Building a Future-proof Cloud Infrastructure

Building a Future-proof Cloud Infrastructure : A unified architecture for Network, Security and Storage Services

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Prepare for the future of cloud infrastructure: Distributed Services Platforms

By moving service modules closer to applications, Distributed Services (DS) Platforms will future-proof cloud architectures-improving performance, responsiveness, observability, and troubleshooting. Network pioneer Silvano Gai demonstrates DS Platforms' remarkable capabilities and guides you through implementing them in diverse hardware.

Focusing on business benefits throughout, Gai shows how to provide essential shared services such as segment routing, NAT, firewall, micro-segmentation, load balancing, SSL/TLS termination, VPNs, RDMA, and storage-including storage compression and encryption. He also compares three leading hardware-based approaches-Sea of Processors, FPGAs, and ASICs-preparing you to evaluate solutions, ask the right questions, and plan strategies for your environment.

Understand the business drivers behind DS Platforms, and the value they offer
See how modern network design and virtualization create a foundation for DS Platforms
Achieve unprecedented scale through domain-specific hardware, standardized functionalities, and granular distribution
Compare advantages and disadvantages of each leading hardware approach to DS Platforms
Learn how P4 Domain-Specific Language and architecture enable high-performance, low-power ASICs that are data-plane-programmable at runtime
Distribute cloud security services, including firewalls, encryption, key management, and VPNs
Implement distributed storage and RDMA services in large-scale cloud networks
Utilize Distributed Services Cards to offload networking processing from host CPUs
Explore the newest DS Platform management architectures

Building a Future-Proof Cloud Architecture is for network, cloud, application, and storage engineers, security experts, and every technology professional who wants to succeed with tomorrow's most advanced service architectures.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 178 x 231 x 14mm | 454g
  • Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 013662409X
  • 9780136624097

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Distributed Platforms
Chapter 2: Network Design
Chapter 3: Virtualization
Chapter 4: Network Virtualization Services
Chapter 5: Security Services
Chapter 6: Distributed Storage and RDMA Services
Chapter 7: CPUs and Domain-Specific Hardware
Chapter 8: NIC Evolution
Chapter 9: Implementing a DS Platform
Chapter 10: DSN Hardware Architectures
Chapter 11: The P4 Domain-Specific Language
Chapter 12: Management Architectures for DS Platforms
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About Silvano Gai

Silvano Gai, who grew up in a small village near Asti, Italy, has more than 35 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 50 issued patents. 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 20 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, of the Nexus family of data center switches, and the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). Silvano is currently a Fellow with Pensando Systems.
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