VSPEX Blue Fundamentals

Basic Definitions
Converged Infrastructure (CI) – delivery and consumption of compute, storage, and connectivity as a complete system
Platform 2 applications – traditional, legacy applications
Platform 3 applications – cloud or scale out applications

Cloud Landscape
1st architecture: Integrated Reference Architecture (IRA) – EMC VSPEX offerings
2nd architecture: Integrated Infrastructure System (IIS) – VCE Vblock
3rd architecture: Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) – Nutanix, Simplivity, VSPEX Blue
4th architecture: Rackscale/Hyper-Rackscale (RS/HRS) – consumption of a complete rack of converged infrastructure via resource pools
5th architecture: Common Modular Building Blocks – hybrid of IIS and HCI so that storage can scale in a non-linear fashion

EMC CI in 2015
Vblock and VSPEX for Platform 2
VSPEX Blue for ROBO + VDI + SMB
Product pending announcement at EMC World based on the 5th architecture

Hyper-converged Infrastructure Appliance (HCIA)
Integration of compute, storage, and virtualization into a commodity off-the-shelf architecture
IDC expects significant growth in this market due to changing consumption models by consumers

VSPEX Blue
Claims power on to VM creation in 15 minutes
EMC’s value claim – 15 minutes from power on to VM deployment, simple management, linear scalability, single point of support
Powered by VMware EVO:RAIL
Four configurations – 2 standard, 2 performance
Software integrations
RecoverPoint for VMs (for replication)
VMware Data Protection Advanced (for back,up, Avamar and Data Domain under the covers)
EMC CloudArray gateway (for access to cloud storage)
ESRS (for integration with EMC support)
Scales from one to four 2U/4-node appliances

Competition
Nutanix – current market leader
Simplivity
Both have strong partner networks in most geographies

Component 1: EMC VSPEX Blue Hardware
Per standard node specifications:
Processor – Dual Intel Ivy Bridge E5-2620v2 (12 core, 2.1Ghz)
Memory – 128GB
Storage – 32GB SLC SATADOM, 400GB eMLC 2.5″, 3x 1.2TB 10k HDD
Network – 2x 10GbE SFP+ or 10GBase-T RJ-45, 1GbE (RMM)

Per performance node specifications (changes only):
Memory – 192GB

4 appliances – 16 server nodes
3 appliances – 12 server nodes
2 appliances – 8 server nodes
1 appliances – 4 server nodes

Each appliance can support about 100 virtual machines or 250 Horizon View virtual desktops
Appliances are deployed whole (server nodes will always be a multiple of 4)
Each appliance requires 8x 10GbE network ports
All 4 nodes in the appliance must be connected to the 10GbE switch
2x 10GbE ports per node, hence 8x 10GbE for all 4 nodes
Configuring a 10GbE top-of-rack switch is recommended
Enable multicast, IGMP snooping, and IGMP querier

Component 2: VMware EVO:RAIL Software
Browser-agnostic HTML5 GUI
Configures vCenter Server
Configures ESXi hosts and VSAN for all nodes
Configures the network per user input
Default provisioning policies by size of virtual machines and security
Link to the vCenter Web Client is provided in the EVO:RAIL GUI as well
Automatically discovers each appliance and its nodes on the network and requires a single click to confirm/add to an existing cluster
Patches and software updates with no workload downtime via systematic vMotions

Component 3: EMC Software
VSPEX Blue Manager
EMC 24×7 support
EMC RecoverPoint
VDPA and Data Domain
EMC CloudArray

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