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Vblock Infrastructure Platforms Series 700 Architecture OverviewVersion 1.3 May 2012

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Vblock Infrastructure Platforms Series 700 Architecture Overview

Revision historyDate November 2011 February 2012 March 2012 May 2012 Version 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Author Sandy Guardiani Sandy Guardiani Sandy Guardiani Sandy Guardiani Description of changes Release for 700MX First Customer Ship for 700LX General Availability release For the 700MX, added the Cisco UCS 6248UP Fabric Interconnects and the Cisco UCS 2208XP Series Fabric Extenders

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Table of ContentsIntroduction ................................................................................................................................................. 6 Accessing VCE documentation ................................................................................................................. 7 Overview ...................................................................................................................................................... 8 Vblock Infrastructure Platforms Series 700 overview ......................................................................... 8 700MX .............................................................................................................................................. 8 700LX ............................................................................................................................................. 10 Base configurations and scaling ........................................................................................................... 12 Connectivity overview ........................................................................................................................... 14 Block storage configuration .................................................................................................................. 15 700MX block configuration ............................................................................................................. 15 700LX block configuration .............................................................................................................. 16 SAN boot storage configuration ............................................................................................................ 17 Unified storage configuration ................................................................................................................ 18 Aggregating multiple Vblock platforms ................................................................................................. 19 Aggregation common services ....................................................................................................... 20 Compute layer hardware .......................................................................................................................... 21 Compute overview ................................................................................................................................ 21 Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) .............................................................................................. 22 Cisco UCS fabric interconnects ............................................................................................................ 23 Scaling up compute resources ............................................................................................................. 23 Blade packs .................................................................................................................................... 23 Chassis activation kits (CAK) ......................................................................................................... 24 Bare-metal support ............................................................................................................................... 24 Storage layer hardware ............................................................................................................................ 25 Storage overview .................................................................................................................................. 25 EMC Symmetrix VMAX Series storage arrays ..................................................................................... 27 EMC Data at Rest Encryption (700MX only).................................................................................. 27 EMC Symmetrix VMAXe Series storage arrays ................................................................................... 29 EMC RecoverPoint (700LX) ........................................................................................................... 30 EMC VNX VG2 Gateway and EMC VNX VG8 Gateway ...................................................................... 31 Scaling up storage resources ............................................................................................................... 32 RAID packs .................................................................................................................................... 32 Storage cabinet expansion ............................................................................................................ 33 Disk array enclosure (DAE) packs (700LX) ................................................................................... 34 Adding engines .............................................................................................................................. 34 Network layer hardware............................................................................................................................ 35 Network overview ................................................................................................................................. 35 700MX network components ................................................................................................................ 35 Cisco MDS 9148 Multilayer Fabric switch ...................................................................................... 35 2012 VCE Company, LLC. 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Cisco MDS 9506 Multilayer Director .............................................................................................. 36 Cisco MDS 9513 Multilayer Director .............................................................................................. 36 Optional network layer components ............................................................................................... 37 700LX network components ................................................................................................................. 38 IP networking components ............................................................................................................. 38 Storage switching components ...................................................................................................... 39 Virtualization components ....................................................................................................................... 40 Virtualization overview .......................................................................................................................... 40 VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi ....................................................................................................... 40 Cluster configuration ...................................................................................................................... 40 Datastores ...................................................................................................................................... 40 Virtual networks.............................................................................................................................. 40 VMware vCenter Server ....................................................................................................................... 41 Databases ...................................................................................................................................... 41 Authentication ................................................................................................................................ 41 VCE supported features ................................................................................................................. 42 Management components ........................................................................................................................ 43 Management hardware components .................................................................................................... 43 Management software tools ................................................................................................................. 44 AMP software tools ........................................................................................................................ 44 Storage features support ...................................................................................................................... 44 vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI).................................................................................... 44 File deduplication ........................................................................................................................... 45 Vblock Series 700 cabinets ...................................................................................................................... 46 Cabinets overview ..................

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