What is included with this book?
Use policies and Cisco® ACI to make data centers more flexible and configurable—and deliver far more business value
Using the policy driven data center approach, networking professionals can accelerate and simplify changes to the data center, construction of cloud infrastructure, and delivery of new applications. As you improve data center flexibility, agility, and portability, you can deliver far more business value, far more rapidly.
In this guide, Cisco data center experts Lucien Avramov and Maurizio Portolani show how to achieve all these benefits with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and technologies such as python, REST, and OpenStack. The authors explain the advantages, architecture, theory, concepts, and methodology of the policy driven data center. Next, they demonstrate the use of python scripts and REST to automate network management and simplify customization in ACI environments.
Drawing on experience deploying ACI in enterprise data centers, the authors review design considerations and implementation methodologies. You will find design considerations for virtualized datacenters, high performance computing, ultra-low latency environments, and large-scale data centers. The authors walk through building multi-hypervisor and bare-metal infrastructures, demonstrate service integration, and introduce advanced telemetry capabilities for troubleshooting.
Leverage the architectural and management innovations built into Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
Lucien Avramov , CCIE 19945, is a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco. Lucien specializes in the Nexus data center portfolio and the ACI. Lucien designs datacenter networks worldwide and has a wide experience in switch architectures, QoS, ultra-low latency networks, high-performance computing designs, and OpenStack. Lucien is a distinguished Cisco Live speaker and former TAC technical leader, he has several industry certifications, authors RFCs at IETF, and owns an active patent. Lucien holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and a bachelor’s degree in General Engineering from Ecole des Mines d’Ales, France. In his spare time, Lucien can be found hiking, biking, running marathons around the world, and on Twitter: @flying91.
Maurizio Portolani , Distinguished Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco Systems, focuses on the design of data center networks. He coauthored Data Center Fundamentals for Cisco Press, and holds several patents on current data center technologies. He attended the Politecnico of Torino (“Laurea in Ingegneria”) and Ecole Centrale Paris (“Diplôme d’Ingénieur”) where he majored in Electronics.
Chapter 1 Introduction to Data Center Requirements and Fabric
Chapter 2 Understanding Data Center Switch Architecture
Chapter 3 Understanding Data Center Virtualization
Chapter 4 Understand the cabling and Physical Layout in the Data Center
Chapter 5 Understand Data Center Operation
Chapter 6 Data Center Fabric Technologies
Chapter 7 Data Center Overlay Technologies
Chapter 8 Data Center Fabric methodology for architecture and design
Chapter 9 The ‘Modern’ Cisco Fabric Technology Overview
Chapter 10 Migration to a Data Center Fabric Architecture