SimpliVity Omnicube Setup, Part 1

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We (DeltaWare) purchased a SimpliVity OmniCube for customer demonstration purposes.  This first blog in a three part series will cover pre-requisite and the physical install.  For people interested in learning more about what the OmniCube is and does, please check out this link.


When the install is finished there will be two Cloudera Hadoop instances, two  Windows 2012 R2 instances and a few VDI instances that can be used for customer demos.


What are the pre-requisites?  4 post rack, 1GB switch with a Management network, 10 GB Network (only required if installing more than 2 OmniCubes), 6 IP addresses (the install will take a minimum of 2 subnets, 3 if your Management network is separate from the main network and a vCenter Server)


First, un-box the systems, making sure that nothing was damaged in shipping.  If you are familiar with Dell servers and Dell rails, the setup and installation of the equipment should be very easy.  The OmniCube is a Dell 2U server with SimpliVities software and Accelerator board loaded in it.


Next, install the quick rails into the rack, the rails are nicely labeled and some of the easiest to install.  Carefully load the servers onto the rails and the OmniCubes are racked.  Note:  This process can almost be performed by one person, but to be safe have someone around to help load the OmniCubes onto the rails.

SimpliVity OmniCube
SimpliVity OmniCube Installed


Install the cable management arms onto the back of the server.


Next, plug in the cables (Power, CAT-6, 10GBe) per the directions that are included in the system packaging.


Connect a computer via a CAT-6 cable to the IPMI port -ie- DRAC port in Dell speak.  Configure the management port (IP address, new password), plug the management port into your management network.


Power on the Systems, connect to the IPMI port via a cable or via the network.  There is a nice console app right there that you can use to monitor the systems as they power on.  The OmniCubes run VMWare natively so just wait for the VMWare screen to pop up that lists out the current IP address of the ESXi host.


My next Blog -- Attaching/Integrating the SimpliVity OmniCube to an existing VMWare installation.

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