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HP Converged Infrastructure Reference Architecture Design Guide – Accelerating IT with HP Converged Infrastructure #HPConverge

March 29, 2013 Comments off

The  technical white paper can be downloaded here:  http://bit.ly/YJ00o0

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HP #FlexFabric Reference Architecture – Applying HP Converged Infrastructure to data center networks #HPConverge

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HP FlexFabric Reference Architecture – Applying HP Converged Infrastructure to data center networks

The  technical white paper can be downloaded hereL http://bit.ly/ZsXvlK

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HP ConvergedNetwork WhitePaper

HP ConvergedNetwork WhitePaper TOC

Overview of the Guide

This guide is intended for technology decision-makers, solution architects, and other experts tasked with improving data center networking. It can serve as a baseline for network planning and design projects.

It is said, “You cannot chart your course without first knowing whence you came.” This also applies to data center architecture. However, many technical guides take the opposite approach. They attempt to sway the reader towards specific technical directions based on the merits of a current technology or standard. That approach often loses the reader because it does not provide a context for why the new technical approach was developed in the first place.

This document will frequently reference technology trends in the data center which have and are being driven through virtualization and standards. It will also introduce issues that confront data center architects in this fast-paced, results-driven, and security-minded industry.

Technical documents often promote a vendor’s products or vision. This document takes a slightly different approach. Rather than put HP’s vision for converged network infrastructure first, this guide instead presents the building blocks for that vision. It does this by first identifying the most important IT trend today—virtualization of resources at all levels. It then moves forward by introducing HP-supported technologies that enhance virtualized computer networks. Finally, it provides FlexFabric Reference Architecture examples for different types of virtualized server deployments using a layered approach.

The FlexFabric Reference Architecture guide is less of a discussion on specific HP equipment, and more of an overall focus on two things—virtualization and HP Networking technologies that support virtualization. It provides another level of detail to complement the HP Converged Infrastructure Reference Architecture Solution Block Design Guide http://h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/GetPDF.aspx/4AA2-6453ENW.pdf

HP believes simplification is the overriding key to success in networks supporting virtualization. This document provides guidance on network simplification for virtualized deployments that do not sacrifice performance or deployment flexibility.

The major concept areas that will be covered are:

  • Virtual server networking
  • Securing the virtual edge
  • Managing the virtual edge
  • Converged network infrastructure

This approach allows data center architects and IT teams to develop new and more flexible data center models and methodologies. By doing so, IT can meet new demands head-on, rather than forcing businesses to adapt to technology limitations.

…Converged network infrastructure: unifying data and storage networks

Convergence is a technical term historically used to express the combining of voice and data onto the same network fabric. Now expressed as a converged network infrastructure, it encompasses the sharing of network resources between data and storage networks. This trend constitutes a move towards a unification of data and storage networks.

Network technologies like Fibre Channel, used to connect storage resources to computers, differ substantially from network technologies used to connect computer networks. Although high in performance, these network types create two dissimilar data center networks (LAN/WAN and storage), which increase the number of cables and management.

Technologies such as blade servers have addressed this challenge by drastically reducing the number of interconnections. Blade servers have simplified the network by reducing cables and Ethernet ports by over 75 percent. Converged network infrastructure can reduce data center complexity by an additional 50 percent, using technologies like Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and more efficient technologies like data center bridging (DCB), also known as converged enhanced Ethernet (CEE).

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All of these emerging network technologies have an effect on how data centers are being planned for the future, but it is also important to understand how these technologies evolved.

The remainder of this section focuses on identifying what is currently used in data center network deployments, as well as identifying HP’s vision of converged network infrastructure….

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.

#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:

Next Gen #3PAR What you need to know #HPConverge #HPStorage

March 28, 2013 Comments off

Came across this good blog Courtesy of techopsguys.com

Below are a few extracts and full article here: http://bit.ly/YyAT9G

Some extracts:

  • Renamed Products:

    There was some basic name changes for 3PAR product lines:

    • The HP 3PAR InServ is now the HP 3PAR StorServ
    • The HP 3PAR V800 is now the HP 3PAR 10800
    • The HP 3PAR V400 is now the HP 3PAR 10400
  • The 3PAR 7000-Series mid range done right :

    • The 3PAR 7000-series leverages all of the same tier one technology that is in the high end platform and puts it in a very affordable package
    • The 7200 & 7400 represents roughly a 55-65% discount over the previous F-class mid range 3PAR solution
    • The 7000 series comes in two flavors – a two node 7200, and a two or four node 7400.
    • Note that it is not possible to upgrade in place a 7200 to a 7400. So you still have to be sure if you want a 4-node capable system to choose the 7400 up front (you can, of course purchase a two-node 7400 and add the other two nodes later).
  • Dual vs Quad ControllerThe controller configurations are different between the two and the 7400 has extra cluster cross connects to unify the cluster across enclosures. The 7400 is the first 3PAR system that is not leveraging a passive backplane for all inter-node communications.

    A unique and key selling point for having a 4-node 3PAR system is persistent cache, which keeps the cache in write back mode during planned or unplanned controller maintenance

  • Basic array specifications
    Click to see Bigger3PAR Array Specifications

    (Note: All current 3PAR arrays have dedicated gigabit network ports on each controller for IP-based replication)

  • Dual vs Quad controller:

    In a nut shell, vs the F-class mid range systems, the new 7000…

    • Doubles the data cache per controller to 12GB compared to F200, almost triple if you compare the 7400 to the F200/F400)
    • Doubles the control cache per controller to 8GB, The control cache is dedicated memory for the operating system completely isolated from the data cache.
    • Brings PCI-Express support to the 3PAR mid range allowing for 8Gbps Fibre Channel and 10Gbps iSCSI
    • Brings the mid range up to spec with the latest 4th generation ASIC, and latest Intel processor technology.
    • Nearly triples the raw capacity
    • Moves from an entirely Fibre channel based system to a SAS back end with a Fibre front end
    • Moves from exclusively 3.5″ drives to primarily 2.5″ drives with a couple 3.5″ drive options
    • Brings FC0E support to the 3PAR mid range (in 2013) for the four customers who use FCoE.
    • Cuts the size of the controllers by more than half
    • Obviously dramatically increases the I/O and throughput of the system with the new ASIC with PCIe, faster CPU cores, more CPU cores(in 7400) and the extra cache.
  • Persistent Ports

This is a really cool feature as well – it gives the ability to provide redundant connectivity to multiple controllers on a 3PAR array without having to have host-based multipathing software. How is this possible? Basically it is NPIV for the array. Peer controllers can assume the world wide names for the ports on their partner controller. If a controller goes down, it’s peer assumes the identities of that controller’s ports, instantaneously providing connectivity for hosts that were (not directly) connected to the ports on the downed controller. This eliminates pauses for MPIO software to detect faults and fail over, and generally makes life a better place.

HP claims that some other tier 1 vendors can provide this functionality for software changes, but they do not today, provide it for hardware changes. 3PAR provides this technology for both hardware and software changes – on all of their currently shipping systems!

  • Virtualized Service Processor

All 3PAR systems have come with a dedicated server known as the Service Processor, this acts as a proxy of sorts between the array and 3PAR support. It is used for alerting as well as remote administration. The hardware configuration of this server was quite inflexible and it made it needlessly complex to deploy in some scenarios (mainly due to having only a single network port).

The service processor was also rated to consume a mind boggling 300W of power (it may of been a legacy typo but that’s the number that was given in the specs).

The Service processor can now be deployed as a virtual machine!

  • Thick Conversion

I’m sure many customers have wanted this over the years as well. The new software will allow you to convert a thin volume to a thick (fat) volume. The main purpose of this of course is to save on licensing for thin provisioning when you have a volume that is fully provisioned (along with the likelihood of space reclamation on that volume being low as well). I know I could of used this years ago.. I always shook my fist at 3PAR when they made it easy to convert to thin, but really impossible to convert back to thick (without service disruption anyway).

  • Easy setup with Smart Start

Leveraging technology from the EVA line of arrays, HP has radically simplified the installation process of a 7000-series array, so much so that the customer can now perform the installation on their own without professional services. This is huge for this market segment. The up front professional services to install a mid range F200 storage system had a list price of $10,000 (as of last year anyway).

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

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