Dell EMC PowerEdge 14G servers are built to accommodate databases, storage arrays, data protection, hyper-converged appliances and racks, ready nodes, bundles, and other Dell EMC solutions. These servers are part of a secure, scalable compute platform that is the ideal foundation for cloud, analytics, and software-defined data center initiatives.
The PowerEdge R740 server enhances application performance with the optimal balance of accelerator cards, storage, and compute resources in a 2U, 2-socket platform. It is a general-purpose workhorse that is optimized for accommodating databases.
The PowerEdge R940 server powers mission-critical applications and realtime decisions. With four sockets and up to 12 NVMe drives, it provides scalable performance in just 3U.
The Dell EMC VMAX 250F is the entry model in the VMAX All Flash family. The VMAX 250F array provides flash performance, low latency, and enterprise-level high availability in a compact footprint for the modern datacenter. The VMAX 250F delivers scalable performance. The system can start small with a single Dell EMC V-Brick™ building block, consisting of single VMAX engine and 11 TB of base flash storage, and scale up incrementally with 11 TB Flash Capacity Packs. The VMAX 250F array can then scale out with the addition of a second V-Brick block.
Designed for massive consolidation, the VMAX 250F can provide a platform for mixed file and block workloads. The included software and optional FX software package provide data services such as Dell EMC TimeFinder™ SnapVX™ and Dell EMC SRDF™ replication.
The VMAX 250F array:
VMware vSphere is a complete and robust virtualization platform that uses dynamic resource pools to virtualize business-critical applications with great flexibility and reliability. It transforms a computer's physical resources by virtualizing the CPU, RAM, hard disk, and network controller. This transformation creates fully functional virtual machines (VMs) that run isolated and encapsulated operating systems and applications.
The vSphere virtualization layer decouples the application from the underlying physical resources. This decoupling enables greater flexibility in the application layer by eliminating hardware downtime for maintenance and changes to the physical system without affecting the hosted applications. In a server-virtualization use case, this layer enables multiple independent VMs to share the same physical hardware.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.3 offers improved development and deployment tools, enhanced interoperability and manageability, and additional security and performance features.
Manageability and interoperability—RHEL 7.3 delivers significant functionality improvements for heterogeneous operating system environments, particularly for infrastructure that uses Active Directory. By integrating CIFS with SSSD, users can now gain native access to Microsoft Windows file and print services without having to rely on winbind. Logical Volume Management (LVM) now includes additional OpenLMI-based hooks to manage volume groups and thinly provisioned volumes. RHEL 7.3 also includes integrated client-side functionality to communicate with Ceph block storage.
Security and access management—Improvements to Identity Management (IdM) provide the ability to implement strong one-time password (OTP) authentication through LDAP and Kerberos using software tokens, such as FreeOTP, and hardware tokens from leading third-party vendors. Additionally, the IdM access control framework has been enhanced for better control over read/write permissions, and a new Certificate Authority (CA) management tool streamlines changes to CA certificates and trust chains.
Development, deployment, and performance—RHEL 7.3 delivers new developer tools, including several that are related to Linux containers. The latest docker package is included along with orchestration tooling through Kubernetes. Also available are RHEL 6 and RHEL 7 base images, which provide certified, stable foundations upon which to build enterprise-grade containerized applications. Beyond containers, RHEL 7.3 also includes OpenJDK 8, the latest version of the open-source Java SE 8 platform.
From a performance perspective, RHEL 7.3 supports higher processor and memory limits, as well as additional features to improve the performance of applications and VMs, especially those running memory-intensive workloads. RHEL 7.3 further enhances performance through the inclusion of an MCS locking mechanism to improve processor efficiency for large systems with sizable non-uniform memory access (NUMA) nodes.
Oracle Database 12c delivers industry-leading performance, scalability, security, and reliability on a choice of clustered or single servers running Microsoft Windows, Linux, or UNIX. It introduces a new architecture, Oracle Multitenant, where one or more pluggable databases (PDBs) are created inside a container database (CDB).
The multitenant architecture supports the following configurations:
AppSync data protection software simplifies and automates the process of generating and consuming copies of production data. By abstracting the underlying Dell EMC storage and replication technologies, and through deep application integration, AppSync empowers application owners to satisfy copy demand for data repurposing, operational recovery, and disaster recovery using a single user interface. Storage administrators need only be concerned with initial setup and policy management, which result in an agile, frictionless process.
For more information about AppSync software, see Dell EMC AppSync Data Protection Software.
Dell EMC Connectrix switches and directors bring high bandwidth and zero downtime to your storage network. Connectrix offers a range of enterprise-class directors, medium density departmental switches, and edge switches for small to large enterprise environments or applications. Key features include:
This solution was built with the cost-effective Connectrix B-Series DS-6510B and DS-6610B switches. Most of the switches in the Connectrix portfolio can be used to build a storage network for Oracle solutions, as long as the SAN speeds match or exceed the speed of the devices in the SAN.
The DS-6510B is a 16 Gb switch that scales from 24-48 ports. The DS-6610B is a 32 Gb switch that scales from 8-24 ports. By default, the DS-6610B has 16 Gb SFPs but can be upgraded with 32 Gb SFPs.