Automate and Simplify Your Cloud using Power-aware Provisioning and 10 GB Ethernet

"Automated" is one of the three cornerstones of Cloud 2015 vision. At the highest level, cloud automation means provisioning your workloads automatically with guaranteed service level agreements while optimizing power and compute resources. Automated cloud computing services can be specified, located, and securely provisioned with very little or no human interaction.

Two critical constraints of data centers today are power and network. Here's a brief overview of how to optimize your cloud infrastructure on power and network. You can find out more by reading the white papers. Also, feel free to contact me by posting a comment.

Achieve power aware provisioning with Intel® Node Manager and partner tools

The white paper "Policy Based Power Management with Dell and VMware" describes a policy power management reference architecture based on Intel, VMware*, and Dell*. The goal of policy power management is to get the most out of each watt of power and space in the data center to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO). This paper shows how Intel® Intelligent Power Node Manager technology, Dell servers, and VMware products provided power savings and rack space optimization through dynamic migration of workloads—something hard to do manually.

We describe these use cases in detail along with the experimental results and data for:

  • Real-time server power monitoring
  • Optimization of rack density
  • Power-optimized workloads
  • Disaster recovery/business continuity
  • Data center energy reduction

Simplify the cloud and reduce costs with 10 GbE unified networking

Cloud brings efficiency in compute by consolidating multiple services in a multi-tenant environment. An often-ignored implication of this usage is the increased demand on network bandwidth. Up to 6 to 12 network connections are common in a cloud or virtualized environment today, which impacts data center capex and opex due to the complexity of the arrangement. The transition to 10 Gb Ethernet (10 GbE) allows consolidation of multiple separate Ethernet ports into fewer 10 GbE ports. This greatly simplifies the data center network, reduces costs, and simultaneously provides greater overall platform networking bandwidth capability. If Fibre Channel has been used in the past, this additional Ethernet capacity can be effectively used to consolidate separate storage network traffic onto a common 10 GbE unified networking infrastructure, which drives an even simpler and more cost effective data center.

If you are part of an IT organization tasked with building a cloud storage solution, this white paper should be of interest: "Unified Networking with NetApp: 10 GbE FCoE and iSCSI". Intel and NetApp* worked together to implement and test cloud storage architecture. The white paper is a complete, step-by-step guide to building the two most common block-level storage protocols, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI), run over 10 GbE from end to end. Today, most IT departments deploy separate LAN and storage networks, with storage often divided between network-attached storage (NAS) for file-based applications, and SAN fibre channel and iSCSI for block-based applications. The goal of unified networking is to allow a single-fabric infrastructure, based on 10 GbE, to carry all of these disparate traffic types.

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