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  • Dell EMCVxBlock and Vblock Systems 350Architecture Overview

    Document revision 1.10June 2018

  • Revision history

    Date Document revision Description of changes

    June 2018 1.10 Updated the topic Storage features support to include Data Reduction.

    April 2018 1.9 Removed vCHA.

    December 2017 1.8 Added Cisco UCS B-Series M5 server information.

    September 2017 1.7 Added support for Dell EMC All-Flash 350F, 450F, 550F, and 650F storagearrays on the VxBlock System 350.

    August 2017 1.6 Added support for vSphere 6.5 throughout the document.Base configurations - added information about maximum server values.

    March 2017 1.5 Added support for Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX Switch

    February 2017 1.4 Changes for Cisco Falcon software

    December 2016 1.3 Minor updates

    October 2016 1.2 Released for general availability.

    August 2016 1.1 Added VxBlock System 350 sample configurations

    May 2016 1.0 Initial version

    Revision history | 2

  • ContentsIntroduction.................................................................................................................................................5

    System overview.........................................................................................................................................6System architecture and components.................................................................................................... 6Base configurations................................................................................................................................7

    Converged System configurations...................................................................................................9Scaling up compute resources.......................................................................................................10Scaling up storage resources.........................................................................................................11

    Network topology..................................................................................................................................13

    Compute layer...........................................................................................................................................17Compute overview ...............................................................................................................................17Cisco UCS ...........................................................................................................................................17Compute connectivity........................................................................................................................... 17Cisco Trusted Platform Module............................................................................................................ 18Cisco UCS fabric interconnects............................................................................................................18Disjoint layer 2 configuration................................................................................................................ 18Bare metal support policy.....................................................................................................................19

    Storage layer............................................................................................................................................. 21Storage overview..................................................................................................................................21Hybrid and All-Flash components........................................................................................................ 22Remote replication............................................................................................................................... 23Storage features support......................................................................................................................24

    Hardware features......................................................................................................................... 25Software licensing..........................................................................................................................27

    Network layer............................................................................................................................................ 28LAN layer..............................................................................................................................................28

    Cisco Nexus 3172TQ Switch - management networking...............................................................28Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX Switch or Cisco Nexus 9396PX Switch - segregated networking.......29

    SAN layer............................................................................................................................................. 30Connectivity................................................................................................................................... 31Cisco MDS 9148S Multilayer Fabric Switch...................................................................................31Cisco MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch and Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director..........32

    Virtualization layer....................................................................................................................................34Virtualization overview..........................................................................................................................34VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi.......................................................................................................34VMware vCenter Server (vSphere 6.0)................................................................................................ 36VMware vCenter Server (vSphere 6.5)................................................................................................ 37

    Management..............................................................................................................................................40Management components overview.....................................................................................................40Management hardware components....................................................................................................40Management software components (vSphere 6.0).............................................................................. 41Management software components (vSphere 6.5).............................................................................. 42

    3 | Contents

  • Management network connectivity....................................................................................................... 43

    Sample configurations............................................................................................................................. 52

    Virtualization components.......................................................................................................................54

    Compute components..............................................................................................................................55

    Network components............................................................................................................................... 56

    Storage components................................................................................................................................ 57

    Contents | 4

  • IntroductionThis document describes the high-level design of the Converged System and compute, network, DellEMC Unity Hybrid and All-Flash storage array models, virtualization, and management components. DellEMC Unity Hybrid and Dell EMC Unity All-Flash storage arrays provide a scalable hardware design andadvanced software capabilities using flash drives and spinning disks.

    In this document, the VxBlock System and Vblock System are referred to as Converged Systems.

    Refer to the Glossary for a description of terms specific to Converged Systems.

    5 | Introduction

    https://cpsdocs.dellemc.com/bundle/S_XACT_UG/page/GUID-7EA8F2D3-FAB1-4A30-A383-D3AC413394D7.html

  • System overview

    System architecture and componentsConverged Systems are modular platforms with defined scale points meeting the higher performance andavailability requirements of business-critical applications.

    Architecture

    SAN storage mediums are used for deployments involving large numbers of VMs and users and providethe following features:

    Multi-controller, scale-out architecture with consolidation and efficiency for the enterprise.

    Scaling of resources through common and fully redundant building blocks.

    Local boot disks are optional and available only for bare metal blades.

    Components

    Converged Systems contain the following key hardware and software components:

    Resource Components

    Converged Systemmanagement

    Vision Intelligent Operations System Library Vision Intelligent Operations Plug-in for vCenter Vision Intelligent Operations Compliance Checker Vision Intelligent Operations API for System Library Vision Intelligent Operations API for Compliance Checker

    Virtualization andmanagement

    VMware vSphere Server Enterprise Plus VMware vSphere ESXi VMware vCenter Server VMware vSphere Web Client VMware Single Sign-On (SSO) Service VMware vSphere Platform Service Controllers Cisco UCS C220 Servers for AMP-2 PowerPath/VE Cisco UCS Manager Secure Remote Services (ESRS) PowerPath Management Appliance Cisco Data Center Network Manager for SAN

    Compute Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis Cisco UCS B-Series M4 or M5 Blade Servers with one of the following:

    Cisco UCS VIC 1340, with optional port expander Cisco UCS VIC 1380

    Cisco UCS C-Series M5 Rack Servers with: Cisco UCS VIC 1385

    System overview | 6

  • Resource Components

    Cisco UCS VIC 1387

    Cisco UCS 2204XP Fabric Extenders or Cisco UCS 2208XP Fabric Extenders Cisco UCS 6248UP Fabric Interconnects or Cisco UCS 6296UP Fabric

    Interconnects

    Network Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX Switches or Cisco Nexus 9396PX Switches Cisco MDS 9148S Multilayer Fabric Switch, Cisco MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer

    Fabric Switch, or Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director

    Cisco Nexus 3172TQ Switch Optional Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches Optional VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) for VxBlock Systems only Optional VMware NSX Virtual Networking for VxBlock Systems only

    Storage array Dell EMC Unity Hybrid

    Dell EMC Unity 300 Dell EMC Unity 400 Dell EMC Unity 500 Dell EMC Unity 600Dell EMC Unity All-Flash (F)

    Dell EMC Unity 300F Dell EMC Unity 400F Dell EMC Unity 500F Dell EMC Unity 600F Dell EMC Unity 350F Dell EMC Unity 450F Dell EMC Unity 550F Dell EMC Unity 650F

    Base configurationsThe base configuration contains the minimum set of compute and storage components, as well as fixednetwork resources for a Converged System.

    These components are integrated within one or more 28-inch 42 RU cabinets.

    Within the base configuration, customize the following hardware aspects:

    Hardware How it can be customized

    Compute Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series M4 or M5 Blade Servers Minimum of four Cisco UCS blade servers Maximum of 256 Cisco UCS blade servers (The maximum server value is

    based on storage array front-end connectivity support and physical chassisslots.)

    Minimum of 2 Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server ChassisEdge servers (with optionalVMware NSX)

    Four to six Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers or Cisco UCS C-Series BladeServers, including the B2x0 M4 or B2x0 M5 with VIC 1340, VIC 1380, VIC1385, or VIC 1387.

    7 | System overview

  • Hardware How it can be customized

    Network One pair of Cisco MDS 9148S Multilayer Switches, or one pair of CiscoMDS 9396S Multilayer Fabric Switch, or one pair of Cisco MDS 9706Multilayer Directors

    One pair of Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX Switches or one pair of Cisco9396PX Switches

    One pair of Cisco Nexus 3172TQ SwitchesStorage Dell EMC Unity 300 - up to 150 drives

    Dell EMC Unity 400 - up to 250 drives Dell EMC Unity 500 - up to 500 drive Dell EMC Unity 600 - up to 1000 drives Dell EMC Unity 300F - up to 150 drives Dell EMC Unity 400F - up to 250 drives Dell EMC Unity 500F - up to 500 drives Dell EMC Unity 600F - up to 1,000 drives Dell EMC Unity 350F - up to 150 drives Dell EMC Unity 450F - up to 250 drives Dell EMC Unity 550F - up to 500 drives Dell EMC Unity 650F - up to 1,000 drives

    Management hardware options AMP-2 is available in multiple configurations that use their own resources to runworkloads without consuming resources on the Converged System.

    Depending upon the configuration, the following maximums apply:

    Component Maximum configurations

    Cisco UCS 62xxUP FabricInterconnects

    The maximum number of Cisco B-Series Blade Server Chassis with 4 Cisco UCSdomains is:

    32 for Cisco UCS 6248UP Fabric Interconnects 64 for Cisco UCS 6296UP Fabric InterconnectsMaximum blades are as follows:

    Half-width = 256 Full-width = 256 Double-height = 128 (The maximum server value is based on storage array

    front-end connectivity support and physical chassis slots.)

    Together, the components offer balanced CPU, I/O bandwidth, and storage capacity relative to thecompute and storage arrays in the Converged System. All components have N+N or N+1 redundancy.

    Related information

    Storage layer (see page 21)

    Scaling up compute resources (see page 10)

    System overview | 8

  • Converged System configurations

    The initial size of the Converged System is determined by the total number of supported servers acrossall Cisco UCS domains.

    The number of servers determines the minimum number of 16 Gb FC ports on the Dell EMC Unity Hybridor Dell EMC Unity All-Flash storage array. The options for FC connectivity on the storage array arethrough the integrated converged network adapter (CNA) ports or the addition of FC I/O modules.

    Each Dell EMC configuration for Dell EMC Unity Hybrid and All-Flash storage arrays depends on thenumber of FC ports on each SP.

    The following table describes the Dell EMC size configurations that support the Dell EMC Unity storagearray:

    Dell EMC configuration Total servers Number of FC ports per SP

    Extra small 32 2 (CNA ports only)

    Small 64 4 (one 16 Gb FC SLIC)

    Medium 128* 6 (CNA and one 16 Gb FC SLIC)

    Large 192* 8 (two 16 Gb FC SLICs)

    Extra large 256* 10 (CNA and two 16 Gb FC SLICs)

    *The Dell EMC Unity 300, 300F, and 350F storage arrays support up to 128 hosts due to initiator recordlimitations.

    The large and extra-large configurations consume both I/O module slots that prevents use of the backendbus expansion module (4 port, 12 Gb SAS). The extra-large configuration consumes both I/O moduleslots and the CNA ports. This eliminates use of NAS file services without the use of the integrated 10GbE-BaseT ports (RJ45). These ports do not integrate into Converged Systems without modifications tonetwork hardware that would require an impact assessment.

    Only the Dell EMC Unity 500(F), 550F, 600(F), and 650F sto...

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