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3 Table of ontents Table of ontents Introduction... 5 Overview... 6 Vblock Infrastructure Platforms... 6 omponents... 6 isco US blades... 8 Base configurations and scaling... 8 Vblock platform design principles... 8 Vblock Vblock 0 base and upgrade... 9 Vblock 0 base... 9 Vblock 0 with upgrade options Vblock 0 connectivity Vblock Vblock 1 compute and storage base Vblock 1 connectivity Vblock 1U Vblock 1U base Vblock 1U connectivity Vblock platforms design onnectivity overview ompute layer Network layer overview Storage layer overview Vblock 0 interconnection Vblock 1 interconnection Vblock 1U interconnection Vblock platforms management Management framework Advanced Management Pod (AMP) Expanding Vblock platforms Expansion overview Adding compute capacity Adding storage capacity Additional references ompute components Network components VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved. 3
4 Table of ontents Storage components Virtualization components VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved.
5 Introduction Introduction This document describes the high-level design of Vblock Infrastructure Platforms. It describes the hardware and software components that VE includes in each 2010 Vblock platforms model. The target audience for this document includes sales engineers, field consultants, advanced services specialists, and customers who want to deploy a virtualized infrastructure by using Vblock platforms. Vblock platforms by VE are enterprise- and service provider-class IT infrastructure built upon industry leading technology by isco, EM, and VMware. Vblock platforms are pre-engineered, tested, and validated units that streamline IT infrastructure acquisition, deployment, and operations. By standardizing IT building blocks, VE can dramatically simplify IT operations accelerating IT deployment while reducing costs and improving service levels for all workloads, including the most demanding and mission critical enterprise applications. ustomers who previously spent 70% or more of their IT budgets and staff time on maintaining infrastructure can focus on more strategic efforts that add value to the business or mission. Strict design control enables Vblock platforms to meet specific performance and availability levels while maintaining a balanced, optimized, and easily managed converged infrastructure. For additional information, refer to the VE Glossary that is located on the VE Support Portal at A valid user name and password are required. lick on the Documents tab. Select Vblock 0, 1, and 1U in the Folder field. Select this document from the list. To suggest documentation changes and provide feedback on this book, send an to Include the name of the topic to which your comment applies, and your feedback VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved. 5
6 Overview Overview Vblock Infrastructure Platforms The following table describes the available Vblock platforms described in this guide: Vblock platform Vblock 0 Vblock 1 Vblock 1U Description An ideal platform for enterprise for remote locations, file and print servers, and as a test/development platform utilizing a Network Attached Storage (NAS) file-based layer. US local disks are required for boot purposes. Designed for shared services such as , virtual desktops, collaboration, and file and print servers utilizing a SAN block-based storage layer. US local boot disks are optional. Designed for shared services such as , virtual desktops, collaboration, and file and print servers utilizing a NAS file-based storage layer or a unified (NAS/SAN) layer. US local boot disks are optional. omponents The following table provides an overview of the different components used in each Vblock platform: ategory Vblock 0 Vblock 1 Vblock 1U ompute Two isco 6120 Fabric Interconnects Two isco 6120 or 6140 Fabric Interconnects Two isco 6120 or 6140 Fabric Interconnects Two isco US 5108 chassis containing B-series blade server modules - local drives for ESXi local boot service and local page memory purposes. Minimum of one and a maximum of four B-series blade packs (four blades minimum, 16 blades maximum). Four isco US 5108 chassis containing B-series blade server modules Minimum of four and a maximum of eight B-series blade packs [16 blades minimum, 64 blades maximum with the addition of a compute expansion (E) rack]. Four isco US 5108 chassis containing B-series blade server modules - local drives for ESXi local boot service and local page memory purposes. Minimum of two and a maximum of eight B-series blade packs [eight blades minimum, 64 blades maximum with the addition of a compute expansion (E) rack]. Network isco Nexus 1000V isco Nexus 1000V isco Nexus 1000V The isco US uses 6100 series fabric interconnects that carry the network and storage (IP-based) traffic from the blade servers to the connected LAN isco Nexus 5010 data center switches The isco US uses 6100 series fabric interconnects that carry the network and storage (IP-based) traffic from the blades to the connected SAN and LAN isco Nexus 5020 data center switches or optionally, isco Nexus 7010 data center switches The isco US uses 6100 series fabric interconnects that carry the network and storage (IP-based) traffic from the blades to the connected SAN and LAN isco Nexus 5020 data center switches or optionally, isco Nexus 7010 data center switches Storage EM elerra NS-120 in a single rack with storage scaling from five DAEs with 75 drive slots of storage to seven DAEs with 105 drive slots of storage SAN storage - EM LARiiON X4-480 SAN isco MDS Aggregation SAN switch Unified storage - EM elerra NS-960 or NS-480 isco MDS Aggregation SAN switch VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved.
7 Overview ategory Vblock 0 Vblock 1 Vblock 1U Virtualization VMware vsphere/venter VMware vsphere/venter VMware vsphere/venter Management EM Ionix Unified Infrastructure Manager (UIM) EM Unisphere isco US Manager Advanced Management Pod (AMP) EM Ionix Unified Infrastructure Manager (UIM) EM Unisphere EM PowerPath isco US Manager Advanced Management Pod (AMP) EM Ionix Unified Infrastructure Manager (UIM) EM Unisphere EM PowerPath isco US Manager Advanced Management Pod (AMP) The following illustration provides a high-level overview of the components in the 2010 Vblock platforms architecture: 2011 VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved. 7
8 Overview isco US blades For a list of supported isco US blades, refer to the Vblock Infrastructure Platforms Blade Pack Reference that is located on the VE Support Portal at A valid user name and password are required. lick on the Documents tab. Select Vblock 0, 1, and 1U in the Folder field. Select this document from the list. Base configurations and scaling Vblock platforms have been architected with a base and upgrade approach. Base configurations are those configurations that represent an entry point to a Vblock platform. A base Vblock platform begins with racks, inrack PDU s, cabling, patch panels, aggregate SAN and Ethernet switches, enough US hardware to support a full rack of servers, and storage configuration with a small amount of initial storage in a discrete configuration. Upgrades of blade packs and disk tier groups extend the base to achieve a particular performance or scalability goal. This architecture provides customers with significant scalability and flexibility to meet business requirements. Vblock platforms are limited in certain capabilities, features, and scale to differentiate each one in the market place. These differences can be aligned to potential numbers and densities of virtual machines and storage capabilities including providing block or NAS disk usage as well as optional features that can be added today and in the future. Vblock platform design principles Vblock platforms consist of minimum and maximum configurations that offer balanced I/O, bandwidth, and storage capacity relative to the compute and storage arrays offered. It is a fully-redundant autonomous system with 1+1 or N+1 redundancy. A Vblock platform zone is a collection of pooled Vblock platforms. Vblock platforms contain the following characteristics: A unit of assembly that provides a set of services, at a known level, to target consumers Self contained, but it can also use external shared services Optimized for the classes of services it is designed to provide an be clustered to provide availability or aggregated for scalability, but Vblock platforms are each still viable on their own Fault and service isolation - The failure of one or more Vblock platforms will not impact the operation of other Vblock platforms (service level degradation can occur unless availability or continuity services are present) VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved.
9 Vblock 0 Vblock 0 Vblock 0 base and upgrade This topic shows the Vblock 0 base and upgrade option. Vblock 0 base The following illustration shows a Vblock 0 base: 2011 VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved. 9
10 Vblock 0 Vblock 0 with upgrade options The following illustration shows a Vblock 0 with upgrade options: VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved.
11 Vblock 0 Vblock 0 connectivity The following illustration shows a high-level topological view of connectivity in a Vblock 0: 2011 VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved. 11
12 Vblock 1 Vblock 1 Vblock 1 compute and storage base The following illustration shows the compute and storage base for a Vblock 1: Note: Aggregation Ethernet and SAN equipment is not shown in this illustration due to potential variations in the design. These components are delivered in a separate aggregation rack VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved.
13 Vblock 1 Vblock 1 connectivity The following illustration shows a high-level topological view of Vblock 1 enabled by SAN storage: 2011 VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved. 13
14 Vblock 1U Vblock 1U Vblock 1U base The following illustration shows the Vblock 1U base: Note: Aggregation Ethernet and SAN equipment is not shown in this illustration due to potential variations in the design. These components are delivered in a separate aggregation rack VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved.
15 Vblock 1U Vblock 1U connectivity The following illustration shows a high-level topological view of connectivity in a Vblock 1U: 2011 VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved. 15
16 Vblock platforms design Vblock platforms design onnectivity overview The Vblock platform consists of a base and upgrade set of components that offer balanced I/O, bandwidth, and storage capacity relative to the compute and storage arrays offered. Vblock platforms are fully-redundant autonomous systems that have 1+1 or N+1 redundancy by default. ompute layer In Vblock platforms, each isco US chassis contains isco B-series blades. The type of blade and quantity are custom ordered to each organization s requirements. The amount of RAM per blade within a Vblock platform can be adjusted if you have specific requirements within the definition of a Vblock platform. This however requires careful consideration of the operational environment and introduces some variance. Each isco US 61x0 Fabric Interconnect has either four or eight 10 GE/Unified Fabric uplinks to the aggregation layer isco switches and either 4 or 8*4G Fibre hannel connections to the SAN aggregation provided by a pair of isco MDS Aggregation SAN switches (SAN A and B support). For more information on the isco MDS Aggregation SAN switches, refer to the isco documentation at Network layer overview Vblock 1 enabled by SAN storage can optionally contain aggregation Ethernet switches and must contain an aggregation SAN switch. Vblock 1U enabled by unified storage has a isco Nexus 5020 switch that provides limited local Fibre hannel connectivity and additional 10 Gb Ethernet connectivity to connect the isco US Fabric Interconnect to the EM elerra data mover ports. The isco MDS Aggregation SAN switches are necessary components to provide Fibre hannel connectivity between the storage arrays and isco US 61x0 series Fabric Interconnects and ultimately the isco US B-200 series blades. For upstream connectivity, the isco US 61x0 Fabric Interconnects are connected using either 4*10GE/Unified Fabric or 8*10GE/Unified Fabric connections, which equates to an oversubscription factor of 4:1. Storage layer overview Storage capacity is tuned to match the I/O performance of the attached isco US systems. Additionally, some analysis of the likely underlying applications has also been taken into account to characterize user or VM densities that are likely for a given Vblock platform. Obviously, these numbers are highly variable based upon your use cases and requirements; the numbers are intended to provide guidance on typical densities VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved.
17 VE Vblock platforms design Vblock 0 interconnection The following illustration shows the interconnection of the EM elerra NS-120 in Vblock 0: LAN isco Nexus 5010 Po Po isco Nexus 5010 Po isco 6120 Fabric Interconnect isco 6120 Fabric Interconnect 5108 Blade hassis 5108 Blade hassis 1 Gig Ethernet 10 Gig Ethernet EM storage EM elerra NS VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved. 17
18 Vblock platforms design Vblock 1 interconnection The following illustration shows the interconnection of the EM LARiiON X4-480 in Vblock 1 enabled by SAN storage: The EM LARiiON system is configured with an amount of Flash, Fibre hannel, and SATA drives with N+1 spares redundancy. Vblock 1 enabled by SAN storage can support NAS with the provision that primary boot services are provided across the SAN. EM PowerPath/VE (PP/VE) provides several benefits in terms of performance, availability, and operations. The base PP/VE license is mandatory for Vblock VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved.
19 Vblock platforms design Vblock 1U interconnection The following illustration shows the interconnection of the EM elerra NS-960 in Vblock 1U enabled by unified storage: NAS functionality is integrated into the EM elerra NS-960 in Vblock 1U enabled by unified storage VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved. 19
20 Vblock platforms management Vblock platforms management Management framework Within the Vblock platforms there are several managed elements, some of which are managed by their respective element managers. These elements offer corresponding interfaces that provide an extensible, open management framework. The following illustration shows the relationships and interfaces in the Vblock platforms management framework. The individual element managers and managed components are: VMware venter Server isco US Manager EM Symmetrix Management onsole EM Navisphere Manager VE Advanced Management POD (AMP) A Vblock platform element manager, EM Unified Infrastructure Manager (UIM) manages the configuration, provisioning, and compliance of Vblock platforms. This accrues several benefits as it provides a single pane of glass for systems configuration and integration and provides Vblock platform service catalogs and Vblock platform self-service portal capabilities. ITIL ompliant Service Management Frameworks Vblock platform configuration & compliance events Unified multi-vblock platform Element Management Operations enter MSA Single or aggregate Vblock platforms Provisioning enter RESTful API EM Unified Infrastructure Manager (UIM) Vblock platforms infrastructure provisioning requests onfiguration enter Provisioning enter Operations enter hange & onfiguration Management Vblock platform Infrastructure Service atalog Policy-Based ompliance & Analysis loud Self-Service Management Portal Systems ross Domain ontext & Deep Visibility Unified Infrastructure Provisioning onsolidated Topology & Event Services VM Operational Awareness Standalone Element Management isco US isco US Manager isco US Manager Manager isco US isco US Manager isco MDS & Manager Nexus Family isco MDS & Nexus EM isco Symmetrix MDS & Family Nexus Management Family onsole Vmware venter VMware venter VMware venter Single or aggregate Vblock platforms EM UIM does not provide fault, performance monitoring, billing capabilities, or software lifecycle management capabilities. Using the abstractions offered by EM UIM, and using EM UIM as a single point of integration, simplifies Vblock platforms integration into IT service catalogs and workflow engines. UIM simplifies Vblock platforms deployment by abstracting the overall provisioning aspects of Vblock platforms, while offering granular access to individual components for troubleshooting and fault management VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved.
21 Vblock platforms management Advanced Management Pod (AMP) The Advanced Management POD (AMP) is an optional component in all Vblock platforms but is recommended as a best practice as it provides a single management point for the Vblock platform. If you have contracted VE to remotely manage the Vblock platform, the AMP is required. The AMP enables the following benefits: Monitors and manages Vblock platform health, performance, and capacity Provides fault isolation for management Eliminates resource overhead on the Vblock platform Provides a clear demarcation point for remote operations The following table describes the AMPs: AMP Description Legacy Two isco US 200 M1 Servers One isco 2921 Integrated Services Router One isco atalyst 4948 Switch Mini One isco US 200 server, with 48 GB RAM with 4 TB of storage Two isco atalyst 3560X Ethernet switches High-availability (HA) Two isco US 200 servers One EM VNXe3100 Two isco atalyst 3560X Ethernet switches isco US 200 server isco atalyst 3560X Ethernet switch EM VNXe VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved. 21
22 Expanding Vblock platforms Expanding Vblock platforms Expansion overview One guiding principle of Vblock platforms is the ability to expand the base capacity. The Vblock platform architecture is very flexible and extensible and is architected to be easily expandable from a few hundred VMs to tens of thousands of VMs. In addition, this capacity can be aggregated (clustered) as a single pool of shared capacity or segmented into smaller isolated pools. Each Vblock platform can be expanded by adding capacity to: ompute Storage Adding compute capacity ompute capacity is expanded by adding additional blade packs (1 blade pack = 4 blades). The following illustration shows a base compute rack with four blade packs (16 blades). As additional compute capacity is required, four additional blade packs are ordered to completely populate the base compute rack (8 blade packs = 32 blades). After the rack is fully populated, a fully-populated compute expansion rack (8 blade packs = 32 blades) is added to provide a total of 64 blades between the compute and expansion racks VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved.
23 Expanding Vblock platforms Adding storage capacity You can increase the storage capacity of Vblock platforms by adding tiers or levels of storage. The following disk tier groups simplify the configuration: Vblock platform and storage type Vblock 0 EM elerra NS-120 Vblock 1 EM LARiiON X4-480 SAN Vblock 1U EM elerra NS-960 or NS-480 Disk tier groups Vault F 450GB 15K RAID5 4+1 Tier 1 (T1): EFD One RAID5 4+1 using either 100GB or 200GB Tier 2 (T2): F Two RAID5 4+1 using either 450GB or 600GB 15k disks Tier 3 (T3): SATA One RAID5 6+1 using either 1TB or 2TB 7.2k disks Vault F 450GB 15K RAID5 4+1, Boot disks F RAID GB 15k disks Tier 1 (T1): EFD One RAID5 4+1 using either 100GB or 200GB disks Tier 2 (T2): F Six RAID5 4+1 using either 450GB or 600GB 15k disks Tier 3 (T3): SATA Three RAID5 6+1 using either 1TB or 2TB 7.2k disks Vault F 450GB 15K RAID5 4+1, Boot disks F RAID GB 15k disks Tier 1 (T1): EFD One RAID5 4+1 using either 100GB or 200GB disks Tier 2 (T2): F Six RAID5 4+1 using either 450GB or 600GB 15k disks Tier 3 (T3): SATA Three RAID5 6+1 using either 1TB or 2TB 7.2k disks 2011 VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved. 23
24 Additional references Additional references The following tables provide links to documentation provided by isco, EM, and VMware for each of the product lines that are discussed in this document. ompute Network Storage Virtualization ompute components Product Description Link to documentation isco US 6100 Series Fabric Interconnects isco US 5100 Series Blade Server hassis isco US 2100 Series Fabric Extenders isco US B-Series Blade Servers isco US Manager US family of line-rate, low-latency, lossless, 10-Gbps Ethernet and Fibre hannel over Ethernet interconnect switches hassis that supports up to eight blade servers and up to two fabric extenders in a six rack unit (RU) enclosure Bring Unified Fabric into the bladeserver chassis, providing up to four 10-Gbps connections each between blade servers and the fabric interconnect Servers that adapt to application demands, intelligently scale energy use, and offer best-in-class virtualization Provides centralized management capabilities for the isco Unified omputing System Network components Product Description Link to documentation isco Nexus 1000V isco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors A software switch on a server that delivers isco VN-Link services to virtual machines hosted on that server Provides industry-leading availability, scalability, security, and management. The isco MDS 9000 family allows deployment of high-performance SANs with lowest TO VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved.
25 Additional references Product Description Link to documentation isco MDS 9148 Multilayer Fabric Switch isco Nexus 5000 Series Switches isco Nexus 7000 Series Switches Provides 48 line-rate 8-Gbps ports and offers cost-effective scalability through on-demand activation of ports. Simplifies data center transformation by enabling a standards-based, highperformance unified fabric. A single end-to-end platform designed around infrastructure scalability, operational continuity, and transport flexibility Storage components Product Description Link to documentation EM LARiiON X4-480 EM elerra NS-120, NS-480, and NS-960 Delivers industry-leading innovation in midrange storage. The unique combination of flexible, scalable hardware design and advanced software capabilities enables EM LARiiON X4 series systems, powered by Intel Xeon processors, to meet the growing and diverse needs of today's midsize and large enterprises. Unified storage systems that bring advanced failover and fully automated storage tiering to multi-protocol environments. Virtualization components Product Description Link to documentation VMware venter Server VMware vsphere ESXi Provides a scalable and extensible platform that forms the foundation for virtualization management. Virtualized infrastructure for Vblock platforms. Virtualizes all application servers and provides VMware High Availability (HA) and Dynamic Resource Scheduling (DRS) VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved. 25
26 Additional references ABOUT VE VE, the Virtual omputing Environment ompany formed by isco and EM with investments from VMware and Intel, accelerates the adoption of converged infrastructure and cloud-based computing models that dramatically reduce the cost of IT while improving time to market for our customers. VE, through the Vblock platform, delivers the industry's first completely integrated IT offering with end-to-end vendor accountability. VE's prepackaged solutions are available through an extensive partner network, and cover horizontal applications, vertical industry offerings, and application development environments, allowing customers to focus on business innovation instead of integrating, validating and managing IT infrastructure. For more information, go to opyright 2011 VE ompany, LL. All rights reserved. Vblock and the VE logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of VE ompany, LL. and/or its affiliates in the United States or other countries. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners VE ompany, LL. All Rights Reserved.
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