Technical specifications for small, medium, and large architectures

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The FlexPod design enables a flexible infrastructure that encompasses many different components and software versions. Use TR-4036: FlexPod Technical Specifications as a guide for building or assembling a valid FlexPod configuration. The configurations that are detailed are only the minimum requirements for FlexPod, and they are just a sample. They can be expanded in the included product families as required for different environments and use cases.

The following table lists the capacity configurations for the Epic production database workload. The total capacity listed accommodates the need for all Epic components.

Small Medium Large

Platform

One AFF A300 HA pair

One AFF A300 HA pair

One AFF A300 HA pair

Disk shelves

24 x 3.8TB

48 x 3.8TB

96 x 3.8TB

Epic database size

3 to 20TB

20TB-40TB

>40TB

Total IOPS

22,000

50,000

125,000

Raw

92.16TB

184.32TB

368.64TB

Usable capacity

65.02TiB

134.36TiB

269.51TiB

Effective capacity (2:1 storage efficiency)

130.04TiB

268.71TiB

539.03TiB

Epic production workloads can be easily satisfied with a single AFF A300 HA pair. An AFF A300 HA pair can push upward of 200k IOPs, which satisfies a large Epic deployment with room for more shared workloads.

Some customer environments might have multiple Epic production workloads running simultaneously, or they might simply have higher IOP requirements. In that case, work with the NetApp account team to size the storage systems according to the required IOPs and capacity and arrive at the right platform to serve the workloads. There are customers running multiple Epic environments on an AFF A700 HA pair.

The following table lists the standard software required for the small, medium, and large configurations.

Software Product family Version or release

Storage

Data ONTAP

ONTAP 9.3 GA

Network

Cisco UCS-FI

Cisco UCS Manager 3.2(2f)

Cisco Ethernet switches

7.0(3)I7(2)

Cisco FC: Cisco MDS 9132T

8.2(2)

Hypervisor

Hypervisor

VMware vSphere ESXi 6.5 U1

VMs

RHEL 7.4

Management

Hypervisor management system

VMware vCenter Server 6.5 U1 (VCSA)

NetApp Virtual Storage Console

VSC 7.0P1

SnapCenter

SnapCenter 4.0

Cisco UCS Manager

3.2(2f) or later

The following table lists small configuration infrastructure components.

Layer Product family Quantity and model Details

Compute

Cisco UCS 5108 Chassis

Two

Based on the number of blades required to support the users

Cisco UCS blade servers

4 x B200 M5

Each with 2 x 18 cores, 2.7GHz, and 384GB
BIOS 3.2(2f)

Cisco UCS VIC

4 x UCS 1340

VMware ESXi fNIC FC driver: 1.6.0.34
VMware ESXi eNIC Ethernet driver: 1.0.6.0
(see the matrix)

2 x Cisco UCS FI

6332-16UP with Cisco UCS Manager 3.2 (2f)

Network

Cisco Ethernet switches

2 x Cisco Nexus 93180YC-FX

Storage network

IP network N9k for BLOB storage

FI and UCS chassis

FC: Cisco MDS 9132T

Two Cisco 9132T switches

Storage

NetApp AFF A300

1 HA pair

1 x 2-node cluster

DS224C disk shelf

1 DS224C disk shelf (fully populated with 24 drives)

One fully populated disk shelf

SSD

24 x 3.8TB

A single disk shelf of 3.8TB SSD drives should suffice for most smaller Epic customer deployments. However, for shared workloads, more disk capacity might be required. You must size for your capacity accordingly.

The following table lists the medium configuration infrastructure components.

Layer Product family Quantity and model Details

Compute

Cisco UCS 5108 Chassis

Four

Based on the number of blades required to support the users

Cisco UCS blade servers

4 x B200 M5

Each with 2 x 18 cores, 2.7GHz/3.0Ghz, and 384GB
4 sockets for Cache DB
BIOS 3.2(2f)

Cisco UCS VIC

4 x UCS 1340

VMware ESXi fNIC FC driver: 1.6.0.34
VMware ESXi eNIC Ethernet driver: 1.0.6.0
(see the matrix)

2 x Cisco UCS FI

6332-16UP with Cisco UCS Manager 3.2(2f)

Network

Cisco Ethernet switches

2 x Cisco Nexus 93180YC-FX

Storage network

IP network: Cisco N9k for BLOB storage

FI and Cisco UCS chassis

FC: Cisco MDS 9132T

Two Cisco 9132T switches

Storage

NetApp AFF A300

2 HA pairs

2 x 2-node cluster for all Epic workloads (Production, Report, Clarity, VMware, Citrix, CIFS, and so on)

DS224C disk shelf

2 x DS224C disk shelves

2 fully populated disk shelves

SSD

48 x 3.8TB

Four disk shelves of 3.8TB SSD drives should suffice for almost all medium Epic customer deployments. However, assess your disk capacity requirements and size for required capacity accordingly.

The following table lists the large configuration infrastructure components.

Layer Product family Quantity and model Details

Compute

Cisco UCS 5108 Chassis

8

Cisco UCS blade servers

4 x B200 M5

Each with 2 x 24 cores, 2.7GHz, and 576GB
BIOS 3.2(2f)

Cisco UCS VIC

4 x UCS 1340

VMware ESXi fNIC FC driver: 1.6.0.34
VMware ESXi eNIC Ethernet driver: 1.0.6.0
(see the matrix)

2 x Cisco UCS FI

6332-16UP with Cisco UCS Manager 3.2(2f)

Network

Cisco Ethernet switches

2 x Cisco Nexus 93180YC-FX

Storage network

IP network: Cisco N9k for BLOB storage

FC: Cisco MDS 9706

Two Cisco 9706 switches

Storage

NetApp AFF A300

3 HA pairs

3 x 2-node cluster for Epic workloads (Prod, Report, Clarity, VMware, Citrix, CIFS, and so on)

DS224C disk shelf

4 x DS224C disk shelves

4 fully populated disk shelves

SSD

96 x 3.8TB

Some customer environments might have multiple Epic production workloads running simultaneously, or they might simply have higher IOPS requirements. In such cases, work with the NetApp account team to size the storage systems according to the required IOPS and capacity and determine the right platform to serve the workloads. There are customers running multiple Epic environments on an AFF A700 HA pair.