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1 Cisco and VMware Virtualization Planning and Design Service Create an End-to-End Virtualization Strategy with Combined Services from Cisco and VMware Service Overview A Collaborative Approach to Virtualization Combining Cisco networking and VMware virtualization expertise helps you create an end-to-end solution with many benefits. Comprehensive approach: Helps you protect application performance and facilitate automation Simplified engagement model: Provides a single point of contact throughout the services engagement Industry-leading expertise: Delivers recommendations based on Cisco and VMware s combined best practices and experience Support for business transformation: Helps reduce costs and ease management by providing a cohesive, business-driven virtualization strategy and design Planning a Successful Virtualized Environment Virtualization can yield significant operational advantages, but it can also introduce network complexity and new management challenges. To attain the full benefits of virtualization, planning and implementation must be coordinated among server, storage, network, security, and application stakeholders. This coordination may require changing customized processes. Coworkers across your data center must bridge organizational boundaries to facilitate a productive planning and design phase for your virtualization implementation. Coordinating Resources The Cisco and VMware Virtualization Planning and Design Service helps you develop and deploy a data center wide virtualization strategy that is customized to your IT and business needs. Cisco and VMware enterprise and solution architects, virtualization experts, and project managers work collaboratively with you to provide consulting services that span your technical, business, and financial requirements. We also offer detailed total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) analyses for network and server consolidation to help you quantify potential cost savings. By combining Cisco and VMware solutions, we can recommend the right technology solutions for your particular challenges and provide end-to-end service delivery and task coordination to help you achieve a successful implementation. This service includes the following components: Virtualization planning: Together Cisco and VMware gather requirements, help you create a high-level design architecture, and help expand virtualization knowledge in your organization Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 1 of 8

2 Virtualization design and implementation: Together Cisco and VMware create a detailed design for your virtualization solution. Depending on your needs, we can also help you to: Test and validate your solution Identify product acquisition needs Assist in staging and validation of the data center solution Create physical-to-virtual migration plans Implement virtualization over a phased time frame Address your rollout and migration requirements Virtualization project management: Throughout the planning, design and implementation phases, Cisco and VMware can help you keep your virtualization project running smoothly. We do this by creating a detailed work breakdown structure, managing change control, providing weekly status reports, and facilitating communications. Virtualization Planning Cisco and VMware virtualization planning helps you understand the gaps in your data center environment that can affect your virtualization solution. The service includes recommendations to help you get better return from your existing resources and from your investment in virtualization. Cisco focuses on: Network Infrastructure and management requirements spanning Layer 4 to Layer 7 services, storage area networking (SAN), and security Automation with tools that help deliver cross-data center virtual machine aware infrastructure such as the following: Cisco VN-link that helps to ensure consistent policy-driven network capabilities across all servers. Cisco FlexAttach that helps facilitate server and configuration management. Cisco VFrame Data Center (DC) that helps enables the coordinated provisioning and repurposing of physical and virtualized infrastructure services. Future requirements for consolidated I/O and unified I/O High level design document covering the Layer 2/Layer 3 infrastructure and integrated design Application optimization Server load balancing Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) offload Smart Domain Name System (DNS) for disaster recovery VMware network integration Wide area optimization component for the data center XML offload Security Firewalls Intrusion prevention and detection Distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) and SSL virtual private network (VPN) 2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 2 of 8

3 security Web application firewall XML security Certificate and key management Wide area network(wan) and multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) at the edge Storage area networking (SAN) Management Simple network management protocol (SNMP) and syslog best practices Management zones within the data center In-band and out-of-band management recommendations Event correlation VMware focuses on: Requirements gathering, including a financial and capacity analysis, for VMware Infrastructure 3 deployment Server inventory, performance, and utilization assessment of x86 servers running Windows and Linux Server virtualization design enablement requirements gathering Optimization of the virtual infrastructure across the data center VMware Infrastructure architectural design Architecture and design considerations based on interviews, capacity and financial analysis Assumptions and risk mitigation considerations Table 1 shows the Cisco and VMware virtualization planning benefits, activities, and deliverables. Table 1. Virtualization Planning, Activities, and Deliverables Virtualization planning helps you to: Plan for smooth deployment of an end-to-end virtualization solution with a single set of recommendations jointly developed by Cisco and VMware Address increasing network bandwidth requirements driven by server virtualization Get more from your virtualization initiative by developing an end-to-end virtualized reference architecture Overcome process constraints to help accelerate the adoption of your virtualization solution across your IT organization Activities Requirements Gathering Cisco and VMware help you identify technology and business requirements that affect the virtualization design are identified in a variety of ways, such as: Interviewing stakeholders across the IT organization using a workshopbased methodology Using a questionnaire to gather requirements Reviewing existing IT documents on infrastructure diagrams Deliverables Customer requirements document (CRD) 2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 3 of 8

4 Activities High-Level Design Architecture Development Create an end-to-end virtualized architecture covering network, network services, security, SAN and optimized VMware integration Conduct design options workshops High-level logical design of VMware virtual infrastructure Define relationships and dependencies between components Map customer requirements into a high level design Knowledge Transfer Conduct informal session to transfer knowledge about server and network virtualization design best practices to your IT organization to assist in operational readiness for the new architecture Deliverables Cisco and VMware high-level design document Workshop Virtualization Design and Implementation Cisco and VMware engineers and consultants help you create a complete roadmap to guide you through a successful virtualization solution implementation. Each company focuses on our respective areas of core competence as well as working together to integrate the components of your virtualization solution. Cisco provides recommendations that include: Low-level design for the Layer 2/Layer 3 infrastructure and integrated design, including logical designs and device configurations Application optimization Security Wide area network (WAN) and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) at the edge Cisco VFrame DC design, including third-party application-programming interface (API) integration and macro customization SAN Infrastructure and automation using tools and technologies such as VN-link, FlexAttach, and VFrame VMware provides recommendations that include: VMware server infrastructure design VMware Infrastructure configuration and installation procedures VMware Infrastructure test and validation plan VMware Infrastructure rollout and migration plan 2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 4 of 8

5 Table 2 shows the Cisco and VMware virtualization design and implementation benefits, activities, and deliverables. Table 2. Virtualization Design and Implementation, Activities, and Deliverables Virtualization design and implementation helps you to: Design a solution that helps reduce operating costs Reduce expensive, time-consuming redesign by creating a well-engineered, end-to-end virtualization design to the extent possible Accelerate enhanced application availability, scalability, and manageability using any-to-any connectivity Activities Low-Level Design Develop a design plan for your virtualization solution that includes your servers and network environment and the associated device configurations Test, Staging and Validation Plan Use VMware s collection of test plans to test and validate your server virtualization solution. These plans demonstrate the proper functionality and performance of system components such as VMotion, physical server to virtual machine migration (P2V), operational goals such as failover and backup, and high-level goals such as server consolidation ratios. Use the Cisco network virtualization test plan to conduct an end-to-end, integrated test of network, storage, and security layers. Product Acquisition and Implementation Plan Rely on VMware s collection of design documents, diagrams, and plans to help you systematically build a specific virtual infrastructure, with details such as the server farm organization, VLAN diagrams, switch configuration, storage connectivity, virtual machine distribution and allocation, and how to build and configure the servers. Cisco network experts provide a low-level design of the network, including physical and logical topologies, scalability, security, and redundancy considerations, recommended features and functions, software versions and configurations, and provisioning architecture and design using VFrame. Rollout and Migration Plan Plan for a smooth migration from your existing environment to a virtualized environment that helps you to do the following: Perform live migrations with zero downtime Continuously and automatically optimize virtual machines within resource pools Perform hardware maintenance without scheduling downtime and disrupting business operations Proactively move virtual machines away from failing or underperforming servers Accelerate implementation with detailed network infrastructure plan Migrate to a Cisco recommended virtualization architecture using a step-bystep plan Identify ongoing issues affecting implementation or migration of the recommended designs Coordinate migration and implementation support among the organizational boundaries spanning applications, server, storage, network and security teams Rely on coordinated delivery from Cisco and VMware Deliverables Cisco and VMware design document Test plan: VMware test plan Cisco network virtualization test plan Installation and configuration guide: VMware configuration guide VMware standard procedures guide Cisco low-level network design Cisco and VMware virtualization rollout and migration plan Virtualization Project Management Virtualization project management helps you keep the planning and design phase of your virtualization project on track and running smoothly. Together Cisco and VMware provide project management deliverables and give you a single point of contact for all communications Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 5 of 8

6 Table 3 shows the Cisco and VMware virtualization project management benefits, activities, and deliverables. Table 3. Virtualization Project Management, Activities, and Deliverables Virtualization project management helps you to: Keep your virtualization project running smoothly Simplify management with a single project manager who keeps track of all deliverables and communications Increase transparency with the project management team that is reviewing and monitoring interdependencies to the extent possible Activities Virtualization Project Management Conduct project kick-off meeting Develop work breakdown structure (WBS) Plan task durations and dependencies Deliverables Project plan Weekly status reports Ongoing communications throughout project Provide project schedule including critical dependencies Maintain project contact and resource lists Provide and manage project change control and escalation procedures Serve as Cisco and VMware project point of contact for all communications Provide weekly status reporting on project tasks, milestones, and schedule and project issues Cisco and VMware Expertise Offered by industry experts, the Cisco and VMware Virtualization Planning and Design Service can help simplify your preparation for virtualization. Cisco data center engineers and VMware consultants are among the industry s elite in providing virtualization solutions spanning the data center. Cisco engineers typically hold one or more certifications spanning the data center technologies and have deployed, secured, operated, and optimized the performance of many of the largest and most successful data centers in the world. Through their access to the deep engineering expertise of the business units that create Cisco products and solutions, Cisco data center engineers are able to support you in deploying a solution that is consistent with Cisco product roadmaps. VMware consultants are recognized for their expertise in designing, installing, and supporting comprehensive, integrated server virtualization solutions. Depending on your requirements, we can offer the following specific areas of expertise: Data center solutions architect Layer 2 and Layer 3 infrastructure architect SAN architect Layer 4 to Layer 7 architect VMware certified professional consultant Information security expert Network management architect Customer system architect and administrator Project manager 2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 6 of 8

7 The Cisco and VMware Virtualization Planning and Design Service helps you plan and design an end-to-end virtualization solution that can help you to: Understand the gaps in your environment that can affect your virtualization solution Manage risk by working closely with experts in networking and virtualization Increase application uptime and performance Bring new applications online faster with automated resource provisioning Enhance application availability, scalability, and manageability using any-to-any connectivity Lower ongoing operating costs Why Cisco Services Cisco Services make networks, applications, and the people who use them work better together. Today, the network is a strategic platform in a world that demands better integration between people, information, and ideas. The network works better when services, together with products, create solutions aligned with business needs and opportunities. The unique Cisco Lifecycle approach to services defines the requisite activities at each phase of the network lifecycle to help ensure service excellence. With a collaborative delivery methodology that joins the forces of Cisco, our skilled network of partners, and our customers, we achieve the best results. Availability The Cisco and VMware Virtualization Planning and Design Service is widely available as a statement of work (SOW) based service. Check with your local Cisco representative for availability in your area. For More Information For more information about the Cisco data center services that can help you gain the most return from your data center investment, visit or contact your Cisco service account manager Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 7 of 8

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