Systems and Technology Group
IBM System Storage; IBM System x
|Abstract: The IBM® Virtualization Reference Architecture for Microsoft Hyper-V on System x provides businesses an affordable, interoperable and reliable industry-leading virtualization solution. Validated by the Microsoft® Private Cloud Fast Track program, the IBM virtualization reference architecture combines Microsoft software, consolidated guidance and validated configurations for compute, network, and storage. The Microsoft program requires a minimum level of redundancy and fault tolerance across the servers, storage, and networking for the Hyper-V clusters to help ensure a certain level of fault tolerance while managing private cloud pooled resources.|
This Virtualization Reference Configuration and Implementation guide provides ordering, setup and configuration details for the IBM 2-Node highly available virtualization environment that has been validated as a Microsoft’s Hyper-V Fast Track Small configuration. The design consists of two IBM System x3650 M4 servers, attached to IBM DS3500 iSCSI storage, and networked together with Juniper Networks EX2200 Top of Rack switches. This fault tolerant hardware configuration is clustered using Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 operating system. A short summary of the IBM Virtualization Reference Architecture software and hardware components is listed below, followed by best practice implementation guidelines.
Planning and Design
IBM System x Family; IBM System Storage
Windows Server 2008
IBM System x3650 M4 IBM Storage DS3500 iSCSI Microsoft Hyper-V Fast Track Private Cloud
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