10 Replies Latest reply: Jul 13, 2009 10:28 AM by Marc Gelinas RSS

    Are you planning for a large VM deployment? We are and would like to talk with others doing the same.

    Marc Gelinas Novice

      Hello all,

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      We are in the process of looking at how to plan for a redesign of our existing Lab Manager environment to a staged scalable deployment of Lab Manager/vSphere4.

       

       

      Here is where we are at today,

       

       

      Equipment:

       

       

      Dell 2950 x 5

       

       

      Dell MD3000i (15 x 300GB SAS) (RAID 10)

       

       

      Dell MD1000 (attached to the MD3000i) (15 x 450GB SAS) (RAID 5)

       

       

      What we are considering for upgrade options:

       

       

      OPTION 1 (0-12 months usage) Support for up to 100VMs?

       

       

      Adds & Upgrades:

       

       

      UPGRADE - Completely reconfigure all MD3000 & MD1000 storage arrays and datastores within VC

       

       

      ADD - Dell R710 x2 (Dual proc Quad Core, 64GB RAM, 6GB NIC ports)

       

       

      UPGRADE - Dell MD3000i (UPGRADE DRIVES to 15 x 450GB SAS) (RAID 10)

       

       

      UPGRADE - Dell MD1000 (attached to the MD3000i) (15 x 450GB SAS) (UPGRADE to RAID 10)

       

       

      UPGRADE - Replace 2 existing Dell 5324 network switches with Cisco 3750's

       

       

      OPTION 2 (12-24 months usage) Support for up to 200 VMs?

       

       

      Adds & Upgrades:

       

       

      REMOVE - MD3000i and MD1000

       

       

      ADD - 2x Dell EqualLogic PS6000E storage arrays

       

       

      ADD - Dell R710 x2 (Dual proc Quad Core, 64GB RAM, 6GB NIC ports)

       

       

      ADD - 2x Cisco 3750 Network switches

       

       

      OPTION 3 (24-36+ months usage) Support for up to 400 VMs?

       

       

      Adds & Upgrades:

       

       

      ADD - 2x Dell EqualLogic PS6000E storage arrays

       

       

      ADD - Dell R710 x5 (Dual proc Quad Core, 64GB RAM, 6GB NIC ports)

       

       

      We would love to know what others in similar shoes are doing. We don't have anything to compare against. Please post any feedback you might have on any of the information above.

       

       

      We are particularly interested in what hardware others have deployed in support of similar amount of virtual machines.