect bridge for customers looking to use Azure for hybrid infrastructure monitoring and management System Center
    21. 21. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 21 • Installation Single integrated VM appliance with single data model “Turnkey” approach to end-to-end management and orchestration • Manages Physical, virtual and bare metal Heterogeneous virtualization, compute, network and storage vendor components No vendor lock-in at any layer • Model-based orchestration Aware of relationships and dependencies between virtual and physical components and data objects Capable of adapting to changes in data center infrastructure • Out-of-Box Task Library Drag „n drop capability to build and maintain physical and virtual tasks • End-User Self-service orchestration of virtual and physical infrastructure UCS Director • Installation Integration and configuration required between several software components and data models “Cobbled” approach to end-to-end management and orchestration For example: vCloud Director, vCloud Network and Security, vCloud Chargeback Manager, vCenter Orchestrator, vCloud Operations Manager • Manages Focuses on virtual components – Enterprise Edition required to enable limited physical infrastructure capabilities Virtualization layer lock-in • Script-based Orchestration Static scripts that require rewriting when infrastructure changes Set and forget mentality, lacks ability to track changes to components and data objects within the infrastructure • Catalog of Script-based Templates No integration between orchestration and service catalog • End User No end-user self-service orchestration of physical infrastructure vCloud Suite
    22. 22. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 22 • Installation Turnkey installation from single integrated VM appliance • Manages Physical, virtual and bare metal across virtualization, compute, network and storage • Model-based orchestration Logical and physical relationship context stored in database • Out-of-Box Task Library Drag „n drop capability to build and maintain physical and virtual tasks • End-User Self-service of virtual and physical infrastructure UCS Director • Installation Several software components required for complete end-to-end feature set For example: HP System Insight Manager, HP Matrix Operating Environment, HP iLO, HP Virtual Connect Manager, HP Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager • Manages Physical, virtual and bare metal infrastructure Heterogeneous virtualization support, HP compute, network and storage components only. Vendor lock-in towards HP infrastructure • Script-based Orchestration • End User Self-service orchestration of virtual and HP physical infrastructure HP Matrix
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