HP is the latest firm to offer ready-built integrated systems designed to make it easier for organisations to build and operate data centre infrastructure optimised for virtualised workloads.
Set to be available from December, the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual system will come pre-configured with all the necessary hardware and management tools as a single scale-out system intended to operate with VMware's virtualisation platform.
Some organisations have struggled to adapt their existing IT infrastructure, or have simply found it too complex to build a platform optimised for virtualisation from the ground up, according to HP.
Consequently, the ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual has been designed to enable customers to adopt a building block approach, simply slotting the appliance into their data centre. After this, they will be able to deploy a complete virtualised environment from power-on to provisioning of new applications in under 15 minutes, HP claims.
The move is in line with similar offerings like the VBlock platform from VCE, Cisco's Unified Computing System, and VMware's own EVO:RAIL platform, announced in August, all of which offer pre-built and configured appliances combining compute, storage and network hardware.
The latter comprises OneView InstantOn, a tool that supports self-installation and deployment, and OneView for VMware vCenter to deliver centralised management of compute, storage and virtual machines from inside VMware's vCenter Server.
According to HP, the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual system will be delivered to customers pre-configured with all software pre-installed, and will only require the entry of IP addresses, credentials and VMware vSphere licence information to get it up and running.
Nariman Teymourian, vice president and general manager for converged systems at HP, said that small and mid-size enterprises are looking to simplify IT operations as well as deliver applications and services faster.
"The HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual system enables the business to accelerate time to value and respond to business opportunities faster," he said.
HP intends the platform to be available in performance- and capacity-optimised configurations.
The firm has not disclosed exact configurations or pricing, but said that each system contains four server nodes with their associated storage. These can be clustered together up to 32 nodes, and multiple clusters can be managed from a single console.
Thanks to storage being provided by the pooled resources across all the nodes, the storage will also scale as more nodes are added to a ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual deployment.
HP also pointed out that its StoreVirtual VSA platform supports automated storage tiering at the sub-volume level, as well as thin provisioning and space reclamation to provide capacity efficiency and lower storage costs.
[UPDATE: HP has also announced a second version of the platform. The HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO:RAIL is supplied with a VMware software stack including vSphere and vCenter Server along with the firm's Virtual SAN storage, in place of HP's software. This was announced at VMworld Europe in Barcelona.]
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