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Overview

Before you deploy Hitachi UCP Advisor, you must verify the prerequisites, complete the task checklist, configure the dependencies, and download the OVF file.

About UCP Advisor

Hitachi Unified Computing Platform Advisor (UCP Advisor) provides a single framework for managing diverse and distributed environments across the UCP system family.

The key management and deployment benefits include:

  • Provide a single management interface for all physical and virtual infrastructure resources
  • Provision and manage both physical and virtual storage
  • Manage virtual networking, including synchronization up to the physical network switch
  • Deploy and manage physical compute servers
  • Provision onboard storage, compute and network configuration, and import existing configuration via a .csv file
  • Provide simple and efficient firmware upgrade and management
  • Facilitate configuration of VMware software, including vRealize Orchestrator and vRealize Log Insight
  • Accomplish complex IT operations and workflows such as smart provisioning, data replication, and VMware provisioning through orchestration
  • Manage business continuity aspects with regards to backup and data replication scenarios

UCP Advisor is distributed as an OVF format virtual machine template named UCP Advisor Controller Virtual Machine.

Concept and architecture

The software and hardware components provided in this section comprise the UCP Advisor architecture.

UCP Advisor is distributed in an OVF format and consists of two Advisor virtual machine components:

  • UCP Controller VM
  • Advisor Gateway (AGW) VM

The VMs are deployed on the management node. The following diagram shows the UCP Advisor components.

The following figure shows the management node, and its relation to the architecture and systems interacting with UCP Advisor in the converged infrastructure. These devices reside in the same physical rack.

The UCP converged infrastructure appliance is shown in the following figure. This figure shows a fully populated converged appliance.

Hardware and software

A description of the hardware and software components within the UCP Advisor architecture follows.

Support hardware matrix

The UCP Advisor support hardware matrix identifies the supported UCP Advisor appliances and devices.

Server
UCP (CI)(Skylake) UCP (HC) (Skylake) UCP 2000 (Broadwell) UCP (HC) (Broadwell) UCP Rack Scale (Broadwell)
DS120 (D52B-1U) v120F (D52B-1U) T41S-2U v210/F (D51B-2U) v240/F (T41S-2U) v210/F (D51B-2U)

The UCP Advisor compute hardware and firmware requirements are identified, as follows:

Compute
Model Firmware
DS120 (D52B-1U1N) BIOS 3A08.H2
BMC 3.16.06_HDS
D51B-2U1N BIOS S2B_3B09.01
BMC 3.52.00
T41S-2U4N BIOS S2S_3B08.02
BMC 3.52
Network
UCP (CI)(Skylake) UCP (HC) (Skylake) UCP 2000 (Broadwell) UCP (HC) (Broadwell) UCP Rack Scale (Broadwell)
Ethernet Cisco 93180YC Cisco 93180LC (Optional) Cisco 93180YC Cisco 93180LC Brocade 6740/6940 (Optional) Brocade 6740/6940 Cisco 9372PX Cisco 9332PQ
Fibre Channel Brocade G620 N/A (vSAN) Brocade 6505/6510 N/A (vSAN) N/A (vSAN)
Management Cisco 3048 (Optional) Cisco 3048 Brocade 7450 (Optional) Brocade 7450 Quanta T1048 LB9

The UCP Advisor Ethernet switch models and firmware requirements are identified, as follows:

Ethernet Switch
Model Firmware
Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX NX-OS version 7.0(3)I4(6)
Cisco Nexus 93180LC-EX NX-OS version 0(3)I7(1)
Cisco Nexus 9372PX NV-OS version 0.(3)I2(4)
Cisco Nexus 9332PQ NX-OS version 0.(3)I2(4)
Brocade VDX 6740 v7.0.0a
Brocade VDX 6940 v7.0.0a
Ethernet Switch (management)
Model Firmware
Cisco Nexus 3048 NX-OS Version 7.0(3)I4(6)
Brocade ICX 7450 08040
Quanta T1048 LB9 Cumulus Linux 2.5.8

The UCP Advisor Fibre Channel switch models and firmware requirements are identified, as follows:

Fibre Channel Switch
Model Firmware
Brocade G620 v8.0.1
Brocade 6505 V7.4.1d
Brocade 6510 V7.4.1d

UCP Advisor supports the following storage devices:

Storage
UCP (CI)(Skylake) UCP (HC) (Skylake) UCP 2000 (Broadwell) UCP (HC) (Broadwell) UCP Rack Scale (Broadwell)
Storage
  • VSP G200
  • VPS G/F400
  • VPS G/F600
  • VPS G/F800
  • VSP G/F1500
N/A (vSAN)
  • VSP G200
  • VSP G/F400
  • VSP G/F600
  • VPS G/F800
N/A (vSAN) N/A (vSAN)

The UCP Advisor storage models and microcode requirements are identified, as follows:

Storage
Model Microcode1
VSP G200 83-04-26-20/00
VSP G400 83-04-26-40/00
VSP G600 83-04-26-40/00
VSP G800 83-04-26-60/00
VSP G1500 80-05-01-00/00
VSP F400 83-04-26-40/00
VSP F600 83-04-26-40/00
VSP F800 83-04-26-60/00
VSP F1500 80-05-01-00/00
  1. The listed microcode versions are the minimum versions.

Support feature matrix

The UCP Advisor support feature matrix identifies the supported UCP Advisor features.

Server
UCP (CI)(Skylake) UCP (HC) (Skylake) UCP 2000 (Broadwell) UCP (HC) (Broadwell) UCP Rack Scale (Broadwell)
Inventory Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Provisioning Yes Yes Yes 1 Yes 1 Yes 2
Firmware Update Yes Yes No No No
  1. Broadwell server provisioning: Server LID, power control, boot options, deploying the ESXi host to datacenter/cluster, and replacing the ESXi host in vCenter (the source and target firmware versions must be identical).
  2. Deploying the ESXi host to the datacenter/cluster, and replacing the host in vCenter is managed by VCF.
Ethernet
UCP (CI)(Skylake) UCP (HC) (Skylake) UCP 2000 (Broadwell) UCP (HC) (Broadwell) UCP Rack Scale (Broadwell)
Inventory Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Provisioning Yes Yes No No No
Firmware Update Yes Yes No No No
Fibre Channel
UCP (CI)(Skylake) UCP (HC) (Skylake) UCP 2000 (Broadwell) UCP (HC) (Broadwell) UCP Rack Scale (Broadwell)
Inventory Yes N/A (vSAN) Yes N/A (vSAN) N/A (vSAN)
Provisioning Yes N/A (vSAN) No N/A (vSAN) N/A (vSAN)
Firmware Update Yes N/A (vSAN) No N/A (vSAN) N/A (vSAN)
Storage
UCP (CI)(Skylake) UCP (HC) (Skylake) UCP 2000 (Broadwell) UCP (HC) (Broadwell) UCP Rack Scale (Broadwell)
Inventory Yes Yes (vSAN) Yes Yes (vSAN) Yes (vSAN) 1
Provisioning Yes No (vSAN) Yes No (vSAN) No (vSAN)
  1. The vSAN information is only used for the primary vCSA workload domain hosts and onboarding. There is no vSAN information on the non-primary vCSA workload domain.

Supported hardware

The list of hardware requirements for UCP Advisor to work efficiently is as follows:

  • Fully deployed and configured UCP converged infrastructure or hyperconverged infrastructure
  • Management node for UCP Advisor component deployment

UCP converged infrastructure and hyperconverged infrastructure

The UCP Advisor converged infrastructure and hyperconverged infrastructure contains various hardware components.

The following figure shows the UCP converged infrastructure appliance. The storage, network, and compute components are contained inside.

The following table provides the internal components of the converged infrastructure.

RACK-1 RACK-2 RACK-3 RACK-4
Usually where the management node is located (Management node RACK 1 only)
Cisco Nexus 93180LC-EX (spine switch) (Cisco Nexus 93180LC-EX RACK 1 only)
Cisco Nexus 93180LC-EX (spine switch) (Cisco Nexus 93180LC-EX RACK 1 only)
Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX (Leaf switch) Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX (Leaf switch) Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX (Leaf switch) Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX (Leaf switch)
Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX (Leaf switch) Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX (Leaf switch) Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX (Leaf switch) Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX (Leaf switch)
Brocade G620 Brocade G620 Brocade G620 Brocade G620
Brocade G620 Brocade G620 Brocade G620 Brocade G620
Cisco 3048 Cisco 3048 Cisco 3048 Cisco 3048
<Compute Nodes> <Compute Nodes> <Compute Nodes> <Compute Nodes>

Management node

The UCP Advisor Controller VM should be deployed on the management node(s) and have network connectivity to the UCP Advisor Gateway VM. The UCP Advisor Gateway VM needs a direct connection to all of the converged infrastructure management and Fibre Channel networks.

The UCP Advisor software should be deployed on clustered server nodes (two nodes). The management node requires a dual connection to ensure full and complete connectivity into the UCP infrastructure. The following figure shows the cluster configuration.

The different modes of deploying the management modes are:

  • Customer-provided node (already existing management node in which UCP Advisor and the necessary components can be installed).
  • Customer uses a Hitachi-provided 2U4N management node (Quanta T41S).
  • Optional configuration where the Advisor Gateway VM is installed on the compute node, while the Advisor Controller VM resides on the customer management node.

The management node T41S front view is shown in the following figure.

The management node T41S rear view is shown in the following figure.

UCP Advisor should be deployed on VMware high availability clustered servers and may coexist with nonmission-critical applications. UCP Advisor should not manage the servers that it is deployed on with the exception of the UCP Advisor Gateway VM.

The internal structure of the management node is shown in the following table.

Resource Quantity
RAM 8x32 GB DDR4 R-DIMM (256 GB) per node
CPUs (2 CPUs per node) Intel® Xeon® E5-2680 v4, 14c 2.3 GHz (Broadwell) (Skylake configuration)
Local storage 2x XXX GB 2.5" HDD per node
Emulex Lpe31002 16/32 GB (Gen6 FC) PCIe
2-port 10 GBE (Intel) OCP Mezzanine card
1 GB dedicated management port

The UCP Advisor management node internal structure is shown in the following figure.

Supported software

The UCP Advisor environment can include the following software programs. Prior to deploying, verify that the required software is installed and configured.

Mandatory Software
Software Version
VMware ESXi 6.5 U1 (Build 5969303)
VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 U1 (Build 5973321)
VMware Tools 10.1.7.5541682
VMware PowerCLI 6.5.2.6268016
UCP Advisor Controller 2.0.0.1422
UCP Advisor Gateway 5.2.0.2971
Java 8u144 64-bit (8.0.1440.1)
Python 2.7.6 (64-bit)
Redis 3.0.503
OpenSSH 7.5.1
VMware
Component Version
ESXi 6.5 U1 (Build 5969303)
vCSA 6.5 U1 (Build 5973321)
VMware Tools 10.1.7.5541682
VMware PowerCLI 6.5.2.6268016
vSAN 6.6.1
vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) 7.3
vRealize Log Insight (vRLI) 4.5
Hitachi Vantara
Hitachi Vantara Version
UCP Advisor Controller 2.0.0.1422
UCP Advisor Gateway 5.2.0.2971
HiStor 05.15.0.5271
Hitachi Automation Director 8.5.3
HiTrack 8.0 or greater
Other software
Software Version
Java 8u144 64-bit (8.0.1440.1)
Python 2.7.6 (64-bit)
Redis 3.0.503
OpenSSH 7.5.1

The software architecture and how it is deployed in a management node is shown in the following figure.

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi is an enterprise-class, type-1 hypervisor developed by VMware for deploying and serving virtual computers.

As a type-1 hypervisor, ESXi is not a software application that is installed in an operating system (OS). Instead, it includes and integrates vital OS components, such as a kernel.

ESXi 6.5 U1 is the minimum required version for deployment on one or more management nodes. The UCP Advisor VMs are deployed on the ESXi 6.5 U1 hypervisor or cluster when configured. The following figure shows the KVM console view when logged in to the ESXi hypervisor.

VMware vCenter Server Appliance

The VMware vCenter server enables you to centrally manage virtual machines and ESXi hosts.

vSphere client is used to access the vCenter server and ultimately manage ESXi servers.

If you choose to use your own VCSA, then UCP Advisor can be deployed there. Refer to the VMware VCSA Release Notes for more details.

UCP Advisor is deployed via plugin on VCSA. When it is installed, it appears as an icon in the VMware vCenter user interface. The following figure shows the VCSA 6.5 user interface.

VMware vRealize Orchestrator

VMware vRealize Orchestrator automates complex IT processes by simplifying the automation of complex IT tasks.

By integrating VMware vRealize Orchestrator with vRealize Suite and vCloud Suite, you improve service delivery efficiency, operational management, and IT agility. The following figure shows the vRealize Orchestrator Getting Started window.

VMware vRealize Log Insight

UCP Advisor provides a content pack and framework to capture compute and network device logs for VMware vRealize Log Insight.

vRealize Log Insight comes with built-in knowledge and native support for VMware vSphere with operations management. You can analyze logs beyond your virtual infrastructure and use a central log management solution to analyze data from your entire IT environment.

UCP Advisor provides a content pack and framework to capture compute and network device logs for VMware vRealize Log Insight.

The following figure shows the VMware Log-Insight Dashboard window.

Supported browser

Hitachi UCP Advisor supports Chrome browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The required version is 60.0 and later.