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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

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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

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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

    Additional references............................................................................................................................... 88Virtualization components.................................................................................................................... 88Compute components.......................................................................................................................... 88Network components............................................................................................................................88Storage components............................................................................................................................ 89

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  • IntroductionThis document describes the high-level design of the VCE System. This document also describes thehardware and software components that VCE includes in the VCE System.

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

    The VCE Glossary provides terms, definitions, and acronyms that are related to VCE.

    To suggest documentation changes and provide feedback on this book, send an e-mail to docfeedback@vce.com. Include the name of the topic to which your feedback applies.

    Related information

    Accessing VCE documentation (see page 6)

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    mailto:docfeedback@vce.com?Subject=Documentation Feedback&body=Document:Please provide your comments:

  • Accessing VCE documentationSelect the documentation resource that applies to your role.

    Role Resource

    Customer support.vce.com

    A valid username and password are required. Click VCE Download Center to access thetechnical documentation.

    Cisco, EMC, VMwareemployee, or VCEPartner

    partner.vce.com

    A valid username and password are required.

    VCE employee sales.vce.com/saleslibrary

    or

    vblockproductdocs.ent.vce.com

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  • System overview

    System architecture and componentsVCE Systems are modular platforms with defined scale points that meet the higher performance andavailability requirements of an enterprise's business-critical applications.

    Refer to the VCE Systems Physical Planning Guide for information about cabinets and their components,the Intelligent Physical Infrastructure solution, and environmental, security, power, and thermalmanagement.

    The VCE Systems include the following architecture features:

    Optimized, fast delivery configurations based on the most commonly purchased components

    Standardized cabinets with multiple North American and international power solutions

    Block (SAN) and unified storage options (SAN and NAS)

    Support for multiple features of the EMC operating environment for EMC VNX arrays

    Granular, but optimized compute and storage growth by adding predefined kits and packs

    Second generation of the Advanced Management Platform (AMP-2) for management

    Unified network architecture provides the option to leverage Cisco Nexus switches to support IPand SAN without the use of Cisco MDS switches.

    VCE Systems contain the following key hardware and software components:

    Resource Components

    VCE Systemsmanagement

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

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  • Resource Components

    Virtualizationandmanagement

    VMware vSphere Server Enterprise Plus VMware vSphere ESXi VMware vCenter Server VMware vSphere Web Client VMware Single Sign-On (SSO) Service (version 5.1 and higher) Cisco UCS C220 Server for AMP-2 EMC PowerPath/VE Cisco UCS Manager EMC Unisphere Manager EMC VNX Local Protection Suite EMC VNX Remote Protection Suite EMC VNX Application Protection Suite EMC VNX Fast Suite EMC VNX Security and Compliance Suite EMC Secure Remote Support (ESRS) EMC PowerPath Electronic License Management Server (ELMS) Cisco Data Center Network Manager for SAN

    Compute Cisco UCS 5108 Server Chassis Cisco UCS B-Series M3 Blade Servers with Cisco UCS VIC 1240, optional port expander or

    Cisco UCS VIC 1280

    Cisco UCS B-Series M4 Blade Servers with Cisco UCS VIC 1340, optional port expander orCisco UCS VIC 1380

    Cisco UCSB-MLOM-PT-01 - Port Expander for 1240 VIC Cisco UCS 2208XP fabric extenders or Cisco UCS 2204XP fabric extenders Cisco UCS 2208XP Fabric Extenders with FET Optics or Cisco UCS 2204XP Fabric

    Extenders with FET Optics

    Cisco UCS 6248UP Fabric Interconnects or Cisco UCS 6296UP Fabric InterconnectsNetwork Cisco Nexus 3172TQ or Cisco Nexus 3048 Switches. Refer to the appropriate RCM for a list

    of what is supported on your VCE System.

    Cisco Nexus 5548UP Switches, Cisco Nexus 5596UP switches, or Cisco Nexus 9396PXSwitches

    (Optional) Cisco MDS 9148 or Cisco MDS 9148S Multilayer Fabric Switch. Ref...

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