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SolidFire SF3010 All-SSD storage system with Citrix CloudPlatform 3.0.5

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This reference architecture is a guideline for deploying Citrix CloudPlatform, powered by Apache CloudStack, with a SolidFire all-SSD storage system.

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Compatible with

  • XenServer 6.0
  • XenServer 6.1


  • Citrix Hypervisor (XenServer)

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The main objective is to articulate key architectural design considerations required to successfully deploy CloudPlatform version 3.0.5 on the SolidFire SF3010 SSD storage system. Using SolidFire storage as the basis of the CloudPlatform cloud, enterprises and service providers can achieve consistent application performance and quality of service (QoS) controls in a multi-tenant infrastructure.

Solution components

SolidFire SF3010

The SolidFire cluster consists of four nodes connected to the Dell

PowerConnect switches.

  • SF3010 (10) 300GB 2.5” SSD/12TB/50,000 IOPS


  • CloudPlatform management server 3.0.5 patch1 running on CentOS 5.7 (two nodes clustered)
  • MySQL database version 5.1 on Debian Squeeze (two nodes clustered)
  • CloudPortal Business Manager 1.4.3 on CentOS 5.7 (two nodes clustered)
  • Citrix Hypervisor, formerly XenServer 6.1 hypervisor for Citrix CloudPlatform, Citrix® CloudPortal® Business Manager and MySQL instances
  • Citrix Hypervisor 6.0.2 for zone and guest virtual machines (VMs) accessed on Dell PowerEdge R210 II servers
  • NFS secondary storage (image and backup library)
  • iSCSI Primary storage (SolidFire SF3010 Storage Systems)

Other networking and storage switches

  • Citrix ADC, formerly NetScaler 10 for load balancing and web content switching
  • Dell PowerEdge R210 II for Citrix Hypervisor hosts
  • Dell PowerConnect 8024F 10Gb for storage switching
  • NetGear GSM 7328 for management switching
  • NetGear GSM 7328SO (OpenFlow capability) for guest VM switching

This solution comprised of CloudPlatform running with a SolidFire storage system provides a dynamic and agile infrastructure. CloudPlatform is the only open and flexible software platform that pools compute, storage and networking resources to build highly scalable and reliable public, private and hybrid infrastructure as a service (IaaS) clouds. Clouds built on CloudPlatform support legacy enterprise and cloud era workloads to meet the needs of both enterprises and service providers. SolidFire is an extremely scalable, automated and programmable storage platform, optimized for multi-tenancy.


Committed to providing comprehensive cloud services, SolidFire and Citrix are becoming well known in the industry for reliable, available and scalable cloud solutions. Many service providers and enterprises have turned to the combination of SolidFire all-SSD storage system and CloudPlatform for flexible and agile delivery and management of cloud services. The reference architecture in this document simplifies the deployment of these products by providing infrastructure guidelines and best practice configuration