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Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) (Data Center): A Complete Reference Guide to the Cisco Data Center Virtualization Server Architecture (Networking Technology) [Kindle Edition]

Silvano Gai , Tommi Salli , Roger Andersson
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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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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 400 pages
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  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 3 Jun. 2013
By Greg
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Purchased this book to give me a background into the UCS system. The book was recomended to me by several other IT designers who have also purchased this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cisco UCS 2 Sept. 2011
By CCIE
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Very good book, explains the new UCS systems by Cisco, however don't read before you have some basic server and processor knowledge.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cisco UCS Reference Guide 3 Aug. 2010
By G. Cody Bunch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book accomplishes its goal quite well and is laid out in such a way that it is easy to understand and find the information you need. There are two distinct sections: 1) Infrastructure/Architecture - From the Data Center level down to the hardware. 2) Cisco UCS.

This book is a good read even for those who are not otherwise going to deploy UCS. Why? Well, while the infrastructure/Architecture bits are covered elsewhere in books and on the web, the explanation here puts it together quite well and easy to understand fashion.

Overall I give this book a 5 out of 5 as it does three things quite well:
1) Covers the material it sets out to cover - Cisco UCS & Data Center Architecture.
2) Makes you think - At least, I was thinking from the infrastructure chapters till the end.
3) Makes you look for more - Between Google, [...], blogs and Wikipedia, there is so much supplemental material out there, the book does a good job as being a point at which you can dive into additional material.

All and all a worthwhile read for anyone in server architecture or looking at Cisco UCS.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Architecture Overview for the Computing Platform 11 Aug. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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 3<sup>rd</sup> 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A technical deep dive into server architecture and Cisco UCS 10 Aug. 2010
By Andy Kitzke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), a complete guide to Cisco Data Center Virtualization Server Architecture is a mid to high-level deep dive into Cisco's newest product line and business goals. The best way to describe this book is by reading the second and third paragraphs from the Introduction section of the book where the authors describe that in researching for this book, they were unable to find a wealth of reference knowledge with which to finish the book. As a result, the book is about 50% applicable to any server architecture and 50% specific to UCS. The finished product is a book that covers many areas of server architecture and is a great companion to any server administrator.

Cisco has made it apparent that they wish to enter the data center in a big way, and the UCS platform appears to be that product. The book does a great job talking about the technical aspects of the UCS platform while also delving into the theoretical around why components and processes were integrated in the way they were. They deep dive into the memory expanders and the innovations Cisco has made with more memory per server. They also talk at great lengths about the merging of LAN and SAN. They explain how the converging of LAN and SAN into CNA's or converged network adapters work, and allow for more control over the datacenter and consolidation of a section of data centers that were and still are rapidly growing out of control (wiring/communication infrastructure).

One of the key selling points to UCS is the management suite that governs the whole environment. I was happy to see that the book talked about the management suite and how profiles work. They also discussed how third party software suites could and do integrate with the UCS management system to allow for seamless control of UCS devices and other devices.

Overall I found the book to be a semi-dry read focusing often on technical specifications however, this isn't a bad thing. The technical aspects of server architecture and UCS are critical to seeing their benefits and understanding how to design for and use them. This book is a great read for server administrators and anyone wanting to seriously look at Cisco as a server platform for their virtual infrastructure.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to UCS 20 Dec. 2013
By Andras Dosztal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Though some contents like hardware specs are already outdated, it is a very good book for getting familiar with UCS. The lack of examples is why I don't give 5 stars; Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals and this book complement each other very well.

I'd recommend to everyone already familiar with some of the building blocks (LAN and SAN technologies), and preparing to the CCNP DC exams.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Introduction to the UCS Platform 21 Oct. 2010
By Jason T. Masker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book as we were testing and evaluating Cisco's UCS Platform for our Data Center needs. This book was a great companion to the process. The first two chapters serve as an in-depth history of computing. This portion of the book is very useful to storage and network engineers who will be working with the UCS platform but do not have an extensive background in servers.

The book goes on to cover the enabling technologies leading up to the development of the UCS platform. Here again we found this information especially informative and helpful during our evaluation process. It aided in the understanding of the underlying UCS technologies and helped us more quickly come up to speed with Cisco's rather dramatic departure from traditional design. To really understand what Cisco has done with UCS one needs to understand each of the technologies that UCS incorporates and brings together.

The book goes on to explain the management interface and the value added with features like role-based administration. It lives up to its title as a complete reference guide by providing detailed information about the specifications of the rack mount and blade servers available in the UCS line.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about Cisco's UCS platform or planning on implementing it. The book really does a nice job giving all the background details leading up to the development of UCS as well as a deep technical dive into the new concepts involved with the platform and how they depart from traditional paradigms.
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