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Breaking barriers webinar - The Data Center of Today



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  • 1.
  • 2. The Data Center
    of Today
    Tony Russi, CCIE #8535
  • 3. Today’s Discussion Points
    Historical Data Center Design
    Converged Infrastructure
  • 4. Introduction
    Who is NWN?
    NWN helps customers solve business problems through technology.
    • IT solutions company
    • 5. Best-of-breed solutions and products
    • 6. Fast-growing
    • 7. Privately-held
    • 8. Woman-owned
    • 9. 550 employees
    • 10. $300 million projected revenue in 2011
  • Introduction
    What is the Data Center of Today?
    Typical Services
    Customer facing applications
    Internal Applications
    Voice PBX?
    Video PBX?
    Physical security applications?
    The list goes on…..
  • 11. Introduction
    Typical Components
    Physical Security
    All of these elements work together to deliver service to end-users
  • 12. Historical Data Center Design
    Historically, data centers have been designed and operated in silos
    Often, the applications drove the specific integrations deployed
    These integrations would vary widely in the same data center
  • 13. Historical Data Center
  • 14. Historical Data Center Design
    The silo approach creates challenges
    Difficult to deploy new services
    Slow to market
    Error prone
    Barrier to deploying business applications
  • 15. Converged Infrastructure
    What is converged infrastructure?
    Voice Over IP?
    Video Over IP?
    Coffee over IP?
    ‘Packages multiple information technology (IT) components into a single, optimized computing solution.’
  • 16. Converged Infrastructure Characteristics
    Compute, Network, Storage, & I/O
    Redundancy is a key principle
  • 17. 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
  • 18. 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
  • 19. 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
  • 20. Converged Infrastructure
  • 21. Converged Infrastructure
    Compute pools and virtualization
    Converged network switches
    Orchestration Software
    Enabling Technologies
    Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCOE)
    Converged Enhanced Ethernet
    Compute Technology & Virtualization
  • 22. 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
  • 23. 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
  • 24. 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
  • 25. Converged Infrastructure - Components
    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.
  • 26. 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
  • 27. Converged Infrastructure - Components
    Orchestration Software
    Provides a single point of management
    Service definition and provisioning
    Simplifies management
    Role based access
    Abstracts the hardware from the service definition
    Reduces service creation times
  • 28. Orchestration Software
    Orchestration software vendors
    VCE– VBlock Unified Infrastructure Manager
    HP – HP Matrix – Multiple service automation products
    Open Source – Openstack
  • 29. Converged Infrastructure Components
    Service/management hardening
    OOB protections
    Virtual security devices
    Secure administration
    Abstract system management from IT administrators
  • 30. 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!
  • 31. 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!
  • 32. Thank you for your
    time and attention.
    How may we be of help?