Dell EMC VxBlock™ System 1000 Architecture Overview

This document describes the high-level design of the VxBlock System 1000 and the hardware and software components.

The VxBlock 1000 offers the latest storage arrays, compute, and networking equipment from Cisco Systems and AMP management infrastructure. VxBlock 1000 provides the following benefits:

  • Customization: The VxBlock 1000 enables a choice of multiple storage arrays, compute servers, and network stacks. The compute layer includes both Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series Servers. The storage layer includes multiarray support from VMAX All-Flash, Dell EMC Unity, PowerMax, XtremIO, and Isilon storage to fulfill both block and file storage needs. Networking options for VxBlock 1000 with Cisco UCS Gen 3 include:
    • LAN networking supports 10 Gb/s, 40 Gb/s, and 100-Gb/s uplinks to the network. LAN networking supports 10 Gb/s or 40-Gb/s access for attached devices, depending on the configuration.
    • SAN networking supports 16-Gb/s FC access from both the compute and storage arrays.
  • Expansion: The VxBlock 1000 can be expanded by adding compute, network, and storage resources. After the initial deployment, you can add more disks for increased capacity and servers for increased performance.
  • Management: VxBlock Central user interface is provided in multiple options to manage VxBlock Systems.

    AMP-VX is scalable and deployed inside the VxBlock System 1000. AMP-VX can manage multiple system platforms in a single data center.

    AMP-3S is a single system management infrastructure platform to manage a single platform in a data center.