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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

    Comp

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