Cisco Nexus Family Platform Overview

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Ronnie Scott
Consulting CSE

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Cisco Nexus Family Platform Overview

  1. 1. Cisco Nexus Family Platform Overview Ronnie Scott Consulting CSE Sept 2009
  2. 2. Cisco Nexus Data Center Portfolio
  3. 3. Enabling Low‐Cost 10GE…
  4. 4. Nexus 5000 Futures – Layer 2 MP
  5. 5. Virtual Machine Granularity Introducing VN‐Link VMotion Problems: • VMotion may move VMs across  physical ports—policy must follow  • Impossible to view or apply policy to  locally switched traffic • Cannot correlate traffic on physical  links—from multiple VMs VLAN 101 VN‐Link: • Extends network to the VM  • Consistent services  • Coordinated, coherent  management
  6. 6. VN‐Link with Cisco Nexus 1000v Cisco Nexus 1000V Software Based Server VM VM  VM  VM  #1 #2 #3 #4  Industry’s first third‐party ESX switch  Built on Cisco NX‐OS Nexus 1000V  Compatible with switching platforms VMW ESX  Maintain VirtualCenter provisioning model  NIC NIC unmodified for server administration but  also allow network administration of Nexus  Nexus 1000V 1000V via familiar Cisco NX‐OS CLI LAN Policy‐Based  Mobility of Network  Non‐Disruptive VM Connectivity and Security Properties Operational Model
  7. 7. Unified Fabric Overview Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) FCoE Benefits • Mapping of FC Frames  • Fewer Cables over Ethernet • Both block I/O & Ethernet  • Enables FC to Run  traffic co‐exist on same  cable on a Lossless  Ethernet Network • Fewer adapters needed • Overall less power Ethernet • Interoperates with  existing SAN’s Fibre • Management SAN’s  Channel remains constant Traffic • No Gateway 10/27/2009 24
  8. 8. Converged Network Adapters (CNA)
  9. 9. NON‐Unified Fabric – Phase 0
  10. 10. Unified Fabric – Phase 1
  11. 11. Unified Fabric – Phase 2
  12. 12. Unified Fabric Savings Healthcare Customer Case Study
  13. 13. Cisco Unified Computing System The Cisco Unified Computing System is designed to dramatically reduce datacenter total cost of ownership while simultaneously increasing IT agility and responsiveness. Process Automation (ITIL) Up to 90% greater administrator efficiency, Automated Provisioning with faster changes and fewer incidents • Embedded single point of management and provisioning • Visibility and control across technology silos Up to 10% better • Ongoing management and compliance Up to 30% performance processor fewer Business Service Management components, switches, via Cisco Hypervisor cabling, Technology Bypass and management Operations and Support Virtualized Services modules to purchase, manage, power, and cool • Fine-grained control, portability, and visibility of network, compute, and storage attributes • Increased Processor Efficiency with Hypervisor Bypass Up to 30% lower memory and SW licensing costs Industry Standard Servers via Cisco Extended Memory Technology • Intel Xeon Processor 5500 • More than double the • Blade Form Factor series. memory capacity of competing systems Scalable Unified Fabric Unified Fabric that delivers up to 320 • Wire once, low latency • Virtualization aware • Dramatic reduction in server nodes in a single FC and Ethernet adapters, switches, pass system thru modules Cisco Inc., Company Confidential
  14. 14. Unified Compute System Single Domain of Management Unified Fabric Stateless Servers with Virtualized Adapters

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