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.
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