Setting Up the Hardware for HyperScale X Reference Architecture

Review the hardware requirements needed for the installation.

  1. Confirm that the purchased server hardware conforms to the HyperScale X validated Bill-of-Materials (BOM).

    For more information on the BOM needed for your server model, refer to the linked documents available in Design Specifications for HyperScale X Reference Architecture.

  2. Confirm that the initial hardware setup is complete.

    This includes console access, mirrored OS disks except on N4 Reference Architecture nodes, and setting HDDs in pass-through/JBOD mode.

    Make sure that the hardware is functioning properly, including the following:

    • Power supply

    • Fans

    • No failed hard drives

    Depending on your network topology, set up the network as described in the Network Requirements section of the following:

  3. Determine if SAN/FC connectivity is required.


    • This requires the purchase of FC HBA for all except Cisco UCS servers.

    • Dell R740XD2 has limited PCIe slots and requires adjustments to the design to accommodate an FC HBA.

  4. For Cisco UCS Servers, verify the isco firmware version.


    Cisco firmware revision 4.0(4) or higher is required with HyperScale X.

    If using Cisco UCS server nodes, determine if it is UCS Managed (includes fabric-interconnects) or unmanaged (without interconnects).

  5. Hardware vendors support both UEFI and Legacy boot modes. Only UEFI boot mode is supported for installing HyperScale X.