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Infrastructure Upgrade: Part 1

Infrastructure Upgrade:  Part 1

Recently I came across the opportunity to take on a full infrastructure rebuild. Having never tackled a project with such a wide scope, I decided to jump in head first. New infrastructure means new technology and new equipment and getting my hands on products I may not have a ton of experience with. For some, that it an extremely daunting task, but for me it drives me and forces me to push myself and learn new things.

Over a series of posts, I’d like to go through the phases of the build out from start to finish. I am sure I’ll come across some stumbling blocks and some issues, and hopefully in the end the information is useful to others and starts conversations on how to do things better.

Let me start with the summary of the project. We are building out a brand new data center from the ground up. All new equipment has been purchased and the design details are wide open and being decided on a daily basis. It’s a smaller scale data center, but the technology and equipment are all new. In this post I just want to give a quick overview of the equipment we have ready to rack and power up.

For the equipment we have:

(2) Nexus 7Ks
(2) Nexus 5Ks
(1) UCS B-Series Chassis
(8) B200 M3 Blade Servers
(2) Fabric Interconnects
(2) F5 Viprion
EMC VNX5400 w/42TB usable storage
EMC Avamar with a Data Domain

For the design it’s pretty much your out of the box design of 7Ks to 5Ks to Fabric Interconnects. All the SAN to UCS connectivity is being done over Native FC with the zoning done on the 5Ks.  I plan to physically connect 16 fibre from the VNX back to the 5Ks for the Fibre Channel, so 8 per fabric.  The connectivity between the 5Ks, Fabric Interconnects and UCS IOMs will be using twinax running 10Gb.  We are building in the typical fashion of a A and B setup for redundancy, failover and  optimized uptime and performance.

The next step in the project is to un-box everything and get it all in the racks and ready to go.  It’s going to be a long project to get the new infrastructure up and running, but we have all the pieces we need to build it right.  Look for more in-depth posts about the process in the near future as we move past getting everything racked and cabled.



About The Author

Dan Kelly

Graduating from college in 2002 with a bachelors in Computer Science, I quickly became aware that my degree didn’t really prepare me for a real-world career. Not having the time and/or patience to take more college courses I set upon trying to teach myself the real world tools I would need to be successful. I quickly realized that I learn extremely well when I can take something I read/hear and then take it to the real world and do it. Nowadays, you can’t be successful if you don’t have a working knowledge of many process, applications, platforms etc and build your IT Toolbox to be able to fix pretty much anything. Most of the time you can find information you need in books and classes, but those don’t give you the real-world solutions and information that you need right now pertaining to your problem. I have gathered a lot of tips, secrets and knowledge of a multitude of IT related areas, but I can always gain more and wanted a place to share the things I’ve learned along the way. ITDiversified gives that platform for knowledge sharing and hopefully it can become a sort of cross-training ground for many IT professionals who need a nice central repository of knowledge on demand.

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