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Everything you wanted to know about HP #BladeSystem [#CloudSystem] #Matrix #MOE

March 29, 2013 Comments off

Everything you wanted to know about HP BladeSystem Matrix  Operating Environment (MOE) (now CloudSystem Matrix)

An extract from an older topic from 2011 on HP BladeSystem, but contains some useful historical / background information.

Courtesy of virtualizetips.com  Full oiginal article here: http://bit.ly/11VTDBp

With all the talk about converged infrastructure and stacks these days especially in the virtualization space I was really glad that I got to do this interview. There has been a lot written about its competitors but the HP BladeSystem Matrix was still kind of a mystery to anyone that had not had HP in to talk about it. I was lucky enough to spend some time talking with a couple of members from the HP BladeSystem Matrix team. These guys were very helpful in explaining what Matrix is and answered all of my crazy questions.

What I hope everyone gets from this is a better understanding of what BladeSystem Matrix has to offer if you’re looking at these types of converged offerings. Also highlight some of the features that are unique to the HP stack. In interest of being totally open I am also an employee of HP but my current work responsibilities have nothing to do with BladeSystem Matrix. Now that all that is out of the way let’s get started with the good stuff.

VT: Can you give me your elevator pitch? HP: Matrix is the foundation for a private cloud solution managing both physical and virtual infrastructure. Matrix allows you to rapidly provision infrastructure via a self service portal. In addition, it offers the ongoing life-cycle management including capacity planning and disaster recovery. You can buy Matrix with a single SKU that includes hardware, software and services. The solution is all tested and certified by HP to work together.

VT: Who benefits from this solution? HP: Customers who need to be able to address fast change and achieve a competitive advantage through time to market. Typical customers for Matrix are large Enterprises and Service Providers who have invested already in virtualization and shared infrastructure and want to take the next step to cloud computing. I think that these target customers are common to all converged infrastructure offerings.

VT: What hardware makes up a BladeSystem Matrix? HP: BladeSystem Matrix all begins with something called a starter kit. This kit includes the following items, Central Management Server on a ProLiant DL360, HP C7000 Blade Chassis w/Virtual Connect networking and Insight Management software for managing Matrix. For the storage you have multiple options – you can use your existing Fiber Channel SAN storage if it’s supported or you can use HP storage, e.g. 3PAR or HP EVA 4400 array. iSCSI storage is supported as well for VM data stores. There is also something called an Expansion kit which is a C7000 Blade chassis, Insight Management software licenses and HP Services needed to integrate the expansion kit into your existing Matrix environment. It should be noted that Matrix supports both ProLiant and Integrity blades.

VT: What are HP Cloud Maps and how do they relate to BladeSystem Matrix? HP: These Cloud Maps help customers to get started quickly with Matrix – they jump start the creation of a customized self-service portal.  Cloud Maps include white papers and templates for hardware or software configurations that can be imported into BladeSystem Matrix that can save days or weeks of design time. A Cloud Map can also provide workflows and scripts designed to expedite the installation.

VT: What does the CMS or Central Management Server do? HP: The CMS server is a physical server that is running the management software that controls, automates and monitors your BladeSystem Matrix. If you have a DR site with a Matrix you would need a CMS server there to control the environment. It’s also possible to setup the CMS in a HA or Highly Available configuration to prevent a single failure point for Matrix management. Lastly for large environments that exceed the maximums of a single CMS you can now stand up secondary CMS servers that will still allow you to manage everything from one admin console.

VT: Can I use existing HP gear with a Matrix install? HP: If you purchase a new HP BladeSystem Matrix you can use it to also manage any qualifying HP hardware that you already own. HP has created something called the Matrix Conversion Services to assist with integrating your existing HP infrastructure with BladeSystem Matrix. This program is new and will evolve to allow customers to accomplish these integrations.

VT: Can I use arrays from other vendors? HP: You can use Storage Arrays from other vendors as long as they are able to meet a list of criteria – for example the storage vendor needs to be certified with Virtual Connect.  More details can be found in the Matrix compatibility chart.

VT: What software is used for Matrix? HP: The software for Matrix is called the Matrix Operating Environment, which includes the whole Insight Management stack including Insight Foundation and Insight Control. With Insight Foundation you get the controls to install, configure, and monitor physical servers. With Insight Control you get all the essential server management including server deployment and power management. The real magic happens with the additional Matrix Operating Environment software (aka Insight Dynamics). It provides a service design tool, infrastructure provisioning with a self-service portal, capacity planning, and recovery management

VT: What types of automation and provisioning can Matrix do? HP: One example would be in the creation of templates. You can create templates in the Matrix software or use ones already created, for example on your VMware vCenter server. If you use an existing template that might be created with only one OS partition you can use the Matrix template process to provision the VM and add on additional disks and features not present in the base template.

VT: How does it integrate with VMware? HP: The HP tool set for BladeSystem Matrix offers many integration points with VMware vSphere. A short list of the functions would include provisioning VM’s, change in power state, activate/deactivate, add servers to group, and add disks to a VM or group of VM’s. Along with those features Matrix monitors status and performance, capacity & workload analysis and Disaster Recovery integration.

VT: What separates Matrix from other converged stacks? HP: A big selling point is that HP BladeSystem Matrix is integrated and engineered holistically by one company, while still allowing for heterogeneous components in areas such as networking and storage. Also at this time BladeSystem Matrix is the only solution that is capable of managing both physical and virtual servers with the same tools and allow movement between physical and virtual resources. Something that Matrix offers that others do not is integrated automated Disaster Recovery. Lastly Matrix supports both VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, as well as Integrity Blades, for virtualization.

VT: What SAN protocols are supported today? HP: As of today BladeSystem Matrix supports Fiber Channel as the preferred method of connecting to storage. In addition, Matrix does support FCOE and iSCSI for VM data stores.

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#Cloud reference materials – for free… #HPConverge #PrivateCloud #IaaS #Hyper-V #SystemsCenter2012

March 28, 2013 Comments off

See the full original article courtesy of Charlies Bess on the HP Blog here @ http://bit.ly/160kBo4

Earlier this month, I had some fun posting a song about private cloud architects, today I’d like to back it up with some materials that may actually be useful.

HP and Microsoft have jointly defined a Departmental Private Cloud Reference Architecture based on best-in-class HP Converged Infrastructure and Microsoft Windows Server with Hyper-V and System Center. This site may be useful for those going who are closely aligned with Microsoft’s approach to cloud computing.

There is also other reference architecture and materials sites like:

There are also a few free books at the HP Book Store, including:

HP CloudSystem and Partners: Which cloud management tool to use? #Matrix #HPCloudSystem #MOE

January 16, 2013 Comments off

HP ASE Converged Infrastructure Architect Official Exam Certification Guide #Matrix HPCloudSystem #MOE #HPExpertOne

January 16, 2013 Comments off

Description:
This HP ExpertOne book will help you prepare for the Architecting the HP Matrix Operating Environment (HP0-D20) exam. You will learn key technologies and the HP Converged Infrastructure solutions as you prepare for the HP ASE – Converged Infrastructure Architect V1 certification. Acquiring this certification validates your ability to transform data centers bringing together server, storage, and networking functions into an integrated and managed pool of IT resources. This guide will continue to serve as a useful reference to analyze customer requirements and recommend the correct HP Converged Infrastructure solution.

https://h30590.www3.hp.com/product/HP+ASE+Converged+Infrastructure+Architect+Official+Exam+Certification+Guide+Exam+HP0-D20-Hardcover-8383

HP Software Universe 2012 Presentations #Cloud #Matrix

June 6, 2012 Comments off

Download the HP Software Universe 2012 Presentations:

http://h41112.www4.hp.com/events/software-universe-2012/agenda.html

Multi-Tenancy in HP #Matrix Operating Environment Infrastructure Orchestration 7.0 #CloudSystem #MOE #ServiceProvider #Hoster

May 29, 2012 Comments off

This document describes the Multi-Tenancy feature in HP Matrix OE Infrastructure Orchestration v7.0. It concentrates on the enhancements to and differences from previous versions of IO

http://h20195.www2.hp.com/V2/GetPDF.aspx/4AA3-9202ENW.pdf

HP #Insight Management 7.0 Support Matrix #CloudSystem #Matrix #MOE

May 29, 2012 Comments off

This document lists the minimum hardware, firmware, and software requirements for installing and running HP Insight
Management, integrated server management software.

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c03168909/c03168909.pdf

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