At some point, every data center has to migrate a complete server identity between two servers. This could be driven by maintenance needs, server upgrades or DR/HA and SLA requirements. For DR/HA, Business Continuity requirements mandate that this be done as quickly as possible, which means automation is critical to drive time to productivity restoration. True automation equals fewer steps and faster implementation, with the smallest possibility for error. This is more than just setting up a similar server with the same BIOS and firmware and then doing a lot of manual work requiring multiple administrative domains – compute, network and storage. I’m talking about QoS, vNIC / vHBA setting, storage access and ownership transfers, etc., the whole enchilada, all delivered in an automated repeatable processby design not by accident.
Not surprisingly, Cisco UCS with UCS Manager does the job -- fast, complete and in full. What may be surprising is that Cisco UCS Manager enables you to do this transfer not just from blade server to blade server, you can also do it from blade server to rack server. UCS Manager comes with and is embedded on the UCS Fabric Interconnects. I want to emphasize that there is no additional charge for UCS Manager, which is an important consideratin when you look at other companies’ multiple toolsets, agents and databases, most of which carry an additional cost, and which are required to equal UCS Manager functionality. UCS Manager architecture does not require a separate management server which other designs typically require.
The very best part of the entire activity is that the full migration of the server identity (enabled by Cisco SingleConnect technology) takes just 6 initial steps with UCS Manager; the rest is all about how we deliver on the promise of automation. UCS Manager lets you use and specify 127+ different server identity parameters including:
48 BIOS Settings
Host BIOS Firmware
Hdwr NIC Teaming (fabric failover)
FC Adapter & Storage Controller Firmware
BIOS & Disk Scrub Actions
Dynamic vNICs (VM FEX)
NIC and HBA Adapter Settings
vHBA WWPN & WWNN Assignment
HBA FC SAN Membership,
NIC Receive Rate & NIC MTU size
FC & iSCSI Boot Parameters
PCIe Bus Scan Order and PCIe Device Slot Placement
And Much Much More…….
The above all sounds good. Now we need to see ‘proof of delivery’. Below are the links to a white paper by Principled Technologies that are the real point of this blog – complete (not partial) migration of a server identity from a blade server to a rack server.
The real fun is to watch the accompanying video below. See for yourself how much time it takes in an apples to apples server identity migration from a blade to a rack server. Once you take a look at the video (the paper on the right has the full details of the testing), you will find taking a UCS Test Drive worthwhile.
The ability of Cisco UCS server to manage both blade and rack servers with a single tool is UCS Manager. Cisco took a unique approach to computing and focused on the common point of interaction, the fabric. Servers don’t operate in isolation. They are part of a total environment that at the minimum encompasses servers, networking, management and storage – a Fabric Based Infrastructure . Cisco’s comprehensive and efficient architecture is the key to why customers worldwide are rapidly adopting UCS.
For information on how UCS and UCS Manager integrate with a wide variety of our leading management partners follow this link UCS Manager Ecosystem Partners, and for interoperability with other major systems management tools please see the UCS Interoperability page.
As the Internet of Everything revolution takes place around the world with new “things” being connected to the Internet at an exponential rate, Australia is at risk of being left behind, according to Professor Mary-Anne Williams, Director of Innovation at University of Technology, Sydney who spoke at Cisco’s recent Internet of Everything panel discussion in Sydney (see highlights below).
Australia lags behind many parts of the world in terms of Internet of Everything (IoE) capabilities with only moderate levels of IT innovation, an IoE track record in a handful of early adopting industries (versus a wide-ranging number of industries) and low IoE optimism by IT and business leaders survey in the Cisco IoE Value at Stake Index. In fact, Australia falls behind developing nations like Brazil, India and China, and given the rate at which these economies are growing, the situation is only likely to get worse unless Australia makes changes to improve our IoE readiness. And this must start at the root of the problem, with education.
The growth of the Internet is resulting in a wave of new online tools that allow for increasingly more interactions between people, process, data, and things. For many years Cisco has used the power of the Internet to make a positive difference in the world. With the spread of the Internet of Everything, we are collaborating more with other people and organizations to multiply our impact. That is why we are sponsoring, speaking at, and attending the UN Foundation’s Social Good Summit supported by Mashable, this week in New York City.
Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
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We recently welcomed Sherri Liebo to the Channels Blog. Sherri is the vice president of our Global Partner Marketing organization and she has kicked off a new series focused on the broad partner ecosystem and what Cisco and partners can accomplish together.
Already this week, she has followed up with a new post on the value of the Internet of Everything (IoE) to partners.
Sherri’s blog series will continue in earnest during the next few weeks. Be sure to check out her kick off entry, welcome Sherri as one of our newest bloggers and be sure to follow her on Twitter @sherriliebo! Read More »