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Are You Ready for Ready Nodes?



Realizing the benefits of SDS doesn’t have to be challenging! We’ve made it easy with new tested reference configurations for HPE StoreVirtual VSA and HPE ProLiant servers.

More and more companies are considering converged and hyperconverged infrastructures when refreshing servers and/or storage. Why shouldn’t they? When you can have enterprise-grade data services in software-defined storage (SDS) – what’s not to love? You gain a lot of efficiencies with SDS – infrastructure consolidation, in some cases leveraging of existing hardware, less hardware in general to manage, building block simplicity, less specialists and more generalists can run the virtualized stack…I can go on.

When you do decide to go the software-defined route one of the choices you have to make is the deployment route – build your own or buy a pre-built appliance. Both ways get you to a similar converged virtualized environment but how you get there is a bit different.

Standalone software-defined storage software, such as HPE StoreVirtual VSA, gives you the freedom to design from the ground up and match the configuration to your application, business and location requirements. Sometimes the hardest part of using a technology is knowing where to start. It’s great to have flexibility and fine-grained control over storage characteristics but sometimes that presents too many option choices.

HPE StoreVirtual Ready Nodes_blog.jpgWe’re here to help, with reference configuration guidance in the form of HPE StoreVirtual VSA Ready Nodes.

What is a StoreVirtual VSA Ready Node?

Our Ready Nodes are lab tested configurations for use as guidance to customers and partners who want to build a software-defined storage solution using HPE ProLiant servers, a hypervisor and StoreVirtual VSA. We’ve put together four configurations based on popular use cases for SDS – Small, Medium, Medium Hybrid and Large Hybrid. Small and medium are all-HDD capacity focused systems best suited for small and medium sized businesses or remote and connected offices. The two hybrid offerings contain a mix of SSDs and HDDs with higher performing virtualization projects in mind.

These configs and more are outlined in our new StoreVirtual VSA Ready Node white paper, which includes:

1. Introduction to software-defined storage and StoreVirtual architecture

2. Introduction to StoreVirtual VSA Ready Nodes

  • Reference configurations and performance estimates
  • Networking, storage and CPU/memory guidance
  • Bill of materials

3. Installation of StoreVirtual VSA Ready Nodes

  • High-level installation guidance
  • Checklists for software, hardware, hypervisor installation
  • Provisioning of storage to virtual machines

 What can Ready Nodes do for you?

This effort allows you to build a flexible shared storage solution with tested configurations that are customizable and include installation instructions. The StoreVirtual VSA Ready Nodes are full recipes of what you need to order to build a new system – but they aren’t stringent. All of the configs we share in this whitepaper are completely customizable (you can actually use any x86 server you want) to meet your needs and they work on multiple hypervisors (including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Linux KVM).

Download the technical white paper on HPE StoreVirtual VSA Ready Nodes to get started.

About the Author


I have been working across the HPE portfolio for over 12 years marketing hot topics including storage, software-defined, big data and hybrid cloud.

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