Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals: Understanding Techniques and Designs for Highly Efficient Data Centers with Cisco Nexus, UCS, MDS, and Beyond

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Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals

For many IT organizations, today’s greatest challenge is to drive more value, efficiency, and utilization from data centers. Virtualization is the best way to meet this challenge. Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals brings together the comprehensive knowledge Cisco professionals need to apply virtualization throughout their data center environments. Leading data center expert Gustavo A. A. Santana thoroughly explores all components of an end-to-end data center virtualization solution, including networking, storage, servers, operating systems, application optimization, and security. Rather than focusing on a single product or technology, he explores product capabilities as interoperable design tools that can be combined and integrated with other solutions, including VMware vSphere. With the author’s guidance, you’ll learn how to define and implement highly-efficient architectures for new, expanded, or retrofit data center projects. By doing so, you can deliver agile application provisioning without purchasing unnecessary infrastructure, and establish a strong foundation for new cloud computing and IT-as-a-service initiatives. Throughout, Santana illuminates key theoretical concepts through realistic use cases, real-world designs, illustrative configuration examples, and verification outputs. Appendixes provide valuable reference information, including relevant Cisco data center products and CLI principles for IOS and NX-OS. With this approach, Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals will be an indispensable resource for anyone preparing for the CCNA Data Center, CCNP Data Center, or CCIE Data Center
certification exams.

  • Learn how virtualization can transform and improve traditional data center network topologies
  • Understand the key characteristics and value of each data center virtualization technology
  • Walk through key decisions, and transform choices into architecture
  • Smoothly migrate existing data centers toward greater virtualization
  • Burst silos that have traditionally made data centers inefficient
  • Master foundational technologies such as VLANs, VRF, and virtual contexts
  • Use virtual PortChannel and FabricPath to overcome the limits of STP
  • Optimize cabling and network management with fabric extender (FEX) virtualized chassis
  • Extend Layer 2 domains to distant data center sites using MPLS and Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)
  • Use VSANs to overcome Fibre Channel fabric challenges
  • Improve SAN data protection, environment isolation, and scalability
  • Consolidate I/O through Data Center Bridging and FCoE
  • Use virtualization to radically simplify server environments
  • Create server profiles that streamline “bare metal” server provisioning
  • “Transcend the rack” through virtualized networking based on Nexus 1000V and VM-FEX
  • Leverage opportunities to deploy virtual network services more efficiently
  • Evolve data center virtualization toward full-fledged private clouds

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About the author

Gustavo A. A. Santana, CCIE No. 8806, is a Cisco Technical Solutions Architect working in enterprise and service provider data center projects that require a greater integration among multiple technology areas such as networking, application optimization, storage, and servers. With more than 17 years of experience in the data center industry, Gustavo leads and coordinates a team of specialized Cisco engineers in Brazil. A true believer of education as a technology catalyst, he has also dedicated himself to the technical development of many IT professionals from customer, partner, and strategic alliance organizations. In addition to holding three CCIE certifications (Data Center, Storage Networking, and Routing & Switching), Gustavo is also an SNIA Certified Storage Networking Expert (SCSN-E). A frequent speaker at Cisco and data center industry events, he holds a degree in computer engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA-Brazil) and an MBA in strategic IT management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV-Brazil). Gustavo maintains a personal blog in which he discusses topics related to data center virtualization technologies at http://gustavoaasantana.net .
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Cisco Press
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Published on
Jun 18, 2013
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Pages
900
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ISBN
9780133096446
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Language
English
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Computers / Networking / General
Computers / Operating Systems / Virtualization
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