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VCE Vblock Systems Series 300 Architecture Overview

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VCE Vblock Systems Series 300 Architecture OverviewVersion 2.6 June 2012

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VCE Vblock Systems Series 300 Architecture Overview

Revision historyDate May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 July 2011 July 2011 August 2011 May 2012 Version 1.0 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Author Colin Ferguson Colin Ferguson Colin Ferguson Colin Ferguson Colin Ferguson Colin Ferguson Sandy Guardiani Description of changes Initial release Updates for GA Correction: the HA AMP includes two C200 series servers, each with two 2 TB SAS disks RAID-1 protected US Power Options > North American Power Options Added virtualization information Removed blade pack information. Now refers to Blade Packs Reference Added the Cisco UCS 6248UP Fabric Interconnects and the Cisco UCS 2208XP Series Fabric Extenders Updated all illustrations Removed port assignments information. Now refers to Port Assignments Reference Updated the following information: ESRS, bare-metal support, aggregation, RAID and drive type, model overview, VMware vSphere, base configurations and scaling, AMP hardware, management software tools, and storage features support Added Vblock Data Protection information Updated the Vblock systems elevations Added new storage drives Added I/O bandwidth enhancement information Revised external NFS and CIFS access information Revised replica statement for NAS configurations Updated block storage, SAN boot storage, unified storage, and aggregation common services graphics Added new POU information Updated for VCE branding

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VCE Vblock Systems Series 300 Architecture Overview

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Table of contentsIntroduction ................................................................................................................................................. 7 Accessing VCE documentation ................................................................................................................. 8 Overview ...................................................................................................................................................... 9 Vblock Systems Series 300 overview ................................................................................................. 9 Base configurations and scaling ........................................................................................................... 11 Connectivity overview ........................................................................................................................... 12 Block storage configuration .................................................................................................................. 13 SAN boot storage configuration............................................................................................................ 14 Unified storage configuration ................................................................................................................ 15 Aggregating multiple Vblock systems ................................................................................................... 16 Aggregation common services ....................................................................................................... 17 Compute layer hardware .......................................................................................................................... 18 Compute overview ................................................................................................................................ 18 Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) .............................................................................................. 18 Cisco UCS fabric interconnects ............................................................................................................ 19 Scaling up compute resources ............................................................................................................. 19 Blade packs .................................................................................................................................... 19 Chassis activation kits (CAK) ......................................................................................................... 20 Bare-metal support ............................................................................................................................... 21 Storage layer hardware ............................................................................................................................ 22 Storage overview .................................................................................................................................. 22 EMC VNX Series storage arrays .......................................................................................................... 22 Replication ............................................................................................................................................ 23 Scaling up storage resources ............................................................................................................... 23 I/O bandwidth expansion................................................................................................................ 23 RAID packs .................................................................................................................................... 24 Disk array enclosure (DAE) packs ................................................................................................. 26 Network layer hardware............................................................................................................................ 27 Network overview ................................................................................................................................. 27 IP network components ........................................................................................................................ 27 Storage switching components ............................................................................................................. 28 Virtualization components ....................................................................................................................... 29 Virtualization overview .......................................................................................................................... 29 VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi ....................................................................................................... 29 Cluster configuration ...................................................................................................................... 29 Datastores ...................................................................................................................................... 29 Virtual networks.............................................................................................................................. 29 VMware vCenter Server ....................................................................................................................... 30 2012 VCE Company, LLC. 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VCE Vblock Systems Series 300 Architecture Overview

Databases ...................................................................................................................................... 30 Authentication ................................................................................................................................ 30 VCE supported features ................................................................................................................. 31 Management components ........................................................................................................................ 32 Management hardware components .................................................................................................... 32 Management software tools ................................................................................................................. 33 AMP software tools ........................................................................................................................ 33 Storage features support ...................................................................................................................... 34 vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI).................................................................................... 34 File deduplication ........................................................................................................................... 34 Block compression ......................................................................................................................... 34 External NFS and CIFS access ..................................................................................................... 34 Snapshotting .................................................................................................................................. 35 Replicas ......................................................................................................................................... 35 Data protection .......................................................................................................................................... 36 Vblock Data Protection overview .......................................................................................................... 36 Data protection defined .................................................................................................................. 36 VCE Vblock Data Protection capabilities .............................................................................................. 37 Backup and recovery ............................................................................................................................ 38 One VCE cabinet that contains EMC Avamar ............................................................................... 38 Multiple VCE cabinets that contain EMC Avamar .......................................................................... 40 One VCE cabinet that contains EMC Avamar and EMC Data Domain 670 .................................. 41 One VCE cabinet that contains EMC Avamar and another VCE cabinet that contains EMC Data Domain 890 .................................................................................................................................... 43 One VCE cabinet that contains EMC Avamar and multiple cabinets that contain EMC Data Domain 890 .................................................................................................................................... 44 Business continuity and workload mobility ........................................................................................... 45 EMC VPLEX ................................................................................................................................... 45 Cluster configurations .................................................................................................................... 45 Recommended configurations ....................................................................................................... 46 Single engine ................................................................................................................................. 47 Dual engine .................................................................................................................................... 48 Vblock Series 300 cabinets ...................................................................................................................... 49 Cabinets overview ................................................................................................................................ 49 Cabinet types ........................................................................................................................................ 50 Compute/storage base (CSB) cabinets ......................................................................................... 50 Compute/storage expansion (CSE) cabinets ................................................................................. 51 Storage expansion (SE) cabinets .................................................................................................. 51 Network cabinets ............................................................................................................................ 51 Vblock Series 300 models ........................................................................................................................ 52 Vblock Series 300 model overview....................................................................................................... 52 Power options for Vblock Series 300 ................................................................................................... 53

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North America power options ......................................................................................................... 53 Power options outside of North America........................................................................................ 53 Vblock Series 300 model HX .................................................................................................................... 54 300HX overview.................................................................................................................................... 54 300HX base configuration .................................................................................................................... 55 300HX compute layer base configuration ...................................................................................... 57 300HX storage layer base configuration (block storage) ............................................................... 57 300HX storage layer base configuration (unified storage)............................................................. 58 300HX maximum configuration ............................................................................................................ 59 Expanding the 300HX compute layer ............................................................................................ 60 Expanding the 300HX storage layer .............................................................................................. 60 300HX maximum...

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