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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) by [Gai, Silvano, Salli, Tommi, Andersson, Roger]
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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.



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.


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  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (1 Jun. 2010)
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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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By Jag on 2 Sept. 2011
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x96f321a4) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96caad14) out of 5 stars Cisco UCS Reference Guide 3 Aug. 2010
By G. Cody Bunch - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Ahmed Ossama - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is different from all the other books that I read from Cisco press.
The authors didn't spend the right time time to prepare the material for this book, rather than every few pages you'll find a hint that this part of the chapter is written by Qlogic, Intel or any other vendor.
This book contains information related to developer engineers working in the field of microprocessor but for whom are working in the field of field or design engineering this book methodology is totally far from what we're seeking of.
I was assuming that I'll find a plenty of information regarding the design of UCS infrastructure but only 2 chapters are discussing this part & even not well written.
Anyway, I like Cisco press books & this's why is whatever written from them, I like to read it before going to another press company.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96cac060) out of 5 stars Excellent Architecture Overview for the Computing Platform 11 Aug. 2010
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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
HASH(0x96cac588) out of 5 stars Good introduction to UCS 20 Dec. 2013
By Andras Dosztal - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96cac5a0) out of 5 stars A technical deep dive into server architecture and Cisco UCS 10 Aug. 2010
By Andy Kitzke - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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