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    VBLOCK SYSTEM 100

    TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

    Version 1.0

    February 2013

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    Contents

    Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 4

    Business Case ........................................................................................................................ 4

    Solution .................................................................................................................................. 4

    Scope ..................................................................................................................................... 5

    Audience................................................................................................................................. 5

    Feedback ................................................................................................................................ 5

    Technology overview ............................................................................................................... 6

    Hardware ............................................................................................................................. 7

    Software .............................................................................................................................. 7

    Compute ................................................................................................................................. 8

    Network .................................................................................................................................. 8

    Storage ................................................................................................................................... 8

    Virtualization ..........................................................................................................................10

    Management ..........................................................................................................................11

    Building-block platform ...........................................................................................................11

    Specifications ........................................................................................................................11

    Physical ..............................................................................................................................11

    Power .................................................................................................................................12

    Use cases ................................................................................................................................13

    Manufacturing .....................................................................................................................13

    SharePoint for distributed locations ....................................................................................13

    Advanced features ..................................................................................................................14

    Systems management ...........................................................................................................14

    Security .................................................................................................................................15

    Data protection ......................................................................................................................15

    VCE Support ......................................................................................................................16

    Summary .................................................................................................................................17

    Vblock Qualified Partners ...................................................................................................17

    Next Steps .............................................................................................................................17

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    Introduction

    Business Case

    Converged infrastructure represents a cultural shift in information technology (IT). Gone are the days

    when the CIO focused on sourcing, deploying, managing, and supporting a data center with individual

    components from a variety of vendors. Also gone are the countless hours devoted to stack integration,

    application testing and validation, software and firmware updates, and workload and capacity

    balancing. These developments increasingly allow IT departments to quickly and easily deploy

    business-critical applications as a strategic partner in the business.

    As the strategic and financial benefits of converged infrastructure become clear in larger enterprises,

    mid-market companies and enterprises with distributed locations are now looking for similar

    performance in a converged infrastructure solution that provides business value and predictable

    performance in a right-sized footprint, without sacrificing the repeatability, standardization, and

    simplified management of larger enterprise solutions. In the past, smaller converged infrastructure

    deployments for midsized data centers and distributed locations were difficult and expensive to set up

    and maintain. To be successful, a midsized converged infrastructure IT solution must support

    applications and provide features typically found in larger converged infrastructure deployments, in a

    footprint well-suited to smaller enterprises. Such a solution must:

    Deliver core IT services like Microsoft Exchange for messaging, Microsoft SharePoint for

    collaboration, VMware Virtual Desktop Integration (VDI), and core IT services such as file, print,

    and domain services

    Offer standardized systems that address a broad range of distributed and stand-alone

    deployments with predictable performance and high availability

    Provide improvements in capital and operating expenditures, with faster time-to-value

    Arrive pre-engineered, pre-validated, and pretested with simplified systems management,

    security, and data protection

    Solution

    VCE's Vblock Systems family, the only suite of converged infrastructure systems based on a single

    architecture, includes best-in-class components and is codified with best-practice-based repeatable

    processes.

    Vblock Systems are characterized by:

    Streamlined configuration and ordering for single-source accountability of industry-leading

    technologies

    VCE Vision Intelligent Operations, which enables and simplifies converged operations by

    dynamically informing existing data center management tools about Vblock Systems, providing

    a single-object perspective on Vblock Systems and facilitating standardization

    Built-in high availability for industry-best system uptime and reliability

    Simplified support with single accountability for fastest time-to-resolution

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    The Vblock System 100 brings the power and benefits of the Vblock Systems family into a value-

    focused solution for midsized data centers and enterprise distributed locations. Leveraging the Vblock

    System 100, companies can, for the first time, address their capacity and workload requirements while

    still enjoying the repeatability, standardization, and business results synonymous with the Vblock

    Systems family.

    Right-sized to fit within a typical footprint, the Vblock System 100 is the same architecture as larger,

    modular Vblock Systems in a value-focused solution pre-engineered for faster deployment. The

    system is specifically built to:

    Deliver core IT services for remote and distributed locations in such specialized industries as

    health care, multinational, and advanced manufacturing verticals

    Offer core IT services and application support for file, print, and domain services; VDI,

    communications, and collaboration

    Run local instances of typical business application in remote locations or within midsized data

    centers with business segregation requirements such as eDiscovery, eArchive, and more

    Scope

    This paper provides a high-level overview of the Vblock System 100, with specific discussion of

    systems management, security, data replication, and VCE Support.

    Audience

    This paper addresses business decision makers in technical, financial, operational, line-of-business,

    and strategic positions considering virtualized IT infrastructures in midsized and distributed location

    environments.

    Feedback

    To suggest documentation changes and provide feedback on this paper, send email to

    docfeedback@vce.com. Include the name of this paper, the name o