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    VBLOCK SYSTEM 740 Product Overview In a world of unrelenting change, enterprise organizations must continue to innovate or risk falling behind. Private and hybrid cloud solutions, mobile apps, and Big Data/analytics are accelerating the pace of change, creating new business models and multifaceted operational challenges. The Vblock System 740 delivers uncompromised performance and unprecedented capabilities in a way that promotes business innovation, business agility, and operational simplicity.

    Vblock System 740 The Vblock System 740 is the industrys most advanced, intelligent converged infrastructure for large enterprise and service provider mission-critical applications.

    High Performance: Vblock 740 is flash optimized for the highest levels of performance, capacity, and availability. It leverages the industrys most advanced, intelligent EMC VMAX3 storage array, new Cisco LAN and SAN fabric technology, and Cisco UCS M4/M3 server blades.

    Agile Infrastructure Solution: Vblock 740 is an agile, intelligent, and resilient system. It uses dynamic and intelligent capabilities to guarantee required application- performance levels. It is ACI-Ready, which simplifies, optimizes, and accelerates the entire application deployment lifecycle.

    Simplified Converged Operations: VCE Vision Intelligent Operations software, integrated with VMware vCenter Operations Manager enables greater automation, flexibility, and simplicity. Proactive performance management of the entire converged infrastructure ensures maximum utilization of compute, networking, and storage resources.

    VCE Experience: Vblock Systems are engineered and configured for optimal performance. They are pre-built, pre-tested, and delivered within 45 days of purchase. VCE customers receive engineering pre-validation on new firmware/software releasesRelease Certification Matrix (RCM). Customers only need to call VCE for service and support.

    This document provides an in-depth understanding of the baseline and optional hardware and software components that are available with the Vblock System 740.

    System Overview Vblock 740 is a modular platform with defined scale points that meets the higher performance and availability requirements of an enterprises business-critical applications.

    It is engineered for deployments involving large numbers of VMs and users.

    Vblock 740 provides the following features:

    The components offer balanced CPU, I/O bandwidth, and storage capacity relative to the compute and storage arrays of the Vblock System.

    All components offer N+N or N+1 redundancy.

    Compute and storage resources can be scaled up with ease to meet increasingly stringent SLA requirements.

    All network and power cabling are neatly in place inside a VCE cabinet designed for optimum energy efficiency.

    For each Vblock System 740 there is a base configuration that is a minimum set of resources. These components are integrated within one or more 28-inch 42U cabinets:

    Component Layer Base Configuration


    Cisco UCS 5108 Server Chassis

    Cisco UCS B-Series M3 and M4 Blade Servers

    Up to four Cisco UCS domains

    Fabric Extenders Cisco UCS 2204XP or 2208XP

    Fabric Interconnect Cisco UCS 6248UP or 6296UP

    Min/Max Chassis 2/64

    Blade Count (Half/Full) 512/256


    Cisco Nexus 5548UP Switches or Cisco Nexus 5596UP Switches

    Cisco Nexus 9396PX

    Cisco MDS 9148S Multilayer Fabric Switch or Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director

    Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch

    VMware Distributed Switch, VDS

    Cisco Nexus 3064-T Switch management networking

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    Component Layer Base Configuration

    Storage EMC VMAX 100K, 200K, 400K

    (Optional) EMC RecoverPoint, Data Domain, VPLEX

    Storage Raw Capacity up to 4 PB

    Min/Max Storage Drives

    up to 5,760 Drives

    Virtualization VMware vSphere 5.5

    Management Infrastructure

    VCE Vision software


    Cisco UCS C240 M3 Servers, VNXe3200 storage array

    VMware vSphere Server Enterprise Plus, VMware vCenter Server

    Min/Max Cabinets Cabinet 2.0, 3-24 extension cabinets

    Compute Layer Cisco UCS Chassis

    Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) 5108 Blade Server Chassis The Cisco UCS is a next generation data center platform that unites compute, network, storage access, and virtualization resources into a cohesive system design. The system integrates a low-latency, lossless 10 Gigabit Ethernet unified network fabric with enterprise-class, x86-architecture servers. The system is an integrated, scalable, multi-chassis platform in which all resources participate in a unified management domain.

    Vblock Systems contain a number of Cisco UCS 5108 Server Chassis. Each chassis can contain up to eight half-width B-Series Blade Servers or four full-width blades. In Vblock Systems, each chassis also includes Cisco UCS fabric extenders. All Cisco UCS B-Series include a number of converged network adaptors.

    Cisco UCS Blade Servers The Vblock System 740 supports all Cisco UCS M4 and M3 blade servers. The UCS B-Series Blade Serves incorporate industry-standard server technologies, delivering a unified-architecture-driven solution for data centers. The UCS design reduces complexity, both at hardware and management levels across a distributed compute environment with the Cisco UCS Manager capability.

    Models B22 M3 B200 M3 B420 M3

    Use For Accelerate deployment of IT and web infra-structure and scale-out workloads.

    Supports workloads from IT infrastructure to distributed database, ERP, and CRM.

    Perfect for virtualization and VDI. Superior database, ERP, CRM performance.

    Processors 2 2 4

    Processor Supported

    Intel E5-2400 v2 and E5-2400 processor product families

    Intel E5-2600 v2 and E5-2600 processor product families

    Intel E5-4600 v2 and E5- 4600 processor product families

    Max Memory 384 GB, 12 DIMMs

    768 GB, 24 DIMMs

    1.5 TB, 48 DIMMS

    Max 1/O throughput per blade

    80 Gbps (2 x 40 Gbps)

    80 Gbps (2 x 40 Gbps)

    160 Gbps (4 x 40 Gbps)

    Cisco UCS M4 Blade Server Specifications Models B200 M4 B260 M4 B460 M4

    Used For

    Market-leading performance, versatility, configurability, and density for workloads ranging from web infrastructure to distributed database.

    Provides leading performance and enterprise-critical stability for memory-intensive workloads such as database, virtualization, and consolidation applications.

    Outstanding performance and enterprise-critical stability for memory-intensive workloads such as large-scale databases, in-memory analytics, and business intelligence.

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    Models B200 M4 B260 M4 B460 M4

    Processors 2 2 4

    Processor Supported

    Intel E5-2600 v3 product family

    Intel E7-v2 processor product family

    Intel E7-v2 processor product family

    Max Memory 768 GB, 24 x DDR4 DIMMs

    1.5 TB, 48 DIMMs

    3.0 TB, 96 DIMMs

    Max I/O throughput per blade

    80 Gbps (2 x 40 Gbps)

    160 Gbps (4 x 40 Gbps)

    320 Gbps (8 x 40 Gbps)

    Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects Cisco UCS fabric interconnects offer line-rate, low-latency, lossless 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) functions. Northbound, the FIs connect directly to Cisco Network switches for Ethernet access into the customer network. They also connect directly to Cisco MDS switches for FC access of the attached Vblock System storage. EMC VMAX storage arrays have 16 Gb FC connections into the MDS switches.

    Storage Layer For enterprises that require petabyte-level scale, the new VMAX3 family is purpose-built to easily manage high-demand, heavy-transaction workloads while storing petabytes of vital data. The VMAX3 hardware design features the turbo-charged Dynamic Virtual Matrix Architecture that enables extreme speed and sub-millisecond response time.

    The EMC VMAX series storage arrays are high-end storage systems built for the virtual data center.

    Architected for reliability, availability, and scalability; these storage arrays use specialized engines, each of which includes two redundant director modules providing parallel access and replicated copies of all critical data.

    VMAX 100K VMAX 200K VMAX 400K

    2-4 Controllers 2-8 Controllers 2-16 Controllers

    48 CPU Cores 128 CPU Cores 384 CPU Cores

    2 TB Cache 8 TB Cache 16 TB Cache

    1,440 2.5 Drives 2,880 2.5 Drives 5,760 2.5 Drives

    496 TB, 64 Ports 2 PB, 128 Ports 4 PB, 256 Ports

    Supported Drives Flash SAS NL-SAS

    200 GB 300 GB 10K 2 TB 7.2K

    400 GB 30 GB 15K 4 TB 7.2K

    800 GB 600 GB -10K

    3 drive capacity/speed

    1200 GB 10K

    200 GB 300 GB 10K

    400 GB 30 GB 15K

    800 GB 600 GB -10K

    2 drive capacity/speed

    1200 GB 10K

    R5 (3+1) (default)

    Mirrored (default)

    R6 (6+2) (default)

    R5 (7+1) R5 (3+1) R6 (14+2) RAID Protection

    R5 (7+1)

    VMAX3 arrays introduce the industrys first open storage and hypervisor converged operating system, HYPERMAX. It combines industry-leading high availability, I/O management, quality of service, data integrity validation, storage tiering, and data security with an open application platform.

    HYPERMAX features the first real-time, non-disruptive storage hypervisor that manages and protects embedded services by extending VMAX high availability to services that traditionally would have run external to the array. It also provides direct access to hardware resources to maximize performance.

    HYPERMAX runs on top of the Dynamic Virtual Matrix leveraging its scale out flexibility of cores, cache, and host interfaces. The embedded storage hypervisor reduces external hardware and networking requirements and delivers higher levels of availability and dramatically lower latency.

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    Network Layer

    Network Layer Hardware The Cisco Nexus 5548UP Switch, Cisco Nexus 5596 Switch, and Cisco Nexus 9396PX Switch in the network layer provide 10 GE connectivity using SFP+ modules for all Vblock System production traffic. The Nexus 9396PX is ACI-Ready to take full advantage of the policy-driven services and infrastructure automation features of ACI.

    Vblock System 740 contains two Cisco MDS switches to provide Fibre Channel (FC) connectivity between the compute and storage layer components. These switches comprise two separate fabrics and do not interconnect. Each connection from the storage components provides 16 Gb of bandwidth. Cisco UCS fabric interconnects provide a FC port channel of four 8 Gb connections (32 Gb bandwidth) to each fabric. This can be increased to eight connections for 64 Gb bandwidth or 16 connections for 128 Gb bandwidth.

    Each Vblock System 740 requires a pair of Cisco Nexus 3064-T Switches to connect all of the management ports. Each Cisco Nexus 3064-T Switch provides 48 ports of 100/1000/10G twisted pair connectivity and four quad, small form-factor, pluggable (QSFP) ports. The 48 posts on each switch provide management interface connectivity for all devices in the Vblock System. The management interfaces on the Cisco Nexus 3064-T Switch are connected to the customer network for out-of-band access.

    Virtualization Layer

    Virtualization Components VMware vSphere is the virtualization platform that provides the foundation for the private cloud. The core VMware vSphere components are the VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi and VMware vCenter Server for management. VMware vSphere 5.5 includes a Single Sign-on (SS) component.

    The hypervisors are deployed in a cluster configuration and can scale up to 32 nodes per cluster. Clusters can support thousands of VMs. The cluster allows dynamic allocation of resources, such as CPU, memory, and storage. The cluster also provides workload mobility and flexibility with the use of VMware vMotion and Storage vMotion technology.

    Virtual Networks Advanced Management Platform (AMP-2) offers choices in virtual networking with the Nexus 1000V and the VMware Virtual Distributed Switch (VDS).

    Virtual networking in Vblock Systems can be managed by the Cisco Nexus 1000V distributed virtual switch or the VMware VDS. The Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch ensures consistent, policy-based network capabilities to all servers in the data center by allowing policies to move with a virtual machine during live migration.

    Alternatively, virtual networking in a Vblock System can be managed by a VMware VDS with comparable features to the Cisco Nexus 1000V where applicable. The VMware VDS option consists of both a VMware Standard Switch (VSS) and a VMware VDS and uses a minimum of four uplinks presented to the hypervisor.

    The Cisco Nexus 1000V and VMware VDS use intelligent network Class of Service (CoS) marking and Quality of Service (QoS) policies to appropriately shape network traffic according to workload type and priority.

    Management Layer

    VCE Vision Intelligent Operations The VCE Vision software suite provides an integrated set of software products for managing a data center. The VCE Vision software suite is the first software suite to provide an intelligent solution to the problem of managing operations in a converged infrastructure environment. These tools enable and simplify converged operations by dynamically providing a high level of intelligence into a customers existing management toolset.

    The VCE Vision software suite enables VCE customers and third-party consumers to know that the Vblock System exists, where it is located, and what components it contains. It reports on the health or operating status of the Vblock System. It also reports on how compliant the Vblock System is with a VCE Release Certification Matrix and the VCE Security Standards.

    The VCE Vision software suite effectively acts as a mediation layer between your system and the management tools that are already in place. The software allows for intelligent discovery by providing a continuous, near real-time perspective of your compute, network, storage, and virtualization resources as a single objectensuring that your management tools reflect the most current state of your Vblock System.

    VCE Vision software provides the Vblock System information natively through VMware vCenter Server and vCenter Operations Manager.

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    Advanced Management Platform AMP-2HA AMP-2HA provides a single management point for Vblock Systems and provides the ability to

    Run the Core and VCE Optional Management Workloads

    Monitor and manage Vblock System health, performance, and capacity

    Provide network and fault isolation for management

    Eliminate resource overhead on Vblock Systems

    The Core Management Workload is the minimum set of required management software to install, operate, and support a Vblock System. This includes all hypervisor management, element managers, virtual networking components (Cisco Nexus 1000V or Vmware VDS), and VCE Vision Intelligent Operations software.

    The VCE Optional Management Workload are non-Core Management Workloads, whose primary purpose is to manage components within a Vblock System. The list includes but is not limited t...


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