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Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) (Data Center): A Complete Reference Guide to the Cisco Data Center Virtualization Server Architecture

Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) (Data Center): A Complete Reference Guide to the Cisco Data Center Virtualization Server Architecture

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By (author) Silvano Gai, By (author) Tommi Salli, By (author) Roger Andersson

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  • Publisher: Cisco Press
  • Format: Mixed media product | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 230mm x 26mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 11 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Indianapolis
  • ISBN 10: 1587141930
  • ISBN 13: 9781587141935
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 379,355

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The definitive guide to UCS and the Cisco(R) Data Center Server: planning, architecture, components, deployment, and benefits With its new Unified Computing System (UCS) family of products, Cisco has introduced a fundamentally new vision for data center computing: one that reduces ownership cost, improves agility, and radically simplifies management. In this book, three Cisco insiders thoroughly explain UCS, and offer practical insights for IT professionals and decision-makers who are evaluating or implementing it. The authors establish the context for UCS by discussing the implications of virtualization, unified I/O, large memories and other key technologies, and showing how trends like cloud computing and green IT will drive the next-generation data center. Next, they take a closer look at the evolution of server CPU, memory, and I/O subsystems, covering advances such as the Intel(R) XEON(R) 5500, 5600, 7500, DDR3 memory, and unified I/O over 10 Gbps Ethernet. Building on these fundamentals, the authors then discuss UCS in detail, showing how it systematically overcomes key limitations of current data center environments. They review UCS features, components, and architecture, and demonstrate how it can improve data center performance, reliability, simplicity, flexibility, and energy efficiency. Along the way, they offer realistic planning, installation, and migration guidance: everything decision-makers and technical implementers need to gain maximum value from UCS-now, and for years to come. Silvano Gai has spent 11 years as Cisco Fellow, architecting Catalyst(R), MDS, and Nexus switches. He has written several books on networking, written multiple Internet Drafts and RFCs, and is responsible for 80 patents and applications. He teaches a course on this book's topics at Stanford University. Tommi Salli, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer, has nearly 20 years of experience with servers and applications at Cisco, Sun, VERITAS, and Nuova Systems. Roger Andersson, Cisco Manager, Technical Marketing, spent more than 12 years in the CLARiiON(R) Engineering Division at EMC, and 5 years as Technical Product Manager at VERITAS/Symantec. He is now focused on Cisco UCS system management. * Streamline data centers with UCS to systematically reduce cost of ownership* Eliminate unnecessary server components-and their setup, management, power, cooling, and cabling* Use UCS to scale service delivery, simplify service movement, and improve agility* Review the latest advances in processor, memory, I/O, and virtualization architectures for data center servers* Understand the specific technical advantages of UCS * Integrate UCS 6100 Fabric Interconnect, Cisco UCS 2100 Series Fabric Extenders, UCS 5100 Series Blade Server Enclosures, UCS B-Series Blade Servers, UCS C-Series Rack Servers, and UCS Adapters* Use Cisco UCS Manager to manage all Cisco UCS components as a single, seamless entity* Integrate third-party management tools from companies like BMC(R), CA(R), EMC(R), IBM(R), Microsoft(R), and VMware(R)* Practice all this with a copy of Cisco Unified Computing System(TM) Platform Emulator Lite (UCSPE Lite) on the DVD in the back of the book This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press(R), which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers.

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Silvano Gai, who grew up in a small village near Asti, Italy, has more than twenty-seven years of experience in computer engineering and computer networks. He is the author of several books and technical publications on computer networking as well as multiple Internet Drafts and RFCs. He is responsible for 30 issued patents and 50 patent applications. His background includes seven years as a full professor of Computer Engineering, tenure track, at Politecnico di Torino, Italy and seven years as a researcher at the CNR (Italian National Council for Scientific Research). For the past thirteen years, he has been in Silicon Valley where in the position of Cisco Fellow, he was an architect of the Cisco Catalyst family of network switches, of the Cisco MDS family of storage networking switches, and of the Nexus family of data center switches. Silvano teaches a course on the topics of this book at Stanford University. Tommi Salli, who was born and raised in Finland, has close to 20 years of experience working with computers. He has extensive server and application background from companies like SUN Microsystems and VERITAS Software, which later got bought by Symantec from where he moved to Nuova Systems that got bought by Cisco. He has held different positions from Sales Engineer to Technology Scouting in the office of CTO from product management to architect and during his journey, he has been responsible for seven patent applications. He started his career in Finland, and for the past five years, he has been in Silicon Valley and is currently working for Cisco systems as a Technical Marketing Engineer. Roger Andersson was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He has spent 20 years in the computer industry in both Sweden and the United States. Roger's experience includes more than 12 years in the CLARiiON Engineering Division at EMC and five years at VERITAS/Symantec where Roger worked as a Technical Product Manager focusing on systems management, server, and application automated provisioning. Roger is currently working at Cisco as a Manager, Technical Marketing, where he is focused on the system management aspects of a Unified Computing System.

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The definitive guide to UCS and the Cisco(R) Data Center Server: planning, architecture, components, deployment, and benefitsWith its new Unified Computing System (UCS) family of products, Cisco has introduced a fundamentally new vision for data center computing: one that reduces ownership cost, improves agility, and radically simplifies management. In this book, three Cisco insiders thoroughly explain UCS, and offer practical insights for IT professionals and decision-makers who are evaluating or implementing it. The authors establish the context for UCS by discussing the implications of virtualization, unified I/O, large memories and other key technologies, and showing how trends like cloud computing and green IT will drive the next-generation data center. Next, they take a closer look at the evolution of server CPU, memory, and I/O subsystems, covering advances such as the Intel(R) XEON(R) 5500, 5600, 7500, DDR3 memory, and unified I/O over 10 Gbps Ethernet. Building on these fundamentals, the authors then discuss UCS in detail, showing how it systematically overcomes key limitations of current data center environments. They review UCS features, components, and architecture, and demonstrate how it can improve data center performance, reliability, simplicity, flexibility, and energy efficiency. Along the way, they offer realistic planning, installation, and migration guidance: everything decision-makers and technical implementers need to gain maximum value from UCS-now, and for years to come. Silvano Gai has spent 11 years as Cisco Fellow, architecting Catalyst(R), MDS, and Nexus switches. He has written several books on networking, written multiple Internet Drafts and RFCs, and is responsible for 80 patents and applications. He teaches a course on this book's topics at Stanford University. Tommi Salli, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer, has nearly 20 years of experience with servers and applications at Cisco, Sun, VERITAS, and Nuova Systems. Roger Andersson, Cisco Manager, Technical Marketing, spent more than 12 years in the CLARiiON(R) Engineering Division at EMC, and 5 years as Technical Product Manager at VERITAS/Symantec. He is now focused on Cisco UCS system management. Streamline data centers with UCS to systematically reduce cost of ownershipEliminate unnecessary server components-and their setup, management, power, cooling, and cablingUse UCS to scale service delivery, simplify service movement, and improve agilityReview the latest advances in processor, memory, I/O, and virtualization architectures for data center serversUnderstand the specific technical advantages of UCS Integrate UCS 6100 Fabric Interconnect, Cisco UCS 2100 Series Fabric Extenders, UCS 5100 Series Blade Server Enclosures, UCS B-Series Blade Servers, UCS C-Series Rack Servers, and UCS AdaptersUse Cisco UCS Manager to manage all Cisco UCS components as a single, seamless entityIntegrate third-party management tools from companies like BMC(R), CA(R), EMC(R), IBM(R), Microsoft(R), and VMware(R)Practice all this with a copy of Cisco Unified Computing System(TM) Platform Emulator Lite (UCSPE Lite) on the DVD in the back of the book This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press(R), which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers.

Table of contents

Preface xvi Nomenclature xvi Chapter 1 Introduction 1 Data Center Challenges 1 Environmental Concerns-"Green" 2 Server Consolidation 3 Virtualization 4 Real Estate Power and Cooling 5 Cabling 5 Disaster Recovery 7 Network Virtualization 8 Desktop Virtualization 9 Cloud Computing 10 Evolution of Data Centers 10 Stand-Alone Servers 11 Scale-Up 12 Scale-Out 12 Scale-Up vs. Scale-Out 12 Rack-Optimized Servers 13 Blade Servers 14 Server Sprawl 15 Virtualization 17 Server Deployment Today 18 Unified Computing System (UCS) 18 Chapter 2 Server Architectures 23 The Processor Evolution 24 Sockets 24 Cores 25 Threads 27 Intel(R) Hyper-Threading Technology 27 Front-Side Bus 28 Dual Independent Buses 29 Dedicated High-Speed Interconnect 30 Intel(R) QuickPath Interconnect 31 The Memory Subsystem 33 SRAMs 34 DRAMs 34 SDRAMs 35 DIMMs 36 ECC and Chipkill(R) 38 Memory Ranks 39 UDIMMs and RDIMMs 40 DDR2 and DDR3 41 The I/O Subsystem 43 PCI Express(R) 43 Intel Microarchitectures 45 Platform Architecture 46 CPU Architecture 49 Virtualization Support 56 Advanced Reliability 59 Advanced Encryption Standard 60 Trusted Execution Technology 61 Chip Design 61 Chipset Virtualization Support 63 Intel(R) VT-d for Direct I/O 64 Intel(R) VT-c for Connectivity 65 VMDirectPath(R) 68 Chapter 3 UCS Enabling Technologies 69 Unified Fabric 69 10 Gigabit Ethernet 71 Lossless Ethernet 72 Terminology 72 PFC (Priority-Based Flow Control) 72 DCBX: Data Center Bridging eXchange 73 Bandwidth Management 74 FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) 75 Virtualization 81 Server Virtualization 81 SR-IOV 83 The IEEE Standard Effort 83 Port Extenders and Virtualization 84 VNTag 86 Fabric Extenders 88 VN-Link 90 Memory Expansion 93 Speed vs. Capacity 94 Capacity vs. Cost 94 How Much Memory Is Required? 95 NUMA 98 The UCS Approach 98 The UCS Advantage 101 Chapter 4 I/O Adapters 103 Disclaimer 104 The Intel(R) Approach 104 10 Gigabit Ethernet NIC Solutions 104 Intel(R) 82598 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Oplin) 105 Support for Multi-Core CPUs 108 Hardware-Assisted Virtualization 109 Advanced Features for Storage over Ethernet 109 Intel(R) 82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Niantic) 109 Improved Performance 112 Hardware-Assisted Virtualization 113 Support for DCB (Data Center Bridging) 114 Storage over Ethernet 115 Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) 115 Time Sync-IEEE 1588 115 Double VLAN 116 Security 116 Intel's NetEffect(TM) iWARP Controller (NE020) 116 iWARP and RDMA 117 N2020 Architecture 119 Performance 120 Summary 122 Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) 123 Cisco(R) Palo 124 Emulex 129 Emulex OneConnect OCm10102-FC 130 FCoE Features 132 Ethernet Features 133 Functional Architecture 133 Deployment in UCS 133 Management of OneConnect UCNAs 134 Benefits of OneConnect UCNAs 136 QLogic(R) 137 8000 Series-First Generation CNA 137 8100 Series-Second Generation CNA 138 Broadcom(R) 144 BCM57711 Dual-Port 10GbE Controller 144 Advanced Integration 145 High-Performance Hardware Offload 146 Broadcom and UCS 151 Chapter 5 UCS B-Series Blade Servers 153 Components Overview 153 UCS Manager 154 UCS 6100 Series Fabric Interconnects 154 UCS 2100 Series Fabric Extenders 155 UCS 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis 156 UCS B-Series Blade Servers 157 I/O Adapters 159 Overall Organization 160 UCS C-Series Rack Servers 161 Detailed Description 161 UCS 6100 Series Fabric Interconnects 161 UCS 2104XP Fabric Extender 168 UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis 172 Two-Socket Blade Architecture 172 UCS B200 Two-Socket Server 179 UCS B250 Extended Memory Server 181 Four-Socket Blade Architecture 182 UCS B440 Four-Socket Server 186 Description of Communication Flows 187 The Boot Sequences 187 Fabric Interconnect and UCSM 189 Fabric Extender 190 Baseboard Management Controller 190 Chapter 6 UCS C-Series Rack Servers 193 UCS C200 194 UCS C210 195 UCS C250 199 UCS C460 202 Processors 207 Adapters 212 Hard Disk 213 Management 213 Software 219 Physical Parameters 220 C200 220 C210 220 C250 220 C460 221 Weights 221 Chapter 7 UCS Manager 223 UCSM Overall Architecture 223 System Components 223 UCSM Is a Model-Driven Framework 227 Management Information Model 232 Available Integration Points 233 Interfaces 233 Standard (Cut-Through) Interfaces in a UCS 235 Standard Interfaces in a UCS 237 Native Interfaces in UCS 239 Operating Principles 240 Configuration Policies 242 Operational Policies 243 Global vs. Local Policies 244 Pools 244 Manual Population of Pools 250 Automatic Population of Pools 250 Service Profiles 252 Service Profile Templates 253 Organizations 255 Hierarchical Pool and Policy Resolution 256 Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) 257 Locales 258 Users and Authentication 259 UCSM and VMware's vCenter Integration 259 Integration Architecture 260 Virtualization Support 260 Management Plane Integration 261 Port-Profiles 261 vNIC Template 262 Runtime Policy Resolution for Dynamic VIFs 262 UCS Manager and VM in GUI 264 Basic System Management with UCSM 264 Hardware Management 264 Example of a Chassis Discovery Process 265 Retirement of Hardware 266 Firmware Management 266 Firmware Download Formats 267 Firmware Life Cycle 268 Management Firmware Pack Policy 272 Host Firmware Pack Policy 272 The Stateless Computing Deployment Model 272 The Basic Computing Deployment Model 273 System Setup-Initial Setup 274 The Default Computing Deployment Model 274 The Stateless Computing Deployment Model 275 Requirements for Stateless Service Profiles 280 System Logging 287 Faults and Events 289 Audit Log 291 Backup and Restore of UCS Manager 292 Full State Backup 292 Configuration-Only Backup 292 Backing Up the UCS 292 Restoring a Configuration-Only Backup 293 Integrating with UCS 294 UCS Manager XML API 295 UCS XML API Object Naming 296 Method Categories 296 UCS Platform Emulator 301 Chapter 8 Third-Party Management Software 307 BMC(R) 307 Just-in-Time Provisioning 308 Embedded System Management 309 Business Service Provisioning 313 Composite Packaging 315 Configuration Management 316 Granular Access Control 318 Compliance 318 Vision for Automated and Efficient IT 319 CA(R) Management Integration with Cisco UCS 322 Integration Point 323 CA Infrastructure Management Integration 323 Discovery, Fault, and Service Modeling 324 Performance Management and Analytics 327 Automation 328 Change and Configuration Management 329 Service Profile and Application Templates 330 Automated Provisioning 331 Policy-Based Automation 332 User Self-Service 333 Private Cloud Deployments 333 EMC(R) Ionix Products for Cisco UCS 337 Unified Infrastructure Manager (UIM) 337 Data Center Insight (DCI) 341 IBM Tivoli Software Integration with Cisco UCS 344 Microsoft System Center 346 VMware vCenter 347 Communications 348 Configuration of the DVS 350 Virtual Machine Adapters 350 Resource Checks for DRS, HA, and FT 350 Chapter 9 Planning a UCS Blade Server Installation 353 The Owner of the UCS Domain 353 User Authentication 354 Power and Cooling 354 Physical Sizing and Environmental Requirements 357 Connectivity 359 Choosing the Right Cables 361 Twinax 361 Fiber 361 Bandwidth 362 OS and Application Support 363 Supported Storage Devices and Protocols 363 Planning for Redundancy 364 Power Supply Redundancy 364 I/O Redundancy 365 Ethernet Interfaces Redundancy 365 Fibre Channel Interfaces Redundancy 367 Bibliography 369 PCI Express 369 IEEE 802.3 369 Improvements to Ethernet 369 IEEE 802.1 Activities 369 FCoE 370 TRILL 370 Virtualization 370 Memory Subsystem 371 Intel(R) Processors 371 Data Centers 372 Green 372 Cloud Computing 372 Glossary 373 TOC, 9781587141935, 5/10/10