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NetApp HCI

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Solution Overview
NetApp HCI is a platform that combines compute and storage capabilities wrapped in a single management pane to reduce management complexity and improve infrastructure services delivery time. The NetApp Deployment Engine (NDE) allows administrators to fully setup the platform in as little as 45 minutes.

The architecture of NetApp HCI differs from competitors in a number of ways.  HCI leverages established technologies such as VMware, SolidFire and the VMware storage management plugin for SolidFire to deliver an integrated experience to the administrator.  Architecturally, HCI does not share storage and compute services resources.  Compute and storage nodes are dedicated to the task which enables more predictable performance and scalability than models where all resources are shared.  This also enables the delivery of enterprise grade features such as storage QoS that can guarantee both minimum (floor) performance as well as maximum (ceiling) performance.

As with the entirety of it's portfolio, NetApp also includes cloud integration as part of HCI via the inherent ability to replicate data to public cloud service providers natively.

Goals & Objectives

In this lab, you will be able to login to vCenter and explore the integrated storage and compute management provided with NetApp HCI through the storage management plugin.  You will also be able to explore the deployed ONTAP Select that's included as part of this deployment to support file services.

This launch-able lab will NOT provide the ability to deploy a new instance using the NetApp Deployment Engine (NDE)

Hardware & Software

 Qty. (4) -- Compute Nodes (Model Number: H300E)
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- Per Model Specs:
- 2 x Xeon E5-2620 v4, 8-core, 2.10GHz CPUs
- 384 GB Memory
- 4 x 25GbE Network Adapters
- 2 x 1GbE, RJ45 Connections for ESXi / OS-level Management 
- 1 x 1GbE, IPMI Hardware Out-of-Band Interface

Qty. (8) -- Storage Nodes (Model Number: H300S)
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- Per Model Specs:
- 2 x Xeon E5-2620 v4, 8-core, 2.10GHz CPUs
- 6 x 480GB Solid State Drives (SSDs)
- 384 GB Memory
- 2 x 25GbE Network Adapters
- 2 x 1GbE, RJ45 Connections for SolidFire OS-level Management 
- 1 x 1GbE, IPMI Hardware Out-of-Band Interface 

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