IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure: VMware View on IBM System x

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Abstract

The IBM® SmartCloud® Desktop Infrastructure offers robust, cost-effective, and manageable virtual desktop solutions for a wide range of clients, user types, and industry segments. These solutions help increase business flexibility and staff productivity, reduce IT complexity, and simplify security and compliance. Based on a reference architecture approach, this infrastructure supports various hardware, software, and hypervisor platforms.

The SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution with VMware View running on IBM System x® simplifies IT manageability and control. It delivers high fidelity user experiences across devices and networks. The features based on VMware View that are included in the SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution provide enhanced security, high availability, centralized management and control, and scalability.

This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide provides an overview of the IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution with VMware View running on IBM System x. It highlights the key components, architecture, and benefits of this solution. It also provides integration scenarios and ordering and fulfillment information.

Changes in the May 30 update:
* Added Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 based x3550 M4 and x3650 M4 building blocks
* Added IBM Storwize V3700 and V7000 storage building blocks
* Updated reference configurations

Contents


The IBM® SmartCloud® Desktop Infrastructure offers robust, cost-effective, and manageable virtual desktop solutions for a wide range of clients, user types, and industry segments. These solutions can help to increase business flexibility and staff productivity, reduce IT complexity, and simplify security and compliance. Based on a reference architecture approach, this infrastructure supports various hardware, software, and hypervisor platforms. Figure 1 illustrates the SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure offering.

The IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure offering
Figure 1. The IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure offering

The SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution with VMware View running on IBM System x® simplifies IT manageability and control. It delivers high fidelity user experiences across devices and networks. The features of VMware View that are included in the SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution provide enhanced security, high availability, centralized management and control, and scalability.


Did you know?

The hosted virtual desktop (HVD) approach is the most common form of implementing a virtualized user desktop environment. With HVDs, all applications and data that the user interacts with are stored centrally and securely in the data center. These applications never leave the data center boundaries. This setup makes management and administration much easier and gives users access to data and applications from anywhere and at anytime.


Business value

Several key factors drive virtual desktops in today’s business climate:
  • Data security and compliance concerns
  • Complexity and costs of managing existing desktop environments
  • An increasingly mobile workforce
  • The changing ownership of end-point devices with bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs
  • The need for rapid recovery from theft, failure, and disasters

IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure offers the following advantages:
  • Lowers the total cost of ownership (TCO) over an extended period compared to traditional PCs
  • Simplifies desktop administration, support, and management
  • Enhances security and compliance management
  • Improves availability and reliability
  • Enables users to work anytime, anywhere quickly and easily regardless of location or device
  • Better supports growth initiatives for mobility and flexible work locations


Solution overview

The IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution with VMware View on IBM System x includes the following components:
  • User access devices
    • Desktop PCs
    • Thin clients
    • Notebooks
    • Other handheld mobile devices
  • Virtual infrastructure software
    • VMware View
  • Hardware platform
    • IBM System x
    • IBM RackSwitch™
    • IBM System Storage®
  • Integration services
    • Assess and plan
    • Design
    • Implement
    • Operate and manage

Figure 2 shows the functional components of the SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution.

Functional components of the SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution
Figure 2. Functional components of the SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution

The SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution consists of three functional layers:
  • User access layer

    The user access layer is a user entry point into the virtual infrastructure. This layer includes traditional desktop PCs, thin clients, notebooks, and other handheld mobile devices.

  • Virtual infrastructure services layer

    The virtual infrastructure services layer provides the secure, compliant, and highly available desktop environment to the user. The user access layer interacts with the virtual infrastructure layer through display protocols. The RDP and PCoIP display protocols are available in VMware View solution.

  • Storage services layer

    The storage services layer stores a user persona, profiles, gold master images, and actual virtual desktop images. The storage protocol is an interface between virtual infrastructure services and storage services. The storage protocols include iSCSI, Fibre Channel (FC), and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).


The virtual infrastructure services layer has the following key functional components:
  • Hypervisor

    The hypervisor provides a virtualized environment for running virtual machines (VMs) with the desktop operating systems in them. These VMs are called hosted virtual desktops.

  • Hosted virtual desktops

    An HVD is a VM that runs a user desktop operating system and applications.

  • Connection broker

    The connection broker is the point of contact for client access devices that request the virtual desktops. The connection broker manages the authentication function and ensures that only valid users are allowed access to the infrastructure. After authentication, connection broker directs the clients to their assigned desktops. If the virtual desktop is unavailable, the connection broker works with the management and provisioning services to have the VM ready and available.

  • Management and provisioning services

    The management and provisioning services allow centralized management of the virtual infrastructure, providing a single console to manage multiple tasks. These services provide image management, lifecycle management, and monitoring for hosted VMs.

  • High availability services

    High availability (HA) services ensure that the VM is up and running even if a critical software or hardware failure occurs. HA can be a part of connection broker functions for stateless HVDs or a separate failover service for dedicated HVDs.


A dedicated (or persistent) HVD is assigned permanently to the specific user, similar to a traditional desktop PC. Users log in to the same virtual desktop image every time they connect. All changes that they make and each application that they install are saved when the user logs off. The dedicated desktop model is best for users who need the ability to install more applications, store data locally, and retain the ability to work offline.

A stateless (pooled or non-persistent) HVD is allocated temporarily to the user. After the user logs off, changes to the image are discarded (reset). Then, the desktop becomes available for the next user or a new desktop is created for the next user session. A persistent user experience (the ability to personalize the desktop and save data) is achieved through user profile management, folder redirection, and similar approaches. Specific individual applications can be provided to nonpersistent desktops by using application virtualization technologies, if required.

Figure 3 shows the logical connectivity topology that supports the VDI solution.

VDI solution logical connectivity topology
Figure 3. VDI solution logical connectivity topology

Three networks are defined in the VDI solution:
  • Storage network. Carries storage traffic between VDI servers and the NAS storage system.
  • Management network. Supports management, provisioning, and monitoring tasks.
  • Client network. Connects VDI clients (users) to VDI servers.

Functional layers and components are supported by a hardware infrastructure platform that must provide the following features:
  • Sufficient computing power to support demanding workloads
  • Scalability to satisfy future growth requirements
  • Reliability to support business continuity and 24x7 operations
  • High-speed, low-latency networking for a better user experience
  • Cost-efficient storage to handle large amounts of VM and user data
  • Centralized management of combined physical and virtual infrastructure from a single user interface to simplify and automate deployment, maintenance, and support tasks

IBM System x servers, combined with IBM RackSwitch networking technologies and IBM Storwize V3700 or V7000 storage systems, represent a robust infrastructure platform that satisfies these requirements.


Hardware platform

Combined into a single infrastructure, IBM server, storage, and networking systems offer unique capabilities that make this infrastructure an exceptional choice for the deployment of the SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution:
  • IBM System servers

    IBM System x servers are developed, quality tested, and certified by IBM, the leading vendor in technology patents for 21 years running, and they are backed by IBM's incomparable worldwide service and support. IBM System x servers deliver business value over the long term because of advancements in scalability, reliability, and performance, combined with flexible configuration options, energy efficient components, and robust systems management tools.

    System x servers provide sufficient processing capacity for the most demanding SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure deployments. x3550 M4 (1U rack-mounted) and x3650 M4 (2U rack-mounted) are dual-socket Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family-based servers. They support up to two processors, up to 768 GB of memory, and IBM Virtual Fabric I/O connections to provide scalable, high-density HVD deployments. The x3550 M4 supports up to eight 2.5-inch drives (HDDs and SSDs) and up to three Virtual Fabric I/O adapters. The x3650 M4 supports up to sixteen 2.5-inch drives (HDDs and SSDs) and up to seven Virtual Fabric I/O adapters.

  • Networking

    SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure requires sufficient network bandwidth and efficient traffic management to host as many VMs as possible to ensure that all computing resources are not underused. IBM System Networking offerings can help to reduce communication latency and provide the required bandwidth, supporting 10 Gb Ethernet LAN connectivity with 10 or 40 Gb uplinks. Virtual Fabric Adapters offer virtual network interface card (NIC) capability to allow up to eight isolated logical ports on a single adapter, with controllable bandwidth allocation per port to manage traffic prioritization.

  • Management

    IBM Systems Director is a systems management software that drives efficiency and cost savings in the data center. IBM Systems Director provides a virtualized management environment across servers, storage, and networking that is easily managed from a single interface. A single focus point for seamless management provides an instant and resource-oriented view of infrastructure resources for IBM System x® servers. You can reduce the number of interfaces, steps, and clicks it takes to manage IT resources. You can intelligently manage and deploy workloads based on resource availability and predefined policies. And you can manage events and alerts to increase system availability and reduce downtime in addition to reducing operational costs.

  • Storage

    As a virtualized storage, IBM Storwize V7000 complements virtual desktop environments. The system offers robust enterprise-class storage capabilities, which include thin provisioning, automated tiering, internal and external virtualization, clustering, replication, multiprotocol support, and a next-generation graphical user interface (GUI). These features can be applied in virtual desktop environments, for example, to optimize storage capacity and performance or to simplify desktop user profile management and backup. The Flex System V7000 is flexible enough to support entry virtual desktop environments, but can also be scaled to support enterprise virtual desktop environments.

    Storwize V3700 delivers efficient, entry-level configurations that are designed to meet the needs of small and mid-sized businesses. Designed to provide organizations with the ability to consolidate and share data at an affordable price, Storwize V3700 offers advanced software capabilities that are usually found only in more expensive systems. Built upon innovative IBM technology, Storwize V3700 addresses the block storage requirements of small and mid-sized organizations and accommodates the most common storage network technologies to enable easy implementation and management.


In summary, IBM System x server in a SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution can help to achieve the following advantages:
  • Better VM density because of large memory and I/O capacity support
  • Better network utilization with IBM Virtual Fabric virtual NIC capabilities
  • Simplified deployment and management of both physical and virtual infrastructures because of IBM Systems Director capabilities


Solution architecture

IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure with VMware View simplifies desktop and application management and increases security and control. VMware View delivers a personalized high fidelity experience for users across sessions and devices. It also enables higher availability and agility of desktop services that are unmatched by traditional PCs, while reducing the total cost of desktop ownership. Users can enjoy new levels of productivity and the freedom to access desktops from more devices and locations with IT greater policy control.

The following VMware View features provide a familiar experience for the user:
  • Take advantage of multiple monitor support for RDP and PCoIP, where with PCoIP, you can adjust the display resolution and rotation separately for each monitor.
  • Print from a virtual desktop (in a Microsoft Windows environment) to any local or networked printer.
  • Access USB devices and other peripheral devices that are connected to the local device that displays your virtual desktop.
  • Manage profiles by using View Persona Management to preserve user profiles and data between sessions and to dynamically synchronize them to a remote CIFS share at configurable intervals. View Persona Management can work with or without Windows roaming profiles.

VMware View offers several levels of security features, including the following features:
  • Two-factor authentication, such as RSA SecurID or RADIUS, or smart cards
  • Precreated Active Directory accounts to provision View desktops in environments that have read-only access policies for Active Directory
  • SSL tunneling to ensure that all connections are encrypted

The following VMware View features provide centralized administration and management:
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Web-based administrative console
  • Use of a template, or master image, to quickly create and provision pools of desktops virtual desktops updates and patches

Scalability features depend on the VMware virtualization platform to manage both desktops and servers:
  • You can integrate with VMware vCenter to achieve cost-effective densities, high levels of availability, and advanced resource allocation control for your virtual desktops.
  • You can use View Composer to quickly create desktop images that share virtual disks with a master image. By using linked clones in this way, you conserve disk space and simplify the management of patches and updates to the operating system.

Figure 4 shows the components of the VMware View on IBM System x solution.

Components of the VMware View on IBM System x solution
Figure 4. Components of the VMware View on IBM System x solution

The core hardware components of the solution are IBM System x servers (x3550 M4 or x3650 M4), LAN switches, and the external storage system:
  • IBM System x servers

    The x3550 M4 or x3650 M4 servers contain embedded VMware ESXi hypervisor to host VMs that are used for virtual desktops and for management and provisioning tasks. The servers are combined into three groups: stateless HVD pool, dedicated HVD cluster, and management cluster.

    Stateless HVD pool servers are configured with local solid-state drive (SSD) storage that hosts VM files. The servers use storage protocol (iSCSI, FC, or FCoE) to get local VM images from the repository. High availability is provided by the connection broker (View Connection Server). That is, if a VM or node failure occurs, the connection broker redirects the user to another available virtual desktop.

    The servers in the dedicated cluster are configured with no local storage. All VM files are placed onto an external shared storage. High availability is provided by failing over the VM to another server with the VMware High Availability feature.

    The servers in the management cluster host VMs are running controlling instances, such as connection broker, centralized management tools, and database for storing control information. These servers are connected to an external storage, such as IBM Storwize V3700, that stores VM files. Also, VMware HA provides high availability for management VMs.

  • LAN switches

    IBM RackSwitch G8124E switches provide redundant high-speed, low-latency 10 Gb Virtual Fabric connectivity across servers, clients and iSCSI storage.

  • IBM Storwize V3700 or V7000

    IBM Storwize V3700 is an entry level disk storage system designed with sophisticated capabilities unusual for a system of this class. It offers efficiency and flexibility through built-in thin provisioning and non-disruptive migration of data from existing storage. Built upon the innovative technology in the Storwize family, Storwize V3700 addresses block storage requirements of small and midsize organizations at an affordable price.

    IBM Storwize V7000 is a virtualized software defined storage system that is designed to consolidate workloads into a single storage system for simplicity of management, reduced cost, highly scalable capacity, performance and high availability. The system offers improved efficiency and flexibility through built-in flash storage optimization, thin provisioning and non-disruptive migration from existing storage. It can also virtualize existing disk systems for a better return on investment.


The VMware View core services have the following software components:
  • View Client

    View Client is client software to access View virtual desktops. View Client can run on a tablet; on a Windows, Linux, or Mac PC or notebook; on a thin client; and on other devices.

  • View Agent

    View Agent communicates with View Client to provide features such as connection monitoring, virtual printing, View Persona Management, access to locally connected USB devices, and single sign-on (SSO) capabilities.

  • View Connection Server

    View Connection Server is a software service that acts as a broker for client connections. View Connection Server authenticates users through Windows Active Directory and directs the request to the appropriate VM.

  • VMware vCenter

    VMware vCenter service acts as a central administrator for VMware ESX/ESXi servers that are connected on a network. vCenter Server provides the central point for configuring, provisioning, and managing VMs in the data center.

  • View Composer

    View Composer can create a pool of linked clones from a specified parent VM. Each linked clone acts similar to an independent desktop, with a unique host name and IP address, yet the linked clone requires less storage because it shares a base image with the parent.


Users can access their personalized virtual desktop from a company notebook, their home PC, a thin client device, a Mac, or a tablet. From tablets and from Mac, Linux, and Windows notebooks and PCs, users open View Client to see their View desktop. Thin client devices use View Thin Client software. They can be configured so that the only application that users can start directly on the device is View Thin Client.


Usage scenarios

In the healthcare industry, staff are constantly on the move, but need fast, security-rich access to patients’ electronic medical records that are in compliance with data privacy regulations. By combining SSO capabilities with a virtual desktop infrastructure, healthcare staff can access multiple systems and applications to obtain medical records or images with a single, more secure sign-on.

In the education industry, a virtual desktop infrastructure can help schools to extend the lifecycle of existing PCs, in addition to allowing the schools to adopt new technology. Students can receive the same quality of education, regardless of the availability of hardware, device, or location. At the same time, IT staff can reduce the time, cost, and complexity that are associated with maintenance, upgrades, provisioning, reimaging, and repairing the school’s technology assets.

For the public sector, local, state, and federal agencies must extend support to an ever-increasing collection of personal devices, and they must do so under stringent security measures. A virtual desktop can give personnel the anytime, anywhere access they need to maintain productivity. It can also provide the centralized security and control that are necessary to help maintain extreme data confidentiality. Agencies can also expedite provisioning and upgrades to multiple devices at a sustainable level of cost and effort.


Integration

IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure enables easy integration with optional security and endpoint management technologies, including the following technologies:
  • IBM Security Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-On offers streamlined user access with automated sign-on and sign-off plus a single password for all applications. This technology can reduce help desk costs, improve productivity, and strengthen security for virtualized desktops.
  • IBM Tivoli® Endpoint Manager combines endpoint and security management into a single solution. With this solution, your team can see and manage physical and virtual endpoints, such as servers, desktops, roaming notebooks, and specialized equipment such as point-of-sale devices, automated teller machines (ATMs), and self-service kiosks.

IBM SmartCloud Desktop Services

Transitioning to a virtualized environment from traditional desktops can be a time-consuming effort, often requiring specialized skills that are not readily available in-house. You must carefully manage implementations to support many users, applications, and complementary software to help provide the security and management functions that are necessary to succeed.

By using time-proven methods, proprietary tools, and extensive expertise that are developed through real-world client implementations, IBM SmartCloud Desktop Services can accelerate your transition to a less complex, virtualized desktop environment. Robust services, which include assessment and planning, design and implementation, and operation and management, in addition to a phased delivery approach, help to speed your return on investment and reduce the risk of business disruption. Through these services, a broader range of users, from power users to disconnected users, can have faster, more security-rich access to resources, helping to improve their productivity and increasing business flexibility.

Figure 5 illustrates the services approach.

IBM SmartCloud Desktop Services
Figure 5. IBM SmartCloud Desktop Services


Reference design

The VMware View on IBM System x solution has the following key building blocks:
  • Servers that support stateless and dedicated HVD pools
  • Server cluster that runs management and provisioning tasks
  • Networking switches
  • External shared storage system

Stateless and dedicated HVD pools are designed with N+M redundancy to provide high availability. During normal operations, all servers in the pool are active, and the load distribution is performed across all of them. If a server goes down for any reason, users can be failed over to one of the remaining servers. The management cluster provides N+N redundancy.

Table 1 shows the building blocks of the VMware View on IBM System x solution that are used in 500-user, 1000-user, and 2000-user deployments (up to 100 users (medium workload; 2 GB VM memory size) per server in the standard mode; up to 125 users per server in the failover mode), with a 50/50 split between stateless and dedicated HVDs. The actual number of users or virtual desktops per node depends on the user type and memory, processor, and storage requirements for those VMs.

Table 1. Building blocks of the VMware View on IBM System x solution
Building block
Number of elements in a building block (N+M server redundancy)*
Element type and configuration
500 users1000 users2000 users
Stateless HVD server pool3 (2+1)5 (4+1)10 (8+2)HVD server (x3550 M4 or x3650 M4)
  • 2x Intel Xeon processor E5-2650 v2
  • 256 GB memory
  • 2x 200 GB SATA SSDs
  • 2x 10 Gb Ethernet ports
  • 1x Embedded ESXi hypervisor
Dedicated HVD server cluster3 (2+1)5 (4+1)10 (8+2)HVD server (x3550 M4 or x3650 M4)
  • 2x Intel Xeon processor E5-2650 v2
  • 256 GB memory
  • 2x 10 Gb Ethernet ports
  • 1x Embedded ESXi hypervisor
Management cluster2 (1+1)2 (1+1)2 (1+1)Management server (x3550 M4 or x3650 M4)
  • 2x Intel Xeon processor E5-2650 v2
  • 256 GB memory
  • 2x 10 Gb Ethernet ports
  • 1x Embedded ESXi hypervisor
Network switches222IBM RackSwitch G8124E
External shared storage111IBM Storwize V3700 or V7000
* For the HVD server pools and the management cluster, the value in brackets after the number of elements represents N+M server redundancy (up to M servers in the pool can fail, and the remaining N or more servers will continue to run the workload).

Consideration: x3550 M4 servers are used in the reference configuration described in this solution guide, but x3650 M4 servers can also be used.

Figure 6 and Table 2 shows the components that are used in a typical 500-user reference design of the VMware View on IBM System x solution, with a 50/50 split between stateless and dedicated HVDs. The solution can also be scaled to a larger configuration by adding more HVD server blocks.

Reference configuration for the VMware View on IBM System x solution
Figure 6. Reference configuration for the VMware View on IBM System x solution (500 users)

Table 2. Reference configuration for the VMware View on IBM System x solution (500 users)
Diagram
reference
Description
13x x3550 M4 servers for stateless HVDs (N+1 redundancy)
2x Intel Xeon processor E5-2650 v2
256 GB memory
2x 200 GB SATA SSDs
2x 10 Gb Ethernet ports on Emulex Embedded Virtual Fabric Adapter
1x Embedded ESXi hypervisor on a USB key
23x x3550 M4 servers for dedicated HVDs (N+1 redundancy)
2x Intel Xeon processor E5-2650 v2
256 GB memory
2x 10 Gb Ethernet ports on Emulex Embedded Virtual Fabric Adapter
1x Embedded ESXi hypervisor on a USB key
2x x3550 M4 servers for management cluster (N+N redundancy)
2x Intel Xeon processor E5-2650 v2
256 GB memory
2x 10 Gb Ethernet ports on Emulex Embedded Virtual Fabric Adapter
1x Embedded ESXi hypervisor on a USB key
2x IBM RackSwitch G8124E network switches
1x IBM Storwize V3700 external shared storage (iSCSI connectivity)


Ordering information

Table 3 shows the ordering information for the reference configuration shown in Table 2 and Figure 6.

Table 3. Ordering information for IBM System x running VMware View solution (500 users)
Diagram
reference
DescriptionPart numberQty
1Servers for stateless HVDs (N+1 redundancy)
x3550 M4, Xeon 8C E5-2650 v2 95W 2.6GHz/1866MHz/20MB, 1x8GB, O/Bay 2.5" HS SAS/SATA, SR M5110, 550W p/s, Rack7914G3x*3
Intel Xeon Processor E5-2650 v2 8C 2.6GHz 20MB Cache 1866MHz 95W46W28403
16GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-14900 CL13 ECC DDR3 1866MHz LP RDIMM00D504848
S3700 200GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD for IBM System x41Y83316
ServeRAID M5100 Series Performance Accelerator for IBM System x90Y42733
Emulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Embedded VFA IIIr for IBM System x00Y77303
Emulex Mezz VFA III/IIIr FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x (FoD)90Y51783
IBM System x 550W High Efficiency Platinum AC Power Supply94Y66683
IBM USB Memory Key for VMWare ESXi 5.1 Update 141Y83823
2Servers for dedicated HVDs (N+1 redundancy)
x3550 M4, Xeon 8C E5-2650 v2 95W 2.6GHz/1866MHz/20MB, 1x8GB, O/Bay 2.5" HS SAS/SATA, SR M5110, 550W p/s, Rack7914G3x*3
Intel Xeon Processor E5-2650 v2 8C 2.6GHz 20MB Cache 1866MHz 95W46W28403
16GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-14900 CL13 ECC DDR3 1866MHz LP RDIMM00D504848
Emulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Embedded VFA IIIr for IBM System x00Y77303
Emulex Mezz VFA III/IIIr FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x (FoD)90Y51783
IBM System x 550W High Efficiency Platinum AC Power Supply94Y66683
IBM USB Memory Key for VMWare ESXi 5.1 Update 141Y83823
Servers for management cluster (N+N redundancy)
x3550 M4, Xeon 8C E5-2650 v2 95W 2.6GHz/1866MHz/20MB, 1x8GB, O/Bay 2.5" HS SAS/SATA, SR M5110, 550W p/s, Rack7914G3x*2
Intel Xeon Processor E5-2650 v2 8C 2.6GHz 20MB Cache 1866MHz 95W46W28402
16GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-14900 CL13 ECC DDR3 1866MHz LP RDIMM00D504832
Emulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Embedded VFA IIIr for IBM System x00Y77302
Emulex Mezz VFA III/IIIr FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x (FoD)90Y51782
IBM System x 550W High Efficiency Platinum AC Power Supply94Y66682
IBM USB Memory Key for VMWare ESXi 5.1 Update 141Y83822
Network switches
IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124EVaries2
3m IBM Passive DAC SFP+ Cable90Y943020
External shared storage
IBM Storwize V3700Varies1
* The x in the part number represents a country-specific letter. For example, the EMEA part number is 7914G3G, and the US part number is 7914G3U. Ask an IBM representative for specific details.


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