I thought I would post a few quick words on where I’ve been for the past 2 months (certainly not writing quality content for this blog). The past 60 days have been very hectic as I’ve started down the final stretch of designing, building and lighting a new data center. Thankfully the team and I are no strangers to moving computer rooms or constructing new buildings so we’re keenly aware of all the technical details needed to be successful in such a large endeavor.
I have so many short stories to share but no time to share them… In any event I’m now getting up to speed with a lot of new equipment, specifically Cisco’s Nexus gear.
What equipment did we use?
- Cisco Nexus 7010
- Cisco Nexus 5010
- Cisco Nexus 2148
- Cisco Catalyst 3750E
- Cisco Catalyst 2960G
- Cisco ASA5520
- Cisco ACE 4710
- Cisco AS5300 (yes we still have some dial-up users/vendors)
- Cisco 7301 Router
- Cisco 2821 Router
What racks did we use for the network equipment?
- Liebert Knurr Racks
- Liebert MPH/MPX PDUs
What equipment did we use for the servers/blades?
- HP Rack 10000 G2
- HP Rack PDU (AF503A)
- HP IP KVM Console (AF601A)
- HP BladeSystem c7000 Enclosure
- HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 Interconnect
- HP SAN 8Gb Interconnect
- HP BL460c G6
- HP BL490c G6
- HP DL380 G6
- HP DL360 G6
What are we using for storage?
- IBM XIV System Storage (SAN) (w/4 1Gbps iSCSI replication ports)
- IBM SAN80B-4 SAN Switch
Additional miscellaneous equipment;
- MRV LX-4048T (terminal server)
- Brother P-Touch PT-2100 / Brady ID PRO Plus label makers
As some of you might know we selected Cisco as the network electronics vendor and have implemented their Cisco Nexus 7010 switches as our core, followed by the Nexus 5010 switches as distribution to the Nexus 2148 (FEX) switches in a top of rack configuration. We also utilized Catalyst 2960G switches for our management/out-of-band network given that the Nexus 2148 only supports 1000BaseT, no 10Mbps or 100Mbps connectivity. Of course Cisco is in the process of releasing the Nexus 2248 which supports 100/1000Mbps connectivity to edge devices. We chose to utilize the HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 in our VM enclosures and we’ll utilize the Cisco 3120X in our non-VM enclosures. We’ve also installed and configured the Nexus 1000V in coordination with our VMware vSphere 4 environment. We decided that the CEE/DCE/FCoE revolution wasn’t quite here yet, or perhaps we weren’t quite ready for it so we stayed with a traditional Fiber Channel infrastructure around two IBM (oem Brocade) 80 port 8Gbps SAN switches. For SAN replication we’ll be using multiple 1Gbps iSCSI ports over a 10GE WAN. We ended up with an IBM XIV so we’ll have to see if it can keep up with all the traffic that’s going to be thrown it’s way.
So there should certainly be no shortage of material to talk about with all this new equipment, however, I’m certainly going to be very busy the next six months.
Here are some pictures of the cage (under 800 sq ft) , if interested. You’ll notice the chair and the upgrade that we performed on it in the last two pictures.