HPE’s Hyper Converged 250 and 380 are hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) appliances that use HPE’s StoreVirtual Virtual SAN Appliance (VSA) software to provide highly available storage capacity to the scale-out cluster. The HC 250 is a 4-node chassis that replaced HP’s previous CS 200-HC series of appliances. The HC 380 is a single-node chassis that uses the ProLiant DL380 server.
These appliances combine compute, storage and virtualization in a single chassis, running the VMware vSphere hypervisor, with the HC 250 for MS Cloud Platform System also supporting Hyper-V. Each cluster contains from 2 to 16 nodes, 32 nodes for HC 250 for VMware vSphere. For rapid deployment HPE’s OneView InstantOn utility is used for all IP addressing, cluster build and system standup. After providing an IP address range, credentials and license, HPE claims this appliance can be ready to use in under 15 minutes.
Most solutions in the HCI appliance category add hyperconverged nodes to the cluster to expand storage
capacity, but this adds compute capacity as well. Since it’s built around the StoreVirtual VSA product the HPE HC 250 and 380 can increase storage by adding storage-only VSA nodes. In fact, a new or existing VSA cluster can be connected to the HPE Hyperconverged cluster, greatly increasing storage capacity options.
The HPE HCI appliances can be managed directly with HP OneView for vCenter for provisioning and full system monitoring via VMware vRealize. With the Hyper Converged 380 release is a new user interface that’s designed to simplify the process of deploying new VMs (5 mouse clicks) and expanding storage (15 minutes). A one-touch “frictionless” upgrade process automates firmware and driver updates without service interruption.
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