Implementing a VersaStack Solution by Cisco and IBM with IBM FlashSystem 5030, Cisco UCS Mini, Hyper-V, and SQL Server

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 14 November 2017, updated 12 February 2020

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ISBN-10: 073844278X
ISBN-13: 9780738442785
IBM Form #: SG24-8407-00
(280 pages)

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Authors: David Green, Jordan Fincher, Kiran Ghag, Lee J Cockrell, Nitin D Thorve, Paulo Tomiyoshi Takeda, Sreeni Edula, Vasfi Gucer


VersaStack, an IBM® and Cisco integrated infrastructure solution, combines computing, networking, and storage into a single integrated system. It combines the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) Integrated Infrastructure with IBM Spectrum Virtualize™, which includes IBM FlashSystem® storage offerings, for quick deployment and rapid time to value for the implementation of modern infrastructures.

This IBM Redbooks® publication covers the preferred practices for implementing a VersaStack Solution with IBM FlashSystem 5030, Cisco UCS Mini, Hyper-V 2016, and Microsoft SQL Server.

Cisco UCS Mini is optimized for branch and remote offices, point-of-sale locations, and smaller IT environments. It is the ideal solution for customers who need fewer servers but still want the comprehensive management capabilities provided by Cisco UCS Manager.

The IBM FlashSystem 5030 delivers efficient, entry-level configurations that are designed to meet the needs of small and midsize businesses. Designed to provide organizations with the ability to consolidate and share data at an affordable price, the IBM FlashSystem 5030 offers advanced software capabilities such as clustering, IBM Easy Tier®, replication and snapshots that are found in more expensive systems.

This book is intended for pre-sales and post-sales technical support professionals and storage administrators who are tasked with deploying a VersaStack solution with Hyper-V 2016 and Microsoft SQL Server.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Architecture of the solution
Chapter 3. Design considerations for Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft SQL Server
Chapter 4. VersaStack Cisco Nexus 9000 network configuration
Chapter 5. The Cisco Unified Computing System Mini configuration
Chapter 6. SAN Boot in a Cisco UCS Mini environment
Chapter 7. Failover cluster and Hyper-V configuration
Chapter 8. Microsoft SQL Server setup and failover cluster implementation
Chapter 9. The IBM FlashSystem 5030 advanced functions
Chapter 10. Managing the VersaStack solution
Chapter 11. Validation testing

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