With ever increasing business demands and growing data volumes, most customers are under unprecedented pressure to improve efficiency and lower costs.  However, current operational model of delivering IT services which involves procuring technology from best of breed technology providers can prove not only to be time consuming but problematic for a number of reasons. In this approach, customers are typically burdened to make design decisions, validate various components, set up and configure components manually and manage the environment in an ongoing fashion by engaging multiple vendors for support. All of these elements across the end to end infrastructure life cycle add up to increased complexity and ongoing costs for customers.

This Reference architecture based on PowerEdge FX2 and Dell Storage SC4020 is designed to provide detailed guidance and measurable benefits to customers and help solve challenges mentioned above. This paper provides a scalable and flexible building block for implementing VMware vSphere 6.0 U1 on PowerEdge FX2. This paper provides complete solution, network, and storage architecture for the virtual infrastructure implementation.

A Dell Active System Manager based deployment guide that offers step-by-step instructions on how to implement this reference architecture is available at: http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/white_papers/20441747.

It addresses the following key requirements of customers.

  • Reduce Capital Expenditure (CAPEX): How do we reduce CAPEX by starting small and growing big?
  • High flexibility and less complexity: Flexibility in configuration, scaling & in implementation choices based on specific outcomes desired
  • Lower operational costs: How do we lower our overall TCO by optimizing the infrastructure resources and reducing management complexity?
  • Optimized environment: How do we deploy and configure an optimized environment based on best practices to deliver the best experience to our end users?