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Where Ready Nodes are the Optimal Choice

The perennial question for IT asset acquisition is whether to build or consume, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer to the question. Individual components provide the maximum flexibility, but also require the maximum of self support. Reference architectures provide the recipe and guidance, but the customer still has the responsibility for making the system work.

Network Switch Configuration with Dell EMC Ready Nodes

Storage networks are constantly evolving. From traditional Fibre Channel to IP-based storage networks, each technology has its place in the data center. IP-based storage solutions have two main network topologies to choose from based on the technology and administration requirements. Dedicated storage network topology, shared leaf-spine network, software defined storage, and iSCSI SAN are all supported. Hybrid network architectures are common, but add to the complexity.

Networking Dell EMC Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes

Dell EMC Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes are built on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, which provide the storage density and compute power to maximize the benefits of Storage Spaces Direct. “They leverage the advanced feature sets in Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition to deploy a scalable hyper-converged infrastructure solution with Hyper-V and Storage Spaces Direct. And for Microsoft server environments, S2D scales to 16 nodes in a cluster, and is a kernel-loadable module, (with no RDMA iWarp or RoCE needed) which is a low risk approach to implementing an S2D cluster.”

Exploring Dell EMC Networking for vSan

This is the second entry in an insideHPC guide series that explores networking with Dell EMC ready nodes. Read on to learn more about Dell EMC networking for vSan.

How Do I Network vSAN Ready Nodes?

Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are built on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers that have been pre-configured, tested and certified to run VMware vSAN. This post outlines how to network vSan ready nodes. “As an integrated feature of the ESXi kernel, vSAN exploits the same clustering capabilities to deliver a comparable virtualization paradigm to storage that has been applied to server CPU and memory for many years.”

A Practical Guide to Networking Dell EMC Ready Nodes

To meet the needs of those who wish to simplify and accelerate the deployment of software defined storage systems with minimal risk, Dell EMC has a portfolio of Ready Solutions that are certified reference systems for simplified configuration, sizing, quoting, deployment, and financial packaging. Ready Nodes are PowerEdge servers pre-configured for specific workloads and available with software and services. Download the new practical networking guide, courtesy of Dell EMC and Intel, that focuses on Dell EMC Ready Nodes and Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes.