IBM Flex System Solution for Microsoft Hyper-V (2-node) Reference Architecture

An IBM Redpaper publication

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The Flex System Solution for Microsoft Hyper-V Reference Architecture provides businesses with an affordable, interoperable, and reliable industry-leading virtualization and cloud solution choice. This IBM® Flex System based offering, which is built around the latest IBM x86 servers, storage, and networking, takes the complexity out of the solution by using step-by-step implementation guides.

Validated by the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program, the IBM virtualization reference architecture combines Microsoft software, consolidated guidance, and validated configurations for compute, network, and storage resources. The Microsoft program requires a certain minimum level of redundancy and fault tolerance across the servers, storage, and networking for the Windows Servers clusters to help ensure a certain level of fault tolerance while you manage private cloud pooled resources.

This IBM Redpaper™ publication is intended for people who need the ordering, setup, and configuration details for the IBM 2-Node highly available virtualization environment that has been 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.

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Business problem and business value
Architectural overview
Component model
Deployment considerations


Publish Date
10 June 2013

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