Visio by DPTPB: Nutanix stencil G6 (Skylake) update, Vol2


Generation 6 (G6) Hardware for NX-1065 and NX-8035

Last week Nutanix published more info on G6 hardware NX-1065-G6 and NX-8035-G6. Support Portal NIC replacement instructions (requires login) contains detailed information on various NIC options and also front and rear view drawings of the new G6 hardware.

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Visio by DPTPB: Nutanix stencil G6 (Skylake) update

Block NX-3460-G6 IPMI

Nutanix seems to have done a soft launch for the next generation G6 hardware. I haven’t seen much marketing around this, but some information is already trickling down. For example HW specifications of G6 platform are already available at Nutanix website.

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Visio by DPTPB: Nutanix stencils (V2)

March 15, 2017 update notes for Visio by DPTPB stencil collection

Executive Summary

  • Completely rebuilt/redesigned DPTPB Nutanix Visio stencil
  • Bye-bye for original Nutanix rear view shapes
    • I was never a fan of the original raster image based Nutanix shapes
    • So I made my own modular vector image based Nutanix rear view shapes
  • All rear view Nutanix DPTPB Visio shapes come now with connection points for easier shape placement
  • Separate NIC shapes
  • Data is now within top-level shapes
    • Like with all new style DPTPB shapes
    • Easier to access “Shape Data” window by clicking top-level shape
      • Not really a problem with Nutanix shapes, but was a major source of frustration with switch shapes
      • Now both Nutanix and Switch shapes behave similarly
    • Both front and rear view shapes

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Visio by DPTPB: Nutanix shapes

Feb 17,2017 update notes for Visio by DPTPB stencil collection, part 1

The first iteration of Nutanix shapes in Visio by DPTPB stencil collection. This has been on my to-do-list for a while and I haven’t put too much effort into it, few reasons for that:

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Visio by DPTPB: Front View Nutanix Shapes

Feb 17,2017 update notes for Visio by DPTPB stencil collection, part 2

Front View shapes are in-scale shapes, meant be used with front view rack shapes. Each shape has a label (nodel model number).

Picture: Nutanix NX-3460-G5 DPTPB shape (front view)


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Visio by DPTPB: Rear View Nutanix shapes

Feb 17,2017 update notes for Visio by DPTPB stencil collection, part 3

Rear view shapes are based on the original Nutanix shapes. Like with front view shapes there are additional elements and data associated with the shape.

Rear view shapes are slightly different than front view shapes. Rear view drawings are not in scale, so that there is more room to draw cabling and other elements required for documentation purposes. Elements like nodes and switches are grouped together in grouping boxes. This way you can get a high-level view of the solution without zooming in too much. To get more detailed information, you can zoom in to see details like port labels and such. For more info on rear view shape usage, please visit DPTPB generic rear view shape documentation

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Visio by DPTPB: Different ways to use the Nutanix Visio shapes

Feb 17,2017 update notes for Visio by DPTPB stencil collection, part 4

  • You can make drawing simpler and rely only on placeholder shapes
    • Assign ports with Port Assignment box (next to switch shape)
    • Limited space available for port assignments
    • With many nodes
      • Document port assignments for the first and last node
      • or
      • In more complex setups with many node types and different port assignments, use Excel and leave port assignment boxes empty
  • Or
  • You can spend more time/effort by using cable shapes to connect port placeholder shapes
    • This will give more accurate information

Having done few example drawings, I think that I will use placeholder style of drawing more often. With multiple similar Nutanix shapes it not so beneficial to draw cabling in place. In fact too many cables might make the drawing harder to understand. Maybe cable the first node or chassis and use placeholder shapes for the other nodes.

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