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Dell EMC XtremIO X2

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Solution Overview
The XtremIO Storage Array is an all-flash system, based on a scale-out architecture. The system uses building blocks, called X-Bricks.  The system operation is controlled via a stand-alone dedicated Linux-based server, called the XtremIO Management Server (XMS). Each XtremIO cluster is required to be connected to an XMS server, which can be either a Dell EMC-supplied physical server or a virtual server, deployed on a customer-supplied server, running VMware ESX. The array continues operating if it is disconnected from the XMS, but cannot be configured or monitored.

XtremIO's array architecture is specifically designed to deliver the full performance potential of flash, while linearly scaling all resources such as CPU, RAM, SSDs, and host ports in a balanced manner. This allows the array to achieve any desired performance level while maintaining consistency of performance that is critical to predictable application behavior.

The XtremIO Storage Array provides a very high level of performance that is consistent over time, system conditions and access patterns. It is designed for high granularity true random I/O. The cluster's performance level is not affected by its capacity utilization level, number of Volumes, or aging effects. Moreover, performance is not based on a "shared cache" architecture and therefore it is not affected by the dataset size or data access pattern.

Due to its content-aware storage architecture, XtremIO provides:
 • Even distribution of data blocks, inherently leading to maximum performance and minimal flash wear
 • Even distribution of metadata
 • No data or metadata hotspots
 • Easy setup and no tuning
 • Advanced storage functionality, including Inline Data Deduplication and Compression, thin provisioning, advanced data protection (XDP), Snapshots, and more 

Goals & Objectives

The goal of this lab is to provide hands on access to the HTML 5 GUI. Users will be able to explore the new wizard based interface to provision storage as well as review system performance and test the latest features. 

Hardware & Software

 Qty. (1) - Product Model: XtremIO X2 - 3 Brick
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XMS Version: 6.2.1 build 36

2 x Intel Haswell 12 core, CPUs per controller (48 cores per X-Brick)
1TB RAM (2TB per X-Brick)

54 x 2TB Drives (76.19 TB capacity)

12 x 16Gbs (FC)
12 x 10Gbs (ISCSI/Replication) 


Qty. (1) - Product Model: XtremIO X2 - 2 Brick
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XMS Version: 6.2.1 build 36

2 x Intel Haswell 12 core, CPUs per controller (48 cores per X-Brick)
1TB RAM (2TB per X-Brick)

36 x 2TB Drives (50.79 TB capacity)

8 x 16Gbs (FC)
8 x 10Gbs (ISCSI/Replication) 


Qty. (1) - Product Model: XtremIO X2 - Single Brick
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XMS Version: 6.2.1 build 36

2 x Intel Haswell 12 core, CPUs per controller (48 cores per X-Brick)
1TB RAM (2TB per X-Brick)

18 x 2TB Drives (25.40 TB capacity)

4 x 16Gbs (FC)
4 x 10Gbs (ISCSI/Replication) 

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