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Dell Active System 800

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Enable medium to large private cloud and business application deployments that are easily managed by IT administrators with multiple roles.

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Active System 800 — Easily managed cloud deployment
Accelerate IT responsiveness
Free IT from the time, effort and expense of designing, ordering, receiving, integrating, testing and deploying new virtual infrastructure with Active System 800, and help drive fast time to value for your data center investments.
  • An entire pre-integrated infrastructure is provided — servers, storage, networking, power, cabling and management — pre-engineered, pre-assembled, precabled and pretested.
  • Automated infrastructure discovery, inventory and onboarding coupled with intelligent workload provisioning help deliver what the business needs quickly.
  • Initial deployment services are provided so that you are up and running in days instead of weeks or months.
Drive efficiency
Help reduce the complexity and costs of operating your virtualized infrastructure while improving performance with validated interoperability, a converged fabric and lower power and cooling requirements.
Active System 800 — Easily managed cloud deployment
  • Allow easier implementation, maintenance and management.
  • Enable a single administrator to manage blade compute and chassis I/O (input/output) connectivity to the data center network, without relying on a network administrator.
  • Enhance performance using fewer expensive top-of-rack switch ports.
  • Enable interoperability with a non-Dell network using the PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator, which allows server administrators to push blade chassis networking features to the top-of-rack switch.
  • Allow a single converged network fabric for storage and LAN traffic with Data Center Bridging (DCB) over iSCSI.
  • Automate workload provisioning and infrastructure management tasks, and enhance utilization of available infrastructure resources using Active System Manager.
  • Support intrachassis traffic (east/west system communication) with 10GbE throughput.
  • Help reduce data center powering and cooling costs.
Lower risk
Install an integrated system that has been engineered with best practices for availability and scalability. Active System 800 is supported by a highly experienced global leader in virtualization solutions and services.
  • Depend on Dell as a single point of accountability.
  • Leverage our in-house data center expertise that has been accumulated through experience with thousands of customers.
  • Improve service quality by minimizing configuration errors. Streamline workload and infrastructure changes to quickly adapt to planned and unplanned events.
  • Rely on built-in resiliency, reliability and scalability to help support growth and change.
Simplify infrastructure and workload management

Make management easier across the entire infrastructure and workload lifecycle, from discovery and inventory through provisioning, ongoing maintenance and decommissioning of infrastructure and workload resources.
Active System 800 — Easily managed cloud deployment
Improve agility, maximize efficiency and attain higher IT service quality. Active System Manager 7.0 offers an intuitive, automated, template-based experience for the deployment, orchestration and lifecycle management of physical and virtualized converged infrastructure. It streamlines management across the Active System 800, empowering IT to:
  • Speed discovery, configuration and deployment of physical and virtualized converged infrastructure.
  • Quickly and easily deploy application workloads using pre-built and customizable templates.
  • Efficiently allocate, optimize and manage converged infrastructure utilization through pooling and centralized control of server, storage and networking.
  • Lower workload and infrastructure administrative time and costs through automated workflow orchestration and simple template-based deployment.
  • Consistently deliver quality IT services as the data center grows through resource scheduling and highly reliable automated provisioning.
  • Enable repeatable, extensible and flexible deployment and management of physical and virtual elements as new infrastructure and workloads are added.
Automate storage management
Help reduce time spent managing storage functions with the innovative features of EqualLogic’s peer-storage architecture.
Active System 800 — Easily managed cloud deployment
  • Load balancing and host-integrated data protection are automated for dynamic virtualized environments.
  • Storage can be managed by an IT generalist or administrator with multiple roles, so there is no need for a storage specialist.
  • Automation enables administrators to spend less time manually managing storage functions and more time focusing on strategic projects.
Deliver future-proof flexibility and scalability
Get a stable, high-performance infrastructure today that can flexibly meet future expansion requirements.
  • Storage scalability is suitable for supporting virtual desktop and collaboration applications.
  • Add compute and storage capacity in a modular, nondisruptive manner while maintaining control through a centralized, role-based management platform.
  • Scale vertically or horizontally as needs grow.
Dell ProSupportDell ProSupport
Choose Dell’s premium support service, ProSupport, for 24x7* direct telephone access to advanced-level technicians based in your region. Whether you have one office or hundreds around the world, protect your investments with this simple yet flexible approach.
Collaborative SupportCollaborative Support
ProSupport’s Collaborative Support feature provides assistance even if you have a problem with non-Dell hardware or software. We will leverage our relationships with over 75 top third-party vendors to act as your single point of contact to help resolve your issue.
Workloads summary
Dell pretests and validates specific workloads for its Active System portfolio. The following workloads have been validated to run on the Active System 800.
  • Active System 800 for Citrix® XenDesktop®
  • Active System 800 for VMware® View™
  • Active System 800 for Microsoft® Exchange
  • Active System 800 for Microsoft Sharepoint®
  • Active System 800 for Microsoft Lync®
  • Active System 800 for Microsoft Unified Communications & Collaboration
Software Summary
  • Hypervisor (options)
    • VMware vSphere® 5.x
    • Microsoft Windows Server® Hyper-V®
  • Management
    • Active System Manager
    • VMware vCenter™ Server (VMware edition)
    • Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter (VMware edition) — optional
    • Dell iDRAC 7 Enterprise
    • Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware (HIT/VE) Plug-in for vCenter (VMware edition) — optional
    • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (Microsoft edition)
    • EqualLogic SAN Headquarters
    • OpenManage Essentials with Repository Manager
Management summary
Active System Manager provides an intuitive, automated, template-based experience for the deployment, orchestration and management of physical and virtual converged infrastructure. It streamlines management across the entire infrastructure and workload lifecycle, from discovery and inventory through provisioning, ongoing maintenance and decommissioning of infrastructure and workload resources.

Active System Manager enables organizations to:
  • Speed discovery, configuration and deployment of physical and virtualized converged infrastructure.
  • Quickly and easily deploy application workloads using pre-built and customizable templates.
  • Efficiently allocate, optimize and manage converged infrastructure utilization through pooling and centralized control of server, storage, and networking resources.
  • Lower workload and infrastructure administrative time and costs through automated workflow orchestration and streamlined, template-based deployment.
  • Consistently deliver quality IT services as the data center grows through resource scheduling and highly reliable automated provisioning.
  • Enable repeatable, extensible and flexible deployment and management of physical and virtual elements as new infrastructure and workloads are added.
Additional tools, including DellOpen Manage Essentials, EqualLogic SAN Headquarters and iDRAC 7 are included for more detailed element management. Optional tools, including the Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter and Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware Plug-in for vCenter are also available for customers requiring alternative management capabilities.

Server Summary
The PowerEdge M620 blade server offers outstanding memory density and superb performance with no compromise on enterprise-class features. The M620 offers an ideal blend of density, performance, efficiency and scalability, designed for heavy workloads, such as:
  • Email, database and virtual environments.
  • Mid-tier business processing, decision support and collaboration.
  • Critical industrial research and development (R&D) high-performance computing applications.
Overview
  • Feature-rich, 2-socket, half-height blade server.
  • Designed for the full range of data centers.
  • Ideal for high-performance workloads, such as virtualization and databases.
Benefits
  • Superb performance and exceptional flexibility.
  • No compromise on enterprise-class features.
  • Easy lifecycle manageability with innovative management tools.
Optimized for virtualization
  • Large memory footprint (up to 768GB* in 24 DIMMs).
  • Dual Secure Digital (SD) cards for redundant hypervisors (configuration helps ensure both are optimally aligned to help prevent units from reaching end of life at the same time).
  • PCI Express flash drives provide extremely high IOPS over standard drives to help reduce I/O (input/output) bottlenecks.
Operational efficiency
  • Intelligent hardware-driven systems management.
  • Extensive power management.
  • Integration into virtualization management consoles.
  • Innovative automation for parts replacement.
Choice, scalability and growth
  • Flexible memory density up to 24 DIMMs.
  • Optional swappable hot-plug power supply unit, hard disk drives (HDDs) and fans in the M1000e blade enclosure.
  • Two 10GbE Broadcom® converged network adaptors.
  • Multiple RAID options to fit specific needs.
Storage Summary
The Dell EqualLogic PS6110 series arrays provide virtualized 10GbE iSCSI storage area network (SAN) storage that combines intelligence and automation with fault tolerance to provide simplified administration, rapid deployment, seamless scalability and enterprise performance and reliability. The PS6110 series 10GbE arrays can use Data Center Bridging (DCB) to improve Ethernet quality of service and greatly reduce dropped packets for an end-to-end iSCSI-over-DCB solution, from host adapters to iSCSI target.

Overview
  • Great cost-per-gigabyte with serial attached SCSI (SAS), NL-SAS, solid-state drive and hybrid options.
  • Fault-tolerant capabilities through fully redundant and hot-swappable components (dual 10GbE controllers, disk drives with hot spares and dual power supplies).
  • Dual controllers offer SPF+ and 10GBASE-T port options to leverage your existing infrastructure or build out low-cost 10GBASE-T.
Benefits
  • Enterprise-level SAN for every-sized organization at no extra cost and with no additional licensing fees.
  • On-demand scalability without disruption, helping provide exceptional flexibility at a low total cost of ownership.
  • Automatic data tiering to help optimize pool performance and deliver the right data to the right place at the right time.
Enhanced features
  • Data Center Bridging helps improve Ethernet quality of service (QoS) and eliminate dropped packets for an end-to-end solution, from converged network adaptor to iSCSI target.
  • SAN HQ multi-SAN historical performance monitoring and analysis tool for multiple virtualized EqualLogic SAN groups distributed across different data centers and remote offices
  • Host Integration Tools, tightly integrated with Microsoft, VMware and Linux products at no additional cost, help reduce time spent on tedious storage management tasks while increasing the reliability and performance of your EqualLogic environment
Networking Summary
Two Dell Networking S4810 10GbE top-of-rack switches in combination with two PowerEdge M I/O Aggregators in the M1000e blade enclosure provide an end-to-end converged fabric for LAN and iSCSI storage, from the blade server to the EqualLogic array.
  • S4810 is a 1U high-density 10/40GbE top-of-rack (ToR) switch with 48 dual-speed 1/10GbE (SFP+) ports and four 40GbE (QSFP+) uplinks (totaling 64 10GbE ports with breakout cables).
  • I/O Aggregator is a blade IO module that provides up to 16 10GbE uplink ports and 32-internal 10GbE ports for high-speed intra-chassis traffic that helps eliminate cables and reduces the number of ToR ports that are consumed. It is easily administered with plug-and-play functionality.
Converged networking
  • Fully IEEE DCB compliant, supporting the convergence of LAN and iSCSI storage traffic into a single network.
Feature-rich Dell Force10 operating system (FTOS)
  • Powers some of the largest and most demanding data center environments.
  • Provides predictable, reliable network performance while reducing operations and management overhead.
  • Uses industry-standard CLI with Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching and routing support.
Services and support for VMware

Support services

Dell ProSupport is included with every Active System 800

  • Dell ProSupport* offers Next Business Day On-Site Service After Remote Diagnosis* on each blade chassis, server and switch during the Limited Hardware Warranty* period.
Optional Remote Advisory Service
  • Phone- and internet-based consultation, configuration and management support from Dell specialists.
Configuration and deployment

Installation and deployment is included with every Active System 800

  • Installation of individual components (servers, storage, network, UPS) into rack.
  • Cabling of all components as per specifications.
  • Installation and/or configuration of VMware® ESX, VMware vCenter™ and the Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter.
IT consulting

Active System 800 Assistance and Consulting Service
(designed for VMware versions)
  • Design service driven by categorization of source workloads.
  • Healthcheck of existing virtualization platform.
  • Workload-migration planning and execution.
  • Virtualization Operational Readiness Assessment.
Efficient Architecture Workshop
  • One-to-one presale consulting with a Dell representative.
  • Outlines Dell strategy and reviews your needs.
Cloud Strategy Workshop
  • One-to-one presale consulting with a Dell representative.
  • Outlines Dell strategy and reviews your needs.
Virtualization Readiness Assessment
  • On-site server inventory and infrastructure assessment for virtualization.
Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) Accelerator Lite
  • One week on-site training to help reduce platform total cost of ownership (TCO), simplify service administration and increase system availability.
  • Includes up to 15 physical-to-virtual migrations.
Cloud Roadmap Accelerator
  • Comprehensive review of your journey to cloud.
Networking Assessment
  • Inventory of networking element asset report.
  • Identifying out-of-date network devices and resources.
  • Network infrastructure scorecards based on industry best practices, utilization statistics, alternative consolidation scenarios and a blueprint of your current environment in relation to best practices.
  • Recommendations founded on industry trends in data center networking standards and application performance improvement.
Customer training

For VMware
  • Training for VMware software components, where available.
For EqualLogic
  • Dell EqualLogic administration and advanced management training.
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