Paper: HP DBC Reference Architecture technical overview

HP has released a paper titled: "HP DBC Reference Architecture technical overview". The paper which contains 55 pages contains a reference architecture solution for database consolidation, provisioning, and running thousands of I/O demanding database workloads in a Microsoft private cloud model. The DBC RA provides a foundation for building a high-performance Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization platform that has been optimized to consolidate and provision hundreds to thousands of database workloads while providing extremely high availability at all levels – from the underlying network and storage fabrics up to the virtual machine (VM) layer.

The DBC RA is built on the HP Converged Infrastructure, including the HP BladeSystem architecture, HP Virtual Connect fabric, and HP P2000 G3 storage arrays. By designing on the HP BladeSystem, the DBC RA can be sized and scaled in a modular fashion, simplifying scaling up and out as additional resources are required. Additionally the HP BladeSystem architecture helps to not only reduce the footprint of the solution but also reduce the environmental requirements through advanced power and thermal capabilities. HP Virtual Connect provides the converged fabric for the DBC RA and the ability to specifically allocate network ports and associated bandwidth per the DBC RA requirements; a very important capability when building a virtualization platform due to the complex networking requirements. Coupling these technologies with the HP P2000 G3 Modular Smart Array (P2000) storage subsystem, the DBC RA provides an extremely dense platform for the deployment of enterprise databases that require high levels of storage performance.


The paper contains the following sections:

  • Introduction t the HP DBC Reference Architecture
  • Solution Architecture
  • Ordering and purchasing the DBC Reference Architecture
  • Deploying the DBC Reference Architecture
  • DBC Reference Architecture bill of materials
  • Wiring and cabling diagrams