The definitive guide to UCS and the Cisco® 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® XEON® 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®, 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® 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®, CA®, EMC®, IBM®, Microsoft®, and VMware®
- Practice all this with a copy of Cisco Unified Computing System™ 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®, which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers.
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About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
From this 2010 book, you can see detailed descriptions of how data centers have evolved in the last 10 years and, more importantly to some readers, upcoming hardware abilities for the next 2 or so years. The latter projections may be the best aspect of the book, as it lets you intelligently plan what should go into your data center. The hardware specs come from key players like Intel, Broadcom, Emulex and Cisco. Chapter 2 on server architecture is a good quick summary of common hardware in this field. For example, it furnishes ready explanations of memory boards like DDR, DDR2 and DDR3, along with UDIMM and RDIMM.. While the equivalent of UDIMM existed some 15 years ago, the other types have come into being in the interim and reflect the continual [and hopefully continuing] massive increases in chip capacity engendered by Moore's Law. The book lays out the Intel Westmere hardware. Most impressive in many ways. Including the ability to do in hardware the Advanced Encryption Standard [AES], which far outstrips a software implementation. Plus the hardware AES is presumably safer than an incorrect or subverted software AES. Also, Westmere has the Trusted Execution Technology, which can prevent insertion of a feral rootkit hypervisor in place of the legitimate hardware Virtual Memory Monitor. Important because the book emphasises in many places the need and use of virtualisation in a data center to improve hardware usage. But the still increasing use of virtualisation can also be expected to lead to attacks against it. Hence Intel's preemptive moves in Westmere are welcome news. The book cleaves into 2 de facto parts. The first deals with topics like those mentioned above, where Intel is the most significant vendor. While the second part concerns more directly Cisco's UCS. The latter is an integration of the items in the first part with Cisco's custom hardware. One quibble I do have is the cluttering of the narrative with copyright symbols. Do we really need to see a copyright next to every instance of "Intel"? An improvement would have been to do what is commonly done in other books of this ilk, where the copyrights are factored out into the copyright page and possibly an introductory section.
Nice symilies! Great work on the story. To Starry Night: I believe the meing the word "prologue" means before the story. Prologues shouldn't be just another ordinary chapter, prologues tell what happens before the main story, even if it's years back. :\
Work on your INTRODUCTIONS. Your prologue had nothing to do with your story, because nobody cares about a boy being born, just to skip a decade and begin a teenager life. It's unneeded. I also recommend that you scroll all the way up and read your chapter at least two times, fixing any mistakes you find.
:D <p> Fenar. Vulwick. Asten. Coelar. Budun. Kihil. Hem.
I just finished with the first Cisco Press book that covers the new UCS architecture. I found it to be a great source for information not only on the UCS but also how we got to this point. Its detailed review of previous data center and server architectures served as a good refresher to my old repressed knowledge. Where this book really shines is in the way it explains technologies that to me seems like buzz/market speak, and providing a clear view of their value. One example of this for me is the VNLink section. I had seen it in numerous PDFs and presentations, but this book finally made me understand the value of it. If you are a consultant like me, you will find this books review of all the elements that make up a UCS solution invaluable as a desk reference. It reviews almost every part number and details out reason to use each one. The book concludes with an excellent review of UCS Manager and the 3rd party products that it ties into or integrates with and how to plan your first UCS project. The only part I wished was covered in more detail in the book is how UCS and VMWare should be architected together. You will not be disappointed with your purchase of this book.