The Live Nation IaaS cloud will support thousands of virtual machine across thousands of bare metal servers and hundreds of terabytes of storage in three U.S. data centers, Brockett says. The company is implementing an active-active fabric of Layer 2 paths using the virtual PortChannel capability of the Nexus switches to activate parallel paths and remove Spanning Tree blocks.
Live Nation plans to implement Cisco's FabricPath fabric technology in the future, as well as the company's Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP), which is designed to improve addressing and load balancing for enterprises working with multiple ISPs; and Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV) to simplify establishment of data center interconnect links by extending Layer 2 Ethernet LANs across geographically dispersed data centers.
Akamai will be used for load balancing between data centers, Brockett says.
ASA appliances will be clustered within data centers to support a Dynamic Multipoint VPN client architecture, including BYOD mobile devices running Cisco's AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client VPN software. Live Nation is looking at implementing a shared licensing model for deploying SSL-based VPNs, Brockett said.
The company is not deploying a virtual desktop infrastructure at this time.
Also of interest to Live Nation is the notion of software-defined networking (SDN). SDNs promise to abstract network operation from the physical infrastructure, enabling faster and easier programmability, configurability and feature extension through software.
"It's interesting to us," Brockett says. "It's something we're trying to utilize to further virtualization."
One thing Live Nation is not contemplating is doing public cloud credit card transactions, Brockett says.
"There are lots of steps for dynamically connecting to public clouds from private clouds," he says. "PCI-compliant public clouds are not easy to find right now."
But Live Nation officials say they plan to augment its private cloud with public cloud interaction in the near future. And the private cloud will expand to international data centers in the next year or so, they say.