There are several options for a PowerFlex appliance deployment.
The following figure is a high-level view of the physical PowerFlex appliance. This figure is not specific to a particular system but is a generic representation. The PowerFlex management environment depicted below can be deployed on an optional PowerFlex appliance management cluster, or a customer provided VMware ESXi host.
The following figure displays a PowerFlex appliance replication environment. The PowerFlex management environment depicted below can be deployed on an optional PowerFlex appliance management cluster, or a customer provided VMware ESXi host.
PowerFlex Metadata Managers (MDM) and Storage Data Replication (SDR) need to communicate to each other across the WAN.
|Components in a deployment||Description|
|PowerFlex appliance management environment||PowerFlex Manager requires a VMware ESXi server hosting applications. The PowerFlex management environment can be deployed on an optional 3-node PowerFlex management cluster, or a customer provided VMware ESX host.|
|Customer provided resources||Embedded operating system jump server and VMware vCenter server. It is anticipated that these resources will already be installed and accessible.|
|Access A and B switches||These switches are partially configured by PowerFlex Manager or they are fully customer configured and connect directly to the PowerFlex appliance nodes.|
|Hardware management switch||Provides separate network connectivity of iDRAC and access switch management interfaces.|
|PowerFlex appliance customer environment||
|VLANs||VLANs that are required to be defined on the various switches, interfaces, and network interface cards (NICs).|