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HPE rolls out open storage server

09 Mar 16

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has completed its open infrastructure portfolio with the addition of an open, cloud-optimised storage server as it seeks to capitalise on increasing demand for open infrastructure.

HPE says with the addition of the Cloudline CL5200 high-density, multi-node storage server, it becomes the only top-tier vendor to offer a complete open infrastructure portfolio with compute, networking and storage server offerings.

The company cites 451 Research, saying organisations are moving workloads from traditional shared, virtualised and dedicated infrastructure products to increasingly specialised infrastructure and application environments, including infrastructure-as-a-service and software-as-a-service.

In turn, service provider implementation of managed services and alternative technology solutions including OpenStack, are seen as potential points of difference.

The new storage line is designed for ‘massive cloud storage’, while maintaining the smallest data center footprint possible, HPE says.

It says the Cloudline CL5200 is designed for service providers looking for high density storage with an aggressive $/GB to run cloud storage and data analytics applications.

“Built on open design principles to increase adaptability and facilitate IT integration, the HPE Cloudline CL5200 fits easily into a multi-vendor management environment,” HPE says.

The ‘minimalist bare-iron design’ server supports one or two compute nodes for various performance tiers and supports up to 80 large form factor hard drives to provide up to 640TB of storage in a single 4U chassis.

HPE expanded its partnership with Scality in January to accelerate the adoption of software-defined object and file storage, with Scality Ring including certified support for the new storage server.

The vendor also announced an expansion of the HPE Altoline network switch portfolio for service providers, with four new models added to the 6900 family, including one featuring 25/100Gbps.

The switches run on open source operating systems including Cumulus and Pica8, with OpenSwitch to be added later this year.

HPE rounded out its announcements with the news its HPE Helion offering, which includes a ‘mature’ OpenStack enterprise grade distribution, has been optimised for 2016 with new reference architectures for hyper-scale, multi-data center operations.

“Leveraging ProLiant Gen 9 servers, this solution meets optimum processing needs and delivers a smaller footprint to allow for greater cost savings while supporting highly available, predicable, massive storage growth,” HPE says.

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