VCE VxBlock and Vblock Systems 240 Architecture Overview EMC VxBlock and Vblock Systems 240 Architecture Overview Document revision 1.3 December, 2016

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  • Dell EMCVxBlock and Vblock Systems 240Architecture Overview

    Document revision 1.3

    December, 2016

  • Revision history

    Date Document revision Description of changes

    December 2016 1.3 Added support for the Cisco UCS C220 M4 Rack Server.

    Removed IPI appliance from sample configuration illustrations.

    Added support for AMP-2 on Cisco UCS C2x0 M4 servers with VMwarevSphere 5.5.

    April 2016 1.2 Added support for VxBlock System 240, VMware vSphere 6.0, and AMP-2enhancements for Cisco UCS M4 Servers.

    Added support for Cisco Nexus 3172TQ Switches.

    August 2015 1.1 Added IPI cabinet information

    August 2014 1.0 Initial release

    Revision history | 2

  • Contents

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

    System overview.........................................................................................................................................5System architecture and components.................................................................................................... 5Base configurations and scaling.............................................................................................................7Connectivity overview.............................................................................................................................8

    Compute layer hardware..........................................................................................................................10Scaling up compute resources............................................................................................................. 10Cisco UCS C220 server....................................................................................................................... 10Cisco Trusted Platform Module............................................................................................................ 10Bare metal support policy.....................................................................................................................11

    Storage layer hardware............................................................................................................................ 12Storage overview..................................................................................................................................12Replication............................................................................................................................................12Storage features support......................................................................................................................13Scaling up storage resources...............................................................................................................14Secure Remote Support.......................................................................................................................16

    Network layer hardware........................................................................................................................... 17Network overview................................................................................................................................. 17

    Virtualization............................................................................................................................................. 18Virtualization overview..........................................................................................................................18VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi.......................................................................................................18VMware vCenter Server....................................................................................................................... 19

    Management components........................................................................................................................22Management components overview.....................................................................................................22Management hardware components....................................................................................................22Management software components..................................................................................................... 23

    Management network connectivity......................................................................................................... 25AMP-2V network connectivity...............................................................................................................25AMP-2P network connectivity...............................................................................................................31

    Sample configurations............................................................................................................................. 38Sample maximum configuration........................................................................................................... 38Sample minimum configuration............................................................................................................ 39

    Additional references............................................................................................................................... 40Virtualization components.................................................................................................................... 40Compute components.......................................................................................................................... 40Network components............................................................................................................................41Storage components............................................................................................................................ 41

    3 | Contents

  • IntroductionThis document describes the high-level design of the VxBlock System 240 and the Vblock System 240,including the hardware and software components.

    In this document, the VxBlock System and the Vblock System are referred to as Converged Systems.

    This document describes all the features and components supported on the ConvergedSystem. Some features or components may not exist on your Converged System.

    Refer to the Glossary for terms, definitions, and acronyms.

    Introduction | 4

    https://docs.vce.com/bundle/O_GLOSSARY/page/GUID-E5B5E1DA-8455-460A-8391-12F5783BE2A3.html

  • System overview

    System architecture and componentsConverged Systems have the following features:

    Standardized cabinets with multiple North American and international power solutions

    Support for multiple features of the Dell EMC operating environment for VNX arrays

    Advanced Management Platform (AMP) for Converged System management

    Unified network architecture provides the option to leverage Cisco Nexus switches to support IPand SAN without the use of Cisco MDS switches

    Converged Systems contain the following key hardware and software components:

    Resource Components

    Converged Systemsmanagement

    Vision Intelligent Operations System Library Vision Intelligent Operations Plug-in for vCenter Vision Intelligent Operations Compliance Checker Vision Intelligent Operations API for System Library Vision Intelligent Operations API for Compliance Checker

    Virtualization andmanagement

    VMware vSphere ESXi VMware vCenter Server VMware Platform Services Controller (VMware vSphere 6.0) VMware Single Sign-On (SSO) Service (VMware vSphere 5.5 and higher) VMware vSphere Server Enterprise Plus PowerPath/VE or VMware Native Multipathing (NMP) Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) Unisphere Manager VNX Local Protection Suite VNX Remote Protection Suite VNX Application Protection Suite VNX Fast Suite VNX Security and Compliance Suite Secure Remote Support (ESRS) Cisco UCS C220 M3 and M4 Servers for AMP

    Compute Cisco UCS C220 Server Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card (VIC) 1225 or 1227

    Network Cisco Nexus 5548UP Switches Cisco Nexus 3172TQ Switch or Cisco Nexus 3048 Switch (Optional) VMware Virtual Distributed Switch (VDS) (VMware vSphere 5.5 and higher) (Optional) Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Virtual Switches

    Storage VNX5200 storage array

    5 | System overview

  • The following table summarizes the Converged System architecture:

    Feature Description

    Boot path SAN

    Cabinet One 42 RU

    Compute Four to 12 Cisco UCS C220 M3 or Cisco UCS C220 M4 servers with one or twoCPUs

    Memory options

    96 GB (3 x 32 GB) - Single CPU only 128 GB (4 x 32 GB) - Single and Dual CPU 192 GB (6 x 32 GB) - Single and Dual CPU 256 GB (8 x 32 GB) - Single and Dual CPU 384 GB (12 x 32 GB) Single and Dual CPU 512 GB (16 x 32 GB) - Dual CPU onlyCPU options

    E5-2630LEv4 (8 cores, 1.8 GHz) E5-2637Ev4 (4 cores, 3.5 GHz) E5-2650Ev2 (12 cores, 2.2 GHz)

    Data store type Block = VMFS

    Unified = NFS and VMFS

    Disk drives Minimum configuration = 11

    Maximum configuration = 105

    Management switch One Cisco Nexus 3172TQ Switch or one Cisco Nexus 3048 Switch

    Storage access Block or unified

    Storage array VNX5200 storage array

    Storage back-end SASbuses

    2

    Storage capacity 25 drive DPE Two 25 drive DAEs for EFD and SAS drives Two 15 drive DAEs for NL-SAS drives

    Storage protocol Block = FC

    Unified = FC, NFS, and CIFS

    Unified Ethernet/SANswitches

    Two Cisco Nexus 5548UP Switches for Ethernet and FC traffic

    Unified storage X-Blades 0 or 2

    Unified storage controlstati

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