EMC Smarts Using Nexus 9000


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  • On a typical day, the network ops command center operator spends 45% of the time triaging alerts, 15% on creating/updating trouble tickets and 25% on monitoring alert consoles. However, identifying the real problem and troubleshooting it most effectively to maintain SLAs is the core of the problem.

    Enterprises and service providers are all moving to virtual data centers, or cloud architectures, or the new Software Defined Data Center, to obtain what are now well-known benefits: agility, efficiency, and cost control. But the move to these dynamic, virtualized, cloud architectures is creating new challenges for the management teams who are responsible for ensuring service availability and performance.

    The top 3 challenges we hear most often are:
    SLAs – ensuring that agreed-upon service levels to the business are met or exceeded
    Managing operational costs -- by increasing operating efficiency, enabling high degrees of automation throughout the data center, and deliver more with existing resources
    Service-delivery infrastructure visibility -- having the management insights necessary to further expand the ongoing operational use of software-defined technologies with confidence
  • The Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches deliver high scalability and performance, and exceptional energy efficiency in a compact form factor. These switches are ideal for aggregation- and access-layer deployments in enterprise, service provider, and cloud networks.

    The 9000 Series Switches offer both modular and fixed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet switch configurations and are designed to operate in one of two modes:
    Cisco NX-OS mode for backward compatibility and consistency with the current Cisco Nexus portfolio
    ACI mode to take full advantage of the policy-driven services and infrastructure automation features of the ACI application
    ACI Support
    Designed to support the Cisco next-generation data center based on an application-centric strategy
    Designed to help enable application deployment, simplicity, agility, and flexibility
    Intelligent API to manage the switch through remote-procedure calls (JavaScript Object Notation or XML) over HTTP or HTTPS
    Linux shell access and container environment to customize management and monitoring
    Up to 60 Tbps of nonblocking performance with less than five-microsecond latency
    Up to 2304 10 Gbps or 576 40 Gbps non-blocking Layer 2 and Layer 3 Ethernet ports
    Wire speed VXLAN gateway, bridging, and routing support

  • EMC Smarts Using Nexus 9000

    1. 1. EMC Smarts Using Nexus 9000 Network Management and Health Telemetry Co-sponsored by Intel®
    2. 2. Cisco Confidential 2© 2013-2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Source: EMA Radar™ for Enterprise Network Management Systems (ENMS): Q4 2012 “Virtualization, WLAN, VoIP, mobile devices, and “everything gets an IP address” from UPCs to motion detectors are all driving an increase in the amount of IP traffic that needs to be enabled and supported. Such hyper-growth in connectedness is making the network, and hence the role and importance of assuring the network is healthy and working, increasingly critical.” Jim Frey Managing Research Director Enterprise Management Associates
    3. 3. Cisco Confidential 3Cisco Confidential 3© 2013-2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Problem – “Not our problem. . .at least not for long” • Monitoring alert feeds for critical issues • Following a “playbook” to determine which alerts are real problems • Gathering information needed to help senior engineers diagnose and fix issues • Opening/updating trouble tickets within time limits set by SLAs • Not missing something ‘big’ that might draw the attention of the NOC Manager • Meeting daily/weekly/monthly goals for response time and quality • Identifying the real problems amidst all the “noise” • Alert storms • Poor system response times FREQUENT TASKS GOALS PAIN POINTS
    4. 4. Cisco Confidential 4Cisco Confidential 4© 2013-2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. IT Operations Management Requires that SLAs are Being Met VISIBILITY LEADS TO INSIGHT Server Network Storage Services Physical and Virtual PhysicalVirtual Performance Availability Configuration ✔ ✔ ✔
    5. 5. Cisco Confidential 5Cisco Confidential 5© 2013-2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. EMC Service Assurance Suite with Nexus 9000 Nexus 9500 Nexus 9300 and 9500 Better Monitoring Faster Troubleshooting Robust Reporting
    6. 6. Cisco Confidential 6Cisco Confidential 6© 2013-2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Complete Visibility Across Storage, Network and Compute COMPREHENSIVE OPERATIONS SUITE with NEXUS 9000 Service Assurance Management Virtual Service Assurance Suite Physical
    7. 7. Cisco Confidential 7Cisco Confidential 7© 2013-2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Documented Customer Successes Radianz
    8. 8. Cisco Confidential 8Cisco Confidential 8© 2013-2014 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Booth Information – Cisco Booth# XXX Breakout Sessions: • “Service Assurance Suite: Delivering Software-Defined Network Management For The Third Platform - What's New In 2014” (Speaker: Serge Marokhovsky) • “Customer Viewpoint: How CompuCom Systems Leverages EMC Management Software To Deliver Service Assurance” (Speakers: Michael Cruise, CompuCom Systems & Brian Lett) Hands-on-Lab: • “EMC Service Assurance Suite – Manage Virtualized and Cloud Environments” Demo Stations: • ASD Booth #550
    9. 9. Thank you. Co-sponsored by Intel®