Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks


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The data centers of today are substantially different and have unique management requirements. Consolidation of computing infrastructures, virtualization, high-capacity data center technologies, and the distribution of enterprise users create a need for advanced management tactics and tools. During this webcast we discuss some of these technologies and best practices for managing them.

Mark Balch, a member of Cisco’s UCS product management team will co-host this webcast. Join us for “Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks” when we will discuss:

• Leveraging data from VMware’s vCenter as a part of your overall data center management strategy
• Data center switching technologies and management best practices
• Overview of the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and management best practices for it
• Using Orion’s Dynamic Service Groups for data center monitoring

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  • Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks

    1. 1.
    2. 2. A Big “Howdy” from SolarWinds® in<br /> Austin, TX<br />Josh Stephens, VP of Technology & Head Geek<br />Joe Sirriani, Senior Director of Strategy<br />Mark Balch, Cisco’s UCS Product Manager<br />Today’s Topic: <br /> Managing Next Generation Data Center<br /> Networks<br />Who is SolarWinds?<br />What we do…<br />Who are our customers?<br />The SolarWinds community…<br />Introduction<br />
    3. 3. Agenda<br /><ul><li>Introductions & Housekeeping
    4. 4. Today’s Data Center Landscape
    5. 5. Data Center Management Challenges
    6. 6. Data Center Management Best Practices
    7. 7. Data Center Management with Orion NPM 10.1
    8. 8. Summary and Q&A</li></li></ul><li>A Few Notes about Today’s Session<br /><ul><li>Today’s content will be fairly high-level
    9. 9. We only have an hour
    10. 10. No attendee left behind…
    11. 11. Ask questions!!!
    12. 12. Don’t be afraid to ask deeper questions
    13. 13. Don’t wait until the end – ask away
    14. 14. Today’s session is being recorded
    15. 15. Recorded session on
    16. 16. Slides available on</li></ul>J0sher2014<br />
    17. 17. Today’s Data Center Technology<br />What’s different about the Data Center? <br /><ul><li>Virtualization – servers & switches
    18. 18. Consolidation – servers & storage & politicians
    19. 19. Integration – network components
    20. 20. Unified Computing – Cisco UCS</li></li></ul><li>Data Center Switching Technologies<br /><ul><li>Virtual Switches
    21. 21. High-speed, highly-dense Ethernet
    22. 22. Fiber Channel over Ethernet
    23. 23. Trunking</li></li></ul><li>Data Center Management Challenges<br />Change Management, Reporting, and Control<br />Team diversity and breadth of responsibilities<br />Cloud<br />SaaS<br />Private Cloud<br />Public Cloud<br />Hybrid Cloud<br /><ul><li>Energy</li></li></ul><li>Management Best Practices<br />Leverage vCenter<br />Use Next-Generation Computing Systems<br />Implement Collaboration Tools<br />Include Energy Management<br />Use Data Center Focused Monitoring Tools<br />
    24. 24. VMware and vCenter<br />
    25. 25. Cisco UCS<br /><ul><li>A single system that unifies
    26. 26. Computer: Industry standard x86
    27. 27. Network: Unified fabric
    28. 28. Virtualization: Control, scale, performance
    29. 29. Storage Access: Wire once for SAN, NAS, iSCSI
    30. 30. Embedded management
    31. 31. Increase scalability without added complexity
    32. 32. Dynamic resource provisioning
    33. 33. Ability to integrate with broad partner ecosystem
    34. 34. Energy efficient
    35. 35. Fewer servers, switches, adapters, cables
    36. 36. Lower power and cooling requirements
    37. 37. Increase computer efficiency by removing I/O and memory bottlenecks</li></li></ul><li>Cisco UCS: Unified embedded management<br />Open Interface for User and Partner Integration<br /><ul><li>Unified Management Domain
    38. 38. Building Block for Dynamic Data Center
    39. 39. Dynamic provisioning
    40. 40. Fast infrastructure repurposing
    41. 41. Deploy in minutes, not days
    42. 42. Service Profiles: one-click configuration of LAN, SAN and firmware parameters</li></ul>UCS Manager<br />with XML-API<br />Service Profile: HR-App1<br />Network: HR-VLAN<br />Network QoS: High<br />MAC: 08:00:69:02:01:FC-E<br />WWN: 5080020000075740-3<br />BIOS: Version 1.03<br />Boot Order: SAN, LAN<br />App<br />OS<br />Firmware<br />Network<br />
    43. 43. <ul><li>Virtualizes more apps
    44. 44. Increase VM density
    45. 45. Increase visibility and control</li></ul>Cisco UCS: Accelerating Virtualization Through Platform Differentiation<br />Cisco Value Add<br /><ul><li>Memory Extension</li></ul>Memory<br />VM<br />VM<br />VM<br />VM<br />VM<br />VM<br />VM<br />VM<br />VM<br />CPU<br />VM<br />I/O<br />Cisco Value Add<br /><ul><li>VN-Link in hardware
    46. 46. 10GE scalability for VMotion and VM traffic</li></li></ul><li>Collaboration Tools<br />Especially important because of breadth of technology<br />Most organizations will have specialists on separate teams<br />Share best practices, training and documentation<br />
    47. 47. Energy Management<br />Key expense driver for most data centers<br />Most organizations lack visibility<br />Today’s technology offers several advantages<br />Visibility<br />Smart Management<br />Cost/Energy Savings<br /><ul><li>Great reference:</li></ul><br />
    48. 48. Data Center Focused Monitoring<br />Highly scalable for dense-computing environments<br />Granular polling for high-performance, local systems<br />Broad coverage of technology types:<br />Networking<br />Systems and Applications<br />Storage<br />Virtualization<br />
    49. 49. Data Center Network monitoring with Orion NPM<br />Data Center Features & Benefits<br /><ul><li>Dynamic Service Groups – Allow users to monitor related systems
    50. 50. Conditional Group Dependencies – Intelligent network alerts based on parent/child dependencies
    51. 51. Virtual Infrastructure Monitor – Monitor virtualization from the data center to the VM to the network infrastructure
    52. 52. Cisco UCS Support – Manage Cisco UCS components in a single unified view
    53. 53. VSAN Monitoring – Real time, threshold based alerting of VSAN performance
    54. 54. Other Cool Features
    55. 55. Message Center –View alerts, syslog, events, traps in a single pane of glass
    56. 56. Mobile Views – Android, Blackberry, iPhone
    57. 57. Active Directory Integration –Leverage existing AD accounts and groups
    58. 58. LUCID Web Interface – Logical, Useable, Customizable, Interactive, and Drill-down</li></li></ul><li>Powerful Products for IT Management<br />SolarWinds manages<br />Network Devices<br />Routers, Switches, Firewalls<br />Servers<br />Physical and Virtual<br />Software Applications<br />Exchange, SQL<br />Storage Devices<br />SAN array, NAS, DAS<br />SolarWinds products<br />Periodically check device performance<br />Alert network administrators of problems<br />Report on overall performance<br />Identify and diagnose issues<br />Resolve network issues<br />Network<br />Storage<br />Apps<br />
    59. 59. Summary and Q&A<br />Thank you for attending!<br />To learn more or to download a free 30-day<br />trial of SolarWinds products visit:<br /><br />Contact information:<br />Josh Stephens, Head Geek<br /><br />twitter: sw_headgeek<br />Blog:<br />