Dell and VMware: A match made in heaven

by dave on June 3, 2009


#helpnick

Cool new toy just landed in my lab for a production VMware vSphere implementation.  This one is going to one of our internal groups that has a moderate load Microsoft SQL implementation. I’ve included a slideshow below so that you can see some of the absolutely fantastic features this Dell R610 (and even it’s bigger brother the R710) bring to the table for virtualization. There are also a couple of shots showing of some of the upcoming Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) that will be coming down the road at some point from QLogic.  I know, I know…this shows my relatively “geeky” side but honestly, when you get to do THIS for a living, how can you not get excited?!?!?!  Enjoy.  Shoot me any questions around the R610 and I’ll try to answer them.  I’ll try to get a build document put together as well (no promises).

Note: you can get to the static picture set here.

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  • how is it for heat production? doesn't seem to have many holes on the front or back? Also for a vmware cluster wouldn't you just do ESXi & boot from the SD card & store all the guests on the cloud/SAN?

  • Clarke,

    thanks for the comments. Heat production is minimal as it does have very good “channeling” of the interior fans. For VMware cluster usage, I'd definitely be using 3i on the internal SD cards. Currently, I'm booting 3i off of the internal SD card and using the two 73Gb drives for a small datastore while I wait for the CLARiiON to come in. 😉 Let me know what other feedback you want on the box and I'll be happy to oblige.

    cheers,

    Dave

  • Clarke,

    thanks for the comments. Heat production is minimal as it does have very good “channeling” of the interior fans. For VMware cluster usage, I'd definitely be using 3i on the internal SD cards. Currently, I'm booting 3i off of the internal SD card and using the two 73Gb drives for a small datastore while I wait for the CLARiiON to come in. 😉 Let me know what other feedback you want on the box and I'll be happy to oblige.

    cheers,

    Dave

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