Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals

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28 Reviews
900 pages

Book Description

Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals: Understanding Techniques and Designs for Highly Efficient Data Centers with Cisco Nexus, UCS, MDS, and Beyond
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 , 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 . By doing so, you can deliver agile application provisioning without purchasing unnecessary infrastructure, and establish a strong foundation for new cloud 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 for 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.

Gustavo A. A. Santana, CCIE® No. 8806, is a Cisco Technical Solutions Architect working in enterprise and service provider data center projects that require deep integration across technology areas such as networking, application optimization, storage, and servers. He has more than 15 years of data center experience, and has led and coordinated a team of specialized Cisco engineers in Brazil. He holds two CCIE certifications (Routing & Switching and Storage Networking), and is a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and SNIA Certified Storage Networking Expert (SCSN-E). A frequent speaker at Cisco and data center industry events, he blogs on data center virtualization at

  • 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

-Reviews -

“The variety of material that Gustavo covers in this work would appeal to anyone responsible for Data Centers today. His grasp of virtualization technologies and ability to relate it in both technical and non-technical terms makes for compelling reading. This is not your ordinary tech manual. Through use of relatable visual cues, Gustavo provides information that is easily recalled on the subject of virtualization, reaching across Subject Matter Expertise domains. Whether you consider yourself well-versed or a novice on the topic, working in large or small environments, this work will provide a clear understanding of the diverse subject of virtualization.”

-- Bill Dufresne, CCIE 4375, Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco (Americas)

“..this book is an essential reference and will be valuable asset for potential candi­dates pursuing their Cisco Data Center certifications. I am confident that in reading this book, individuals will inevitably gain extensive knowledge and hands-on experience dur­ing their certification preparations. If you’re looking for a truly comprehensive guide to virtualization, this is the one!”

-- Yusuf Bhaiji, Senior Manager, Expert Certifications (CCIE, CCDE, CCAr),

[email protected] 

“When one first looks at those classic Cisco Data Center blueprints, it is very common to become distracted with the overwhelming number of pieces and linkages. By creating a solid theoretical foundation and providing rich sets of companion examples to illustrate each concept, Gustavo’s book brings hope back to IT Professionals from different areas of expertise. Apparently complex topics are demystified and the insertion of products, mechanisms, protocols and technologies in the overall Data Center Architecture is clearly explained, thus enabling you to achieve robust designs and successful deployments. A must read... Definitely!”

-- Alexandre M. S. P. Moraes, Consulting Systems Engineer — Author of “Cisco Firewalls”

Table of Contents

Part I: What Is Virtualization?
Chapter 1 Virtualization History and Definitions

Part II: Virtualization in Network Technologies
Chapter 2 Data Center Network Evolution
Chapter 3 The Humble Beginnings of Network Virtualization
Chapter 4 An Army of One: ACE Virtual Contexts
Chapter 5 Instant Switches: Virtual Device Contexts
Chapter 6 Fooling Spanning Tree
Chapter 7 Virtualized Chassis with Fabric Extenders
Chapter 8 A Tale of Two Data Centers

Part III: Virtualization in Storage Technologies
Chapter 9 Storage Evolution
Chapter 10 Islands in the SAN
Chapter 11 Secret Identities
Chapter 12 One Cable to Unite Us All

Part IV: Virtualization in Server Technologies
Chapter 13 Server Evolution
Chapter 14 Changing Personalities
Chapter 15 Transcending the Rack
Chapter 16 Moving Targets

Part V: End-to-End Virtualization
Chapter 17 The Virtual Data Center and Cloud Computing

Part VI: Appendixes
Appendix A: Cisco Data Center Portfolio
Appendix B: IOS, NX-OS, and Application Control Software Command-Line Interface Basics

Book Details

  • Title: Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals
  • Author:
  • Length: 900 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2013-07-01
  • ISBN-10: 1587143240
  • ISBN-13: 9781587143243
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