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IBM System x Reference Architecture for Microsoft Hyper-V



Document Author:

Stephen Nicklis


Document ID:

WP102319


Doc. Organization:

Systems and Technology Group


Document Revised:

08/08/2013


Product(s) covered:

IBM System Storage; IBM System x







Abstract: The IBM® System x Reference Architecture for Microsoft Hyper-V 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 System x Reference Configuration and Implementation guide for virtualization 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 System x Reference Architecture for Microsoft Hyper-V software and hardware components is listed below, followed by best practice implementation guidelines.

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Classification:

Hardware; Software; Solutions

Category:

Planning and Design

Solution(s):

ISV Applications

ISV(s):

Microsoft; Other

Platform(s):

IBM System x Family; IBM System Storage



O/S:

Windows

Keywords:

x86, x3650, DS3500, DS3524, Microsoft Server 2012, Hyper-V, Juniper Networks, EX2200, Virtualization


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