NinjaSTARS for Nimble Storage

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HPE NinjaSTARS is an interactive storage-sizing tool for HPE 3PAR StoreServ and HPE Nimble storage arrays. It can size and configure a cost-effective and performance-optimized array that can replace existing legacy arrays.

Based on a set of basic capacity and performance metrics (requirements) from an existing storage environment, it converts these requirements into a ready-to-order bill of materials list

This new version includes not only some fixes, but also some new features:

1.   You now can “change” Controller Models while working with your initial configuration instead of having to re-create everything from scratch.

2.   You can now export your scenario to either Word or PDF files.

3.   New Dedup Enable/Disable option, with impact to “reference IOPS” shown in the tool.

4.   And more…

Oscar Jaen Interview

I had the chance to talk to Oscar regarding what he thought were the main concerns of an IT manager today.  He also discussed some of the new technologies we promote.

Make sure to contact Oscar regarding any solution that contains Synergy, SimpliVity, Nimble or 3Par.  He will be happy to guide you in the right direction.

Finally the unveiling of a New HPE Simplivity

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Not quite long ago, the term hyperconvergence surfaced in the market; a fresh promise of less footprint on hardware devices and more compute advantage.  New brands and new models started showing up gradually. It was this that instigated a challenge among technology manufacturers, which all centered on who would take the market share domain.

It is not surprising that the manufacturers wanted a cut of this cake. It humbly represents a 12.5 Billion business opportunity based on IDC evaluation 2018 report. Revenues from Hyperconverged market sales increased 69.4% which means that in 2017 the Hyperconverged market surpassed $3.7 billion.

The demands were forthcoming until the final benefits of a Solution to minimize data center complexity and improve scalability. HPE came up with HPE Hyperconverge HC380 solution, an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system.  HPE hardware was top of the line solution that used Apollos configuration where you could have up to 4 server nodes in a 2U rack footprint.

HPE did not remain in the market lead with the hardware model at this time but something was cooking in the strategy kitchen. Simplivity was on the drawing table. HPE came to terms to purchase Simplivity for $650 million as a means of expanding. Its hyperconverge offering and analytics believed it was a good deal. Nonetheless, the rest is History.

HPE became the most requested Hyperconverge Brand with the HPE Simplivity 380 based on Gen9 and Gen10 models. SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure appliance, the OmniCube, replaces storage, switches, cloud gateways, high-availability shared storage, and appliances for backup and deduplication, WAN optimization, and storage caching.  Aren’t these features a jonesing? It’s all that an IT Manager wants and desires.

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The Uniqueness of HPE Simplivity 380 from other Solutions:

  • FAST: Advanced VM-centric management and mobility speed deployment and application performance
  • Powerful and efficient: All IT infrastructure and advanced data services for virtualized workloads plus increased storage efficiency
  • Multi-cloud: Transform your VM environment into an enterprise cloud that delivers cloud-like speed, operations and economics across all your private clouds

Until now, we were thinking that it was all wrapped up but HPE lately proclaimed that a new HPE Simplivity model was going to emerge, no more waiting. The former and most desired hardware solution is operative once more. It’s the HPE Simplivity 2600 hyperconverge appliance based on HPE Apollos Gen 10 Server and all-flash storage. It is designed to solve client needs as a simpler and powerful infrastructure for Virtual desktop infrastructure.

HPE Simplivity 2600 will be capable of holding more virtual desktop users in a limited data center space, it will also have 2 times more dense advantage compared to HPE Simplivity 380. Rigid flexibility with customer’s choice in HPE Apollo chassis. Although it first addresses the VDI environment it will keep offering 100% Software optimize Simplivity with always on deduplication & compression, validated by HPE and Login VSI.

Where can HPE Simplivity 2600 be positioned?

  • Oil & Gas: Extreme space constraints on offshore platforms and remote drilling sites
  • Retail (POS) - Chain stores and franchises who want to manage POS centrally, but want  equipment onsite
  • SLED - Need many desktops for computer labs. Very little space available for infrastructure
  • Co – locations: High cost of rack space in urban Co-location centers place a premium on dense  infrastructure

Are you catching my drift? More amazing features are being developed and soon, more and more information on this revolutionary solution will be announced.

Being successful takes more than hardware, software, or services. It requires a partner like WESTHAM TRADE able to bring all these elements together, aligned to your customer industry, and enterprise.