Friday, 05 December 2014 11:28

HP Launches Superdome X, NonStop X to transform infrastructure, big data and more

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HP lauds its ‘new innovations in compute, converged storage and software-defined infrastructure optimise IT to meet future demands’, released in Barcelona at its global HP Discover’ conference.

Hewlett Packard has unveiled its newest enterprise products and services that it says ‘will enable customers to transform operations across the data centre to enable growth, improve profitability and increase business agility’ at its HP Discover conference in Barcelona, which has sessions available to watch on-demand.

The company says that: “Infrastructure is the foundation for the rich, impactful next-generation applications, web services and user experiences that are enabled by trends in big data, cloud, mobility and security. As the business requirements for infrastructure multiply at an exponential rate in coming years, a strong foundation will be more important than ever to help customers compete and succeed.”

So, what do HP’s new solutions and services offer?

It says it enables ‘IT leaders to optimise their infrastructure for today’s needs while preparing for the workload and application demands of tomorrow.’

The new offerings include:

- Servers: HP Integrity Superdome X and HP Integrity NonStop X, which the company claims ‘allow customers to deploy mission-critical workloads in a highly scalable, available and cost-efficient x86 environment.’

- Storage: HP is offering ‘faster and more flexible converged storage with a new portfolio of multi-protocol flash-optimised HP 3PAR StoreServ systems featuring flat backup to HP StoreOnce.’

- Converged Systems: New software-defined converged infrastructure portfolio powered by HP OneView, HP Helion CloudSystem CS200-Hyper-Converged StoreVirtual, and HP ConvergedSystem 700 merges converged infrastructure, hyper-convergence, and software-definition to manage the most important workloads in infrastructure as a service (IaaS), cloud, mobility, and big data.

- Services: Expanded consulting and support services including HP Datacenter Care and HP Consulting for Software-defined Infrastructure to help customers support advanced cloud and software-defined infrastructure environments as they transition to the new style of IT.

Alan Hyde, VP and GM of HP South Pacific’s Enterprise Group said: “The new style of IT requires organisations to have a technology infrastructure in place that drives innovation and business outcomes. Today, HP is bringing to market innovations across our enterprise portfolio that will enable our customers to capture new possibilities for profitability and growth, while reducing data centre costs and risk.”

It will come as no surprise to enterprises and HP’s current and potential customers that ‘mission-critical environments cannot tolerate downtime or slow performance’, with HP promising ‘the latest introductions to HP’s Compute portfolio are tailored to run the most demanding business processing and decision support solutions, as well as the largest enterprise databases in a highly scalable x86 environment.’

It boasts that:

- HP Integrity Superdome X delivers four times faster e-commerce transactions than leading x86 platforms. For more stringent service level agreements (SLAs), it delivers 20 times more reliability with 60% less downtime than other x86 platforms. Additionally, it redefines economics for mission-critical compute with 32% lower total cost of ownership compared to competitive UNIX environments.

- HP Integrity NonStop X is a 100% fully integrated, fault-tolerant system architecture for the most-stringent uptime SLAs. To accommodate escalating transaction volume and support business growth, HP says ‘it offers up to 25x increase in system interconnect capacity. Twice the NonStop CPU density in a single enclosure enables decreased data centre footprint and costs.’

HP also talks up how it is ‘simplifying storage and reducing risk through convergence of flash storage and flat backup’, with its ‘converged storage solutions offering ‘unified, flash, and flat backup storage innovations that can serve the entire spectrum of storage requirements with a single design.’

The key points for its new 3PAR capabilities include:

- HP 3PAR File Persona delivers Network File System, Common Internet File System and object access on new HP 3PAR StoreServ platforms, boosting utilisation and lowering costs by moving storage-affinity related workloads such as data access, protection and analytics directly into the storage operating system and controller. All block, file, and object-access is now managed via a new 3PAR StoreServ Management Console which enables simple provisioning and features a search-enabled interface aligned with HP OneView.

- HP 3PAR StoreServ 7440c Converged Flash Array helps customers maximise investments via all-flash performance and configuration flexibility to support spinning media. With block, file, and object-access, 3.5 petabytes total capacity, all-flash optimised performance, enterprise-class resiliency, and high speed connectivity, this midrange-priced system increases agility, efficiency and cuts data centre space requirements. EMC VMAX customers can now easily move to these new 3PAR StoreServ systems via new 3PAR Online Import software - cutting data centre space requirements by 19 times and reducing costs by 8 times.

- HP StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central (RMC) software is a new application-managed backup feature for 3PAR StoreServ which delivers greater flexibility and reduced risk. StoreOnce RMC manages snapshots on 3PAR StoreServ systems and controls movement of changed data to a HP StoreOnce Backup target in a single-click, delivering greater protection and 17 times faster performance.

- HP StoreOnce Backup systems now include a new 50 terabyte StoreOnce VSA and expanded Kernel-based Virtual Machine hypervisor support to enable Backup-as-a-Service consolidation. The high-end HP StoreOnce 6500 now provides system-wide deduplication over eight nodes via Federated Catalyst enhancements; enabling easier management compared to traditional single-node limited architectures such as EMC Data Domain.

HP also claims to ‘accelerate business agility with IaaS, Cloud, Mobile, and Big Data optimised converged systems’.

Here, the company says that its ‘HP OneView helps streamline IT operations and increase automation which enables customers to increase IT staff efficiency’, and says ‘OneView’s unique infrastructure management plane and automation across compute, storage and fabric dramatically reduces management complexity to deliver infrastructure services in as few as five clicks.’

HP also says that ‘OneView compliments IT infrastructure management simplicity with predictive analytics capabilities’, and that ‘the latest release of HP OneView has built-in HP Operations Analytics to empower customers with the tools to predict, prevent and pinpoint issues before they arise. Customers can expect faster problem resolution, from three days reduced to 30 minutes when using HP Operations Analytics – providing dramatic savings, higher service levels and business agility to anticipate needs ahead of demands.’

The company says that ‘the journey to a new style of IT begins with converged infrastructure designed for customers’ most important workloads in IaaS, cloud, mobility and big data’ and promises that its ‘HP ConvergedSystem 700 powered by HP OneView and HP Helion CloudSystem CS 200-HC brings together HP’s best-of-breed compute, storage and networking components and uses HP OneView and Hyper-Convergence to deliver the promise of software-defined infrastructure.’

HP ConvergedSystems 700 also ‘integrates converged management with HP OneView to radically simplify everyday tasks, reduce OPEX and improve operational agility. This system allows customers to stand up new services up to 40 times faster by reducing time to order, deploy and provision infrastructure.’

Then there’s the ‘latest hyper-converged offering to HP’s Converged System portfolio, HP Helion CloudSystem CS200-Hyper-Converged StoreVirtual provides customers an easy, open path to hybrid cloud delivery. Enterprises and service providers can now build and manage clouds for traditional and cloud-native workloads with simple deployment, management and support.’

When it comes to Devops, HP says ‘IT, application and development/operations (dev/ops) teams can leverage new HP software-defined consulting and support services to help increase agility and obtain access to infrastructure resources in more flexible and efficient ways while delivering business value to their organisation.’

HP then says that ‘to further enhance support of and transition to the new style of IT, including advanced cloud environments involving dev/ops and HP Helion OpenStack, HP Datacenter Care provides a flexible, comprehensive, relationship-based approach to personalised support and management of heterogeneous data centres. HP Consulting Services for Software-Defined Infrastructure include the workshop, readiness and roadmap, architecture and design services to enable organisations to transform their IT infrastructure and become more dynamic and agile.’

Australian pricing for HP’s Integrity Superdome X’will vary based on model and customer configurations” but and starts from $220,500 (ex GST).

You’ll have to wait until March 2015 to get your hands on the HP Integrity NonStop X’, with pricing ‘to vary based on model and customer configurations.’

Meanwhile, the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7440c Converged Flash Array is available now and starts at $101,216.

HP StoreServ Management Console arrives locally on 15 December 2014 ‘at no additional charge as a part of the 3PAR Operating System version 3.2.1 MU2’.

HP 3PAR File Persona Software Suite arrives January 2015 and will cost ‘$167 per usable TB.’

HP says its ‘StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central for VMware will be available in Australia in January 2015 with prices to be announced at that time.’

Finally, the ‘HP ConvergedSystem 700 with HP OneView will be available in March 2015 with pricing starting from $640,000 (ex GST). HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC will be available in January 2015 with pricing starting from $149,000 (ex GST).’

HP also offers ‘financial services’ for companies that need the option.


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