PowerFlex provides IP-based storage to VxRail dynamic clusters that can be configured as primary storage for virtual machine workload.
PowerFlex configures pools of storage through a virtualization process, and manages the allocation of virtual volumes to connected clients. Virtual volumes can be configured to meet certain capacity, performance, and scalability characteristics to align with the workload requirements planned for the VxRail dynamic cluster.
The PowerFlex architecture combines both the compute and storage in a fabric-connected network architecture, PowerEdge servers serving as the hardware foundation for block storage capacity.
- See Dell PowerFlex Networking Best Practices and Considerations to ensure the supporting network infrastructure is properly planned and configured.
- See How to configure Dell PowerFlex Storage with VxRail Dynamic Nodes for more information about provisioning PowerFlex storage.
- Reserve two Ethernet ports on each VxRail node planned for the dynamic cluster to support connectivity to the PowerFlex volumes serving as primary storage.
- Enable jumbo frames on the network configured to support VxRail dynamic cluster storage.
- After the VxRail dynamic cluster is built, configure a separate VMware VDS with new port groups in the VMware vCenter Server to support connectivity to the PowerFlex front-end system.