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HPE and VMware drastically simplify implementation of vSAN ReadyNodes


Learn how HPE and VMware drastically simplify implementation of vSAN ReadyNodes to help accelerate your journey to hybrid cloud and optimize performance on top workloads. HPE ProLiant-VMware vSAN-blog.jpg

Many businesses today operate within a hybrid cloud infrastructure. The hybrid cloud promises to bring together the best of both worlds by enabling businesses to combine the scalability and cost-effectiveness of the cloud with the performance and control that you can get from your on-premises infrastructure. However, implementing a multi-cloud strategy can increase complexity.

HPE vSAN ReadyNodes remove the guesswork for just-right hybrid cloud

HPE offers certified, pre-configured, and easy-to order HPE vSAN ReadyNodes to provide the fastest path to optimized workloads—delivered on platforms that provide broad scalability and flexibility for each unique environment. To accelerate your journey to hybrid cloud, these SDS building blocks, certified under their respective VMware vSAN profile specifications, are built on the HPE ProLiant platform. 

Now, HPE has added base configurations for both the vSAN All Flash 8 profile and the vSAN Hybrid 2 profile on the HPE ProLiant DL325, HPE ProLiant DL360, and the HPE ProLiant DL380 platforms.

All HPE vSAN ReadyNode offerings default to a configuration optimized for both cost and performance, specific to the vSAN profile they support. Each node has a full suite of certified options available to upgrade. You can tailor each server to fit your specific environment with the assurance that every option shown meets the minimum requirements for the respective vSAN profiles.

HPE also offers four vSAN ReadyNode solutions that are optimized to provide ideal performance on these four workloads:

  • Virtualization—The HPE ProLiant DL325 All Flash 6 offering is optimized for heavily virtualized and/or web infrastructure environments, making this solution ideal as a computing power add-on to increase output in media streaming or web serving services or manage IT infrastructure. 
  • Data management and processing—The HPE ProLiant DL360 All Flash 8 offering provides a solution to data storage aimed at optimizing data management and analytics. With high disk throughput and low latency, this solution will be a great addition for a variety of storage structures. 
  • Accelerated infrastructure—The HPE ProLiant DL380 8SFF All Flash 4 offering comes graphics-ready to optimize next-generation compute performance via dedicated coprocessors. A great addition for high-end 2D/3D visualization or virtual desktop infrastructures. 
  • Data warehousing—The HPE ProLiant DL380 24SFF Hybrid 8 offering provides the storage needed to assist with heavy collaboration and data intensive or large analytics processing environments. Optimized for capacity with additional expansions slots available, this server is geared to handle a wide range of storage requirements. 

Built-in security

Data is the lifeblood for business, and we hear again and again from customers that you want premium protection for valuable data assets. The HPE vSAN ReadyNodes are built on HPE ProLiant, the world's most secure industry-standard server platform. Beginning at server power-on, through real time scanning against an immutable digital fingerprint, we ensure that the hardware and firmware have not been compromised. This Silicon Root of Trust is exclusive to HPE.

Building the best through innovation and collaboration

The expanded vSAN ReadyNode offerings are the latest addition to HPE’s Composable Cloud ecosystem. To help customers choose the best hybrid cloud solution, HPE has continued to expand on its Composable Cloud vision through ongoing innovation to further empower customers to choose the best hybrid cloud for their business.

If you are standing at a fork in the road on your journey to hybrid cloud, check out the HPE Composable Cloud. It’s an open, hybrid cloud platform that provides a consistent experience across all applications and environments, public and private.

Leverage 2019’s bestselling server: HPE ProLiant

Here’s more detail on HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers:

  • 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 gain (1) and 27% increase in cores (2), 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 HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 Server offers the 2nd-generation AMD EPYC™ 7000 Series processor delivering up to 2x (4) the performance of the prior generation. It delivers increased value to clients through intelligent automation, security, and optimization. With more cores and increased memory bandwidth, the HPE ProLiant DL325 offers two-socket performance in a one-socket 1U rack profile. With the AMD EPYC™ single socket architecture, this ProLiant server enables you to acquire enterprise-class processor, memory and I/O performance and security without having to purchase a dual processor.

How HPE ProLiant provides the intelligent foundation for hybrid cloud

HPE ProLiant offers a fresh, flexible, software-defined approach, delivering unmatched workload optimization, security, and automation—all available as a service.

  • Workload optimizedThe foundational intelligence of HPE ProLiant transforms IT with insights that help optimize workload performance, placement, and efficiency to deliver better outcomes faster. Key attributes are:
  • 360-degree securityAlready the world’s most secure industry-standard server, HPE ProLiant provides an enhanced holistic, 360-degree approach to security that begins in the manufacturing supply chain and concludes with a safeguarded, end-of-life decommissioning.
  • Intelligent automationThe intelligence built into HPE ProLiant simplifies and automates management tasks, establishing a solid foundation for an open, hybrid cloud platform enabled by composability.
  • Delivered as a serviceHPE provides our customers choice in how you acquire and consume IT. Beyond traditional financing and leasing, HPE offers options that free trapped capital, accelerate infrastructure updates, and provide on-premises pay-per-use consumption.

The benefits of HPE and VMware collaboration

For eighteen years, HPE and VMware have worked together to deliver game-changing results to our shared 500,000+ customers. Today, we are collaborating to revolutionize virtualization economics and create new efficiencies for our clients with the industry’s most complete portfolio of tightly integrated and jointly engineered systems—from any desktop or device to the data center, cloud, and beyond.

Together, we’re 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.

(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.

(4) Comparing the HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 with AMD EPYC™ 7702 processor versus the AMD EPYC™ 7601 processor, and based on SPECrate2017_base_int score results. SPEC and the names SPEC CPU and SPECrate are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC); see

Krystine Taylor
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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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.