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New HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged features and enhancements you don’t want to miss

 

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This has been a busy few months for the HPE SimpliVityhyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) team. With HPE Discover right around the corner, I wanted to make sure you were aware of some of the exciting updates we’ve rolled out. HPE customers have been asking for expanded scale, more choice in HCI models, and enhancements to hardware and software, as well as better integration with VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. As you’ll see from today’s announcement, the engineers on my team have stepped up and delivered.

New software-optimized HCI model

In addition to the very popular hardware-accelerated HPE SimpliVity 380 Gen10, HPE is rolling out a software-optimized model that allows you to choose the data efficiency design best suited for your workload. While the original SimpliVity 380 model continues to be an excellent choice for IT organizations that need to maximize VM density, the new software-optimized HPE SimpliVity 380 Gen10 is a great fit for those who need additional PCIe slots for machine learning or graphics-accelerated VDI.

Modern management, mobility, and Instant Clone support

With VMware’s decision to move away from Adobe Flash, HPE engineers have built HTML5 functionality into HPE SimpliVity software version 3.7.8. This fast, reliable, modern interface lets you get work done where you need to, and on your schedule. Now you can manage HPE SimpliVity backup policies, view capacity and performance metrics, view objects (VMs, datastores, nodes), perform day-to-day operations, and set policies from any browser on your phone, tablet or laptop without a heavyweight client application.

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Other noteworthy HPE SimpliVity enhancements for VMware vSphere environments include:

  • New support for VMware Instant Clone that accelerates adding desktops and removing them from existing pools
  • Increased manageability of Horizon 7 virtual desktops and app delivery servers
  • Additional Upgrade Manager support for non-HPE hardware-based systems

Expanded scale and support  

There is good news in today’s announcement for both new customers and long-time users who have requested more scale and support options for their hyperconverged infrastructure.

  • Max clusters per federation increased to 48: If your environment includes multiple smaller clusters, you can now easily take advantage of HPE SimpliVity’s 96-node federation scale. This is particularly important for ROBO and edge customers, for example, whose environments can include dozens of 2-, 3- and 4-node clusters.
  • Heterogeneous cluster support: HPE SimpliVity now supports hybrid-flash and all-flash nodes in the same cluster or federation; any node can be mixed with any other regardless of media type, as long as they’re similar in capacity.
  • Expanded support for 16 nodes in a cluster: Enhancements in HPE SimpliVity software version 3.7.8 extend support beyond all-flash HCI nodes to include non-HPE hardware running OmniStack software. This software update also includes vSphere 6.7 support for legacy (non-HPE hardware) nodes.
  • Integration enhancements for Microsoft Hyper-V: HPE SimpliVity now supports Upgrade Manager in addition to CLI. GUI enhancements let you suspend and remove policies or hosts from a federation, and create custom events and alarms.

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This extensive set of new features for HPE SimpliVity powered by Intel® shows how HPE continues to focus on what you want most in hyperconverged infrastructure: choice, ease of use, mobility and enterprise-grade resiliency. For product and portfolio details, refer to these recently updated documents:

If you have specific product questions or want to try features out for yourself, come to HPE Discover. You’ll find me in the Hyperconverged Zone all week. I’ll also be presenting two HCI sessions: Top use cases, and HPE SimpliVity for Composable Cloud. Register here.

Hope to see you there!

Alex Brar
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
 

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