Bringing compute and storage together

By Kate Davis, HPE Software-Defined Storage @KateAtHP

We’re kicking off the new year with a new blog series – Software-Defined Saturdays. As 2015 unfolds, the topic of hyper-convergence will play a large part in discussions, as many vendors are now entering this space and businesses are interested in building more efficient virtualized infrastructures. Since our latest software-defined products announcement was of our new hyper-converged appliances, that’s what I’m going to kick this series off with.

Sifting through the hype about hyper-converged

Several architecture benefits are driving hyper-converged adoption. Most of these are focused around the reduction of costs and complexity as well as simplified management with a converged infrastructure. This means less components to purchase because it’s a pre-built appliance—offering you ease of deployment with all software pre-installed, plus a single management tool used for day-to-day activities and monitoring. It’s a fully functioning, highly available virtualized infrastructure with compute plus storage plus software plus management that’s up and running in less than 15 minutes and only takes up 2U of rack space.

Fun facts

Did you know…

While HPE is not first to market in this area, we are the only vendor that has a hyper-converged product incorporating our own IP, end-to-end. We use HPE ProLiant servers, StoreVirtual storage, our own VMware distribution and vCenter management tool with HPE component integration, as well as our new OneView InstantOn startup tool. You get all of these proven solutions plus our worldwide distribution and support team.

As if that wasn’t enough, HPE has the only storage portfolio that can span dedicated arrays, virtual storage, hyper-converged appliances and cloud solutions—all with a common OS providing rich data services and mobility. That’s right…you can build an infrastructure to meet your application, infrastructure and budget needs AND have the ability to move data from system to system, replicated across sites AND manage everything from a single console. (I’ll go more into this in a future blog post.)

And on top of all this, we give you flexibility to choose the type of storage you need (all SAS or hybrid SSD/SAS) and choose to either buy VMware licenses or use an existing ELA. Taking it one step further, starting next month we’ll have three different versions of hyper-converged solutions (StoreVirtual-based, an EVO:Rail version and a solution for HPE CloudSystem environments).

Inside HPE ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual System

Now, let’s take you inside the HPE ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual system. It’s designed from the ground up with tight storage, server, hypervisor and management integration. The combination of proven HPE ProLiant and HPE StoreVirtual technologies bring you compute density and efficiency—plus an all-inclusive, enterprise-level storage feature set to support scale-out of consolidated virtualized applications and virtual desktops.

Two 200-HC StoreVirtual models to choose from

Depending on your specific needs, you can choose between:

– HPE ConvergedSystem 242-HC StoreVirtual—a hybrid, auto-tiering model with full SAS and SSD capacity to serve performance and latency-sensitive workloads

– HPE ConvergedSystem 240-HC StoreVirtual—an all-SAS model to meet larger capacity requirements at a lower cost

In either case, you gain a converged system that is:

– Fast to deploy

– Simply to manage

– Optimized for virtualization

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s Aboubacar Diare, Chief Architect, Software-Defined Storage, with a demo of the HPE ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual System. He explains what is so “cool” and “elegant” about this hyper-converged system—with a complete software and hardware overview.

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