Servers & Systems: The Right Compute

Optimizing software-defined infrastructure: vLCM integrates with HPE ProLiant ReadyNode Servers

ReadyNodes are servers jointly certified by VMware and HPE to run VMware vSAN, powering industry-leading software-defined infrastructure solutions and meeting strict performance benchmarks. Learn the benefits of HPE ProLiant Servers integration with vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM).

Did you know that vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM) integrates with all HPE ProLiant ReadyNode Servers?

ReadyNodes are servers jointly certified by VMware and HPE to run VMware vSAN, powering industry-leading software-HPE ProLiant ReadyNodes-vLCM-blog.jpgdefined infrastructure (SDI) solutions—meeting strict performance benchmarks without compromising reliability and availability. HPE was one of only two server manufacturers to be selected to integrate with vLCM at the launch of VMware vSphere and vSAN 7.

vSphere Lifecycle Manager simplifies lifecycle management—and reduces monitoring and remediation time

HPE customers typically use two tools for cluster updates: vSphere Update Manager (VUM) for software and Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) for drivers and firmware update. The separate tools result in unnecessary complexity and uncertainty. What's more, admins must manually monitor compliance drift and remediate any changes to avoid unscheduled downtime. In this latest release, VMware vSAN sets the foundation for a new, unified mechanism to update software and firmware management that is native to vSphere called vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM). HPE worked directly with VMware to build a Hardware Support Manager (HSM) plug-in which integrates with vLCM, enabling vLCM to update the hardware.

vLCM is built off a desired-state model that provides lifecycle management for the hypervisor and the full stack of drivers and firmware for the servers powering your data center. It can be used to apply an image, monitor the compliance, and remediate the cluster if there is a drift. This reduces the effort to monitor compliance for individual components and helps maintain a consistent state for the entire cluster in adherence to the VMware Compatibility Guide (VCG).

As a powerful new approach to creating simplified consistent server lifecycle management at scale, vCLM provides consistent operations with a unified LCM tool. It also delivers a single lifecycle workflow for the full HCI server stack: vSphere, vSAN and OEM server firmware and drivers. In addition, vLCM improves update success rates, resulting in less time to complete common tasks.

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HPE vSAN ReadyNodes accelerate digital transformation

To help address data growth challenges, HPE offers VMware vSAN ReadyNode solutions, designed to help IT professionals take transformation to the next level. You can monitor the status of HPE ProLiant servers from vCenter. Hardware health status and holistic system information will be available within vCenter as the single point of management. What’s more, certain day two-day tasks can be accomplished within vCenter—so you can add or expand HPE ProLiant nodes in the cluster with just a few clicks.

Single source of support

For many customers, a single source of support is highly desirable, as it can lead to faster time to resolution for support requests in certain situations. For integrated HPE vSAN ReadyNode with VMware vSAN, you now receive HPE-based support for all Level 1 and Level 2 requests, with a handoff to VMware support for Level 3 software support requests. HPE has certified new all-NVME SSD-based VMware vSAN ReadyNodes that deliver a performance-balanced platform for the most critical IT workloads.

  • The HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server is the industry’s most trusted compute platform and delivers the latest in workload-optimized performance, security, and management automation, backed by a comprehensive warranty. The HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server is securely designed to reduce costs and complexity, featuring the First and Second Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor Family with up to a 60% performance gain1 and 27% increase in cores2, plus up to 3.0 TB of HPE 2933 MT/s DDR4 SmartMemory. It supports 12 Gb/s SAS, and up to 20 NVMe drives plus a broad range of compute options.
  • The HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10 Server delivers security, agility, and flexibility without compromise. It also supports the Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor Family with up to a 60% performance gain  and 27% increase in cores, along with 2933 MT/s HPE DDR4 SmartMemory supporting up to 3.0 TB with an increase in performance of up to 82%.3 

The benefits of HPE and VMware collaboration

Together, HPE and VMware are bringing the promise of the software-defined data center to life. The combination of HPE’s hyperconverged and composable infrastructure with VMware’s compute, storage, and networking virtualization solutions dramatically improves both the value and business outcomes our customers experience.

Next steps to learn more

See What’s New in vSAN 7.

Read about the latest HPE ProLiant with VMware vSAN ReadyNodes.

Take a vSAN technical deep dive at StorageHub.

1 HPE measurements: Up to 60% performance increase of Intel Xeon Platinum vs. previous generation E5-2600 v4 average gains of STREAM, LINPACK, SPEC CPU 2006 & SPEC CPU2017 metrics on HPE servers comparing 2-socket Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 to E5-2699 v4 family processors. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. April 2019.

2 Up to 27% cores increase of Intel Xeon Platinum vs. previous generation comparing 2-socket Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 (28 cores) to E5-2699 v4 (22 cores). Calculation 28 cores/22 cores= 1.27 = 27%. April 2019.

3 HPE measurements conducted in April 2019. Percentage compares Gen10 vs Gen9; Gen10 = 12 channels x 2933 data rate x 8 bytes = 281 GB/sec; Gen9 = 8 channels x 2400 x 8 bytes = 154 GB/Sec; 281/154 = 1.82 or Gen10 is 82% greater bandwidth. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.

Krystine Taylor
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

About the Author


Krystine Taylor is a Product Manager for Solutions Product Management within HPE's Compute Business Unit. She focuses on developing vSAN ReadyNode solutions and creating and executing the go-to-market plans for these and other virtualization optimized solutions.