IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure: Citrix VDI-in-a-Box 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 can help increase business flexibility and staff productivity, reduce IT complexity, and simplify security and compliance. Based on a validated IBM reference architecture design, the infrastructure supports various hardware, software, and hypervisor platforms and ensures high level of confidence in component interoperability and workload support.

Citrix VDI-in-a-Box is a pre-packaged purpose-built Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) software appliance for small and medium sized businesses and enterprise departments. Its all-in-one design with a shared-nothing architecture allows easy and cost-efficient initial deployments, and it supports seamless scalability to meet growing demands. This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide describes the SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure offering with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box running on IBM System x® servers.

Changes in the March 27 update:
* Updated building block configurations (support for Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family)

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 increase business flexibility and staff productivity, reduce IT complexity, and simplify security and compliance. Based on a validated IBM reference architecture design, the infrastructure supports various hardware, software, and hypervisor platforms and ensures high level of confidence in component interoperability and workload support.

Citrix VDI-in-a-Box is a pre-packaged purpose-built Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) software appliance for small and medium sized businesses and enterprise departments. Its all-in-one design with a shared-nothing architecture allows easy and cost-efficient initial deployments, and it supports seamless scalability to meet growing demands. This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide describes the SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure offering with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box running on IBM System x® servers (Figure 1).

The Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x solution
Figure 1. The Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x solution


Did you know?

With the Hosted Virtual Desktop (HVD) approach, 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.

Unlike other VDI offerings, Citrix VDI-in-a-Box supports built-in connection brokering, provisioning, scalability, and availability features that employ shared-nothing architecture with cost-efficient IBM System x server internal storage.


Business value

VDI gives users the freedom to access their desktop applications from any device. It recently gained traction in the market because of its many benefits, including increased security and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). Companies that offer VDI to their employees reduce the number of desktop applications and licenses they must manage, and then reduce their ongoing operational costs. Concurrently, with fewer applications to manage, companies can more tightly control authorized access to the applications, protect corporate data, and ensure standards compliance.

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

SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure offers the following advantages:
  • Lowers the 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

Citrix VDI-in-a-Box is delivered as an integrated software appliance that supports most popular and robust virtualization environments, such as VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Citrix XenServer. It is simple and affordable, and it allows Windows administrators to deploy a VDI infrastructure with minimal cost and effort.

IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x includes the following components:
  • User access devices
    • Desktop PCs
    • Thin clients
    • Notebooks
    • Handheld mobile devices
  • Virtual infrastructure software
    • Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
  • Hardware platform
    • IBM System x

Figure 2 shows the functional components of a 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 in to the virtual infrastructure. It includes traditional desktop PCs, thin clients, notebooks, and other handheld mobile devices.

  • Virtual infrastructure services layer

    The virtual infrastructure services layer provides a secure, compliant, and highly available desktop environment to the user. The user access layer interacts with the virtual infrastructure layer through display protocols. The choice of RDP and ICA display protocols is available in Citrix VDI-in-a-Box.

  • Storage services layer

    The storage services layer stores user persona, profiles, image repositories, and VM disk files. The storage protocol is an interface between the virtual infrastructure services and storage services. VDI-in-a-Box supports server internal direct-attached storage (DAS) for image repositories and VM disk files. External network-attached storage (NAS) is used for storing user profiles (Common Internet File System (CIFS) storage protocol), and personal virtual disk files (Network File System (NFS) protocol) when persistent HVD high availability is required.


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 (HVDs).

  • 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 the 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. When authenticated, it 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

    Management and provisioning services allow the 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 (also knows as pooled) HVDs or a separate failover process for dedicated HVDs.


A dedicated (persistent or personal) 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 and store data locally.

Personal HVD high availability: External shared storage is required to achieve high availability for persistent HVDs, and it stores personal virtual disk files.

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.

Pooled HVD high availability: External shared storage is not required to achieve high availability for pooled HVDs.

At the time of writing, IBM tested pooled HVD configurations as a part of its Reference Architecture for Citrix VDI-in-a-Box validation process, so this solution guide is focused on pooled virtual desktops. Personal virtual desktops are planned to be incorporated into the solution guide later in 2014.

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

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

Two networks are defined in the pooled desktop VDI solution:
  • Management network. Supports VDI management, provisioning, and monitoring tasks.
  • Client network. Connects VDI clients (users) to VDI servers.

Functional layers and components of a VDI environment 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
  • Cost-efficient storage to handle large amounts of VM and user data

IBM System x servers represent a robust infrastructure platform that satisfies these requirements.


Hardware platform

Combined into a single infrastructure, IBM server and networking systems offer unique capabilities that make this infrastructure an exceptional choice for the deployment of the SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution:
  • IBM System x 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 incomparable worldwide service and support. IBM System x servers deliver business value over the long term because of advancements in scalability, reliability, and performance, which is 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 the most powerful 130 W Intel Xeon processor E5-2697 v2, up to 768 GB of memory, and built-in, cost-efficient four 1 Gb Ethernet connections to provide affordable HVD deployments that leverage existing Ethernet connectivity. The x3550 M4 supports up to eight 2.5-inch drives (hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs)), and the x3650 M4 supports up to sixteen 2.5-inch drives (HDDs and SSDs).

  • External shared storage (optional, to store user folders, shared folders, and profile data in the high availability configurations)

    Combined with the IBM System x servers and preinstalled by an IBM Business Partner, Windows Storage Server 2012 delivers enterprise-class storage management technology in an affordable, all-in-one solution. It is a great choice for your business regardless of whether you are a first-time user of network-attached storage (NAS) or you are deploying advanced storage solutions.

    High availability for storage is a mandatory requirement for many VDI deployments. Windows Storage Server, IBM System x servers, and IBM Storwize® V3700 storage can be combined into a highly available unified gateway solution. In this solution, Windows Storage Server 2012 is deployed as a failover cluster with two IBM System x rack servers and the external shared V3700 storage system. The high availability cluster performs file serving tasks hosting SMB and NFS file shares for Windows based VDI users.

    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 servers in a SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution can help you achieve the following advantages:
  • Sufficient computing power to support demanding workloads by offering large memory capacity and affordable dual-socket performance with the Intel Xeon processor E5 family
  • Scalability to satisfy future growth requirements because of integrated expansion capabilities
  • Simplified management and higher availability with built-in Integrated Management Module II and advanced error prevention and recovery technologies, such as Chipkill, Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA), lightpath diagnostics, and Dynamic System Analysis (DSA)
  • Cost-efficient storage to handle large amounts of VM and user data with either server internal storage and advanced RAID capabilities or a unified NAS gateway solution with V3700


Solution architecture

Citrix VDI-in-a-Box is delivered as an integrated software appliance. It includes everything that is needed for a traditional VDI environment: connection broker, desktop provisioning, load balancing, and user profile management. It uses a shared-nothing architecture, which is a distributed computing model in which each compute node has its own set of resources that are not shared across the nodes. Such an approach allows seamless scalability and avoids costly external storage infrastructure to keep costs optimized. The VDI-in-a-Box solution delivers a rich, high-definition user experience across any network that uses Citrix HDX technologies.

By using the open architecture of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, customers can adopt desktop virtualization quickly and easily with any hypervisor, storage, or management infrastructure.

The following VDI-in-a-Box features provide a familiar experience for the user:
  • Multiple monitor support
  • 3D graphics business application support
  • Multimedia support
  • Printing from a virtual desktop
  • Accessing USB devices and other peripheral devices
  • Roaming user profiles

VDI-in-a-Box offers several levels of security features, including the following ones:
  • Active Directory user authentication
  • Built-in generic user accounts
  • SSL tunneling to ensure that all connections are encrypted

The following Citrix VDI-in-a-Box features provide centralized administration and management:
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Web-based administrative console
  • Automated desktop provisioning and storage optimization

VDI-in-a-Box includes the following scalability, integration, and optimization features:
  • VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, and XenServer hypervisor support
  • High-availability grid architecture to achieve cost-effective shared-nothing scalability, high levels of availability, and advanced resource allocation control for virtual desktops
  • Provisioning of desktop images that share virtual disks with a master image

Figure 4 shows the components of the Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x solution.

Components of the Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x solution
Figure 4. Components of the Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x solution

The hardware components of the solution are IBM System x servers (x3550 M4 or x3650 M4) and the optional external NAS storage.

High availability: High availability is strongly recommended for both VDI servers and storage system to help avoid planned and unplanned downtime.
  • IBM System x servers

    The x3550 M4 or x3650 M4 servers contain an embedded VMware ESXi hypervisor to host VMs that are used for virtual desktops and for management and provisioning tasks. Each VDI node hosts a vdiManager virtual appliance that supports connection brokering, load balancing, VM provisioning and management, and high availability grid operations for both pooled and personal desktops.

    Servers in the grid are configured with local HDD storage that hosts image repository and VM disk files. High availability is provided by the vdiManager. It keeps multiple copies of images and configuration data across the nodes in the grid. If a VM or node failure occurs, the vdiManager has sufficient information to re-create the failed VMs and redirect the user to them.

  • External NAS storage (optional)

    External NAS storage can be used to achieve high availability for the storage of user folders, shared folders, and profile data if needed. A highly available NAS gateway consists of two x3550 M4 dual-socket rack servers running Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard and connected to the IBM Storwize V3700 shared storage system.

    Windows Storage Server 2012 based unified storage with the flexible choice of storage protocols (iSCSI, SMB, or NFS) can provide required performance levels for the most demanding server applications while significantly lowering deployment and support costs. It does not require client access licenses and provides a virtually unlimited number of supported clients for storage sharing purposes.


The Citrix VDI-in-a-Box services have the following software components:
  • Citrix Receiver

    Citrix Receiver is a client software for accessing virtual desktops by using the Independent Channel Architecture (ICA) protocol. The client software can run on different types of user access devices, including desktop PCs, notebooks, and thin clients.

  • Citrix Virtual Desktop Agent

    Citrix Virtual Desktop Agent is installed on virtual desktops and supports Citrix Receiver direct connections through the ICA.

  • Citrix vdiManager

    Citrix vdiManager is a virtual software appliance running in a dedicated VM on a VDI node. It is responsible for load balancing, connection brokering, authenticating users, and provisioning and managing virtual desktops. Authentication of users is performed through Windows Active Directory.

  • VMware ESXi

    VMware ESXi is a hypervisor that is used to host VMs.



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 single sign-on (SSO) capabilities with a virtual desktop infrastructure, healthcare staff can access multiple systems and applications to obtain medical records or images with a single SSO.

In the education industry, a virtual desktop infrastructure can help schools 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 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.


Reference design

The configurations that are described in this solution guide provide a balanced design point that does not overstress the processor, memory, or storage. If users require larger desktops, then more memory can be added to the System x servers.

A published desktop golden image is automatically distributed across the servers in the grid, and the changes that are made to any copy of the golden image are updated across the servers in the grid. Each server in the grid stores all the golden image files.

High availability of a solution is required for business continuity. High availability must be built end to end and some parts are outside the scope of this solution. The reference design in this solution guide has built-in N+1 server redundancy. In normal circumstances, the servers are less loaded. If a server goes down for any reason, users can be restarted on one of the remaining servers. The Citrix VDI-in-a-box “Grid Virtual IP” feature allows the configuration of a single IP address for the whole grid and automatically routes a desktop request to an available server. The addition of the highly available NAS gateway consisting of System x servers and the Storwize V3700 storage system allows user profiles and data to be stored on shared storage so if a server goes down, the user can continue working on another server.

The HDDs in the VDI servers should be configured as RAID 10 arrays for performance.

The Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x solution has the following key building blocks:
  • 75-user pooled HVD building block
  • 150-user pooled HVD building block
  • vSphere hypervisor
  • External NAS storage (optional)

Table 1 shows the building blocks of the Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x solution that are used in 75-, 150-, 300-, and 600-user configurations (assuming the user is a task worker, and the VM memory size is 1.5 GB). 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 Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x solution
Building block
Number of elements in a building block
Element type and configuration
75 users150 users300 users600 users
75-user pooled HVD node
(N+1 redundancy)
2---Pooled HVD server (x3550 M4 or x3650 M4)
  • 2x Intel Xeon processor E5-2630 v2
  • 128 GB memory
  • 1x ServeRAID M5110 controller with 1 GB of flash-backed cache
  • 8x 300 GB 15,000 rpm SAS HDDs
  • 2x 1 Gb Ethernet ports
  • 1x Embedded ESXi hypervisor
150-user pooled HVD node
(N+1 redundancy)
-235Pooled HVD server (x3550 M4 or x3650 M4)
  • 2x Intel Xeon processor E5-2650 v2
  • 256 GB memory
  • 1x ServeRAID M5110 controller with 1 GB of flash-backed cache
  • 8x 300 GB 15,000 rpm SAS HDDs
  • 2x 1 Gb Ethernet ports
  • 1x Embedded ESXi hypervisor
External NAS storage (optional)-111Highly available NAS gateway (2x x3550 M4 with Storwize V3700)

Figure 5 shows the components that are used in a typical 300-user reference design of the Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x solution that uses x3550 M4 servers, with pooled HVDs. The solution can also be scaled further to a larger configuration by adding more respective HVD server building blocks. External NAS storage is already in the client environment. VDI servers and clients leverage the existing 1 GbE network infrastructure, or additional IBM RackSwitch™ G8052 switches (shown in the figure) can be deployed.

Typical 300-user Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x configuration
Figure 5. Typical 300-user Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x configuration

The solution components are described in the Table 2.

Table 2. Typical 300-user Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x configuration
Diagram
reference
Description
13x x3550 M4 servers for pooled HVDs (N+1 redundancy)
2x Intel Xeon processor E5-2650 v2
256 GB memory
8x 300 GB 15,000 rpm SAS HDDs
2x integrated 1 Gb Ethernet ports
1x Embedded ESXi hypervisor on a USB key
22x IBM RackSwitch G8052 network switches (optional)

Figure 6 shows the components that are used in a typical 600-user reference design of the Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x solution that uses the x3650 M4 servers, with pooled HVDs. The solution also can be scaled further to a larger configuration by adding more respective HVD server building blocks. External NAS storage is deployed on x3550 M4 servers running Windows Storage Server 2012 that are connected to the external Storwize V3700 storage system. VDI servers and clients leverage the existing 1 GbE network infrastructure, or additional IBM RackSwitch G8052 switches (shown in the figure) can be deployed.

Typical 600-user Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x configuration
Figure 6. Typical 600-user Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x configuration

In the described configuration, x3550 M4 NAS servers are connected to the V3700 storage through 1 Gb iSCSI, using a dedicated storage VLAN in the 1 Gb Ethernet network.

The solution components are described in the Table 3.

Table 3. Typical 600-user Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x configuration
Diagram
reference
Description
15x x3650 M4 servers for pooled HVDs (N+1 redundancy)
Each x3650 M4 server:
  • 2x Intel Xeon processor E5-2650 v2
  • 256 GB memory
  • 8x 300 GB 15,000 rpm SAS HDDs
  • 2x 1 Gb Ethernet ports
  • 1x Embedded ESXi hypervisor on a USB key
22x IBM RackSwitch G8052 network switches (optional)
2x IBM System x3550 M4 (NAS gateway, optional)
Each x3550 M4 server:
  • 2x Intel Xeon processor E5-2620 v2
  • 48 GB memory
  • 1x ServeRAID H1110 controller
  • 2x 500 GB SATA 3.5-inch HDDs in a mirrored pair for the operating system
  • 2x 1 Gb Ethernet ports
  • 1x Windows Storage Server 2012 Reseller Option Kit
1x IBM Storwize V3700 storage system (optional)
  • 2x RAID controllers
  • 4x 1 Gb iSCSI ports per controller
  • 24x 300 GB 10K rpm SAS 2.5-inch HDDs in an RAID-50 for up to 6.6 TB of usable data storage for the server applications
  • 12x 2 TB SATA 3.5-inch drives in an RAID-5 for up to 14 TB of the usable data storage for the information workers data, software distribution packages, image repositories, and archives


Ordering information

Table 4 shows the part numbers and quantities for ordering the configuration that is shown in Table 2.

Table 4. Ordering information for 300-user Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x configuration
Diagram
reference
DescriptionPart numberQty
1Servers for 300-user pooled HVDs (N+1 redundancy)
x3550 M4, Xeon 8C E5-2650v2 95W 2.6GHz/1866MHz/20MB, 1x8GB, O/Bay 2.5in HS SAS/SATA, SR M5110, 550W p/s, Rack7914G3x*3
Intel Xeon 8C Processor Model E5-2650v2 95W 2.6GHz/1866MHz/20MB46W28403
16GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-14900 CL13 ECC DDR3 1866MHz LP RDIMM00D504848
x3550 M4 plus 4x 2.5in HDD Assembly Kit81Y66573
IBM 300GB 2.5in G2HS 15K 6Gbps SAS HDD81Y967024
IBM System x 550W High Efficiency Platinum AC Power Supply94Y66683
IBM USB Memory Key for VMWARE ESXi 5.141Y83113
2Network switches (optional)
IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052Varies2
* 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. For specific details, ask a local IBM sales representative.

Table 5 shows the part numbers and quantities for ordering the configuration that is shown in Table 3.

Table 5. Ordering information for 600-user Citrix VDI-in-a-Box on IBM System x configuration
Diagram
reference
DescriptionPart numberQty
1Servers for 600-user pooled HVDs (N+1 redundancy)
x3650 M4, Xeon 8C E5-2650v2 95W 2.6GHz/1866MHz/20MB, 1x8GB, O/Bay HS 2.5in SAS/SATA, SR M5110e, 750W p/s, Rack7915G3x*5
Intel Xeon 8C Processor Model E5-2650v2 95W 2.6GHz/1866MHz/20MB46W43655
16GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-14900 CL13 ECC DDR3 1866MHz LP RDIMM00D504880
IBM 300GB 2.5in G2HS 15K 6Gbps SAS HDD81Y967040
IBM System x 750W High Efficiency Platinum AC Power Supply94Y66695
IBM USB Memory Key for VMWARE ESXi 5.141Y83115
2Network switches (optional)
IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052Varies2
NAS storage gateway (optional)
x3550 M4, Xeon 6C E5-2620v2 80W 2.1GHz/1600MHz/15MB, 1x8GB, O/Bay 3.5in HS SAS/SATA, SR H1110, 550W p/s, Rack7914C5x*2
Intel Xeon 6C Processor Model E5-2620v2 80W 2.1GHz/1600MHz/15MB46W28372
8GB (1x8GB, 1Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP RDIMM00D503610
IBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5in G2HS HDD81Y97864
IBM System x 550W High Efficiency Platinum AC Power Supply94Y66682
Win Stg Srv 2012 Standard (2CPU) - English ROK00Y63022
External shared storage (optional)
IBM Storwize V3700 SFF Dual Control Enclosure2072S2C1
300GB 2.5in 10K rpm 6Gb SAS HDD00Y250124
1Gb iSCSI 4 Port Host Interface Card00L45842
IBM Storwize V3700 LFF Expansion Enclosure2072LEU1
2TB 3.5in 7.2K rpm 6Gb SAS NL HDD00Y247112
0.6m SAS Cable (mini-SAS HD to mini-SAS HD)00Y24652
* The x in the part number represents a country-specific letter. For example, the EMEA part number is 7915G3G, and the US part number is 7915G3U. For specific details, ask a local IBM sales representative.


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