With the industry shift towards the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) there is a growing demand for resilient solutions that scale quickly with minimal effort. It has been begrudgingly accepted that scaling data center infrastructure is neither simple nor quick, and requires extensive collaboration and investment. Collaboration between the necessary engineers (applicatio...n, network, storage, virtualization, server, electrical, HVAC), managers (data center and project), and other essential personnel is a daunting task on its own. Considering the collaboration challenge, the trend toward reductions in IT spending, and the potential that solutions to one problem may create others, scaling can be a very daunting endeavor.
As digital content growth continues to accelerate, companies are striving to cope by scaling-out storage infrastructure. VMware's Virtual SAN* combines data center servers with storage and networking in the same nodes. This hyper convergence enables companies to scale bandwidth, performance, compute and storage, with a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and with minimal effort. This solutions blueprint outlines scale-out reference architectures built on Intel® technology powering VMware Virtual SAN for various usage models such as VDI and Test/Dev.