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1 Active Infrastructure Technical Overview
Everything you need to know to install Dell Active Infrastructure Solutions

2 Channel Partner Pilot Active Infrastructure overview

3 What is converged infrastructure?
Converged infrastructure systems combine compute, storage, networking, and infrastructure management into an integrated system to provide general purpose, virtualized resource pools for applications, VDI and private clouds VI/OS Servers Storage Network Compute Unified Sys Mgmt and Automation Network Procure & Integrate Legacy Systems Mgmt Virtual Infrastructure & OS Storage Platform Centric (generic workloads) Or Application Centric (complex workloads) Before we get started, it’s important to set a baseline for how we define Converged Infrastructure. Converged infrastructure systems combine compute, storage, networking, and infrastructure management into an integrated system that provides general purpose virtualized resource pools for applications, VDI and private clouds. It’s also important to take a look at how infrastructure solutions are currently built. IT’s focus is also on the infrastructure itself, rather than the applications that ride on top of it, creating a situation where applications are performing poorly or inefficiently. Most large infrastructure solutions today are custom built from multiple vendors, meaning separate server, storage, networking, virtualization, and systems management teams each purchase infrastructure and software that works best for them, with minimal input from other teams. In many of these customers, IT architecture teams have been built to ensure teams are collaborating so that the individual areas can be better integrated when the infrastructure gets rolled out. Despite these team’s best efforts, the result is oftentimes a fragmented and sub-optimized infrastructure. In scenarios where the infrastructure is designed in advance, architecture teams or expensive consultants must gather requirements across the organization, design a solution that meets all the teams’ needs, procure the infrastructure, integrate the infrastructure, and then test/tune it to ensure it works well, resulting in an incredibly slow and inefficient process. In addition to these challenges, the current model is also incredibly inefficient from a solution management perspective. Current organizations, processes, and tools create inefficiencies including: Expensive and highly qualified admin resources are needed for mundane, non-strategic tasks Agility in minimized because of the manual interactions required for cross-domain activities Complexity rules as systems built to work in silos are put together, oftentimes through virtualization, creating technical and organizational havoc Converged infrastructure changes this dynamic, by creating application centric, integrated resource pools that drive efficiency and agility. Convergence: Collapses and automates critical administrative tasks to speed up routine tasks and free up experts for higher order needs. It also replaces silos with policy-based automation, which speeds workload deployments and improve accuracy while minimizing routine tasks Reduce operational costs for virtual infrastructure and underlying hardware These integrated systems also make it easier and faster to roll out new infrastructure: Single source of procurement Single source of support Up and running in less than 2 weeks Lower total cost of ownership Domain Centric SI led: multiple components / vendors Time consuming (Months) Expensive People intensive Single source of procurement Turnkey: up in less than 2 weeks Lower total cost of ownership Single point of support Confidential

4 Converged Infrastructure Virtual Infrastructure
Enabling a Simpler IT Operational Model Converged infrastructure collapses and automates critical administrative tasks to speed up routine tasks and free up experts for higher order needs Challenge Solution Storage Server Network Converged Infrastructure Virtual Infrastructure Compute Capacity Network Access Storage Capacity Server Network Task s Challenge: Roadblocks to infrastructure agility & efficiency IT infrastructure operations have always crossed domain boundaries … but virtualization has amplified these interactions. Current tools do not comprehend the changing operational roles in IT Server admins have evolved into virtualization admins but they have to do more with less Expensive & highly qualified administrators doing mundane tasks Domain administrators are being kept away from higher value and more strategic activities Reduced responsiveness due to existing manual processes Time is wasted waiting on resources and people due to cross- domain dependencies Solution: Convergence provides automation to drive efficiency & agility Convergence collapses and automates critical administrative tasks to speed up routine tasks and free up experts for higher order needs. Replace domain silos policy-based automation. Reduce operational costs for virtual infrastructure and underlying hardware Refocus domain admins on higher-value tasks. Speed workload deployments and improve accuracy while minimizing routine tasks Support existing management processes. Augment existing tooling to gain great efficiency and agility without rip-and-replace Policies & Visibility Storage Virtualization Confidential

5 Competitive choices are:
How is Dell positioned in the market? Converged IT benefits without the tradeoffs Spectrum of IT’s choices for converged solutions Competitive choices are: Dell’s approach is: Inflexible Intuitive Flexible Comprehensive Incomplete or The market for converged solutions has formed over the past few years and offers customers a spectrum of choices. However there are limitations… First, some competitive solutions are inflexible & incomplete Proprietary architectures offered by competitors like Cisco lock customers into an architecture that may be difficult to disaggregate over time; they are built to operate in a single way and may not support all customer needs or integrate with existing management offerings in a clear or simple manner. This architecture is meant to protect lucrative networking revenue streams. Incomplete - lack key elements such as integrated storage or support for physical infrastructures (non-virtual, which still exist in many customer environments). Next there are offerings that are either complex and/or expensive. Complex in that they are hard to implement, integrate, and use, or that require multiple tools that don’t integrate to address key customer requirements. Also expensive, both individually and as more products are needed both the initial costs and ongoing support/maintenance costs (e.g. licensing, training) can add up. Dell is different… First, Dell provides Simple solutions… Simple – Dell has a history of extensively involving customers in tools development allowing us to develop tools that are intuitive to learn and easy to keep using.  Our focus on x86 solutions also allows us to develop product and solutions without competing priorities that oftentimes force development compromises. Flexible - because Dell offers many solutions are interoperable with your existing infrastructure hardware and management investments… Comprehensive – Dell offers comprehensive solutions, complete with servers, storage, networking, and management; all delivered with unified one-call support Dell allows customers to get the benefits of CI without the burdensome tradeoffs. Complex Dell overcomes these limitations Expensive Confidential

6 Automation of converged and heterogeneous infrastructure and workloads
The Dell Active Infrastructure portfolio Flexible delivery models for virtualized infrastructure and solutions Active Solutions Architectures Pre-engineered with best practices for support of specific number of users Private Clouds Active System Manager 7 Automation of converged and heterogeneous infrastructure and workloads Enterprise Applications Virtual Desktop Infrastructures Pre-integrated Systems Pre-assembled infrastructure + deployment services Active System 800 vStart 50/200/1000 Increasing value and faster time to production Active System Reference Architectures Pre-engineered with best practices for specific virtualization use cases VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization The Active Infrastructure portfolio is provides of a number of flexible means of adoption. At the base is the new Active System. Active System is a converged infrastructure framework that has been 1) developed to enable IT to rapidly respond, maximize efficiency and strengthen IT service quality and has been 2) tested and validated for interoperability as defined by the Active System Compatibility Matrix and 3) is managed by the Active System Manager. The minimum valid configuration includes a single M1000e blade chassis, PowerEdge 12th generation 10GbE blade servers, and dual PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator modules. For customer seeking greater guidance and value from Dell, we offer a series of Active System Architectures. These are pre-engineered architectures that provide best practice guidance for specific virtualization use case using a combination of Dell servers, storage, and networking and includes configuration and deployment guides Pre-integrated Active Systems provide the highest value and fastest time to production. They are based on an Active System Architecture and come fully pre-assembled and pre-tested with all of the rack infrastructure and include the necessary enterprise deployment services to get the system ready for production in a customer’s environment. Lastly, Dell offers a series of Active Solution Architectures for a private cloud, application, or VDI implementation on a pre-integrated Active System or a Active System Architecture. These architectures are pre-engineered to provide best practices to implement these solutions for specific ranges of users and workloads. Regardless of how a customer chooses to deploy an Active System, the infrastructure is holistically managed by the Active System Manager, an intuitive and automated tool of the most common administrative tasks. Future version will provide workload management capabilities as well as third-party platform support. These capabilities will initially be offered with the pre-integrated Active Systems and vStart models. Active System Compatibility Matrix Tested and validated for interoperability 12G blades M1000e chassis I/O Aggregator Dell Storage1 Confidential

7 Active System Overview and ASM 7.0 Demo

8 Dell Active System Overview An integrated offering that is simple, flexible, and comprehensive
traditional or distributed core 1 Modular Infrastructure Leading power & cooling efficiency & compute density Open systems - 2S/4S blades Blade-based SAN option Includes embedded failsafe hypervisors core networking services core/aggregation/access top-of-rack switch (3rd party or Dell Force10) 3 2 Simplified Chassis IOM 10 GbE intra-chassis, east-west traffic Simplified PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator Feature rich Force10 MXL (future) Capable of multiples physical fabrics iSCSI SAN I/O Aggregators FC SAN server/ virtualization/ CI admin 2 1 3 Converged Fabric DCB for iSCSI and FCoE Compatible with 3rd party DC fabric Dell Active System 4 4 Converged Management Unified operations for infrastructure teams Automated, template-based infrastructure provisioning and workload automation Now that we’ve talked a bit about Thunderbolt 800, let’s look under the hood at the underlying architecture. Modular Foundation Thunderbolt 800 starts with a modular foundation. This foundation starts with PowerEdge blade servers, available in 1/4, ½ , and full height blades. This bladed infrastructure minimizes the possibility of incorrect cabling of a server to other components, simplifying up front integration, and delivering enhanced system quality downstream. Dell blade infrastructure also provide industry leading power & cooling efficiency, minimizing ongoing operating expenses. Dell is also changing server networking with the PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator, which is designed to simplify blade chassis networking by pushing advanced networking features to the top of rack switch. It is purpose built for a server administrator with simple deployment and management tools. It is capable of handling a converged SAN/LAN fabric, and can facilitate east/west chassis traffic with 10GbE throughput. In addition to the bladed infrastructure and simple IOM, Dell promotes a converged SAN/LAN fabric as a to improve overall system efficiency. Converged fabric is an ideal in the Thunderbolt framework, meaning we also support separate fabrics for those customers requiring this option. Converged Management Orchestrating this underlying foundation is Dell’s Converged Management tool, Skyhawk. Key to Thunderbolt, Skyhawk is an intelligent and intuitive converged infrastructure manager. DSM leverages templates to automate infrastructure set-up, which greatly simplifies and speeds up the process, and also greatly reduces errors associated with manual set-up. The result is better infrastructure quality with fewer configuration errors that can be costly. End to End Experience  Dell takes our modular infrastructure and converged management (Intellectual Property) and packages it in a way that provides an end to end experience for customers. This might mean supplying pre-validated components out of the Dell Thunderbolt Solution Matrix, providing guidance via our reference architectures, or delivering a pre-integrated offering that is optimized, pre-built, and deployed onsite with turnkey services. Each of these models is provided by a single vendor, enabling a single point of accountability. M1000e blade chassis Active System Manager EqualLogic/Compellent/FS* 5 End-to-end experience End-to-end design, test, & validation Single point of accountability Dell storage integration Complete lifecycle services Pre-integrated system available direct core storage/data mgmt services storage fibre channel switches (3rd party or Dell) 5 Confidential

9 Active System Manager 7.0 Unified Infrastructure Operations for Infrastructure Teams
Streamline and standardize workload deployments through centralized capture and application of best practices & operational steps Multi-tier automation across physical (server, storage and network) and virtual layers Template-Based Provisioning End-To-End Automation Discovery, inventory, configuration, provisioning, and ongoing management of physical and virtual infrastructure Intelligent workflow orchestration engine for rapid physical and virtual workload provisioning Infrastructure Lifecycle Mgmt Workload Orchestration Here we cover the 6 main capabilities of the [Dell CI] Manager Create and manage physical and virtual resource pools; efficiently schedule or allocate resources on-demand Intuitive centralized, role-based management and access through self-service web portal VM Resource Pooling & Dynamic Allocation Centralized Management Confidential

10 PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator Plug-n-play connectivity for M1000e blade chassis
Simple and easy way for server or virtual admins to connect blade servers Clean physical separation between network and server administrators Zero touch, automated configuration No networking complexities such as spanning tree Virtualization drives simple I/O module connectivity No compromises on performance: intra-chassis, east-west 10 GbE traffic with low latency Faster Deployments Top of Rack switch (including 3rd party) Top of Rack switch (including 3rd party) VLT or MLAG Network Admin Server Admin Link aggregation group Link aggregation group In addition to Skyhawk, Dell developed the PowerEdge I/O Aggregator to enable our Converged Infrastructure offering. PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator is designed to simplify blade chassis networking by pushing advanced networking features to the top of rack switch. It is purpose built for a server administrator with simple deployment and management tools, and is capable of handling a converged SAN/LAN fabric. Additionally, it can facilitate east/west chassis traffic with 10GbE throughput. M1000e blade chassis Dual IOAs Confidential

11 Design & Deploy Using a Pre-Integrated Solution for faster time to market
Enterprise-class infrastructure Active Solutions Private Cloud reference architectures Applications reference architectures VDI reference architectures Compute: PowerEdge Blades/ Rack Servers Storage: Compellent/ EqualLogic Networking: Force10/ PowerConnect Industry leading hypervisor options Helpful Extras Included Approximate pricing: vStart 50 - $50K-$62K vStart $100K vStart $169K Active System $350K-$600K vStart $400K-$800K vStart 50 vStart 100/200 Active System 800 vStart Infrastructure management integration plug-ins System deployment & unified support Flexible configuration options Simple Value based Optimized for simple app environments: file & print, virtual Infra, DNS, web servers Flexible rack configuration Mainstream storage functionality Optimized for Mid- Range Apps (VDI, Web, Collaboration) Scale-out storage and scalable compute Unified iSCSI fabric for lower TCO Optimized for consolidated Apps (VDI, Web, Collab) Extremely scalable compute & storage Enterprise class fiber Channel storage Optimized for complex Apps (ERP, DB, Oracle) Confidential

12 Design & Deploy Leveraging a Dell Solution Reference Architecture
Private Cloud Dell Private Cloud Microsoft System Center 2012 Fast Track Virtual Desktop Infrastructure End-to-end solution (Wyse thin clients) Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View Collaboration Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Microsoft Lync 2010 Microsoft Exchange 2010 Confidential

13 Dell Active Infrastructure Competitive Review

14 Competitive Landscape
Franchises App System PureApplication (PureSystem) Exadata Application Centric AS 800* vBlock VirtualSystem* CloudSystem* PureFlex (PureSystem) Pre-Integrated Vertical Integration vStart Platform RA FlexPOD VSPEX Reference Architecture M1000E Family UCS Blade System Standalone Infrastructure + Application Aware Blade/Switch +Storage + Virtualization Blade/Switch +Storage Blade/Switch Horizontal Integration * Also available as reference architectures Confidential

15 Key technical proof points (claims)
Why does it matter? Leading power efficiency and density Better power and cooling = lower TCO Design differentiation Flexible blade fabric design Meet different customers’ needs Converged fabric for simplicity Segregated for security/performance Intra-chassis networking (east-west traffic) All traffic doesn’t have to go to TOR Port count, cables, bandwidth limit Single point of accountability Simpler, easier and more complete support Fast time to deployment Leverage direct model and factory for direct ship. Quicker time to value Common infrastructure management Single tool designed to perform day to day tasks across infrastructure Complementary IT Consulting and Managed Services Cloud, virtualization, and app migration consulting Data center and app modernization Dell enterprise public cloud Confidential

16 Competitive Objection Handling
Speed Bump Why does it matter to customer? How to deflect Scalable chassis network design (FI) 2 FIs support up to 40 (20) chassis No intra-chassis capability Scale limits (non-linear) ASM is out of the data path, no hard limits to scalability FEX Networking team insists on all Cisco networking Advocate IOA Can connect to Cisco TOR Same issues as above End-to-end FCoE network No single source and support model Diablo coming in Q2FY14 Leverage your existing Nexus investment More management features Appearance that another tool does more if they expose more settings Dell focused on day to day needs, has tools for deep mgmt ASM is workload deployment and orchestration, as well as infra No stacking for IOA Simplify management and reduce # of switches in environment Mgmt complexity masked by Active Systems Manager Use VLT/stacking for active-active at TOR Stacking can create downtime Confidential

17 Competitive Objection Handling
Speed Bump Why does it matter to customer? How to deflect Need full chassis switch Need advanced networking features: routing, spanning trees, QoS Explore real need; leverage ToR MXL supported in ASM 7.1 Want Brocade/ PowerConnect chassis switch Leverage existing investments Native FC Need advanced networking Minimize networking complexity in chassis to allow single admin IOA will support native FC out See above Piece part management licensing; not “free” Cisco UCSM is “free” and doesn’t need separate infrastructure (runs “pre-installed” on the FI) Don’t want proprietary HW; leverage VM technology Cost is scaled to usage, no upfront costs for mgmt Their cost is buried in port costs No limitation to scalability by port count/bandwidth of FI Confidential

18 How does this stack up to UCS?
Template based provisioning and orchestration No ToR switch dependency No hard scalability limitation Up to 160GbE LAG uplink PER IOA Provides East/West traffic within a chassis Single Point of management for server, server and virtual networking, storage, and virtualization/workload provisioning Profile based provisioning Dependent on Fabric Interconnect Scales to 160 Servers Up to 80GbE LAG uplink per FI All traffic must go north/south Single point of management for server and server networking Confidential

19 Dell Active System Manager Technical Deep Dive

20 Extended Dell Software & Services
Announcing: Enhanced capabilities to unify infrastructure & application/IT service delivery Application & IT Service Delivery Deployment, orchestration & lifecycle management combined with engineered application solutions Extended Dell Software & Services Dell’s Active Infrastructure family is enhanced with the new Active System Manager 7.0 Integrates IP from Gale Technologies acquisition (Nov ) Adds workload deployment and virtual infrastructure provisioning and management capabilities Included in the Active System in US in late February and in EMEA in late spring Integrated Infrastructure Flexible pre-engineered systems of compute, storage, networking and intuitive infrastructure management Integrated Systems Compute, storage, networking and intuitive infrastructure management Confidential

21 Accelerating Active System Manager
VM/OS deployment/lifecycle management 1 ASM 1.0 scope Virtual infrastructure: hypervisor deployment, cluster creation/add, virtual switch configuration 2 Original ASM roadmap Blade IOM Dell Storage Capacity Provisioning 3 Additional ASM capability Blade Chassis/ Blade servers Main Points: ASM 1.0, aka Skyhawk focused on managing chassis and IO module hardware Storage, Network, and hypervisor/VM management were further out in the roadmap We have achieved these same roadmap capabilities, months ahead of schedule, with ASM 7.0 and the acquisition of Gale Dell ToR Confidential

22 Active System Manager Terminology
Clients ASM Appliance IT Resources Admin Portal Design and Automate Resource Adapters Network Web Portal Scheduling and Reservation Servers Physical / Virtual Main Points: ASM deployed as a VM on ESXi Resource Adapters are like interpreters between the ASM server and the resources it manages. Modularity of the resource adapters - resource adapters give us the ability to quickly integrate the management of new technologies into the ASM framework. Admin portal vs. web portal. Third party software can leverage the ASM 7 platform via API calls Integration and Scripting Storage APIs Confidential

23 Dell Active System Manager 7.0 Workload Management
Define workload with ASM 7.0 and apply to infrastructure pool Lync Server 2012 Workload MS SQL Server 2012 Workload VDI Workload Main Points: Traditional datacenter classifies compute, network, storage in to 3 separated buckets ASM 7.0 treats these components as a single resource pool vs independent element management We can now design, apply, and manage workloads to the entire infrastructure Workload = an application or a group of applications to achieve a business outcome Infrastructure Pool Confidential

24 Dell Active System Manager 7.0 Demo

25 ! Receiving the job SUBJECT: Job request #1035
DATE: Tue, Dec. 3, :01pm TO: John I.T. FROM: Anna Developer 2x Web Apache 1x My SQL NEEDS: Friday 18:00 START TIME: END TIME: Sunday 18:00 Confidential

26 … Scheduling the job Templates Apache ESXi Host Lync MySQL Oracle
Microsoft Exchange MySQL Oracle SharePoint SAP Confidential

27 … Scheduling the job Schedule Job #1033 Job #1034 ASAP Job #1035
Friday 6 Dec 2013 Saturday 7 Dec 2013 Sunday 8 Dec 2013 Job #1033 Job #1034 Schedule ASAP Job #1035 ASAP within fixed timeframe Fixed start and end date Start 6/9/2013 — 18:00 Permanent session End 8/9/2013 — 18:00 Confidential

28 Executing the job Job #1035 Confidential

29 Allocating resources and deploying application
Job #1035 (2) Web Apache Network (1) MySQL Compute pool vLAN pool Storage pool Confidential

30 Friday, Dec 6th Job #1035 Confidential (2) Web Apache Network
(1) MySQL Confidential

31 Saturday, Dec 7th Job #1035 Confidential (2) Web Apache Network
(1) MySQL Confidential

32 Sunday, Dec 8th Job #1035 Confidential (2) Web Apache Network
(1) MySQL Confidential

33 Resources returned to the pool
Job #1035 (2) Web Apache Network (1) MySQL Compute pool vLAN pool Storage pool Confidential


35  Managing resources … the old way Server Manager Network Manager
Storage Manager Confidential

36 Active System Manager in action
iDRAC 7 Disks Reports Summary IT Center Username Password Domain iDRAC 7 Active System Manager 7.0 Launch iDRAC Servers Network Storage John_IT ********** Confidential

37 Active System Manager in action
Set Performance Snapshot Servers Network Storage System Info Volume Access Volume Clone Volume Assign Volume Restrict Confidential


39 Active System Manager 7.0 Setup and Discovery
Admin/Architect Client Active System Manager 7.0 Setup and Discovery Discover Active Systems and associated components Populate inventory Populate software file repositories Confidential

40 Active System Manager 7.0 Inventory Management
Admin/Architect Client Active System Manager 7.0 Inventory Management View, edit, and manage inventory elements and their properties Confidential

41 Active System Manager 7.0 Operations Center
Admin/Architect Client Active System Manager 7.0 Operations Center View status, perform actions, and invoke commands on all Active System elements and subsystems, including virtualization managers Confidential

42 Active System Manager 7.0 Template Editor
Admin/Architect Client Active System Manager 7.0 Template Editor Build physical infrastructure templates, and physical or virtual workload templates using visual drag- and-drop template editor Use or edit pre- built, out-of-the-box templates Confidential

43 Active System Manager 7.0 Template with Orchestration Editor
Admin/Architect Client Active System Manager 7.0 Template with Orchestration Editor For advanced template provisioning, use the orchestration editor to create end-to-end provisioning workflows for compute, network, and storage elements Sequence provisioning, configuration, even power control Confidential

44 Active System Manager 7.0 Session Dashboard
Admin/Architect Client Active System Manager 7.0 Session Dashboard View all active and scheduled infrastructure and workload deployments at a glance See who is using what resources, for how long Invoke commands, launch applications or element managers from a single view Confidential

45 Active System Manager 7.0 Template Library
Web Portal Client Active System Manager 7.0 Template Library Web Portal provides a library or catalog of both infrastructure and workload templates that have been created and published by the admin or architect Authorized users can view, schedule, or deploy published templates Confidential

46 Active System Manager 7.0 Reporting
Web Portal Client Active System Manager 7.0 Reporting Standard and custom reports are available for usage and utilization, capacity, inventory, and other functions Data export is available for showback, chargeback, or other purposes Confidential

47 AI Online resources and links Feel free to include in blogs & Twitter
Dell PartnerDirect Portal: Recommended GCC training Courses Online Sales Training: AIPS1012WBTS - Active Infrastructure Channel Sales Overview VSRT0511WBTS - vStart Sales Overview DBSS0109WBTS - Dell Blade Server Solutions (12G) Online Technical Training: DBSSTT0409WBTT - Dell Blade Server Solutions Blogs on Dell properties: All current & future blogs aggregate here: dellcitag Dell Tech Center: New Active Infrastructure wiki page with whiteboarding videos Twitter: Use #DellCI with all relevant tweets for updates and other info to retweet Converged Infrastructure landing page Virtual Press Kit: The full press release and event information will be on YouTube videos Title YouTube channel Converged Infrastructure Point of View "Enable an efficient and agile data center infrastructure with Dell Enabling infrastructure convergence without compromise with Dell Active Infrastructure Introducing the preintegrated Active System 800 Four key attributes required to maximize value from convergence Introduction to Dell Active System Manager (Whiteboarding) Topology and Architecture Options for Dell Active System (Whiteboarding) Using the PowerEdge M IO Aggregator for Converged Networking (Whiteboarding) Dell’s difference by design Active System 800 (You can use this photo externally) Confidential

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