Data center strategy has become a critical part of business strategy. Today, more than ever, the ways and means of IT deployment can make the difference between an efficient, successful organization and an ineffective one. But IT’s support workload is increasing with greater numbers of applications for business operations and new services for competitive differentiation. As a result, the IT environment has become increasingly complex, and that shows no signs of stopping. This has placed greater burdens on IT staff in times when budgets are flat or decreasing. One of the major burdens is the management of the IT environment, with considerable staff time needed to configure, deploy, and manage applications and infrastructure. A recent IDC survey shows just how heavy this burden has become. IT decision makers report that approximately ¾ ’s of IT staff time is spent maintaining existing environments with less than ¼ of staff time being spent on value-added activities. Looking deeper into the maintenance activities we discover: 24% of time is consumed by pre-system deployment 23% of time is consumed by turning on and preparing systems for applications 29% of time is consumed by monitoring, update and patch management, health monitoring and analysis, and troubleshooting
In traditional data center, there are silos of infrastructure resources that are dedicated to specific applications or projects. It has become well documented, that these silos have led to lower resource utilization and an inability to share. One of the challenges facing IT is <click> what is known as shadow IT. Shadow IT is the term used to describe IT systems and solutions that are built and used inside organizations without organizational approval. Shadow IT is considered by employees to be an important source of innovation as employees believe that IT is unable to accommodate their project needs. Shadow IT is challenging for IT from a support perspective as well as compliance issues of data that is created unofficially and uncontrolled. <click> Cloud initiatives are allowing IT to change their role from an infrastructure provider to a business partner that acts as a service broker to end users. In this role, IT’s job is to optimize the options available in their portfolio from private, public or even hybrid solutions. To do this they take into account:What is available internally for the particular project or application requirement Urgency of the deployment – is it immediate, within x amount of days How much capability or the need for scalability is required for the given project compared to what is available internally Are there any opportunities to leverage existing assetsIs it financially feasible to do this project on premises or off premises Does off premises align with IT governance, policy and compliance policies
Customers have been deploying management in phases starting with the unification of their infrastructure before moving on to cloud-based service delivery. At both steps, automated, centralized management is required to achieve the efficiencies and benefits of cloud. Legacy management tools have not kept pace with both the infrastructure and cloud-based service needs. Cisco’s Unified Management solutions provide customers with the centralized, automated delivery of infrastructure and services needed for today’s dynamic data centers.
Cisco UCS was designed with an API. In the last three years we have had 24 ISVs write systems management applications.Open XML API fosters a vibrant partner ecosystem and strong integration with common systems management solutions. Single API to manage all distributed global UCS infrastructure. Its all about openness and choice for the customerWhy does this type of integration matter: less DIY integration by the customer; integrated management experience. Agility/accuracyCustomers can use solutions from Cisco as well as other partner ISVs to industrialize the data centerAllows customers can choose from a long list of Systems Management ISV tools( which they may already be using ) forMonitoringProvisioning & ConfigurationOrchestration
Let’s take a closer look at model-based automation. There are two different types of automation: script-based and model-based. Behind automation are workflows that provide the instructions on how to get up a Vlan or provision a new infrastructure instance. Script-based automation (sometimes called blueprints or static workflows) are just that static. They only know a linear set of actions to take and have no knowledge of objects and their relationships. A script is not capable of making a decision if something is missing or accommodating configuration change. In fact, when a change occurs the scripts needs to be revised or potentially a completely new script needs to be created. Solutions that compete with Cloupia in the marketplace not only cobble together multiple tools but multiple scripts. These solutions have different automation models within them that increase the complexity for IT to manage. As we mentioned in the previous slide, model-based automation is knowledgeable of objects and their relationships within the converged infrastructure. UCS Director establishes this knowledge when it is first installed by completing a discovery process establishing the baseline logical and physical dependencies across all layers. As workflows are being completed, UCSD is capable of determining what is missing or changed, make the change, configure it and continue with automated provisioning. All without administrator intervention.
UCS Director was built from a clean sheet of paper to operationally integrate the data center infrastructure stack, bare-metal and virtual, to address time-consuming, manual, complex processes that have burdened most IT organizations.Virtualization is often sold as a solution to IT complexity, yet virtualized infrastructure is the largest and fastest growing IT opex component according to IDC. While provisioning a virtual machine can be done in minutes, infrastructure dependencies and configuration are separate tasks and responsibilities. Compute, network, and storage equipment rarely integrate seamlessly with hypervisors, compounding the problem. Cisco UCS changed the game with network integration to vSphere, Hyper-V, and KVM.Before I can create a VM, I need to setup my storage array using its management console. I need to allocate a volume and load the hypervisor image. If it’s block storage, I may need to mask the LUN and configure the SAN, including zoning. I need to configure the IP network with the VLANs, quality-of-service, redundancy, and capabilities necessary for my applications. Finally, I need to configure a server with the correct IO and network adapters, firmware, BIOS, CPU configuration, network addresses, and more. After doing all these things, working with multiple teams – server, network, storage, hypervisor – I validate that everything is setup correctly – a process that can take weeks or even months. This is how IT complexity increases costs, lowers efficiency, and slows time to market. And this is a simplified example. What if my application has a bare-metal database? Scale-out big data nodes? There are many more steps in the deployment of a typical VM, hypervisor, or bare-metal application. In reality, data centers are a mix of bare-metal and virtualized applications spread across heterogeneous hypervisors and hardware.
Cisco UCSD delivers unified service delivery across the virtualization, compute, network and storage layers from a single pane of glass. The solution orchestrates both physical and virtual infrastructures resources utilizing the APIs of each respective hardware component contained in the converged infrastructure. . UCSD’s self-service portal enables IT operations or customers to order and receive automated delivery of infrastructure resources quickly. This unified management approach reduces deployment of infrastructure from weeks to minutes. By updating component templates, administrators can apply maintenance updates or patches within minutes freeing up IT staff from mundane daily tasks. UCSD manages the industry’s leading converged infrastructure across compute, network, storage and virtualization layers from a unified pane of glass and according to policies and governance specified by IT.
While UCS Director supports heterogeneous server-network environments and UCS-Nexus with customer-defined storage topology, deploying UCS Director with validated, integrated, Cisco-focused infrastructure solutions further reduces operational costs and improves the application management experience. UCS Director leverages Cisco Validated Designs to deploy infrastructure solutions exactly how Cisco and our technology partners engineer them. All of the scaling, reliability, and performance capabilities jointly developed in our labs can be applied through automation with UCS Director. Applications like SAP, Oracle, Microsoft SQL, Sharepoint, Exchange, Hadoop, and desktop virtualization come pre-validated and engineered on our popular integrated solutions.UCS Director works with the tools customers may already have deployed in their environments. For example, UCS Director operates above VCE Vision, whose purpose is to ensure the proper configuration and firmware levels across the Vblock. Tools from BMC, CA, HP Software, IBM Tivoli, and Microsoft System Center specialize in real-time infrastructure monitoring and application deployment, configuration, and performance analysis. UCS Director automates the infrastructure atop which these tools operate at the application layer.
One of the first screens available to the administrator is a dashboard of the particular converged infrastructure under examination. This dashboard is capable of being customized by the administrator to only see those specific elements desired.
UCS Director is an exciting product that enables IT practitioners to add more value to their organization and better support their business’ goals.Simplicity is the data center is rare as complex applications with challenging expectations are demanded of IT. UCS Director installs quickly and delivers value within hours. Administrators can automate their infrastructure operations to more easily deploy and manage applications.Teamwork in IT has never been more important as IT services span functional domains and glitches blossom into business problems. UCS Director enhances collaboration between compute, network, storage, and virtualization teams, enabling effective teamwork in a fast-paced environment.Quality and business velocity are not trade-offs; end-users demand both. Today’s IT environment is unforgiving of mistakes as practitioners work quickly to meet expectations. UCS Director ensures the correct systems are deployed as intended, with policies and a smart data model that represent infrastructure requirements.IT organizations are strengthening their competitiveness with capability to deliver services across multiple vendors and heterogeneous infrastructure. UCS Director recognizes this reality and supports a wide range of bare-metal and virtual infrastructure, adding value for diverse applications.Remember, UCS Director provides fundamental differentiation and competitive advantage against hypervisor, server, and network vendors. It amplifies UCS and Nexus capabilities, avoiding commoditization. UCS Director keeps you in the account with ease-of-use and fast deployment. UCS Director is unique. No other vendor comes close in value or capability. Lead with UCS Director. Happy selling!
Enterprises, service providers, small businesses, and governments are looking for cloud solutions to solve some of their biggest business and technology challenges: reducing costs, creating new levels of efficiency, and facilitating innovative business models that drive revenue growth. Cisco believes that each customer and situation requires a different cloud solution: some private, some public, some consuming services, some communities integrating multiple clouds together. The challenge and opportunity of the world of many clouds is to bring together cloud computing, the network, and storage, spread across many clouds comprised of thousands upon thousands of content/data that must work together on-demand and securely.Cisco has the network platform that enables the cloud (within the cloud/DC, between clouds, and beyond to the customer) and compute DNA along with an ecosystem of partners to enable this world of many clouds working together.When implemented successfully, the cloud will allow cloud providers to tightly align technology to business priorities; service providers to deliver new services and content to their customers; governments and emerging countries to consolidate and advance technology faster; and consumers to instantly access new services.
Analysts estimate that between 2012 and 2015, 78% of all enterprise companies will deploy a private cloud. 50% of these companies also indicate a plan to use or are using hybrid clouds today to combine server infrastructure on-premises with off-premises providers. The drivers for hybrid cloud in the enterprise are: <click> IT flexibility, reduced costs and a faster, more flexible response to market and business needs. Because the enterprise cannot dictate what hardware the cloud provider will be utilizing, they are looking for a solution that will provide consistency for software or virtual machine infrastructure such as firewalls, security services and application delivery services that are consistent across the cloud and data center. Customers are looking for a solution that solves these problems: Ensuring the consistency of security policies between the on-premises environment and service provider Securing communication and data sharing between the two environments The perception that re-architecting of applications to operate in the shared environment may be necessary Seamless integration across data center and service providers
At its core, VNMC is a network management tool that will allow the operation of day-to-day activities, including network infrastructure provisioning and VM (virtual machine)/workload migration across a variety of networks. We are expecting to expand VNMC’s capabilities to Microsoft Hyper-V in our next release, and have already announced the next major release of VNMC 3.0, or VNMC InterCloud shipping later this year which will support hybrid cloud environments in the Nexus 1000V InterCloud solution.Enterprises are increasingly moving to hybrid clouds to gain the benefits of public clouds - agility, on-demand provisioning, pay-as-you-go capability, and elastic scalability - along with the benefits of private clouds. Private clouds have some advantages, allowing enterprises to design and customize their infrastructure and control security. However, private clouds are usually less agile than a public cloud and can be expensive to run to meet peak demand. Cisco Nexus 1000V InterCloud is designed to bridge enterprise and cloud provider deployments in a secure and consistent manner. Based on Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches and industry-standard Cisco Cisco Nexus 1000V InterCloud (Figure 1) provides: NX-OS Software, ● Secure Layer 2 network connectivity between the enterprise data center and the public cloud ● Consistent network policies and services across private and public clouds ● Virtual form factor designed for easy deployment ● and finally, single pane of management– this is where VNMC InterCloud comes in.With Cisco Nexus 1000V InterCloud, the enterprise network can be securely extended to the cloud, with enterprise network configurations such as VLANs and policies extended to the cloud. Workloads can be migrated from the enterprise data center to the public cloud while retaining the same IP addresses, thus avoiding the need to redesign the application.
VNMC InterCloud presents a single-pane, consolidated view of virtual machines across the enterprise data center and the cloud. It also enables virtual machines to be migrated from the enterprise data center to a cloud provider, or a public cloud. In addition, it manages security policies and virtual services in the cloud. This means that apps can continue using common application services that are hosted in the enterprise datacenter, on the cloud. VNMC also features a northbound APIs to integrate with cloud orchestration tools.With this API integration, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud enables users to order private or public cloud services from a self-service portal- Cisco Service Portal. The request is then processed by Cisco Process Orchestrator, the automation engine behind Cisco IAC, which manages workflows across multiple cloud environments. Then, the workloads are moved to VNMC InterCloud to be distributed between the enterprise data center (private cloud) and public cloud providers (public clouds). Here, VNMC provides the crucial ability to manage operational activities for virtual network services in such a complex hybrid cloud environment.
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