This validated platform is different from many PowerFlex environments. It has been designed for OpenShift deployments. The management components are deployed directly into the OpenShift environment as virtual machines. This architecture has an added advantage of allowing organizations to optimize the skills that are required to manage and maintain the environment.
Note: The validated platform uses a specialty configuration that is designed for OpenShift to take full advantage of the PowerFlex infrastructure and reduce the number of management interfaces.
Beyond optimizations to the management environment, the design is based on the PowerFlex 3.6 architecture. This design allows organizations that already use PowerFlex to have a consistent PowerFlex environment instead of running multiple versions.
Another important design element is that this validated platform is only available as a PowerFlex appliance. This ensures that all the elements of the design components are available to meet the needs of almost all implementations, from a seven node configuration to a scaled out environment with hundreds of nodes.
The design is based on a two-tier architecture. This design allows for independent scaling of compute and storage resources. This also means that PowerFlex storage nodes are only responsible for providing storage in this design. The compute nodes host both the management virtual machines and OpenShift workloads.