I can tell what hardware we use for VCL - other people may have different 

We use IBM's Blade Center H chassis with HS21/22 blades (7870 type): 

- 2xCPUs, from Xeon X5550 (older) to X5660 (newer), 
- 24GB to 48GB of memory, 
- 2x73GB RAID1 local storage (system only, can be replaced by embedded VMWare)

CPU and memory per blade will depend on how many VMs you would like to have on 
a ESXi host, or what is an application's hardware requirement if you plan to 
use xCAT.

Storage is N6040 (NetApp FAS3140 equivalent), using NFS - very flexibile and 
fast (NetApp works well with VMWARE). 
I would recommend to have de-duplication license, it saves a lot of space on 
the volume where you store images.

You will need two separate networks - Private (to be used by VCL) and Public 
(users access to reservations). 

I hope it helps. 
Let me know if you want to know something else...


Dmitri Chebotarov
Virtual Computing Lab Systems Engineer, TSD - Ent Servers & Messaging
223 Aquia Building, Ffx, MSN: 1B5
Phone: (703) 993-6175
Fax: (703) 993-3404

On Monday, April 9, 2012 at 15:00 , Pablo J. Rebollo-Sosa wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm interested to know about the typical hardware used to implement the 
> VCL solution in terms of chassis, CPU/cores, memory, storage, etc.
> Thanks in advanced.
> Pablo J. Rebollo-Sosa 

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