Ready Stack is a program that is directed primarily toward channel partners and their customers. The program enables them to easily build complete CI systems from combinations of Dell EMC servers, storage, networking, data protection, and other components.
Ready Stack systems are compatible with VMware and Microsoft hypervisors. Ready Stack systems can be managed by the Dell EMC portfolio of management products and protected by Dell EMC data protection solutions.
The following figure illustrates the Ready Stack reference system:
Figure 1. Ready Stack reference system
A Ready Stack reference architecture specifies all the hardware, software, resources, and services that are needed to run a scalable, highly available CI environment. This end-to-end solution approach means that a system can be operational in a shorter time than is typically possible with build-your-own solutions.
Designing, configuring, and running a production-ready CI involves multiple considerations, including:
In addition to this guide, Dell EMC provides Ready Stack architecture designs and further guidance for specific hardware choices. For each Ready Stack architecture, the following documents provide those details:
The reference architectures that are described in the Ready Stack design and deployment guides are suggestions for specific Ready Stack designs. You can use other combinations of servers, storage, networking, and virtualization software when designing your own configurations, provided they meet or exceed the minimum hardware specifications that are outlined in the Ready Stack design guides. Ready Stack reference architectures are:
A Ready Stack reference architecture removes a significant amount of complexity and risk from the DIY approach by providing guidance on many aspects of a modern data center, as illustrated in the following figure:
Figure 2. Ready Stack elements
The reference architecture includes:
One of Dell EMC’s strengths is its broad and complete product portfolio that can be tailored to meet customer requirements regardless of the customer’s size, scale, or business model.
The breadth of the Dell EMC family of products affords the freedom to focus on rightsizing elements of the complete system, including compute, network, and storage.
Ready Stack systems are ideal for customers who:
The Dell EMC Services portfolio provides partners with choice and flexibility in how they provide Ready Stack implementation services. Partners at the gold-tier level or higher can either resell Dell EMC services or deliver their own services, provided they have the appropriate Services Delivery Competencies.