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Desktop and Citrix Provisioning Services. Cisco Hyper. Flex HX2. M4 Node for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure with Citrix Xen. Desktop and Citrix Provisioning Services. Intel Broadwell Processors, Windows 1. Citrix MCS Update. October 2. 01. 6This white paper describes the Cisco Hyper.
Flex Systems. Cisco Hyper. Flex Systems. Our studies have found that PVS delivers optimal boot times and end user experience for scales over 5. Citrix PVS allows the near immediate use of new capacity as it is brought online and provides seamless desktop image maintenance. Citrix Xen. Desktop performance on Hyper. Flex provides industry leading baseline and sustained Login VSI response times, 2. End users can expect one second or less response times with the cluster at full 1. We have updated the original release of this paper to include performance data for recently released Intel Broadwell processors and faster memory, for Windows 1.
Office 2. 01. 6 workload and for Citrix Machine Creation services. It is clear that Cisco Hyper. Flex delivers industry leading end- user experience for Citrix Xen. Desktop virtual desktop users on the latest desktop operating system and office suite on the customer’s provisioning platform of choice. This section defines current IT Infrastructure challenges and presents a high- level view of the solution and its benefits.
This document describes a virtualized solution platform with eight Cisco Hyper. Flex HX2. 20c M4 Nodes for up to 1. Citrix Xen. Desktop virtual desktops. It provides design and sizing guidelines to help you build solution platforms similar to the one tested. This document is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to every aspect of this solution. Cisco Hyper. Flex Systems are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System.
They offer faster deployment and greater flexibility and efficiency at a competitive price while lowering risk for the customer. Proven components from Cisco are integrated to form a software- defined storage (SDS) platform. This approach eliminates or reduces the need for planning and configuration decisions, while allowing customization to meet customer workload needs.
The platform and management model adopted is an extension of the established Cisco UCS data center strategy, with familiar components managed in a consistent manner through a policy- based framework using Cisco UCS Manager. An efficient IT Infrastructure is integral to the initial success and continued competitiveness of most businesses. IT efficiency can be expressed in capital and operating costs to the business. Two major components of operating costs for all businesses are human resources and optimal utilization of purchased IT resources.
The underlying issues that contribute to these operating costs are as follows. The multitude of technologies and tools required to keep the infrastructure running and the nonstandard methods introduced by this approach have a direct effect on failure rates, contributing to even more costs to the business. The business requirements and computing and storage needs of workloads change over time, potentially resulting in unused computing or storage resources in the enterprise. One way to prevent this underutilization of resources is to introduce flexibility into the architecture so that you can expand computing and storage resources independently. Efforts to reduce management complexity through consolidation of native element managers on preintegrated and converged IT infrastructure have resulted in only limited improvements. These factors and the short depreciation cycles of capitalized IT resources point to the need for simpler and more precisely controlled components to achieve necessary levels of utilization. The Cisco Hyper. Flex solution focuses on simplicity of deployment and operation.
It delivers a hyperconverged platform that has the advantage of allowing you to start small and grow in small increments without the need for expensive storage devices connected to computing resources by either SAN or network- attached storage (NAS) methods. A basic cluster requires three hyperconverged nodes managed by Cisco UCS Manager.
Beyond this, a Cisco Hyper. Flex cluster can increase computing and storage resources for flexible scaling according to workload needs. Flexibility is introduced by creating a cluster with a mix of Cisco UCS B2. M4 Blade Servers as computing- only nodes connected to a set of Cisco Hyper. Flex HX2. 40c M4 Nodes operating as hyperconverged nodes.
In this scenario, the hyperconverged node provides storage for the Cisco UCS B2. M4 computing- only nodes.
This feature allows either storage or computing capacity to be added independently to achieve optimal levels of cluster resources. The Cisco Hyper. Flex solution also delivers storage efficiency features such as thin provisioning, data deduplication, and compression for greater capacity and performance improvements. Additional operational efficiency is facilitated through features such as cloning and snapshots. This solution uses Cisco Hyper. Flex HX2. 20c M4 Nodes, Cisco UCS fabric interconnects, Cisco UCS Manager, Cisco Nexus.
The HX2. 20c M4 Nodes provide computing, cache, and storage resources and are centrally managed by Cisco UCS Manager. The HX Data Platform software serves computing and networking resources and a shared pool of storage resources from separate Cisco Hyper. Flex HX- Series nodes for consumption by a mix of workloads.
This SDS platform is managed by the VMware v. Sphere web client plug- in. This solution provides the following benefits to customers. No separate management console is required for the Cisco Hyper. Flex solution. Cisco UCS Manager also provides single- point console and firmware management capabilities.
Cisco Hyper. Flex HX Data Platform (SDS) clusters are managed through a plug- in to VMware v. Center. Cluster- level tolerance to node, network, and fabric interconnect failures is implemented as well. A Cisco Hyper. Flex cluster can consist of three to eight nodes that are similarly configured, except in a mixed configuration that includes blades and hyperconverged nodes. The best practice is to create a highly available cluster with N+1 resiliency, in which the cluster can sustain all virtual machines with one node in maintenance mode or in a failed state. This solution requires a minimum of four converged nodes per cluster. Converged nodes have processing, cache, and capacity layers together in a unit such as a Cisco Hyper.
Flex HX2. 20c M4 Node. Each node has a 1. GB solid- state disk (SSD) drive, used for Cisco Hyper.
Flex HX Data Platform housekeeping and logs, and a larger 4. GB high- endurance SSD drive, used for write logs and for caching read and write data. Storage capacity is provided by a set of six 1. TB) 1. 0,0. 00- rpm 1.
Gbps SAS hard disk drives (HDDs). Cisco Hyper. Flex HX- Series nodes are managed by Cisco UCS Manager hosted in a pair of fault- tolerant, low- latency Cisco UCS fabric interconnects. The network layer can be any pair of switches with 1. Gbps bandwidth. In this case, a pair of Cisco Nexus 9. The hypervisor used is VMware ESXi 6. U1. Table 1 lists the main components used in a Cisco Hyper.
Flex cluster and the versions tested. Table 1. Capacity can more closely keep pace with demand at lower cost than with integrated infrastructure because of the greater precision with which the building blocks can be deployed and managed.
The solution includes the essential features of resiliency and data retention and improves efficiency through capabilities such as data deduplication and compression. The Cisco Hyper. Flex HX Data Platform serves a single shared pool of computing, networking, and storage resources from separate nodes for consumption by a mix of workloads. It is managed by Cisco UCS Manager, increasing operational efficiency with a single pane for firmware and console management. The HX Data Platform is managed from the familiar VMware v.
Center management console through a plug- in. The Cisco Hyper. Flex HX2.
M4 Node is an essential component in the design of Cisco Hyper. Flex software- defined infrastructure. It combines the Cisco UCS C2. M4 Rack Server with the SDS functions of the Cisco Hyper. Flex HX Data Platform. Cisco Hyper. Flex HX- Series nodes are then integrated into a converged fabric by connecting to a pair of Cisco UCS 6.
UP fabric interconnects. Cisco UCS Manager, hosted in the fabric interconnects, is used to manage all hardware in the cluster from a single console. Important innovations in the platform include a standards- based unified network fabric, Cisco virtualized interface card (VIC) support, and Cisco Extended Memory technology. The system uses a single- connect architecture, which eliminates the need for multiple Ethernet connections from each node in the cluster. Thus, cluster expansion is simplified, resulting in quicker deployment and fewer errors. The solution requires a redundant set of low- latency, 1.
Gbps switches for connection to shared services such as Microsoft Active Directory, Domain Name System (DNS), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and VMware v. Center. The switches used for this purpose are a pair of Cisco Nexus 9. PX Switches operating in standalone mode. The Cisco Nexus 9. PX and 9. 37. 2PX- E Switches provide a line- rate Layer 2 and Layer 3 feature set in a compact form factor. Each switch offers a flexible switching platform for both three- tier and spine- and- leaf architectures as a leaf node.
With the option to operate in either NX- OS mode (for Cisco NX- OS Software) or ACI mode (for Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure . All the ports are line rate, delivering 1. Tbps) of throughput in a 1- rack- unit (1. RU) form factor. To provide investment protection, a Cisco 4.
Gbps bidirectional transceiver allows reuse of an existing 1. Gigabit Ethernet multimode cable plant for 4. Gigabit Ethernet. The solution also supports 1- and 1.