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    VCE Vblock Systems Series 700 Architecture Overview Revision history

    VCE Vblock Systems Series 700 Architecture Overview

    Version 1.5 June 2012

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    Revision history VCE Vblock Systems Series 700 Architecture Overview

    Revision history

    Date Version Author Description of changes

    November 2011 1.0 Sandy Guardiani Release for 700MX February 2012 1.1 Sandy Guardiani First Customer Ship for 700LX March 2012 1.2 Sandy Guardiani General Availability release May 2012 1.3 Sandy Guardiani For the 700MX, added the Cisco UCS 6248UP Fabric

    Interconnects and the Cisco UCS 2208XP Series Fabric Extenders

    May 2012 1.4 Sandy Guardiani Updated VMAXe Enginuity version. Updated 700MX elevations. June 2012 1.5 Sandy Guardiani Added Vblock Data Protection information

    Added external NFS and CIFS access information Updated block storage, SAN boot storage, unified storage,

    and aggregation common services graphics Added new SAN switch line card options Added new storage drives for 700LX Updated for EMC Symmetrix VMAX and VCE rebranding

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    VCE Vblock Systems Series 700 Architecture Overview Table of contents

    Table of contents

    Introduction ................................................................................................................................................. 6

    Accessing VCE documentation ................................................................................................................. 7

    Overview ...................................................................................................................................................... 8 Vblock Systems Series 700 overview ................................................................................................. 8

    700MX .............................................................................................................................................. 8 700LX ............................................................................................................................................. 10

    Base configurations and scaling ........................................................................................................... 12 Connectivity overview ........................................................................................................................... 13 Block storage configuration .................................................................................................................. 14

    700MX block configuration ............................................................................................................. 14 700LX block configuration .............................................................................................................. 15

    SAN boot storage configuration ............................................................................................................ 16 Unified storage configuration ................................................................................................................ 17 Aggregating multiple Vblock systems ................................................................................................... 18

    Aggregation common services ....................................................................................................... 19

    Compute layer hardware .......................................................................................................................... 20 Compute overview ................................................................................................................................ 20 Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) .............................................................................................. 21 Cisco UCS fabric interconnects ............................................................................................................ 22 Scaling up compute resources ............................................................................................................. 22

    Blade packs .................................................................................................................................... 22 Chassis activation kits (CAK) ......................................................................................................... 23

    Bare-metal support ............................................................................................................................... 23

    Storage layer hardware ............................................................................................................................ 24 Storage overview .................................................................................................................................. 24 EMC Symmetrix VMAX 20K Series storage arrays .............................................................................. 25

    EMC Data at Rest Encryption (700MX only).................................................................................. 26 EMC Symmetrix VMAX 10K Series storage arrays .............................................................................. 27

    EMC RecoverPoint (700LX) ........................................................................................................... 28 EMC VNX VG2 Gateway and EMC VNX VG8 Gateway ...................................................................... 29 Scaling up storage resources ............................................................................................................... 30

    RAID packs .................................................................................................................................... 30 Storage cabinet expansion ............................................................................................................ 32 Disk array enclosure (DAE) packs (700LX) ................................................................................... 32 Adding engines .............................................................................................................................. 32

    Network layer hardware ............................................................................................................................ 33 Network overview ................................................................................................................................. 33 700MX network components ................................................................................................................ 34

    Cisco MDS 9148 Multilayer Fabric switch ...................................................................................... 34

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    Table of contents VCE Vblock Systems Series 700 Architecture Overview

    Cisco MDS 9506 Multilayer Director .............................................................................................. 34 Cisco MDS 9513 Multilayer Director .............................................................................................. 35 Optional network layer components ............................................................................................... 35

    700LX network components ................................................................................................................. 37 IP networking components ............................................................................................................. 37 Storage switching components ...................................................................................................... 38

    Virtualization components ....................................................................................................................... 39 Virtualization overview .......................................................................................................................... 39 VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi ....................................................................................................... 39

    Cluster configuration ...................................................................................................................... 39 Datastores ...................................................................................................................................... 39 Virtual networks .............................................................................................................................. 39

    VMware vCenter Server ....................................................................................................................... 40 Databases ...................................................................................................................................... 40 Authentication ................................................................................................................................ 40 VCE supported features ................................................................................................................. 41

    Management components ........................................................................................................................ 42 Management hardware components .................................................................................................... 42 Management software tools .......................................................................................................