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    VCE Vblock and VxBlockSystems 340Architecture Overview

    Document revision 3.11

    April 2016

  • Revision history

    Date Documentrevision

    Description of changes

    April 2016 3.11 Added support for Cisco Nexus 3172TQ Switch

    December 2015 3.10 Updated to include 16 Gb SLIC. Added support for Cisco MDS 9148S Multilayer Fabric Switch. Added support for unified (NAS) configuration for EMC VNX5800, EMC

    VNX7600, and EMC VNX8000.

    Updated support for mixed internal and external access in a configurationwith more than two X-Blades.

    Updated power options. Updated VCE System with EMC VNX5800 elevations for VxBlock

    System 340.

    Updated VCE System with EMC VNX5800 (ACI ready) elevations forCisco MDS 9148S Multilayer Fabric Switch and VxBlock System 340.

    October 2015 3.9 Updated graphics.

    August 2015 3.8 Updated to include the VxBlock System 340. Added support for VMwarevSphere 6.0 with VMware VDS on the VxBlock System and for existingVblock Systems.

    Added information on Intelligent Physical Infrastructure (IPI) appliance.February 2015 3.7 Added support for Cisco B200 M4 Blade.

    December 2014 3.6 Added support for AMP-2HA.

    September 2014 3.5 Modified elevations and removed aggregate section.

    July 2014 3.4 Added support for VMware VDS.

    May 2014 3.3 Updated for Cisco Nexus 9396 Switch and 1500 drives for EMCVNX8000

    Added support for VMware vSphere 5.5January 2014 3.2 Updated elevations for AMP-2 reference.

    November 2013 3.1 Updated network connectivity management illustration.

    October 2013 3.0 Gen 3.1 release

    VCE Vblock and VxBlock Systems 340 Architecture Overview Revision history

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  • Contents

    Introduction.................................................................................................................................................5

    Accessing VCE documentation.................................................................................................................6

    System overview.........................................................................................................................................7System architecture and components.................................................................................................... 7Base configurations and scaling.............................................................................................................9Connectivity overview...........................................................................................................................11

    Segregated network architecture...................................................................................................13Unified network architecture.......................................................................................................... 16

    Compute layer overview...........................................................................................................................20Compute overview................................................................................................................................20Cisco Unified Computing System.........................................................................................................20Cisco Unified Computing System fabric interconnects.........................................................................21Cisco Trusted Platform Module............................................................................................................ 21Scaling up compute resources............................................................................................................. 22VCE bare metal support policy.............................................................................................................23Disjoint layer 2 configuration................................................................................................................ 24

    Storage layer............................................................................................................................................. 26Storage overview..................................................................................................................................26EMC VNX series storage arrays.......................................................................................................... 26Replication............................................................................................................................................28Scaling up storage resources...............................................................................................................28Storage features support......................................................................................................................31

    Network layer............................................................................................................................................ 34Network overview................................................................................................................................. 34IP network components........................................................................................................................34Port utilization.......................................................................................................................................35

    Cisco Nexus 5548UP Switch - segregated networking..................................................................36Cisco Nexus 5596UP Switch - segregated networking..................................................................36Cisco Nexus 5548UP Switch unified networking........................................................................ 37Cisco Nexus 5596UP - unified networking.....................................................................................39Cisco Nexus 9396PX Switch - segregated networking..................................................................40

    Storage switching components............................................................................................................ 41

    Virtualization layer....................................................................................................................................43Virtualization overview..........................................................................................................................43VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi.......................................................................................................43VMware vCenter Server....................................................................................................................... 44

    Contents VCE Vblock and VxBlock Systems 340 Architecture Overview

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  • Management..............................................................................................................................................47Management components overview.....................................................................................................47Management hardware components....................................................................................................47Management software components..................................................................................................... 48Management network connectivity....................................................................................................... 49

    Configuration descriptions......................................................................................................................54VCE Systems with EMC VNX8000...................................................................................................... 54VCE Systems with EMC VNX7600...................................................................................................... 58VCE Systems with EMC VNX5800...................................................................................................... 61VCE Systems with EMC VNX5600...................................................................................................... 64VCE Systems with EMC VNX5400...................................................................................................... 68

    Sample configurations............................................................................................................................. 71Sample VCE System with EMC VNX8000........................................................................................... 71Sample VCE System with EMC VNX5800........................................................................................... 75Sample VCE System with EMC VNX5800 (ACI ready)........................................................................80

    System infrastructure...............................................................................................................................85VCE Systems descriptions................................................................................................................... 85Cabinets overview................................................................................................................................ 86Intelligent Physical Infrastructure appliance......................................................................................... 86Power options.......................................................................................................................................86

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