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HPE Alletra – Product Brief

Published May 12th, 2021. Concise 6-page overview of HPE Alletra. Covers usage cases, potential, system specifications, & strengths/concerns commentary. Product Brief includes EvaluScale Reviewing Methodology. Download the free Product Brief now!

Overview

In May 2021 HPE announced HPE Alletra systems as additions to its primary storage SAN array portfolio. The HPE Alletra platform consists of two block storage systems, HPE Alletra 9000 and HPE Alletra 6000. While the 9000 and 6000 series share a common name, the two Alletra systems represent two distinct storage systems. The Alletra storage family signifies a merging of HPE Primera and HPE Nimble systems into a single storage portfolio.

The Alletra 9000 series is an evolution of HPE Primera and consists of two models Alletra 9060 and Alletra 9080. Both systems are comprised of a 4U base chassis with 2 or 4 controllers and up to 48 NVMe devices. The 9060 model has 274 GB cache and two 10 core CPUs per node, while the 9080 model has a larger 824 GB of cache and two 20 core CPUs per node for higher performance. HPE classifies the 9000 systems as “mission critical”, for applications with strict latency, performance, and reliability requirements, and offers a 100% data availability guarantee, similar to HPE’s Primera systems.

The Alletra 6000 series is an evolution of HPE Nimble systems and consists of 6010, 6030, 6050, 6070, and 6090 models. The 6000 models are dual controller systems with 24 device slots in 4U. The various models differ in number of CPU cores, memory, number of expansion shelves supported, and connectivity options. The 6090 model has the additional ability to scale out with 4 way clustering. HPE targets the 6000 systems for “business critical” applications and claims 99.9999% availability.

While the Alletra 9000 and Alletra 6000 models are fairly different in their hardware configurations, the unifying component in the Alletra storage portfolio is the HPE Data Services Cloud Console that powers the systems. The Data Services Cloud Console is a SaaS-based infrastructure management suite developed from HPE’s Aruba Central. Data Services Cloud Console provides a cloud-based control plane and is provided in an as-a-Service model to provide cloud-like management capabilities to the Alletra systems. Alletra systems can leverage the Data Services Cloud Console for a number of data services for data access, protection, search, and mobility, as well as infrastructure services for deployment, management, upgrading, and optimization. The Data Services Cloud Console additionally provides an intent-based provisioning feature in which provisioning is automated based on the workload type, capacity, and host group access requirements.

 

Usage

HPE Alletra is a storage platform consisting of two different block storage systems, each with models of varying performance capabilities to fit an array of different needs. The 9000 “mission critical” systems will find use in environments with high performance and availability requirements due to the ability to support 4 controllers and active-active stretched cluster functionality that HPE backs with a 100% data availability guarantee. The 6000 will fit in environments with slightly less stringent requirements, that still need the high performance characteristics of an all NVMe system as well as higher capacities due to the support for expansion shelves and scale out capabilities of the 6090 model. Both systems provide the centralized SaaS management provided by Data Services Cloud Console to provide organizations with a centralized platform for all data and infrastructure management.

  • Characteristics
    • Performance – HPE has stated performance numbers of up to 2 million IOPS for the Alletra 9000 systems. No performance numbers are currently available for Alletra 6000 systems, however all models use high performance NVMe devices. The SPC website should be consulted for the latest industry standard performance data.
    • Availability – Alletra 9000 models use 2 or 4 controllers for availability. The 600 model is an active/passive dual controller system only. Both systems support business continuity with HPE Peer Persistence active-active stretched clusters. The 9000 systems support an additional 100% availability guarantee.
    • Replication for BC/DR – Synchronous and Asynchronous replication. Supports Peer Persistence active-active stretched clusters.
    • Deduplication, compression, and data packing to increase effective capacity.
    • Express Protect – direct backup to StoreOnce of snapshots
  • Applications
    • Alletra is targeted at performance demanding applications that use block I/O in the enterprise space.
    • The features of snapshot and remote replication are required by enterprise applications and the Alletra system with these advanced features included make it a good choice for those applications.
  • System environments
    • HPE Alletra is a block storage system accessed using FC and iSCSI or NVMeoF in the future with standard drivers on host systems. There is a wide range of host operating systems supported.
  • Deployment and Administration
    • HPE Data Services Cloud Console provides SaaS based management of data and infrastructure services.
  • InfoSight – SaaS analytics on storage system data
    • VM visibility
    • SRM type functions
    • Predictive failure and proactive service by HPE support

Evaluator Group EvaluScale™: HPE Alletra– SAN Storage

Evaluator Group product review methodology “EvaluScale” assesses each product within a specific technology area.  The definitions of the criteria and explanations of how products are reviewed can be found in the Evaluator Series Evaluation Guide. Download the product brief now to view the Evaluscale for this product.

Evaluator Group Opinion: Differentiating elements for HPE Alletra

The Alletra 6000 and 9000 systems signify a shift in HPE’s storage strategy by combining two of their primary storage offerings under a single portfolio. Both 6000 and 9000 systems iterate on the successes of the Nimble and Primera systems respectively, and add NVMe devices for improved performance.

The addition of HPE Data Services Cloud Console provides a centralized, cloud-based management portal to assist and automate data and infrastructure management. The cloud based management combined with flexible consumption offerings available through HPE GreenLake provide organizations with a cloud-like experience for their on-premises infrastructure.

The Alletra platform consisting of two different storage systems, however, may be confusing to some customers when determining which system is appropriate for their desired outcomes. This issue could be compounded with future upgrades that may further separate the capabilities of the two systems. In addition, there appears to be no clear upgrade path between 6000 and 9000 Alletra systems.

 

 

 

 

 


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