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High Availability Reference Architecture - Deploying IBM Blade Center Hx5 And Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V
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High Availability Reference Architecture - Deploying IBM Blade Center Hx5 And Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

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  • 1. IBM Systems and Technology Group System xSolution Brief High Availability Reference Architecture Deploying IBM BladeCenter HX5 and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Maintaining the availability of IT systems and services is crucial to Highlights sustaining business vitality. Yet natural disasters, malicious attacks and even simple configuration problems can easily threaten that availability, • Leverage the industry expertise of IBM leaving applications unavailable until administrators resolve problems and Microsoft to implement an “in-the-box” solution for highly available virtualization and restore data. As businesses consolidate physical servers through • Validated reference architectures offer virtualization, those threats are amplified—the loss of a single physical improved workload availability and server could mean significant downtime for multiple virtualized uptime, simplified management, and applications. You need hardware and software solutions that can reduced energy use and physical footprint • IBM® BladeCenter® HX5 blade servers help ensure high availability and deliver exceptional performance in with the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series virtualized environments. deliver outstanding performance, high memory capacity and throughput, and high-speed I/O With a validated high availability reference architecture based on IBM hardware and Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V™ virtualization technology, you can leverage the industry expertise of IBM and Microsoft to implement an “in-the-box” solution that helps to ensure high availability for your virtualized environment. While Hyper-V helps to simplify server virtualization, IBM BladeCenter servers provide the processing performance, large-scale memory capacity, high memory bandwidth and high-speed I/O for building a robust foundation for virtualization. The high availability reference architecture brings together IBM and Microsoft technologies to deliver high workload availability, simplified management, decreased energy use and a reduced physical footprint. Validated at the IBM Center for Microsoft Technology, high availability reference architectures from IBM and Microsoft include: • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 • IBM BladeCenter blade servers • IBM System Storage® disk storage
  • 2. IBM Systems and Technology Group System xSolution BriefMicrosoft software built for high availability combine exceptional raw compute power with increasedThe Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system supports many key memory bandwidth, support for significantly greater memoryhigh-availability features to help meet your uptime requirements: capacity and high-speed I/O to deliver better performance and scalability than previous-generation servers.• Failover Clustering—Builds redundancy into your network and helps to eliminate single points of failure Supporting up to 16 DIMMs, BladeCenter HX5 servers• Network Load Balancing—Distributes workloads across enable IT administrators to deploy large-scale memory cluster nodes in order to support a larger number of capacity to enhance application performance or host more simultaneous users VMs than before. Adding MAX5 memory expansion blades• Shadow Copy—Provides point-in-time file copies that can to an HX5 server doubles the system’s memory capacity, be stored on shared resources enabling you to run even more VMs on each server while• Windows Server Backup—Built-in basic backup and helping you control virtualization licensing costs. BladeCenter recovery tasks, including Hyper-V support HX5 servers are ideal candidates for resource-intensive• Windows® Recovery Environment—Provides a partial applications and workloads being transferred to the blade operating system and tools for fast recovery form factor.• Improved Storage Availability—Maintains storage uptime with improved fault tolerance and recovery from BladeCenter HX5 servers are easy to own, manage and upgrade configuration errors with pay-as-you-grow expansion that helps you protect your investments over the long term. The modular design enablesFailover clustering and the virtualization capabilities of scaling from two to four sockets without having to changeHyper-V in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 now provide platforms. Capabilities such as advanced light-path diagnostics,support for disaster recovery within IT environments and across error handling and around-the-clock remote access managementdata centers. Using Hyper-V live migration, running virtual help simplify systems management and minimize downtime.machines (VMs) can be moved from one Hyper-V physical host Automatic node failover and QPI faildown help promote greaterto another without any disruption or perceived loss of service. system uptime. In addition, an energy-smart design and IBMProviding the core technology required for dynamic load Systems Director Active Energy Manager™ help lower powerbalancing, VM placement and high availability for virtualized consumption and costs.workloads during physical computer maintenance, live migrationallows you to create a dynamic and flexible IT environment that Combining BladeCenter HX5 servers with IBM Systemresponds to emerging business needs. Storage allows you to create an infrastructure that responds to changing business requirements while facilitating data sharingTo take full advantage of live migration and the high availability and collaboration across your business. IBM System Storageplatform enhancements in Windows Server 2008 R2, solutions help you address your information managementimplement Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager needs, enabling you to create a resilient, cost-effective and(SCVMM) 2008 R2 to provide a management solution for the flexible infrastructure for securely storing information andvirtualized data center that allows you to simplify and leverage mitigating risk. Start with entry-level DS5020 disk storageyour virtual environment. With SCVMM 2008 R2, you’ll systems that can deliver powerful capabilities to help protectcentralize management and monitoring of your virtual server your data, and provide ample capacity scaling to eitherinfrastructure while adding new functionality that increases 50.5 TB of FC storage or 112 TB of SATA storage. Forcontrol and flexibility, including the ability to migrate storage mid-range deployments, the flexible and high-performingfor running VMs, SAN-based migration across clusters, IBM System Storage DS5300 series offers “pay-as-you-grow”template-based rapid provisioning, and more. scalability with 4Gbps or 8Gbps FC connectivity, offering capacity up to 480 TB using SATA drives, drive-level diskA strong, stable platform for virtualization encryption and field upgradeability to complement your mostThe IBM BladeCenter HX5 servers capitalize on unique demanding high-availability implementations. For high-endinnovations from fifth-generation IBM X-Architecture® use, IBM System Storage XIV is designed to be scalable in alltechnology (eX5) to deliver unprecedented performance key aspects, including capacity, interfaces, cache, CPU powerand utilization for database and virtualization environments. Built and internal bandwidth. The architecture supports each aspecton the Intel Xeon processor 7500 and 6500 series with up to to grow independently, yielding a truly scalable system ineight cores per socket, IBM BladeCenter HX5 servers both capacity and performance. The result is a dynamic,
  • 3. IBM Systems and Technology Group System xSolution Brieffuture-proof system that is capable of growing to meetchanging needs. The architecture’s use of standard componentsensures smooth scaling to a maximal configuration andintegration of up-to-date technologies at any time. The IBMXIV system offers seamless, effortless and nondisruptivehardware upgrades, with automatic load balancing betweennew and old hardware.Through ongoing participation in Microsoft programs, IBM A B Blade A fails, resulting inSystem Storage identifies key Microsoft technology areas to apply VM migration from Blade Ato server and storage solutions that result in complementary to Blade Bstorage solutions that can help Microsoft and IBM customers SANrealize significant benefit from their investment. IBM also verifiesits solutions onsite in Redmond using IBM storage equipment VHDs reside onand IBM personnel who help develop joint solutions and perform shared diskinteroperability and technology validation testing.Validated high availability referencearchitectures—BladeCenter HX5All validated high availability reference architecturesstart with a cost-effective, two-server solution andprovide the opportunity to grow to larger configurations Figure 1: A two-blade solution builds redundancy into your network andas needs expand. eliminates single points of failure Basic Standard Advanced BladeCenter HX5 BladeCenter HX5 BladeCenter HX5 Processors/Cores (4) Intel® Xeon® Processor E7520 4C (4) Intel® Xeon® Processor E7540 6C (4) Intel® Xeon® Processor X7560 8C 1.86GHz 18MB Cache 95w, 2.0GHz 18MB Cache 105w, 2.26GHz 24MB Cache 130w, 16 cores total 24 cores total 32 cores total Memory 32 GB 64 GB 128 GB with MAX5 Networking 2 Onboard 1Gb/E NICs 2 Onboard 1Gb/E NICs 2 Onboard 1Gb/E NICs 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter (4 NICs total) (4 NICs total) (6 NICs total) Storage IBM System Storage DS5020 IBM System Storage DS5300 IBM XIV System Storage Emulex 8Gb FC CIOv Dual-Port HBA Emulex 8Gb FC CIOv Dual-Port IBM Storage SAN24B Switch for IBM Blade Servers HBA for IBM Blade Servers Emulex 8Gb FC CIOv Dual-Port HBA for IBM Blade Servers Software • Windows Server 2008 R2 EE • Windows Server 2008 R2 EE • Windows Server 2008 R2 EE • System Center Virtual Machine • System Center Virtual Machine • System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 Workgroup Edition Manager R2 Workgroup Edition Manager R2 Workgroup Edition • IBM Director and Tivoli® • IBM Director and Tivoli • IBM Director and Tivoli Hyper-V R2 and • Live Migration • Live Migration • Live Migration SCVMM R2 • HA Included • HA Included • HA Included • P2V Conversion • P2V Conversion • P2V Conversion • VM Library Support • VM Library Support • VM Library SupportNotes:1. SCVMM 2008 Workgroup Edition includes SCVMM 2008 and licenses to manage five physical host servers. The full edition of SCVMM will be required if more than five hosts are to be managed.2. Windows Server 2008 Standard includes one virtual Windows guest license3. Windows Server 2008 Enterprise includes four virtual Windows guest licenses4. Windows Server 2008 Datacenter 1, 2 and 4 CPU includes unlimited virtual Windows guest licenses
  • 4. Validated architectures acceleratedeployment and help lower costsValidated high availability reference architecturesfrom IBM and Microsoft offer an easy-to-implementpath to a reliable and flexible high-performance © Copyright IBM Corporation 2010virtualized infrastructure, delivering: IBM Corporation• Improved workload availability and uptime IBM Systems and Technology Group 3039 Cornwallis Road• Simplified, centralized management of RTP, NC 27709 dynamic workloads• Reduced energy use and physical footprint• Maximized investment in servers, storage Produced in the United States of America June 2010 and networking All Rights Reserved• Low-cost, highly available virtualization IBM, the IBM logo, ibm.com, BladeCenter, System Storage, Tivoli and X-Architecture are trademarks or registered trademarks of International BusinessFor more information Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries or both. If these andTo learn more about validated high availability other IBM trademarked terms are marked on their first occurrence in this information with a trademark symbol (® or ™), these symbols indicate U.S. registered or commonreference architectures from IBM and Microsoft, law trademarks owned by IBM at the time this information was published. Suchcontact your IBM representative or visit trademarks may also be registered or common law trademarks in other countries. Aibm.com/systems/x current list of IBM trademarks is available on the Web at “Copyright and trademark information” at ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml Intel, the Intel logo, Intel Xeon and Xeon Inside are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States, other countries or both. Other product, company or service names may be trademarks or service marks of others. Please Recycle XSS03027-USEN-01

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