Virtualization layer VMware vSphere ESXi and VMware vCenter Server are the core components for the virtual infrastructure for AMP and VxBlock Systems 1000. VMware vSphere 6.x VMware vSphere 6.x includes a pair of VMware Platform Service Controller (PSC) Linux appliances to provide VMware Single Sign-on (SSO). VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) is the default deployment model for VMware vCenter Server with VMware vSphere 6.7. VMware vCSA with Embedded VMware PSC is the default deployment model for VMware vCenter Server for VMware vSphere 6.5. VMware vSphere 6.x supports external VMware PSC deployment. Upgrade to VMware vSphere 6.7 update 1 or VMware vSphere 6.5 update 2d to migrate external VMware PSCs to Embedded PSCs. The hypervisors are deployed as a cluster to enable dynamic allocation of resources, such as CPU, memory, and storage. The cluster also provides workload mobility and flexibility through VMware vSphere vMotion and Storage vMotion technology. VMware vSphere 7.0 During initial system build, AMP and VxBlock 1000 changes are integrated into the virtual infrastructure configuration to align with VMware best practices and use of VMware ecosystem products and solutions. Updates to both of these VMware vSphere versions support Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM) in Embedded VMware PSCs, making external VMware PSCs no longer necessary. Consult your Dell Technologies Sales Engineer for more information. Child TopicsVMware ESXiThe VMware ESXi runs on the management appliance and VxBlock Systems servers using VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus. Cluster configurations VMware ESXi hosts and resources are pooled into clusters that contain CPU, memory, network, and storage resources for allocation to VMs. Clusters can scale up to a maximum of 64 hosts enabling the support for thousands of VMs. DatastoresThe VxBlock System 1000 with VMware vSphere supports block level storage using VMFS or file level storage using NFS. Virtual networksVMware Virtual Distributed Switch (VDS) provides virtual networking using a minimum of four uplinks that are presented to VMware ESXi. Patch managementVMware vSphere 6.x integrates VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) in the VMware vCSA to assist with host patch management. VMware vSphere 7.0 replaces VMware VUM with VMware vCenter Lifecycle Manager (vLCM). On each cluster, the VMware vLCM supports the established legacy VUM baseline process or the single cluster image concept. VMware vSphere 7.0 U2 and later uses VMware vLCM single cluster image patch management to replace VMware VUM baselines for VxBlock Systems. The firmware component is not included. VMware vCenter Server with VMware vSphere 6.xIn an external VMware vSphere 6.x deployment, AMP Central or AMP-VX and the VxBlock System 1000 each have with a pair of VMware PSCs for management and production workloads. AMP-3S has a single VMware vCSA instance with a pair of VMware PSCs used for management and production workloads. VMware vCenter Server with VMware vSphere 7.0The AMP and VxBlock System use a single VMware Single Sign-on (SSO) domain to provide a single interface for all VMware vCenters Servers. VLAN names, values, and examples for VMware vSphere 7.0VMware vSphere 7.0 uses unique naming practices for VLAN names, port group names, and example values. These example values are provided for Dell EMC AMP and VxBlock System documentation. You can work with your Dell Technologies Sales Engineer to customize naming requirements. Unique naming is imperative for autonomous computing, containers, and the use of APIs and custom scripting to manage virtual infrastructure. VLAN examples for VMware vSphere 7.0VLAN examples are provided for AMP management and the workload VxBlock System 1000.