Cisco Virtualized Multi-Tenant Data Center, Version 1.1, Design and Deployment Guide
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The Cisco Virtualized Multi-Tenanted Data Center Solution (VMDC), Version 1.1, Deployment Guide provides the system-level best practices and deployment guidelines required to deploy a virtualized, multi-tenanted data center. You can use the reference architecture to build multi-tenanted solutions that enable highly available, elastic, and resilient services for virtualized compute, network, and storage.

The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) architecture focuses on compute and virtualized hosting in a public or private cloud. The IaaS architecture integrates the Cisco Unified Compute System (UCS) B series blade servers, Cisco UCS 5100 chassis, and Cisco UCS 6100 series Fabric Interconnects.

The following sections define the purpose and intended audience of this guide:

Document Purpose


Document Purpose

This guide helps the reader to better understand the VMDC solution. It guides the reader on basic design principles and considerations for end-to-end features enablement across the solution components.


This guide is written for network administrators, IT personnel, and/or consultants who responsible for configuring the software settings across the network, compute, and storage devices required to realize the solution. We assume you are experienced with the installation and acceptance of products in this solution and that you understand the procedures required to upgrade and troubleshoot network, storage, and operating systems.

This guide requires basic familiarity with the following concepts and solution components:

Data center network architectures and designs

OSI Layer 2/Layer 3 designs and protocols

Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)

IP protocols

OSPF, BGP, and IS-IS routing protocols

MPLS, Layer 2 VPNs, Layer 3 VPNs

Firewalls and load balancers

Fibre Channel and FCoE

Quality of Service

Storage Area Networking (SAN) basics

Cisco Nexus family of data center switches

Cisco Catalyst family of switches and service modules

Cisco MDS family of SAN switches

Cisco Unified Compute System (UCS)

VMware Virtual Machines, Virtual Center, ESX, and vSphere 4.0

Familiarity with Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems

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The following documentation is related to this solution.

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Nexus 1000V Configuration Guides

UCS 6100 CLI Configuration Guide

UCS 6100 GUI Configuration Guide

Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis Configuration

UCS Manager CLI Configuration Guide

UCS Manager GUI Configuration Guide

Nexus 7000 Configuration Guides

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Configuration Guides

Cisco Catalyst 6500 VSS Configuration Guides

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Release Notes

Cisco 7600 Configuration Guides

Cisco 7600 ES+ Configuration Guides

Cisco Application Control Engine Module Configuration Guides

Cisco Firewall Service Module Configuration Guide 4.0

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VMware Vsphere CLI documentation

VMware Vsphere Configuration Maximums

VMware Vsphere Power CLI Documentation

VMware's Fibre Channel SAN Configuration Guide

VMware San Compatibility Guide

VMware Optimization Guide

Linux Command Lookup

DHCP Static Route RFC 2132

DHCP Static Route RFC 3442

Fibre Channel over Ethernet