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HP introduces hyper-converged appliance

Anuradha Shukla | Aug. 13, 2015
New solution offers a highly available virtual server and storage infrastructure.

HP has announced the release of its new HP ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual (CS 250). This hyper-converged appliance offers a highly available virtual server and storage infrastructure that is configurable in minutes for about half the price of competitive systems.

Designed for virtual desktops and remote office productivity, this new enterprise-grade solution also offers an easy path to hybrid cloud. The new CS 250 is business continuity-enabled from day one and features enhanced VMware integration. The appliance supports hybrid-cloud solution architectures and is accompanied by new delivery services and channel programs.

"There is no one-size-fits-all solution for infrastructure," said Philip Davis, vice president and general manager, Storage, Hewlett-Packard Asia-Pacific and Japan. "This is why HP continues to offer flexible and interoperable solutions based on HP StoreVirtual technology to help our customers lower costs independent of the hypervisors and hardware platforms they choose. Hyper-convergence is simply the next step in HP's evolution of the software-defined data centre."

StoreVirtual technology
The CS 250 is powered by StoreVirtual technology and offers turnkey simplicity in a fully integrated and tested hyper-converged solution.

HP's new solution is built on the latest HP, Intel, and VMware technologies and includes three 4TB StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) licenses.

The new CS 250 also enables customers to customise the system with a choice of up to 96 processing cores, a mix of SSD and SAS disk drives, and up to 2TB of memory per 4-node appliance—double that of previous generations.

HP is offering CS 250 pre-configured for vSphere 5.5 or 6.0 and HP OneView InstantOn to enable customers to be production-ready with only 5 minutes of keyboard time and a total of 15 minutes deployment time. Daily management is provided from VMware vCenter via the HP OneView for VMware vCenter plug-in.

"The storage market is rapidly evolving from traditional external storage with standalone networking and compute to converged solutions that collapse the stack," said Stu Miniman, principal research contributor, Wikibon. "HP StoreVirtual is the original software-defined storage, it has evolved to be well positioned across multiple use cases with flexibility spanning hyper-converged, VSA, Helion OpenStack and physical storage appliances."


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