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  • When administrators try to build clouds using legacy infrastructure, they run into operational complexities created by disconnected technology silos never built to work together seamlessly. Physical infrastructure was traditionally static and difficult to manage. It was built assuming frequent manual intervention. Virtualization, on the other hand, is inherently programmable. The problem comes in layering flexible virtualization software on static infrastructure. This boundary is frought with complexity and expense in setup, configuration, and ongoing management. <click - animation>I call this an accidential architecture. No one wanted things to be this way, but infrastructure was designed largely before virtualization and has retained essentially the same overall design. Until the UCS, of course, which was designed explicitly to bridge the gap between physical and virtual by providing pre-integrated, programmable infrastructure.In fact, UCS was designed by one of the original VMware founders, Ed Bugnion. Ed wrote the original ESX hypervisor and understood as well as anyone, the difficulties in managing infrastructure dependencies in a virtualized environment. As good as his software was, it relied on extensive and costly manual configuration of compute, network, and storage to run applications efficiently in high quality virtual machines. By integrating the physical compute and network layers with hypervisors and their virtual machines, Ed was able to overcome many of the traditional bottlenecks in data center and cloud systems. Beyond performance, which could be considered a capex issue – do I have enough hardware? – the UCS improves operational processes by enforcing and managing the physical/virtual boundaries.
  • The market has spoken clearly: Cisco UCS is the #2 x86 blade manufacturer in North America and #3 globally. With a run-rate over $1Billion, UCS has sustained market traction and deployment across the world’s leading companies and institutions. Customers including Qualcomm, Freeport McMoran, and Levi Strauss run business-critical workloads on UCS including SAP and Oracle business applications. Travelport, Moses Cone Health System, and Boston University are examples of customers who have utilized UCS rapid deployment and configuration capabilities to more rapidly respond to their application requirements with low operational costs.Qualcomm:http://www.slideshare.net/Ciscodatacenter/why-cisco-ucs-for-oracle-solutions, http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps9441/ps9670/at_a_glance_c45-617345.pdfFreeport:http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns517/ns224/ns944/dcs_uc_for_erp_freeport.pdfLevi:http://www.sap.com/about-sap/newsroom/press.epx?pressid=13294Travelport:http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns517/ns224/ns944/casestudy_c36_674549.pdfMoses Cone:http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns517/ns224/ns944/case_study_c36-588298.pdfBoston University: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns517/ns224/bumc_cs.pdf
  • If we can say one thing about cloud services – it is that they are growing, resulting in ever increasing workload on system administrators. UCS is a stateless system that leverages the power of dynamic configuration to rapidly deploy compute nodes in whatever configuration is best suited to the applications at hand.UCS understands the concept of infrastructure templates and enables administrators to automatically provision dozens of physical servers at a time with policy-enforced configurations at the compute and network layers. Whenever the administrator wants to expand or create a hypervisor or application cluster, it is only necessary to specify the number of nodes in UCS Manager. UCS will automatically deploy the requested server and network configuration and then boot those nodes with the desired system image. The result is a dramatic savings in time and reduced potential for manual errors.Key points for cloud (beyond the normal UCS service profile value proposition)On-demand physical provisioning like virtualDeliver physical resources programmatically like a VMAutomate physical provisioning like software
  • Key points for cloud (beyond the normal form-factor independent value proposition)Any physical resource can be delivered on-demand: local storage, PCIe cards, more memory, etc.Treat all types of x86 hardware (blades, racks, PCIe, storage) as pools of resources
  • Nothing here about virtual machines, linux or Windows, object stores or SANsThis looks like how IT resources are delivered as compared to what those resources actually areSounds a lot like traditional IT– you need resources? let’s consider what you needThere is a big difference between the infrastructure that runs your ERP system versus your public-facing web site
  • If you have a purely stateless application with minimal performance requirements, you can run almost anywhere; not so if your analytics farm requires low latency network and storage
  • Using the Cisco Unified Computing System as the basis for your virtual desktop infrastructure unites computing, networking, virtualization, and storage access using technology innovation to bring ideal platform for desktop virtualizationSpecifically, the Cisco UCS costs at least 20% less than competitors due to its radically simplified architecture requiring fewer components .Supports 60% more virtual desktops without impacting user performanceIs easy to deploy and scaleMassive Scalability – Full system scales to 320 servers x 120 virtual desktops/server = up to 38,400 desktopsLargest and most cost-effective memory footprint for a 2-socket server combined with screaming fast, secured I/O avoiding bottlenecks
  • Another unique benefit that we can offer is the ability to manage existing/new “enterprise applications” and emerging “big data applications” from the same management domain.This is enabled by the unique capability of Cisco UCS to transparently integrate and manage infrastructure for running traditional enterprise applications like Oracle RAC on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers (typically deployed with enterprise SAN storage arrays) with infrastructure for deploying Big Data on Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers (with internal storage capacity and bandwidth). Integrated Server ManagementIntegrated Network ManagementIntegrated Data Management
  • http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns517/ns224/Xerox_external_case_study_final_11_02_12.pdf
  • UCS is Cisco’s solution for virtualized data centers. Basically it is an aggregation of Network, Physical and Virtual System and Storage technologies all in one appliance – so everything runs on one appliance.CLICK: You migrate your tier 1 apps to UCS and deliver and manage them more cost-effectively through virtual desktop services. Centralization & virtualization can prove workforce productivity and IT costs – if you have the right management solution!Just as the UCS is a converged or unified infrastructure, you need a unified approach to managing UCS to assure ensure exceptional Quality of Experience for the applications UCS delivers and Quality of Service of the underlying UCS infrastructure. Cisco is an expert at managing service layers 1-3, but we are experts at managing layer 1-7 and also provide automation and more.This requires what we call a CA Service Assurance solution approach to management: End-to-End and Top-to-Bottom visibility and control to End-to-End:from the user all the way through the entire infrastructure and backTop-to-Bottom: from the app all way the to packet on the networkCLICK: First we discover the environment. We connect to the Cisco UCS Manager’s XML API – and we discover the UCS’ components and their interconnectivities (relationships and dependencies)The benefit: detect fault quickly and suppress symptomatic alarms.CLICK:Next we do performance and capacity monitoring of all the components within the USC, traffic between them, and mananeg applications hosted there and the business transactions they drive.The benefit: proactively address infrastructure issues in the USC and the rest of the infrastructure.CLICK: Finally rather than looking at things only from an infrastructure fault and performance perspectives, we have a business service dashboard that shows you how the UCS (and infrastructure around it) impacts that applications that the UCS is hosting to deliver business services.The benefit: manage service quality , risk and availability and SLAs
  • Mention the Monitor portions and the Service Desk portion too – unified Management in an ITIL focussed ITSM packageDiscovery – important in terms of context – what VMs are running on what blade for instance?
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    • 1. Cisco Confidential© 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 1Cloud Solutions with theUnified Computing SystemMark BalchDirector, Product Management, Data Center Business GroupApril 23 2013
    • 2. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 2Cisco UCS – Operational and Economic efficiencyCisco UCS – Platform for the CloudCisco UCS for Virtual DesktopsCisco UCS for Big Data and AnalyticsCA solutions for Cisco UCS
    • 3. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 3$0$50$100$150$200$250Server Spending Mgmt. & Administration—Standalone ServersMgmt. & Administration—Virtual Servers Power & Cooling ExpenseSource: IDC, ―New Economic Model for the Datacenter,‖ 2011
    • 4. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 4Hundreds of Management PointsPhysical/Virtual FrontierVirtualAutomatedandDynamicPhysicalManualand StaticVirtualization andAutomation ToolsFixed InfrastructureVirtual Resource PoolsAccidentalArchitecture Technology silos Difficult integration Labor-intensive Costly tointegrate, maintain, upgrade, scale, secure
    • 5. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 5As of Q2FY13, Cisco UCS achieved an annualizedrun rate of 2 Billion dollars20,000+ unique UCS customers (February 2013)> 50% of Fortune 500 companies3,000+ channel partners actively selling UCS WW1,500+ UCS specialized channel partners
    • 6. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 6 All links can be active all the time Policy-driven bandwidth allocation Virtual interface granularityUplinks20Gb/s 40Gb/s 80Gb/s
    • 7. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 7Server Policy…Storage Policy…Network Policy…Virtualization Policy…Application Profiles…Subject Matter ExpertsDefine PoliciesStorageSMEServerSMENetworkSMEPolicies Usedto CreateService ProfileTemplatesService ProfileTemplatesCreate Service ProfilesAssociating ServiceProfiles with HardwareConfigures ServersAutomaticallyServer NameUUID, MAC, WWNBoot InformationLAN, SAN ConfigFirmware PolicyServer NameUUID, MAC, WWNBoot InformationLAN, SAN ConfigFirmware PolicyServer NameUUID, MAC, WWNBoot InformationLAN, SAN ConfigFirmware PolicyServer NameUUID, MAC, WWNBoot InformationLAN, SAN ConfigFirmware PolicyServer NameUUID, MAC, WWNBoot InformationLAN, SAN ConfigFirmware PolicyUnifiedManagement
    • 8. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 8 Rack and Blade formfactors in a commonresource pool Self IntegratingSystem Add capacity withoutcomplexityCisco UCSFabric InterconnectCisco NexusFabric ExtenderC-Series Rack MountServersB-Series Blade ServersUnifiedManagement
    • 9. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 9 Integrates threelayers of networkingLess complexityFewer devicesFewer managementpoints Directly connectsservers to the network Directly connectsVirtual Machines to thenetworkCisco VM-FEXTechnologyServerVMCisco Fabric ExtenderCisco UCSFabric InterconnectLow CostLow Power ConsumptionZero ManagementCard Cisco VirtualInterface CardCisco AdapterFEX TechnologyNetwork Wired forBandwidth, notConnectivityOne NetworkOne Network LayerHypervisorVMUnifiedFabric
    • 10. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 10―UCS brings a single operational tool that enhances the efficiency of the data centermanagement teams,‖ says Adam Baum, IT architect for the City of Mesa. ―First, the useof service profiles allows the city to reconfigure equipment as customer requirementschange in a matter of minutes, versus hours or days. Second, the single point ofmanagement that is inherent in UCS provides the ability to view server, network, andstorage health and performance from one pane of glass.‖―With Cisco UCS Manager service profiles, we can very quickly reconfigure any serverblade so that it’s ready for production in 15-20 minutes.‖ ―… an administrator can change anoperating system configuration and then apply it to multiple server blades at the sametime, saving time and reducing configuration errors.‖ ―Firmware upgrades are easier aswell, because the IT team simply attaches the upgrade to the template, and then CiscoUCS Manager automatically updates all server blades associated with that template. CiscoUCS Manager templates enable the IT team to update all servers in just 30minutes, compared to 20 hours with the previous computing platform.‖Support time was also cut dramatically. Thomas and the rest of the team have been freedto work on new projects in what he estimates is a twentyfold increase in productivity. Timesaved is now being directed toward expanding the internal team’s expertise and experiencewith other technologies and applications, as well as launching new initiatives.59% reduction of ongoing administrative/management costs based on 17 customers.Source: Cisco Data Center and Cloud Blog Posts, 9/27/2012 – 10/31/2012
    • 11. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 1159% reduction of ongoing administrative/management costs based on 17 customers.Source: Cisco Data Center and Cloud Blog Posts, 9/27/2012 – 10/31/2012
    • 12. Cisco Confidential© 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 12
    • 13. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 13“…ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access“…that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimalmanagement effort or service provider interaction.”“…to a shared pool of configurable computing resources(e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services)NIST SP800-145, September 2011
    • 14. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 15Bare-Metal PerformanceEnterprise ReliabilityAuditable SecurityHigh Operational CostRigid Configurations
    • 15. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 16GenericCloudVirtualized FlexibilityOn-Demand ResourcesAutomated EfficiencyLack of Control:Performance, Reliability,and ConfigurationsBare-Metal PerformanceEnterprise ReliabilityAuditable SecurityHigh Operational CostRigid Configurations
    • 16. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 17On-Demand Enterprise Compute• Quickly deploy physical servers with VM ease• Dynamically configure physical resources toaccommodate diverse enterprise workloads• Elastic scaling: reduce power during low demand,rapidly scale out for high demandSeamless Physical-Virtual Network• Enterprise networking capabilities across physicaland virtual machines• Virtual switching in hardware for consistent latencyand performance – line rate 10 Gbps to the VM• Automated network configuration from VM tophysical with leading hypervisors
    • 17. Cisco Confidential© 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 18
    • 18. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 19MemoryCPUUnified Fabric(FCoE)• Lower cost for compute +network infrastructure• Greater virtual desktop densitywithoutperformance impact• Simple Operation—start inminutes, scale in seconds• Massive Scalability—scaleseasily to 1000’s of desktops perUCS system• Extended memory and I/O toavoid desktop virtualizationbottlenecks
    • 19. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 20Single VM Latency Multi VM Latency020406080100120140160180124816326412825651210242048409681921638432768usecsMessage Size (bytes)Cisco VM-FEX Hypervisor vSwitch025507510005010015020025030012 VM 24 VM 36 VM 48 VMStdDevAverageLatency/VM(usecs)Avg Latency Cisco VM-FEXAvg Latency Hypervisor vSwitchStd Dev Cisco VM-FEXStd Dev Hypervisor vSwitch67% Latency50% PerformanceDeterministic Delivery
    • 20. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 21• 175 Desktops on B230 M2• Knowledge Worker Profile(no Flash)• 384 G memory, Dual E7-2870 /10 Core CPU• 184 Desktops on B200 M3• Knowledge Worker Profile(no Flash)• 384 G memory, Dual E5-2690 /8 Core CPUIndustry-leadingDensity on2-socket serversSource: Principled Technologies White PaperCurrent VDI/VXI solutionsDetails at www.cisco.com/go/vxi
    • 21. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 22Application Performance OptimizationsVM-FEX delivering deterministic performanceTier-0 Storage on ServerIOPS and storage optimizationsPrioritization of Desktop Pools / WorkloadsUCS QoS and bandwidth controls deliver prioritization to desktop poolsRapid Provisioning of DesktopsService profile templates for rapid provisioning of desktop poolsDesktop Density and ScalabilityGreat virtual desktop density with linear performance scalabilityNetworking Visibility and Security to the DesktopsNexus 1000V with VSG and VM-FEX provide VM level controls
    • 22. Cisco Confidential© 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 23
    • 23. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 24DatabaseNoSQL DatabaseExclusive hardware referenceJoint GTMSeveral joint engagementsUCS is exclusive hardware referenceSeveral joint engagementsUCS is the only partner platformCommercial, distributed key-valuedatabase.CommercialDocument-orienteddatabaseNetApp Open Solution for Hadoop (NOSH)
    • 24. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 25)• Operational Simplification:Simplified &policy-basedmanagement to manage thecluster• Modular Solution: Withmodularframework, infrastructure andexpansion modules simplifydeployment• Risk-reduction: Pre-validation, sizing andperformance optimizationreduces integration anddeployment risk• Lower TCO: With reducedmanaged switch nodes inscale-out solutionsBusiness Benefits• Scalability: Modular building block, scalable up to 7.2 PB with single managementdomain• Performance: Best in class performance of compute and network for massively scale-out applications• Management & Monitoring: Unified management across cluster (up to 10000 nodes)Architectural BenefitsUCS Fabric Interconnects provideCommon Management Plane forScale-outUCS C-Series Rack servers withInternal Storage provide theCompute Nodes
    • 25. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 26Extendable to multi-datacenter implementationsfor disaster recovery andbusiness continuityUCS Rack-MountServersUCS BladeServersUCS ManagerDeploy, Manage, MonitorCisco Tidal Enterprise SchedulerHadoop ConnectorsBig DataEcosystemSAN ArraysEnterprise ApplicationsAvailabilityBackupSnapshotCombine Enterprise and Big Data Platform Into One
    • 26. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 27DATA CENTER FOOTPRINTTwo data centers, one in Rochester, NY for production and one in Buffalo, NY fordisaster recovery• Scaling• Big data analytics• Enterprise apps• Accelerated Enterpriseapps• Improved staffproductivity 20%• High availability forcloud services• Faster time to marketfor new cloud-basedservices• Transition to cloud-based solutions• Existing data centerinfra-structure strained• UCS technologyadvantage—Singlescalable integratedsystem, single point ofmanag-ement, largememory footprint• Unmatchedperformance (withlarge memorycapability• Reliability andscalability• Reduced Cost• Simplified Cabling• Flexible and powerfulvirtual environmentusing prevalidatedVblockplatform, combiningCisco UCS, EMC, andVMware solutions• Cisco Unified FabricChallenges Turning Point Why Cisco? Solution ImpactThe performanceof SAP applications onCisco UCS was incredible,even better than we weregetting on our existingEnvironments.Steve Houser, CTO,Xerox Cloud ServicesPrivate Cloud Case Study
    • 27. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 28SummaryOperational and Economic efficiency – Real resultsPlatform for the Cloud – Large scale deploymentsVirtual DesktopsA Common platform architecture for Big Data and Analytics
    • 28. Cisco Confidential© 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 29Lax SakalkaleSr. Director Product ManagementVirtualization and Clouds SolutionsCA Technologies
    • 29. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 30CA IM 2.2 PERFORMANCE CENTERUnifiedViewAcrossDisciplinesCapacityPlanningPerformance Traffic AnalysisApplicationLatencyAvailabilityVoice/Video
    • 30. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 31Benefits: Detects faults quickly andprevents false alarms.UCS discovery, fault and availabilitymanagement; event correlation, root-cause analysis, change impactReal-time and historical infrastructure& application performancemanagementBenefits: Proactive problem and capacitymanagement, prevents repeat incidentsand persistent problems.Advanced diagnostics, singledashboard, service & businesscontextBenefits: Prioritizes and automatesactions according to business SLA’s andimpact.IncreaseworkforceproductivityConnect withcustomersIncreaseagility, lowersupport costsVirtual DesktopServices / VXIVoice, Video andCollaborationservicesCloud and coreBusinessServicesCisco Unified Computing System
    • 31. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 32Intelligent AnalyticsInnovative Metric ViewsIntuitive Guided WorkflowData from “CA Infrastructure Management Business Use Case,” 2012CA IM 2.0 Performance Center UIOperations Staff Productivity Improvementthrough Unified Set of Infrastructure Management Tools30%Network & Systems Level 1/2/3 Support Productivity Improvementthrough Quicker RCA & Automation30%Reduced Frequency & Duration of Triage Callsthrough Visibility into Failed Infrastructure Components40%
    • 32. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 33NetworkFlowAnalysisPublic andPrivateCloudServer,StorageandNetworkApplicationandDatabaseEnd UserandServiceResponseTimeUnified view ofpublic andprivateinfrastructure in asimple, powerful,and easy to usepackage.Support for Citrixand VMwareenvironments
    • 33. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 34• Discovers and monitors all physical andvirtual UCS componentsServer, Network, Storage, Software, andVirtualizationService level and usage optimization reporting• Modular – No Integration Required• Event correlation and root cause analysis• Customizable, role-based dashboards• True multi-tenant visibility and SaaSdelivery Option• Unified Dashboards out of the box• Usage-based metering and billing• End-to-end support for UCS-basedConverged infrastructures likeVMDC, Vblock, FlexPod, VSPEX etc.Ready
    • 34. © 2010 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 35• Cisco is powering CAWorld2013 IT Network at the show!!• See various Cisco-related Demos on the Exhibition Floorin Service Assurance and Application Delivery areas• Visit Service Assurance Pedestal 557A/B• Attend various Cisco-related and CA Nimsoft sessions.Check the latest sessions schedule• AM011LN Hands-on Lab: Solving WAN and Application ResponseProblems with CA Converged Infrastructure Management
    • 35. Q & A

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