The real benefits when using HP Blade servers and Cisco Nexus 7000 switch ?

Hi People,

Can anyone here share your thoughts and comments about what can be done and good about using HP Blade Server (with Virtual Connect module) and Cisco Nexus 7000 switch ?

I'm planning to build new data center environment for multi tenancy project and also PCI-compliance network where separate VLAN is needed to segregate network with Card data traffic against normal user data.

Do I need to implement firewall in between VLAN or just Nexus iOS can secure it ?

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With Nexus 7000 you can create virtual switches that would help you isolating environments. With the HP blade you can create a virtulization environment using vmware, for example, that integrates with cisco virtual switches.
The downside of virtualization in a blade configuration is that when you reach your capacity you'd need to buy a new enclosure to add new blades. Otherwise, it's about the same, knowing that you'd end with a single point of failure (blade chassis).

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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
yes that's what I'd like to implement, installing VMware vSphere ESXi on each of the Blade servers.
I reckon that I can leverage the trunk port which connects to the Nexus and then from the Nexus the multiple VLAN can be defined to isolate each traffic.
Yes, you can use the trunk port for that. Remember that you will have virtual switches so VLANs would only be needed if you need to isolate traffic within those vSwitches and not for your physical infrastructure.
Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
thanks !
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