Introduction What is the Data Center of Today? Typical Services Customer facing applications Databases Internal Applications Voice PBX? Video PBX? Physical security applications? The list goes on…..
Introduction Typical Components Compute Storage Network Management Facilities Physical Security All of these elements work together to deliver service to end-users
Historical Data Center Design Historically, data centers have been designed and operated in silos Network Compute Storage Often, the applications drove the specific integrations deployed These integrations would vary widely in the same data center
Historical Data Center Design The silo approach creates challenges Brittle Complex Difficult to deploy new services Slow to market Error prone Barrier to deploying business applications
Converged Infrastructure What is converged infrastructure? Voice Over IP? Video Over IP? Coffee over IP? Wikipedia ‘Packages multiple information technology (IT) components into a single, optimized computing solution.’
Converged Infrastructure Characteristics Virtualized Compute, Network, Storage, & I/O Resilent Redundancy is a key principle Open Modular Orchestrated
Why Converged Infrastructure? Increased IT Agility Virtualized IP and Fiber Channel Storage Single console management Provides a platform for cloud computing Ability to pool IT resources Automate resource provisioning Scale up/Scale down quickly Provides platform for dynamic provisioning
Why Converged Infrastructure? Decreased complexity through the use of pre-integrated hardware with automation tools Lower costs Reduced capital costs through higher utilization, less cabling, and automation Lower operating costs from reduced effort via automation Reduced service provisioning times
Why Converged Infrastructure? Improved operational support Simplified administration through fewer management points Reduced complexity due to fewer components Alignment with ITIL processes Opportunity to vastly improve turnaround times for provisioning and decommissioning Simplified capacity planning
Converged Infrastructure Compute Pools Compute is a resource Hardware is abstracted from the application and OS using virtualization Compute service is supplied by pools of resources Pools can be expanded or contracted Specific hardware is not tied to the application Offerings from HP, IBM, and Cisco
Converged Infrastructure - Components Converged Network Adapter Server PCI card Appears as a Host Bus Adapter to the OS Appears as network adapter to the OS Fiber Channel Traffic is encapsulated into ethernet frames (FCOE) Emulex, QLogic, Cisco, Broadcom, Intel
Converged Infrastructure - Components Converged Switch Supports Ethernet and Fiber Channel Converts FCOE frames to native FC Often a single hop away from the SAN Some vendors versions support either FC or Ethernet on any port Cisco, HP, Brocade
Converged Infrastructure - Components FCOE Transport of mapping of frames over Ethernet Ethernet provides the physical interface FC provides the transport A published standard of the T11 committee since 2008.
Converged Infrastructure Converged Enhanced Ethernet 10 gigabit Ethernet provides the transport for FCOE FCOE requires lossless ethernet Ethernet by design is not lossless Standards are in progress for lossless Ethernet Data Center Bridging Taskforce Multiple 802.1xx standards One hop FCOE is the answer today
Converged Infrastructure - Components Orchestration Software Provides a single point of management Service definition and provisioning Network SAN Compute Simplifies management Role based access Abstracts the hardware from the service definition Reduces service creation times
Orchestration Software Orchestration software vendors VCE– VBlock Unified Infrastructure Manager HP – HP Matrix – Multiple service automation products Open Source – Openstack
Converged Infrastructure Components Security Service/management hardening Multi-Tenancy OOB protections Virtual security devices Secure administration Abstract system management from IT administrators
Summary Traditional Data Center Design Converged Infrastructure Can improve service time to market Simplifies the infrastructure Reduces Costs Improves service to business NWN can help!
Upcoming Seminar Join us on April 28 to learn even more about transitioning your data center to be cloud ready. Seminar – The Future of the Data Center Sift through the marketing hype and learn how to a build a roadmap to Infrastructure Convergence. Develop a pragmatic approach to leveraging cloud and converged technologies in your business. Understand the approaches to operating and maintaining a converged infrastructure. Date: April 28, 2011 Time: 8:30am – 11:30pm Location: Hyatt Regency (1209 L Street) Call your NWN representative to reserve your space or to schedule a data center review today!
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