The Management Plane

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Time
12 hours 57 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate
CEU/CPE
13
Video Transcription
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>> We are going to talk about the management plane,
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which is critically important
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in the context of the Cloud.
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In this lesson, we're going to talk about
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what is the management plane,
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what is the role of the management plane
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in Cloud environments,
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and then why is the management plane so important.
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In short, in a Cloud environment,
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the management plane, also
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referred to as the control plane,
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is really the central way that hardware,
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logical configurations, and network configurations
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are administered and deployed
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throughout the Cloud environment.
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Whenever new hardware needs to be spun up or spun down,
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that is done through the management plane when
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there are decisions regarding
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the routing of traffic and
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the rules of how data's
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mental flow throughout the network,
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that is also done to the management plane.
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It is incredibly important in
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the Cloud and needs to be protected accordingly.
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Below the management plane,
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there's what we call the control plane.
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This is really aware,
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at the routing level,
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that rules regarding how data
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flows through the Cloud environment are enforced.
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Then there's the data plane,
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which is talking about how data is received and
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forwarded through the various elements
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in the Cloud-based environment.
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Going back to the management plane,
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because of its importance with regards to spinning up,
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breaking down, setting the rules,
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configuring elements in the Cloud,
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it's essential to ensure first that it is
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properly configured to ensure that
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the Cloud environment is performing optimally,
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misconfigurations in the Cloud can add up very quickly.
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Then other important considerations are that there's
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sufficient redundancy when it
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comes to every aspect of the management plane.
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If suddenly we require to become
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unavailable or you couldn't manage your environment,
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it wouldn't impact your business too
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much without sufficient redundancy.
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Then another critical aspect
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when it comes to security is that there needs to
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be strong access control when it comes to
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implementing and managing aspects
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through the management plane.
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Just reflect for a second.
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How is access to
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your organization's management plane managed?
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Now your organization may not be in the Cloud or may
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not necessarily have control over our management plane.
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However, if you do are considering moving to the Cloud,
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considering how the management plane is properly
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organized is essential to success
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and efficiency within the Cloud environment.
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Then, how do you ensure that
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your management plane is correctly configured?
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As I said before,
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misconfigurations or incorrect settings
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can waste a lot of resources,
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because you don't even have deployed services or
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ineffectively deployed services that increase
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your bill or decrease your organizational function.
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Also, let's talk about how do you ensure
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sufficient redundancy is in place?
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In summary, we talked about the management plane.
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This really is the keys to the kingdom in terms
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of administering the underlying
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infrastructure of the Cloud.
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We talked about the importance of the management plane,
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that it really determines the rules related
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to logical and configurations in the
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>> Cloud-based network,
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>> as well as the spinning up of new hardware.
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We talked about the risks regarding
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the management plane, misconfiguration,
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lack of appropriate logical access,
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and insufficient redundancy that make you unable
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to properly administer to
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the element within the Cloud environment.
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I'll see you in the next lesson.
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