Pivotal Ready Architecture

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Executive Summary

Pivotal Ready Architecture (PRA) is an integrated Pivotal Cloud Foundry/Pivotal Container Service environment built on hyperconverged hardware/software infrastructure. It offers high performance potential, convenience, and addresses the challenges of creating, testing, and updating applications in a consolidated production environment.

Key Benefits

PRA enables you to quickly and reliably create an integrated development platform and provides a variety of deployment options to meet your needs. It is a tested PCF deployment that uses the scalable, hyper-converged Dell EMC VxRail Appliance and VMware vSphere with VMware vSAN and NSX-T Data Center. With PRA, you can deploy a production-ready PAS environment or Enterprise PKS Kubernetes clusters more quickly and more reliably than when using a do-it-yourself approach.

The PAS and Enterprise PKS deployments are designed to meet application operational needs. Dell EMC, VMware, and Pivotal Services can help with installing and testing PRA in your IT environment. IT professionals tasked with planning compute, network, and storage capacity can work with Dell EMC Services to determine the sizing requirements for these resources

PRA enables developers to publish, run, and scale legacy, packaged software, and cloud-native applications. The PRA platform is based on an integrated infrastructure that enables IT operators to easily manage and scale the development environment with tools such as VxRail Manager and PCF Operations Manager.

With PRA, you benefit from:

  • Reference architectures for a variety of highly available Pivotal software deployments
  • Private cloud and infrastructure services with simplified deployment
  • Highly available platform on which to develop, and quickly deploy applications, reducing the time for application delivery
  • Modern developer platforms, that boost developer productivity by combining application services, service discovery, container management, and orchestration within an ecosystem of developer tool plug-ins
  • Consistent cloud solution, providing increased reliability, portability, and agility

Versions and Bill of Materials

Validated Versions And Interoperability For This Release

This recommended architecture includes VMware vSphere and NSX-T Data Center, a software-defined network virtualization that runs on VMware ESXi hosts and combines routing, firewalling, NAT/SNAT, and load balancing.

Supported Software Components For Interoperability

Software Component Version
VxRail HCI System Software 4.7.212 and newer
VMware vSphere ESXi 6.7 express patch 10 GA build 13981272
VMware vCenter (VCSA) v6.7U2c GA build 14070457
VMware vSAN v6.7 express patch 10
VMware NSX-T Data Center 2.4.1 and newer
Pivotal Ops Manager 2.6.latest
Pivotal PAS 2.6.latest*
Pivotal/VMware Enterprise PKS 1.5.latest
VMware NSX-T Container Plug-in for PCF 2.4.latest*
VMware Harbor Registry 1.8.latest
Dell EMC ECS [untested in this release, planned for next one]

Note: Compared with PKS, VMware offers PAS/Cloud Foundry NSX-T Container Plug-in (NCP) as a separate product. PAS 2.6 and NCP 2.4 are validated in PRA, but VMware is the ultimate, most current source for a compatibility matrix and support entitlement VMware NSX-T Container Plug-in

To use all the features listed here, NSX-T Data Center requires at least Advanced licensing from VMware when used with PAS. The equivalent of that licensing is included with the Enterprise PKS product.

The following Bill of Materials was used to validate this interoperability matrix. These systems were selected as broadly representative of the common customer installations and do not limit or represent an exhaustive list of possibilities.

Lab Validated Components BOM

Component Version or Model
VxRail Node Type E560
VxRail HCI System Software 4.7.212
VxRail BIOS 1.6.12
VxRail iDRAC Firmware
VxRail CPU (x2) Intel® Xeon® Gold 5120 CPU @ 2.20GHz
VxRail NIC Intel® 10GbE 4P X710 rNDC 4 port
VxRail RAM (x12) per 32GB (x12) DDR-4 2400Mhz
Cache Tier Toshiba PX05SMB080Y 800GB (x2)
Capacity Tier Seagate ST2000NX0423 2TB (x4)
VMware NSX-T Data Center 2.4.1
Enterprise PKS 1.5.0
Pivotal Application Service 2.6.4
Pivotal Ops Manager 2.6.7
VMware Harbor Registry 1.8.2