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    VCE Vblock and VxBlockSystems 540Architecture Overview

    Document revision 1.7

    April 2016

  • Revision history

    Date Document revision Description of changes

    April 2016 1.7 Updated to include the followingCisco switches:

    Cisco Nexus 3172TQ SwitchFebruary 2016 1.6 Updated to include the following:

    8 EMC X-Bricks, 20 TB 6 and 8 EMC X-Bricks, 40 TB

    November 2015 1.5 Updated to include 40 TB EMC X-Brick

    October 2015 1.4 Updated to include VMware vSphere6.0 with Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch

    August 2015 1.3 Updated to include VxBlockSystems. Added support for VMwarevSphere 6.0 with VMware VDS onthe VxBlock System and for existingVblock Systems.

    February 2015 1.2 Updated Intelligent PhysicalInfrastructure appliance information.

    December 2014 1.1 Updates to Vblock System 540 Gen2.0

    October 2014 1.0 Initial version

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  • Contents

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

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

    System overview.........................................................................................................................................7System architecture and components.................................................................................................... 7Base configurations and scaling.............................................................................................................9Connectivity overview...........................................................................................................................12

    Network topology........................................................................................................................... 12

    Compute layer overview...........................................................................................................................15Compute overview................................................................................................................................15Cisco Unified Computing System.........................................................................................................15Cisco UCS fabric interconnects............................................................................................................16Cisco Trusted Platform Module............................................................................................................ 16VCE bare metal support policy.............................................................................................................16Disjoint layer 2 configuration................................................................................................................ 17

    Storage layer overview.............................................................................................................................19Storage layer hardware........................................................................................................................ 19EMC XtremIO storage arrays............................................................................................................... 19EMC XtremIO storage array configurations and capacities................................................................. 22EMC XtremIO storage array physical specifications............................................................................ 23

    Network layer overview............................................................................................................................25Network layer hardware....................................................................................................................... 25Port utilization.......................................................................................................................................26

    Cisco Nexus 3172TQ Switch - management networking...............................................................26Cisco Nexus 3064-T Switch - management networking................................................................ 27Cisco Nexus 5548UP Switch......................................................................................................... 28Cisco Nexus 5596UP Switch......................................................................................................... 28Cisco Nexus 9396PX Switch......................................................................................................... 29Cisco MDS 9148S Multilayer Fabric Switch...................................................................................29

    Virtualization layer overview....................................................................................................................31Virtualization components.................................................................................................................... 31VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi.......................................................................................................31VMware vCenter Server....................................................................................................................... 32

    Management..............................................................................................................................................35Management components overview.....................................................................................................35Management hardware components....................................................................................................35

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  • Management software components..................................................................................................... 36Management network connectivity....................................................................................................... 37

    System infrastructure...............................................................................................................................39Cabinets overview................................................................................................................................ 39Intelligent Physical Infrastructure appliance......................................................................................... 39Cabinet types....................................................................................................................................... 39Power options.......................................................................................................................................40

    Sample configurations............................................................................................................................. 42Sample VCE Systems with EMC XtremIO........................................................................................... 42

    Additional references............................................................................................................................... 47Virtualization components.................................................................................................................... 47Compute components.......................................................................................................................... 47Network components............................................................................................................................47Storage components............................................................................................................................ 48

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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.

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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.

    VCE Systems are designed for deployments involving large numbers of VMs and users. VCE Systemsprovide the following features:

    Deliver a multi-controller, scale-out architecture with consolidation and efficiency for theenterprise

    Allow scaling of resources through common and fully redundant building blocks

    Use a SAN storage medium

    Note: Local boot disks are optional and available only for bare metal blades

    The following table shows the VCE System architecture:

    Component VCE Systems

    Cisco B-series blade chassis 64 chassis maximum with a full configuration of double height bladesand a maximum of up four Cisco UCS domains

    Cisco B-series blades (maximum) Half-width = 192

    Full-width = 192

    Double-height = 128

    Note: A minimum of six EMC X-Bricks are required to supportmaximum hosts.

    Back-end buses Two SAS loops per EMC X-Brick controller

    Data store type VMFS

    Boot path SAN

    Disk drives maximum Eight EMC X-Bricks = 200 Six EMC X-Bricks = 150 Four EMC X-Bricks = 100 Two EMC X-Bricks = 50 One EMC X-Brick = 25

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  • VCE Systems contains the following key hardware and software components:

    Resource Components

    VCE System management VCE Vision Intelligent Operations consists of:

    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

    Virtualization andmanagement

    VMware vSphere Server Enterprise Plus VMware vSphere ESXi VMware vCenter Server VMware vSphere Web Client VMware Single Sign-On (SSO) Service Cisco UCS C240 Servers for AMP-2HA EMC PowerPath/VE Cisco UCS Manager EMC XtremIO Management Server EMC Secure Remote Support (ESRS) EMC PowerPath Electronic License Manager 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 portexpander or Cisco UCS VIC 1380

    Cisco UCS 2204XP Fabric Extenders or Cisco UCS 2208XP Fabric Extenders Cisco UCS 6248UP Fabric Interconnects or Cisco UCS 6296UP Fabric

    Interconnects

    Network Cisco Nexus 5548UP Switches, Cisco Nexus 5596UP Switches, or Cisco Nexus9396PX Switches

    Cisco Nexus 3172TQ Switch (Optional) Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches (Optional) VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) (Optional) VMware NSX Virtual Networking

    Storage EMC XtremIO 10 TB (encryption capable) EMC XtremIO 20 TB (encryption capable) EMC XtremIO 40 TB (encryption capable)

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  • The following scenarios benefit from VCE Systems with EMC XtremIO:

    Scenario Benefit

    Virtual Desktop Infrastructure(VDI) applications

    VDI applications, such as VMware Horizon View and Citrix XenDesktopdeployments, with an excess of 1000 desktops that require:

    The ability to use full clone or linked clone technology interchangeably andwithout drawbacks

    Assured project success from pilot to large-scale deployment A fast, simple method of performing high volume cloning of desktops, even

    during production hours

    Virtual server applications Virtual server applications, such as VMware vCloud Director deployments, in large-scale environments that require:

    A simple, dynamic method of creating a large number of virtual machines, evenduring production hours

    Application scenarios requiring mixed read and write workloads that need toadapt to high degrees of growth over time.

    High-performance databaseapplications

    OLTP database, database test/developer environments, and database analyticapplications such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server that require:

    Consistent, low I/O (

  • These components are integrated within one or more 28-inch 42U cabinets. Within the baseconfiguration, you can customize the following hardware aspects:

    Hardware How it can be customized

    Compute blades Cisco UCS B-series blade type including Cisco UCS B-Series M3 BladeServers and Cisco UCS B-Series M4 Blade Servers

    A minimum of four Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers per VCE SystemCompute chassis A minimum of two Cisco UCS Chassis per VCE System

    Up to sixteen Cisco UCS server chassis per Cisco UCS domain Up to four Cisco UCS domains (four pairs of fabric interconnects)

    Supports up to 128 half-width Cisco UCS blade servers per domain Supports up to 192 blade servers per VCE System

    Edge servers

    (with optional VMware NSX)

    Four to six Cisco UCS B-series Blade Servers, including the B200 M4 with VIC1340 and VIC 1380.

    For more information, see the VCE VxBlock Systems for VMware NSXArchitecture Overview.

    Network One pair of Cisco MDS 9148S Multilayer Switches One pair of Cisco Nexus 55xxUP or 9396XP Switches per VCE System One pair of Cisco Nexus 3172TQ Switches or one pair of...

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