Central to the design and architecture of a Dell EMC Ready Stack are the following principles:
- No single point of failure—The critical aspects of a Ready Stack system incorporate redundancy, including server high availability features, redundant networking, and multipath storage.
- Integrated Management—When the VMware hypervisor is deployed, Ready Stack includes integrated management by using Dell EMC OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter and Dell EMC Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI). Optionally, Dell EMC Enterprise Storage Integrator (ESI) for Windows Suite can be integrated with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and SCVMM in Hyper-V environments.
- Hardware configuration for virtualization—Ready Stack is designed for general-purpose virtualized workloads. Each server is equipped with the processing power, memory, and converged network adapters that support Ethernet and FC, as required for virtualization.
- Best practices adherence—The Ready Stack design incorporates storage, networking, and hypervisor best practices to ensure availability and serviceability.
- Flexible configurations—Ready Stack can be configured to suit the requirements for a specific virtualized infrastructure. The system supports flexibility in the form of various options. These options include rack and blade server models, number of compute servers, server processor models, server memory capacity, storage array types, and storage capacity based on customer needs.