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To Vblock or Not to VBlock

Hi

I am a newbie to Telepresence, so bear with me.

Our Intention is to deply a Full Immersive Telepresence infrastructure into our enviornment.

We have 3 large Data Centres and number of remote sites and home users.

The intention is to deploy TMS 14.1 and TMSXE 3.1  into or AD and VCS-C and VCS-E will use DNS.

We will integrate this with our MS Exchange 2010 environment. Exchange is load balanced

 

Questions:

 

With the requirements for 1:2 vCPU to pCPU mapping, smiliarly 1:1 mapping for RAM and the strict co resedency rules for VM, is placing the VCS and TMS servers within a Vblock a expensive blade solution?

 

With the above question in mind is Telepresence not best suited outside a Vblock blade chassis, unless the intention is to dedicate a blade to each VSC VM?

 

Does TMSXE v3.1 support load balance Exchange CAS servers.

 

I have been having issues with these questions and value any input.

Thanks in advance

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Ahh, that makes sense.Yes,

Ahh, that makes sense.

Yes, TMSXE supports load balanced Exchange CAS servers.

http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/td/docs/telepresence/infrastructure/tmsxe/install_guide/Cisco_TMSXE_install_guide_3-1-2.pdf

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Hello,I am not sure about the

Hello,

I am not sure about the pricing of a vBlock solution but i think dedicating a vblock solution just for TP solution is going to get expensive. It is true that you need a 1:1 CPU reservation for VCS but depending on the number of applications on a server and the number of CPUs on a server, you should be able to get away with a pizza box Cisco server. Not knowing your requirements, endpoints etc, it will be difficult to comment.

I would suggest you take a look at: http://docwiki.cisco.com/wiki/Unified_Communications_in_a_Virtualized_Environment and figure how much horse power is required and see what the equivalent C series server is going to be and compare costs with the vBlock solution.

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Hi George,Thanks for your

Hi George,

Thanks for your quick response.

The Vblock would host other workloads. However, the VCS requirements would mean 8 vCPU mapped to 8 of the 16 cores in a blade .

I agree pizza boxes are a better choice

We have decided that with the co-residency VCS rule it make sense to dedicate the blade to a VM.

 

Essentially this means 4 Blades (VCS-C, VCS-E,TMS, TMSXE) this is half of a chassis allocation (half hieght blades).

i will also review the doc you refrenced.

 

As great as VBlock, just because it can be deployed within a VBlock does not mean it should

 

Thanks again.

 

I am not sure I understand

I am not sure I understand the logic behind giving a blade to a single application. Where do you see that requirement? How many cores are available on a single balde?

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Base on the requirement for a

Base on the requirement for a large VCS-C\VCS-E

see: http://docwiki.cisco.com/wiki/Virtualization_for_Cisco_TelePresence_Video_Communications_Server

 

The Blades have 16 cores, B200 M3.

Essentially with a VCS-C its a half a balde worth of CPU

 

Still unable to determine if,TMSXE v3.1 support load balance Exchange CAS servers

 

Ahh, that makes sense.Yes,

Ahh, that makes sense.

Yes, TMSXE supports load balanced Exchange CAS servers.

http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/td/docs/telepresence/infrastructure/tmsxe/install_guide/Cisco_TMSXE_install_guide_3-1-2.pdf

Page 30.

Good luck!

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Thanlks George.

Thanlks George.

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