HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC – StoreVirtual or EVO:RAIL

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Since the introduction of EVO:RAIL at VMworld there has been a lot of hype. Although Hyper-Converged has been around for a while with companies like Nutanix and SimpliVity, VMware EVO:RAIL has been getting a lot of attention. For those who are new to Hyper-Converged, it is a grouping of multiple information technology components into a single, optimized computing package. Components of a converged infrastructure may include servers, data-storage devices, networking equipment and software for IT infrastructure management, automation and orchestration.

In the case of the ConvergedSystem 200-HC, it does just that. The compact 2U/4-node form factor allows midsize and enterprise remote offices to virtualize a variety of workloads. There are two options  available for the 200-HC, EVO:RAIL and StoreVirtual. Both coming out the door at north of 100K. Details below;

HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual

Integrates advanced data services based on storage management software from HP. Many features of a Storage Area Network—but with no SAN required.

 

HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO:RAIL environments

A complete VMware-centric, software-defined system. Based on end-to-end HP and hypervisor innovation, HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual System is a virtualization platform for VMware vSphereâ„¢ that combines powerful compute, highly available storage, hypervisor, and management capabilities into a single, scale-out appliance.

 

The ConvergedSystem 200-HC models are production-ready in 15 minutes and can be used for any project where simplicity is key. It’s a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) in a box!  So why would organization want to move towards a Hyper-Converged model? Over the last decade companies have experienced dynamic growth of business applications resulting in terabytes of data. IT resources were deployed in a silo-like fashion. One set of resources has been devoted to one particular computing technology, business application or line of business. These resources support a single set of assumptions and cannot be optimized or reconfigured to support varying usage loads.

IT sprawl in data centers has contributed to rising operations costs, reducing productivity, and flexibility. A converged infrastructure addresses the problem of siloed architectures and IT sprawl by pooling and sharing IT resources. Rather than dedicating a set of resources to a particular computing technology (San/Servers/Network), application or line of business, converged infrastructure creates a pool of virtualized server, storage and networking capacity that is shared by multiple applications and lines of business. That being said, is HyperConvergence right for you? Keep on reading, find out.

I would like to focus on the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual. I had a chance to see it in action at HP Discover Barcelona.  So what is in the box?

  • VMware vSphere 5.5 – The Hypervisor leader
  • HP StoreVirtual VSA software – Choice between a hybrid, auto-tiering model with SAS and SSD capacity to serve performance and latency-sensitive workloads
  • 4-node HP ProLiant Server  – Features four individually serviceable servers in a 2U chassis – CS 242-HC
  • HP OneView for VMware vSphere – Centralized management of compute, storage, and virtual machines from inside VMware vCenter Serverâ„¢ alleviates the need for specialized server, storage or virtualization expertise.
  • HP OneView Instant ON – Wizard-driven startup enables complete deployment of virtualized compute and storage infrastructure in under 15 minutes.
  • Factory installation of all software

As it is built on the HP’s StoreVirtual technology, it brings all the advantages StoreVirtual has been providing to 1 million licensed users supporting millions of virtual machines running on HP ProLiant Servers. Throughout the week, I had the chance to discuss both options with the HP engineers and below is what I have identified the key differentiation’s between StoreVirtual vs EVO:RAIL (VSAN); Again, this is not new technology rather it is leveraging the VSA features to deliver these advantages.
PS. HP now offers a 1TB StoreVirtual VSA license free to customers investing in any new Intel-based server – including those from Dell, IBM, Lenovo, and others.

  • Stretch cluster capabilities support business continuity by keeping applications online during appliance, rack-level, or site-wide outages.
  • Flexible disaster recovery is made possible via replication from one hyper-converged system to another, or to a low-cost server running HP StoreVirtual VSA software.
  • Centralized management of compute, storage, and virtual machines from inside VMware vCenter Serverâ„¢ alleviates the need for specialized server, storage or virtualization expertise.

 

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HP Blogs – Hyper-Converged Building Blocks in the Open Software-Defined Data Center

 

It is definitely new to the market however I believe the solution is Enterprise grade and will only get better as it leverages StorVirtual (old Lefthand Networks) or EVO:RAIL (VSAN). Hyper-Converged infrastructures will allow IT organization to concentrate on what matters most by simplifying the delivery and management of infrastructure. Which model makes sense for your organization depends on what your strategy. Will your organization be able to deliver IT leveraging only Hyper-Converged systems? Only a proper Case Study will tell. Although many would like to run 100% virtualized, the physical servers and equipment will always exist. The goal is to be able to manage all components of your infrastructure like this hyper-converged infrastructure does! AKA HP OneView

 

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