Dell EMC VMware Cloud Foundation for PowerEdge MX7000 Deployment Guide

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Overview

Deployment of VMware Cloud Foundation on the PowerEdge MX7000 modular platform provides a hyperconverged infrastructure solution incorporating best-in-class hardware from Dell EMC with core VMware products including vSphere, vSAN, NSX, vRealize Log Insight, and SDDC Manager. Virtualization of compute, storage, and networking is delivered in a single package with VMware Cloud Foundation on PowerEdge MX7000.

Dell EMC has determined the compatibility and established certification across hardware and software. The combination of Cloud Foundation software on the Dell EMC PowerEdge MX7000 hardware that is described in this document has been validated in Dell EMC labs and certified by VMware. The PowerEdge MX7000 systems that are described within are certified as vSAN Ready Nodes, as shown in the VMware Compatibility Guide (VCG).

Some of the key benefits of the PowerEdge MX7000 modular platform include:

  • Embedded Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise Modular Edition that provides the features of OpenMange Enterprise systems management within the PowerEdge MX chassis. It includes a unified interface console for managing compute, storage, and networking
  • Three I/O networking fabrics—two general purpose, and one storage-specific, each with redundant modules
  • Multichassis networking up to 10 chassis
  • Single management point for compute, storage, and networking
  • NOTE: Cloud Foundation builds a strong infrastructure foundation which you can expand with additional products. You can enable a true private cloud consumption model in your environment with optional add-on products from the VMware vRealize suite of software. For more information about these products, see www.vmware.com/products/vrealize-suite.html.

Deploying Cloud Foundation includes several steps. The following figure lists the steps and their sequence, providing a high-level visualization of the overall deployment workflow.

In the figure and throughout the deployment process, the term SDDC bring-up refers to the software-defined data center (SDDC) which is built as the result of the steps documented in this guide.
Figure 1. Cloud Foundation deployment workflowThis image shows the Cloud Foundation deployment workflow.

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