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Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
Managing Next-Gen Data Center Networks
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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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    • 1.
    • 2. A Big “Howdy” from SolarWinds® in<br /> Austin, TX<br />Josh Stephens, VP of Technology &amp; 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. Agenda<br /><ul><li>Introductions &amp; Housekeeping
    • 4. Today’s Data Center Landscape
    • 5. Data Center Management Challenges
    • 6. Data Center Management Best Practices
    • 7. Data Center Management with Orion NPM 10.1
    • 8. Summary and Q&amp;A</li></li></ul><li>A Few Notes about Today’s Session<br /><ul><li>Today’s content will be fairly high-level
    • 9. We only have an hour
    • 10. No attendee left behind…
    • 11. Ask questions!!!
    • 12. Don’t be afraid to ask deeper questions
    • 13. Don’t wait until the end – ask away
    • 14. Today’s session is being recorded
    • 15. Recorded session on
    • 16. Slides available on</li></ul>J0sher2014<br />
    • 17. Today’s Data Center Technology<br />What’s different about the Data Center? <br /><ul><li>Virtualization – servers &amp; switches
    • 18. Consolidation – servers &amp; storage &amp; politicians
    • 19. Integration – network components
    • 20. Unified Computing – Cisco UCS</li></li></ul><li>Data Center Switching Technologies<br /><ul><li>Virtual Switches
    • 21. High-speed, highly-dense Ethernet
    • 22. Fiber Channel over Ethernet
    • 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. VMware and vCenter<br />
    • 25. Cisco UCS<br /><ul><li>A single system that unifies
    • 26. Computer: Industry standard x86
    • 27. Network: Unified fabric
    • 28. Virtualization: Control, scale, performance
    • 29. Storage Access: Wire once for SAN, NAS, iSCSI
    • 30. Embedded management
    • 31. Increase scalability without added complexity
    • 32. Dynamic resource provisioning
    • 33. Ability to integrate with broad partner ecosystem
    • 34. Energy efficient
    • 35. Fewer servers, switches, adapters, cables
    • 36. Lower power and cooling requirements
    • 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. Building Block for Dynamic Data Center
    • 39. Dynamic provisioning
    • 40. Fast infrastructure repurposing
    • 41. Deploy in minutes, not days
    • 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. <ul><li>Virtualizes more apps
    • 44. Increase VM density
    • 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. 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. 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. 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. Data Center Network monitoring with Orion NPM<br />Data Center Features &amp; Benefits<br /><ul><li>Dynamic Service Groups – Allow users to monitor related systems
    • 50. Conditional Group Dependencies – Intelligent network alerts based on parent/child dependencies
    • 51. Virtual Infrastructure Monitor – Monitor virtualization from the data center to the VM to the network infrastructure
    • 52. Cisco UCS Support – Manage Cisco UCS components in a single unified view
    • 53. VSAN Monitoring – Real time, threshold based alerting of VSAN performance
    • 54. Other Cool Features
    • 55. Message Center –View alerts, syslog, events, traps in a single pane of glass
    • 56. Mobile Views – Android, Blackberry, iPhone
    • 57. Active Directory Integration –Leverage existing AD accounts and groups
    • 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. Summary and Q&amp;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 />