VxBlock Central provides sophisticated management for Converged Systems.
VxBlock Central contains the following features:
VxBlock Central Life Cycle Management enables inventory management for all Converged System components. VxBlock Central Life Cycle Management that is integrated with CloudIQ enables you to monitor and analyze the inventories.
Life Cycle Management provides the following information to support system assessment and planning:
The Base option enables you to monitor the health and compliance of VxBlock Systems through a central dashboard.
VxBlock System health monitors health or operational status of the following:
The landing page of VxBlock Central provides a view of the health and compliance of multiple VxBlock Systems. You can run a compliance scan on one or more VxBlock Systems. You can view key performance indicators for one or more components.
VxBlock Central contains dashboards that enable you to:
The following table describes each dashboard:
Provides the name, IP address, type, and element manager, RCM scan results, and alert count for components configured in a single view.
An inventory item can be selected to suppress alerts and enable alerts. When alerts are suppressed for a specific component, real-time alert notifications are suspended.
You can search VxBlock Systems for specific components or subcomponents and export a spreadsheet of your search.
Provides the compliance score, security, and technical risks associated with each VxBlock System. From the dashboard, you can:
Provides real-time system alerts to monitor and receive alerts for critical failures on compute, storage, and network components. Version 2.0 and later provides VxBlock Central specific alerts for failures in system services such as discovery and Secure Remote Services. Administrators and Dell EMC Support can respond faster to incidents to minimize any impact of failures. Using the predefined alert notification templates to create alert notification profiles, you can specify how you want to be notified for a critical alert.
Provides access to VxBlock Central Workflow Automation and VxBlock Central Advanced Analytics.
When VxBlock Central is integrated with AD, VxBlock Central authenticates AD users and supports mapping between AD groups and roles.
Role mappings control the actions that a user is authorized to perform. By mapping an AD group to a role, you can control user permissions. When an AD user logs in to VxBlock Central, role mappings are checked for AD groups to which the user is assigned. The set of available permissions depends on the roles that are mapped to the groups in which the user is a member.
Configure your VxBlock Systems in the MSM VM for monitoring and discovering of components with the Discovery feature. You can add manually or upload of system.cfg, and configure new Converged Systems and components, validate and discover components, and attach the VxBlock System to MSM VM, with the user interface.
The Workflow Automation option provides automation and orchestration for daily provisioning tasks through integration with VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO).
Workflow Automation provides the following features:
The Workflow Automation option supports the following:
VxBlock Central Orchestration Services
VxBlock Central Orchestration Services manages credentials and uploads ISO images for server installation. VxBlock Central Orchestration Services manages the following services:
The VxBlock Central Orchestration VMware vRO Adapter provides supported workflows for VxBlock System compute expansion.
VxBlock Central Orchestration Workflows
VxBlock Central Orchestration Workflows simplify complex compute, storage, and network provisioning tasks using automated workflows for VMware vRO.
Automated VxBlock Central Orchestration Workflows enable you to concurrently provision multiple VMware vSphere ESXi hosts and add these hosts to the VMware vCenter cluster. The workflow provides the validation and resilience that is required for enterprise-grade operations. Once hosts are provisioned, workflows trigger an RCM compliance scan to ensure compliance with RCM standards. The VMware vRO workflows also support bare-metal server provisioning.
The following table provides information about the different types of workflows available through VMware vRO:
Establishes the connection between VMware vRO with automation workflows and VxBlock Central Orchestration Services to run workflow automation.
Provides a presentation layer for user input and data validation. Service workflows create multiple instances of fulfillment workflows to run concurrently.
After you run a service workflow, a corresponding fulfillment workflow is created in the Fulfillment directory of the VxBlock System. If you experience a failure, the fulfillment workflow enables you to troubleshoot the cause and fix the issue.
The Advanced Analytics option provides features that simplify operations you must perform for VxBlock Systems through advanced monitoring, system analytics, and simplified capacity management.
VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) Manager integration with VxBlock Central presents the topology and relationship of VxBlock Systems with compute, storage, network, virtualization, and management components. Advanced Analytics provides advanced monitoring, system analytics, and simplified capacity management through integration with VMware vROps Manager.
Advanced Analytics enables you to:
The following figure provides an overview of how VxBlock Central uses VMware vRealize:
VxBlock Central includes the Core VM and the multisystem management (MSM) VM as a minimum configuration to provide services. The multisystem prepositioning (MSP) VM deployment is optional for prepositioning.
The following table describes the function of VxBlock Central VMs:
Discovers and gathers information about the inventory, location, and health of the VxBlock System
Provides functions to manage multiple VxBlock Systems
In a data center environment, one MSM VM can be associated with up to 8 Core VMs
Provides functions for RCM content prepositioning.
Provides workflow engine and workflow designer capabilities
VxBlock Central Orchestration Services
Provides firmware repository management, credentials management, log management, PXE management VxBlock System workflows require.
The discovery model resides in a database and is exposed through REST and SNMP interfaces. Initial discovery is performed during manufacturing of the VxBlock System and relies on an .xml file that contains build and configuration information. Core VM uses the .xml file to populate basic information about the VxBlock System and establish communication with components.
After initial discovery, Core VM uses the following methods to discover the VxBlock System, including physical components and logical entities:
Core VM performs discovery every 15 minutes, by default. This setting can be changed.
The following figure is a high-level overview of integration between Core VM and various products and protocols:
Secure Remote Services
VxBlock Central can connect to Secure Remote Services (Secure Remote Services) to automatically send system inventory, real-time alerts, and RCM fitness information through the Secure Remote Services connection to collect and analyze data.
Important: Customers using VxBlock Central Version 2.0 and later configure Secure Remote Services in the VxBlock Central user interface. For more information, see Configure Secure Remote Services gateway in VxBlock Central Version 2.0 Online Help.
Customers on VxBlock Central Version 1.5 and earlier use VxBlock Central Shell Secure Remote Services Extension Pack to configure Secure Remote Services.
Use the appropriate procedure to perform the following functions:
The following figure shows VxBlock Central Orchestration with VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO):
VxBlock Central supports a clustered environment that includes multiple MSM VMs configured to run in a single physical data center or in multiple, geographically separate physical data centers.
In a data center environment, one MSM VM can be associated with up to eight Core VMs:
The following figure shows a single-site environment consisting of three MSM VMs, each associated with a single Core VM:
MSM VMs are configured to form a cluster. Capabilities and functionality are exposed after deployment and configuration.
In a single-site configuration with one datacenter, VxBlock Central supports up to three MSM VMs running in the data center. Up to eight Core VMs are supported.
VxBlock Central supports a multisite clustering configuration that includes a maximum of three data centers. Up to two MSM VMs are supported.