System overview The section describes the features, components, and high-level design of the VxBlock System 1000. The following table lists the hardware and software components for VxBlock 1000 resources: Resource Components Management VxBlock Central or Vision Intelligent Operations VxBlock Central is available in the following options: The VxBlock Central Base option provides the VxBlock Central user interface. The VxBlock Central Workflow Automation option provides access to VxBlock Central Orchestration Services, VxBlock Central Orchestration Workflows powered by VMware vRealize Orchestration (vRO), and the workflow plugin to install on VMware vRO. The VxBlock Central Advanced Analytics option provides access to VxBlock Central Operations capabilities to monitor the health status and metrics with VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) Manager. AMP-3S or AMP Central for single system management provides a single system infrastructure platform to manage a single platform in a data center. AMP Central for multisystem management provides a scalable, multisystem management platform. AMP Central is available as a stand-alone configuration, or integrated within the VxBlock 1000 cabinet with Dell EMC Unity XT or VMware vSAN storage. AMP Central vSAN supports VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF). AMP-VX uses Dell PowerEdge servers to manage multiple platforms within a single data center. For more information about the AMP Central or AMP-VX, see the Dell EMC AMP Central Product Guide or Dell EMC AMP-VX Product Guide. For more information about VCF, see the Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000 with VMware Cloud Foundation Architecture Overview. Virtualization VMware vSphere Server Enterprise Plus VMware vSphere ESXi VMware vCenter Server VMware vSphere Web Client VMware vSphere HTML5 Client VMware Platform Services Controller (PSC) PowerPath/VE Compute Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers Cisco UCS third-generation components: Cisco UCS 2304XP or 2304V2XP Fabric Extenders Cisco Nexus 2348UPQ Fabric Extenders Cisco UCS 6332-16UP Fabric Interconnects Cisco UCS fourth-generation components: Cisco UCS 2204XP or 2208XP Fabric Extenders Cisco UCS 2408 Fabric Extenders (IOM) Cisco Nexus 2232PP Fabric Extenders Cisco UCS 6454 Fabric Interconnects Cisco UCS 64108 Fabric Interconnects Network For systems with Cisco UCS third-generation components: Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 Data Plane Switch, Cisco Nexus 93180YC-FX Data Plane Switch, or Cisco Nexus 93180LC-EX Data Plane Switch Cisco MDS 9148S or Cisco MDS 9148T Multilayer Fabric Switch Cisco MDS 9396S or Cisco MDS 9396T Multilayer Fabric Switch Cisco MDS 9706 or Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director Cisco MDS 9706-v2 or Cisco MDS 9710-v2 Multilayer Director Cisco Nexus 31108TC-V Switch for management Optional Cisco Nexus 3232C Switch or Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 Switch for management aggregation VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) For systems with Cisco UCS fourth-generation components: Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 Data Plane Switch Cisco MDS 9148S or Cisco MDS 9148T Multilayer Fabric Switch Cisco MDS 9396S or Cisco MDS 9396T Multilayer Fabric Switch Cisco MDS 9706 or Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director Cisco MDS 9706-v2 or Cisco MDS 9710-v2 Multilayer Director Cisco Nexus 31108TC-V Switch for management aggregation Optional Cisco Nexus 3232C Switch or Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 Switch for management aggregation VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) Storage Dell EMC Unity 300, 400, 500, 600, and 350F, 450F, 550F, 650F Dell EMC Unity XT 380, 480, 680, 880, and 380F, 480F, 680F, 880F Isilon F800, F810, H5600, H600, H500, H400, A200, and A2000 PowerMax 2000 PowerMax 8000 PowerScale F600 PowerStore T model 1000, 3000, 5000, 7000, and 9000 VMAX All-Flash 950F and 950FX VMAX All Flash 250F and 250FX XtremIO X2-R and X2-S Child TopicsMinimum and maximum configurationsVxBlock System 1000 components scale with Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, bandwidth and connectivity options, storage capacity, and performance. The storage array count depends on the number of 16 Gbps FC ports available in a single Cisco MDS director per SAN fabric. Scale up compute resourcesAdd Cisco UCS Servers and Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis after VxBlock System 1000 deployment. Network topologyLAN and SAN connectivity is separated into Cisco Nexus data plane switches and Cisco MDS SAN switches for network connectivity. The compute layer connects to Ethernet and FC components in the network layer. The FIs connect to the Cisco Nexus data plane switches through 10 GbE, 40 GbE, or 100 GbE port channels.