Timeline: 
January, 2013 to September, 2013
Status: 
Completed

Virtual infrastructure has been deployed for DPB and DGE.  Initial spec:

  • 4x Hosts
    • 16 cores each (64 total)
    • 256GB memory each (1TB total)
  • 64TB Storage Area Network
    • 2x RAID/Network Controlers
      • Active/active availability
      • 2x 10Gb ethernet connectivity each
      • SAS expandability
  • 2x 10Gb stacked ethernet switches (VMs and SAN)
    • LAGs and iSCSI connections spread between for redundancy
  • 2x 1Gb stacked ethernet switches (MGMT)
    • LAGs and iSCSI connections spread between for redundancy
  • VMware vSphere Enterprise w/ vCenter Server
    • Clusters hosts into HA Virtual Infrastructure cluster
    • VMs auto-assigned and auto-migrated to hosts based on load and availability

Initiation

DPB and DGE have a multitude of servers floating around campus, in various rooms and in varoius states.  Few have any redundancy or high-availability features, the rooms they're in may not be designed to provide a consistent environment, and there's no centralized system for managing the servers.  There's also no computing infrastructure available to spin up systems on-demand for either IT or scientific experimentation prior to capital investment.

Requirements

  • Minimum 3x hosts (2x fully utilized, 1x for failure tollerance)
  • > 128GB Memory per host for for VMs
  • Active/Active connectivity for all components
  • > 50TB storage

Recommended Solution

A virtual infrastructure cluster managed by VMware vSphere

  • 4x Hosts
    • 16 cores each (64 total)
    • 256GB memory each (1TB total)
  • 64TB Storage Area Network
    • 2x RAID/Network Controlers
      • Active/active availability
      • 2x 10Gb ethernet connectivity each
      • SAS expandability
  • 2x 10Gb stacked ethernet switches (VMs and SAN)
    • LAGs and iSCSI connections spread between for redundancy
  • 2x 1Gb stacked ethernet switches (MGMT)
    • LAGs and iSCSI connections spread between for redundancy
  • VMware vSphere Enterprise w/ vCenter Server
    • Clusters hosts into HA Virtual Infrastructure cluster
    • VMs auto-assigned and auto-migrated to hosts based on load and availability