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<ul><li><p> Reference Architecture </p><p>EMC VSPEX </p><p>April 2012 </p><p>Cisco Solution for EMC VSPEX Server Virtualization VMware vSphere 5 for 125 Virtual Machines Enabled by Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Nexus switches, VMware vSphere 5, EMC VNX5300, and EMC Next-Generation Backup </p></li><li><p>Cisco Solution for VSPEX Server Virtualization VMware vSphere 5 for 125 Virtual Machines </p><p>2 </p><p>Copyright 2012 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. Published in the USA. </p><p>Published April, 2012 </p><p>EMC believes the information in this publication is accurate as of its publication date. The information is subject to change without notice. </p><p>The information in this publication is provided as is. EMC Corporation makes no representations or warranties of any kind with respect to the information in this publication, and specifically disclaims implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Use, copying, and distribution of any EMC software described in this publication requires an applicable software license. </p><p>EMC2, EMC, and the EMC logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. </p><p>For the most up-to-date regulatory document for your product line, go to the technical documentation and advisories section on the EMC online support website. </p><p>Part Number: h10712.1 </p></li><li><p>3 Cisco Solution for VSPEX Server Virtualization VMware vSphere 5 for 125 Virtual Machines </p><p>Table of contents </p><p>Reference architecture overview .................................................................................... 5 Document purpose ..................................................................................................................... 5 Solution purpose ........................................................................................................................... 5 The business challenge ............................................................................................................... 6 The technology solution .............................................................................................................. 6 Solution benefits ........................................................................................................................... 7 </p><p>Key components ............................................................................................................... 8 Introduction................................................................................................................................... 8 Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers ................................................................................... 8 Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches .............................................................................................. 9 VMware vSphere 5....................................................................................................................... 9 Cisco Nexus 1000v Series Switches ............................................................................................ 9 EMC Virtual Storage Integrator for VMware ............................................................................ 9 VNX VAAI Support ...................................................................................................................... 10 EMC VNX Series .......................................................................................................................... 10 </p><p>Software suites available ...................................................................................................... 11 Software packs available .................................................................................................... 11 </p><p>VNX FAST Cache ........................................................................................................................ 11 EMC Avamar .............................................................................................................................. 11 </p><p>Solution architecture ....................................................................................................... 13 Logical architecture diagram .................................................................................................. 13 Reference architecture overview ........................................................................................... 13 Hardware resources................................................................................................................... 16 Software resources ..................................................................................................................... 17 </p><p>Server and Network architecture .................................................................................. 19 Topology ...................................................................................................................................... 19 Server details ............................................................................................................................... 19 Network Layout .......................................................................................................................... 19 </p><p>Storage architecture ....................................................................................................... 20 Storage layout ............................................................................................................................ 20 Storage layout overview ........................................................................................................... 20 </p></li><li><p>Cisco Solution for VSPEX Server Virtualization VMware vSphere 5 for 125 Virtual Machines </p><p>4 </p><p>High availability and failover ......................................................................................... 21 Introduction................................................................................................................................. 21 Storage layer .............................................................................................................................. 21 Connectivity layer ...................................................................................................................... 21 Host layer ..................................................................................................................................... 21 </p><p>Validated environment profile ....................................................................................... 22 Profile characteristics ................................................................................................................. 22 </p><p>Backup environment profile ........................................................................................... 23 Backup characteristics .............................................................................................................. 23 Backup layout ............................................................................................................................ 23 </p><p>Conclusion ....................................................................................................................... 24 </p><p>References ....................................................................................................................... 25 Cisco ............................................................................................................................................ 25 EMC documentation ................................................................................................................. 25 Other documentation ............................................................................................................... 25 </p></li><li><p>5 Cisco Solution for VSPEX Server Virtualization VMware vSphere 5 for 125 Virtual Machines </p><p>Reference architecture overview This document describes the reference architecture of the Cisco Solution for EMC VSPEX server virtualization for 125 virtual machines. This document provides guidelines for building similar solutions. </p><p> VSPEX pre-validated and modular architectures are built with proven best-of-breed technologies to create complete virtualization solutions that enable you to make an informed decision in the hypervisor, compute and networking layers. VSPEX eliminates server virtualization planning and configuration burdens. VSPEX infrastructures accelerate your IT Transformation by enabling faster deployments, greater flexibility of choice, efficiency, and lower risk. </p><p>This reference architecture is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to every aspect of this solution. Server capacity is provided in generic terms for required minimums of CPU, memory and network interfaces; the customer is free to select the server and networking hardware of their choice that meet or exceed the stated minimums. </p><p>Cisco solution for VSPEX features the enterprise-class Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Servers and Nexus switches delivering performance, versatility, and density without compromise. Ciscos portfolio of products and technologies offers a holistic approach to the design, operation, and delivery of IT services. This approach makes it easier for IT to integrate existing technology silos and: </p><p> Respond more quickly to business demands </p><p> Reduce capital expenditures and operating expenses </p><p> Simplify IT operations </p><p>These platforms optimized for Virtualization, manageability, performance and scalability are ideal for: </p><p> Consolidation and virtualization </p><p> Private cloud computing </p><p> Application or infrastructure-as-a-service </p><p>For more detailed information on performance and scalability testing, refer to EMC VSPEX Server Virtualization Solution VMware vSphere 5 for 125 Virtual Machines Enabled by VMware vSphere 5, EMC VNX5300 Deployment Guide of this solution and associated documentation for best practices and specific usage requirements. </p><p>Document purpose </p><p>Solution purpose </p></li><li><p>Cisco Solution for VSPEX Server Virtualization VMware vSphere 5 for 125 Virtual Machines </p><p>6 </p><p> Customers require a scalable, tiered, and highly available infrastructure on which to deploy their business and mission-critical applications. There are several new technologies available to assist them in consolidating and virtualizing their server infrastructure, but they need to know how to use these technologies to maximize their investment, support service-level agreements, and reduce their total cost of ownership (TCO). </p><p>This solution addresses the following challenges: </p><p> Availability Standalone servers incur downtime for maintenance or unexpected failures. Clusters of redundant standalone nodes are an inefficient in use of CPU, disk and memory resource. </p><p> Server management and maintenance Individually maintained servers require significant repetitive activities for monitoring, problem resolution, patching, and other common activities. This is labor intensive, costly, error-prone, and inefficient. Security, downtime, and outage risks are elevated. </p><p> Ease of solution deployment While small and medium businesses must address the same IT challenges as larger enterprises, staffing levels, experience, and training are generally more limited. IT generalists are often responsible for managing the entire IT infrastructure, or reliance is placed on 3rd-party sources for maintenance or other tasks. Perceived complexity of the IT function raises fear of risk and may block adoption of new technology. Therefore, simplicity of deployment and management are highly valued </p><p> Storage efficiency Storage added locally to physical servers or provisioned directly from a shared resource or array leads to over-provisioning and waste. </p><p> Backup Traditional backup approaches are slow and frequently unreliable. There tends to be inflection points (or plateaus) in the virtualization adoption curve when the number of virtual machines increases. With a few virtual machines, the situation seems manageable and most organizations can get by with existing tools and processes. However, when the virtual environment grows, the backup and recovery become the limiting factor in deployment. </p><p> This solution uses the Cisco UCS C220 M3 Rack-Mount Server, Cisco Nexus 5548UP and 1000v switches, Cisco Adapter FEX technology, EMC VNX5300 array and VMware vSphere 5 to provide storage and server hardware consolidation. The new virtualized infrastructure is centrally managed, allowing efficient deployment and management of a scalable number of virtual machines and associated shared storage. </p><p>The business challenge </p><p>The technology solution </p></li><li><p>7 Cisco Solution for VSPEX Server Virtualization VMware vSphere 5 for 125 Virtual Machines </p><p> This VSPEX solution allows the customer that is new to server virtualization to realize the following benefits: </p><p> Application availability Highly available, scalable infrastructure that makes most efficient use of CPU, memory, and storage resources and grows with the business </p><p> Simplified and centralized management of server and storage deployment, monitoring, patching, and other normal activities, resulting in lower management overhead, reduced risk, and reduced downtime </p><p> Simplicity of solution deployment and use, targeting the IT generalist in the small or medium business (SMB) and providing ease of use, integration points, and ability to mask complex tasks </p><p> Storage Efficiency EMC VNX array features optimized storage efficiency, reduced over-provisioning and simplified storage management </p><p> Backup Integration with EMCs next-generation backup solutions offering virtual machine and application backup and recovery capabilities </p><p>Solution benefits </p></li><li><p>Cisco Solution for VSPEX Server Virtualization VMware vSphere 5 for 125 Virtual Machines </p><p>8 </p><p>Key components This section briefly describes the key components of this solution. </p><p> Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers </p><p> Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches </p><p> VMware vSphere 5 </p><p> Cisco Nexus 1000v Series Switches </p><p> EMC Virtual Storage Integrator for VMware </p><p> EMC VNX Series </p><p> VNX VMware vStorage API for Array Integration Support </p><p> VNX FAST Cache </p><p> EMC Avamar </p><p>Solution architecture on page 12 provides details on all the components that make up the reference architecture. </p><p>Cisco Unified Computing System is the first truly unified data center platform that combines industry-standard, x86-architecture blade and rack servers with networking and storage access into a single system. Key innovations in the platform include a standards-based unified network fabric, Cisco Virtualized Interface Card (VIC) support, and Cisco Extended Memory Technology. The system uses a wire- once architecture with a self-aware, self-integrating, intelligent infrastructure that eliminates the time-consuming, manual, error-prone assembly of components into systems. </p><p>Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount servers reduce total cost of ownership (TCO)...</p></li></ul>

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