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Cisco Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (CVIM) Micro Pod Lab - Edge DC

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Solution Overview
Cisco Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (CVIM) is a fully automated cloud lifecycle management system. Cisco VIM helps to bring up a fully functional cloud in hours, with integrated end-to-end control and data plane verification in place. Cisco VIM offers fully automated day 1 to day n cloud lifecycle management. These include capabilities such as pod scaling (expansion), software update, upgrade, or reconfigure parameters, consolidated logging with rotation and export, software update and upgrade. These have been implemented in line with the operational and security best practices of service providers and enterprises.

Cisco Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (CVIM) abstracts much of the complexity of setting up and managing a cloud, providing a simple installation process along with a host of operational and validation tools. The integrated tools within CVIM allow operators to test reliability, scalability, and performance of the infrastructure, thereby optimizing their network resources and lifecycle management processes. 

CVIM is built for full lifecycle management of your software and hardware. It allows you to easily control and manage your NFV infrastructure (NFVI) compute, storage, and network resources. 

Goals & Objectives

The goal of this lab is to provide users with access to a complete Cisco Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (CVIM) 3.4 reference architecture deployed as a micro pod at an edge data-center. It enables the user to validate VNF support for the following CVIM lab features -

  • RHEL 7.6 with OSP 13 (Queens)
  • NIC Support - Cisco VIC 1457 (10G/25G) & Intel XXV710 (25G)
  • Data-plane flexibility - VPP/VLAN, SRIOV
  • Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA) - NUMA, CPU Pinning, Huge Pages, SRIOV with Intel NIC
  • VM Migration - Cold Migration and Resizing, Live Migration
  • Storage - Block storage with Ceph 
  • Standardized interfaces - Provides comprehensive and well-defined RESTful APIs for transparent external integration

The CVIM micro pod features a reduced footprint (by 60% compared to CVIM full pod) for high performance and capacity. It is optimized for the following edge applications or functions or use cases - 

  • Infrastructure use cases e.g. decomposed mobile packet core/CUPS, vBNG, (v)OLT, vCMTS with R-PHY, Gi-LAN Services, vRAN/Cloud RAN, etc.
  • Service provider branded services e.g. content streaming via CDN, Live TV with CDN, IOT, AR/VR services etc 
  • Business managed services e.g. online gaming, autonomous vehicles, IOT services, 3rd party mobile edge computing (MEC) app hosting, edge analytics 

Hardware & Software

Hardware
Edge DC (Micro Pod)
UCS C240 M5 24SFF
  • 2 x Intel Xeon-Gold 6142
  • 512GB RAM
  • 2 x 1.2 TB HDD
  • 2 x 960GB SSD
  • 1 x Cisco VIC 1457 Quad Port 10/25G SFP28 MLOM
  • 2 x Intel XXV710-DA2 10-Dual Port 25G NIC

ToR/Leaf Switches 
  • Nexus 93180

Spine Switches
  • Nexus 9272

Mgmt Switches
  • Catalyst 2960-X

Software
RHEL 7.6 with OSP 13 (Queens). 

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