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HP 3PAR 7200 All Flash Array Announcement

Posted by Angela Restani

Aug 22, 2014 3:40:15 PM

The recent 3PAR 7200 AFA is a clear attack on the All Flash Array market space. The 7200 AFA maintains 3PAR’s common hardware, OS and feature set across the 3PAR product portfolio enabling all the 3PAR differentiators. The primary difference from the 7200 AFA and it’s bigger brother, 3PAR 7450 is the number of controllers (2 vs. 4 respectively) purely in attempt to create a solution that completes head-to-head with the other AFA manufacturers.

HP Announcement 

The much awaited VVOL feature will change the game for managing storage for VMware environment. Every VM will have direct access to a virtual volume eliminating the need for data stores thus providing the best of traditional NFS (storage management at the VM level) and VMFS/block storage (VMware vStorage API for Array Integration - VAAI). The net result is a simpler yet more effect means to manage storage.

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Topics: HP, vmware, Storage

New - HP Helion and CloudSystem 8 Openstack Solutions

Posted by Shawn Scanlon, VP of Technology

Jul 9, 2014 8:20:52 AM


HP has been in the cloud services business for quite some time; the product that they used to have was called CloudSystem Matrix which leveraged proprietary code that they developed themselves over the years to be able to automate provisioning of Virual machines and Physical hardware. VMware was the main hypervisor layer they started with (as did every customer) but slowly expanded into support Hyper-V.

HP Helion

HP Helion is a new umbrella term that encompasses all HP Cloud solutions, Public cloud, internal / private cloud and hybrid solutions.
It also includes the services and automation solutions that work inside the HP Openstack (Cloudsystem).

HP CloudSystem 8 (CS8)

In March of 2014 HP released the latest version called CloudSystem 8 that is a complete code redesign based on OpenStack.
They have released their own distribution of OpenStack from the main Icehouse trunk called  Helion OpenStack.

What I like about that at the core is that it uses Icehouse with NO proprietary code so essentially you are getting the latest Icehouse (full incorporation of Swift, Nova, Cinder, Keystone and Neutron) but with fully HP support in the backend. One of the things that most people don’t know about is that HP 3PAR is the first Tier 1 block storage that has full OpenStack Cinder support.

The Cloudsystem 8 portion of the solution puts all of these technologies together, with added HP software that is not included in Openstack.
For example, Horizon is lacking in some areas so HP has developed an HTML5 based front end into the OpenStack deployment that stretches and incorporates not only OpenStack resources but also your existing VMWare deployment and Hyper-V.

HP OneView integration provides you with auto deployment of bare-bone hardware and HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) and Operations Orchestration (OO) provides the OS and application deployment on any platform of your choosing.

Essentially all of these different technologies put together are CloudSystem 8.

There will be multiple versions, from free to Foundation to Enterprise. Enterprise will include the CSA and OO  Components and will compare more to VMware vCAC and Cisco CIAC.

HP Helion

HP Cloudsystem
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Topics: HP, ClioudSystems 8, Openstack, Helion


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