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  • Reference Architecture

    EMC E-LabTM Vertical Engineering Group

    Abstract

    This document depicts the reference architecture used to validate the functionality and performance of Sectra PACS for disaster recovery and high availability solutions enabled by EMC VNX, VMware ESX, EMC RecoverPoint, EMC VPLEX, and VMware SRM.

    March 2015

    Quantifying Performance of Sectra PACS with EMC VNX Storage Technologies

    Enabled by EMC VNX

    Blue print of a highly-available and disaster-tolerant infrastructure

    EMC VPLEX

    EMC RecoverPoint

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    Part Number H14076

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    Table of contents

    Introduction.......................................................................................................................................... 5 Purpose ........................................................................................................................................... 5 Scope .............................................................................................................................................. 5 Sectra PACs ..................................................................................................................................... 5 EMC VNX Series ............................................................................................................................... 5 EMC RecoverPoint ............................................................................................................................ 5 EMC VPLEX ....................................................................................................................................... 6

    Overview ..................................................................................................................................... 6 EMC VPLEX Metro ........................................................................................................................ 6 EMC VPLEX Geo .......................................................................................................................... 6

    VMware vSphere .............................................................................................................................. 6

    Test results and analysis ...................................................................................................................... 7 Server and software configuration .................................................................................................... 7

    Server configuration .................................................................................................................... 7 Software configuration ................................................................................................................ 7

    Configuration 1: Baseline ................................................................................................................. 8 Testing environment .................................................................................................................... 8 EMC Unified Storage arrays ......................................................................................................... 8 VSphere clusters and storage ...................................................................................................... 8 Application testing ...................................................................................................................... 9

    Configuration 2: SRM using RecoverPoint data replication ............................................................. 12 Testing environment .................................................................................................................. 12 Testing ...................................................................................................................................... 13 Notes ........................................................................................................................................ 13

    Configurations 3: SRM using MirrorView data replication ............................................................... 14 Testing environment .................................................................................................................. 14 Testing ...................................................................................................................................... 14 Notes ........................................................................................................................................ 15

    Configuration 4: VMware stretched cluster using VPLEX ................................................................. 15 Testing environment .................................................................................................................. 15 Testing ...................................................................................................................................... 16 Notes ........................................................................................................................................ 16

    Conclusion ......................................................................................................................................... 17

    References.......................................................................................................................................... 18

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    Executive summary

    Governments around the world are focusing more and more on medical costs, availability and reliability of medical services, retention of records and the quality of patient care. This renewed focus is driving medical institutions to acquire infrastructure solutions that provide high levels of resiliency and availability while still providing the necessary performance to ensure appropriate medical care and retention of data.

    This reference architecture is the result of Sectra and EMC engineers working together to leverage the performance and workflow of the Sectra PACS application along with the performance and availability capabilities of VMware and a variety of EMC storage technologies. The solution capabilities tested and documented enable a customer to deploy a highly available virtualized Sectra PACS environment that can easily be expanded to include robust disaster recovery capabilities, such as single and multi-site data replication. Failover scenarios of site 1 to site 2 and back were developed and tested, including meeting the performance requirements of the Sectra PACS application during this process.

    Sectra and EMC have a global interest to ensure that the solutions offered to customers are validated, tested, and documented as any outage has the potential to impact a persons health. An outage can also cause fines to be levied against the medical institution and its business partners so it is critical that these solutions work the first time out of the box and consistently until no longer needed.

    The global medical industry has gone through a series of rapid changes over the last few years due to new regulations, requirements, and reimbursement recalculations. These trends are expected to continue for the foreseeable future as governments continue to reduce costs while increasing the medical services offered to their citizens.

    This new Sectra/EMC solution will help medical institutions meet these new challenges head-on, ensuring delivery of care when and where needed.

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    Introduction

    This document provides a reference architecture for Sectra PACS using multiple EMC-based solutions for storage and data replication. VMware vSphere data center products are used as the virtualization platform.

    This document is intended for use by pre-sales, sales engineers, and customers who want to deploy the Sectra PACS vApp on EMC platforms.

    Sectra PACS provides radiologists with the environment to perform their work as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Sectra PACS provides instant access to all the tools in one single diagnostic workstation. Efficient planning tools and excellent overviews reduce wait times to a minimum, supporting fast and accurate diagnoses.

    Sectra PACS provides the perfect reading tool in a data-intense environment. Sectra PACS provides fast transfer of data regardless of whether the image set contains 60, 600, 6,000 or even 60,000 images. A unique image- handling model makes it possible to start working with the images just as quickly, regardless of the size of the dataset. In addition, it features an optional easy-to-use, totally integrated 3D- rendering tool facilitating diagnostics through improved overview of data, and it visualizes results to the referring physician. Choosing the right storage solution for Sectra PACS is vital to ensure that the performance and availability meets the expectations of modern healthcare.

    The EMC VNX Series provides high-performing unified storage managing both block and file data with unsurpassed simplicity and efficiency, and is optimized for virtual applications. With the VNX Series, new levels of performance, protection, compliance, and ease of management can be achieved.

    EMC RecoverPoint is an advanced enterprise-class disaster recovery solution supporting heterogeneous storage and server environments. RecoverPoint provides bi-directional local and remote data replication across any distance and utilizes continuous data protection technologies to provide consistent point-in-time recovery. RecoverPoint has three modes of data replication: local replication (CDP), remote replication (CRR), and local and remote replication (CLR).

    Purpose

    Scope

    Sectra PACs

    EMC VNX Series

    EMC RecoverPoint

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    Overview

    The EMC VPLEX family removes physical barriers within, across, and between data centers with AccessAnywhere. This is accomplished through the creation of VPLEX distributed virtual volumes. These are storage devices located at both sites of the environment.

    EMC VPLEX Metro

    EMC VPLEX Metro with AccessAnywhere lets you seamlessly relocate data between two sites within synchronous distances. The combination of Virtual Storage with VPLEX Metro and Microsoft Hyper-V lets you transparently move virtual machines across a distance.

    EMC VPLEX Geo

    VPLEX Geo introduces federated AccessAnywhere technology that creates a high-availability infrastructure to deliver simultaneous, active-active information access between data centers, across asynchronous distances. VPLEX Geo is a unique virtual storage technology that enables mission-critical applications to remain up and running during any of a variety of planned and unplanned downtime scenarios.

    VMware vSphere, the industry leading server virtualization platform, lets you virtualize applications with confidence. vSphere empowers users to virtualize scale-up and scale-out application with confidence, redefines availability, and simplifies the virtual data center.

    VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager

    VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is the market-leading disaster recovery management product. It ensures the simplest and most reliable disaster protection for all virtualized applications. SRM leverages cost-efficient vSphere replication and supports a broad set of high-performance storage-replication products to replicate virtual machines to a secondary site.

    SRM provides a simple interface for setting up recovery plans that are coordinated across all infrastructure layers, replacing traditional, error-prone run books. Recovery plans can be tested non-disruptively as frequently as required to ensure that they meet business objectives. At the time of a site failover or migration, SRM automates the failover and failback processes, ensuring fast and highly-predictable recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs).

    EMC VPLEX

    VMware vSphere

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    Test results and analysis

    This section discusses the following:

    Server and software configuration

    Configuration 1: Baseline

    Configuration 2: SRM using RecoverPoint data replication

    Configurations 3: SRM using MirrorView data replication

    Configuration 4: VMware stretched cluster using VPLEX

    The following configurations were used in this test.

    Server configuration

    Two Cisco UCS C240 servers were used for testing.

    Component Description Processor Intel XeonR ES-2690 v2@3.00 Ghz 20 cores per blade Memory 192 Mb per blade

    Software configuration

    Component Description VMware ESXi V5.5.0, 1331820 VMware SRM V 5.5 VNX OE for block V 5.33 VNX OE for file V 8.1 RecoverPoint V 4.1 SP1 VPLEX SMSv2 V D30.60.0.3.0 VPLEX Mgmt. Server Base V D30.0.0.112 VPLEX Mgmt. Server Software V D30.60.0.3

    Server and software configuration

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    Testing environment

    The following figure shows this testing environment.

    Figure 1: Base configuration

    EMC Unified Storage arrays

    Both sites used identical VNX 5200 unified storage arrays. The arrays were licensed for FAST VP, FAST Cache, and MirrorView.

    The arrays were connected to a Brocade DCX 8510 SAN switch using four 8 Gigabit fiber channel connections (4 per storage processor).

    All LUNs were load balanced across the storage processors for maximum throughput.

    VSphere clusters and storage

    The base configuration used for this solution consisted of two vSphere clusters of four nodes each. The clusters were implemented on two sites with no connection between the sites. Each cluster was built on identical Cisco USC C240 servers with each blade containing 192 GB of memory and two 10 core processor sockets.

    Each cluster had...

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