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Building Blocks for Data Center Cloud Architectures

Chapter Description

This chapter from The Policy Driven Data Center with ACI: Architecture, Concepts, and Methodology describes the components of a cloud infrastructure and how ACI provides network automation for the cloud. It also explains the Amazon Web Services approach; covers the role of the various orchestration tools; introduces some key concepts on how to automate the provisioning of servers and how to get started with OpenStack; explains the OpenStack modeling of the cloud infrastructure; and discusses the administrator’s task of mapping the requirements of IaaS services onto the models of these technologies.

Summary

This chapter described the components of a cloud infrastructure and how ACI provides network automation for the cloud. It explained the Amazon Web Services approach. This chapter also described the role of the various orchestration tools, such as OpenStack, Cisco UCS Director, and Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud. It also introduced some key concepts regarding how to automate the provisioning of servers and how to get started with OpenStack. It explained the OpenStack modeling of the cloud infrastructure and compared it to similar modeling by CIAC and ACI. It also discussed the administrator’s task of mapping the requirements of IaaS services onto the models of these technologies.

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