The IBM® ReadyPack for Cloud Reference Architecture provides businesses with affordable, interoperable, and reliable industry-leading virtualization and cloud solution choices. ReadyPack for Cloud offerings create turnkey solutions that are built around the latest IBM x86 servers, storage, and networking. These offerings take the complexity out of the solution with step-by-step implementation guides.
Validated by the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program, the IBM ReadyPack for Cloud Reference Architecture combines Microsoft software, consolidated guidance, and validated configurations for compute, network, and storage. The Microsoft program requires a certain minimum level of redundancy and fault tolerance across the servers, storage, and networking for the Microsoft Windows Server clusters. This requirement helps to ensure a certain level of fault tolerance while managing private cloud pooled resources.
This paper is intended for people who need the ordering, setup, and configuration details for the IBM two-node highly available virtualization environment that is validated as a Microsoft Hyper-V Fast Track Small configuration. The design consists of two IBM Flex System™ x240 compute nodes that are attached to IBM System Storage® DS3524 iSCSI-connected storage. Networking takes advantage of the Flex Chassis EN2092 switches. This fault-tolerant hardware configuration is clustered by using the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 operating system.
Table of contents
Microsoft Hyper-V and failover clustering
Introduction to the implementation guidelines
Racking and power distribution
Networking and VLANs
Setup of the IBM Flex System x240
Optional four-node configuration
IBM Reseller Option Kit
Bill of materials