HPE Points Storage Platform at Burgeoning Service Provider Market

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will be shipping a cloud-optimized storage server, part of an infrastructure portfolio with compute, networking and storage server offerings.  HPE is also adding enhancements to HPE Cloudline servers and HPE Altoline network switches for service providers.

The HPE Cloudline CL5200 is a high-density, multi-node storage server designed for service providers looking for high-density storage.

“Service providers are looking for the operational agility and faster data center integration that comes with deploying open infrastructures, while others value the integrated management and proven deployment capabilities that come with industry-standard offerings,” said Reaz Rasul, vice president and general manager of HPE’s Global Hyperscale Business.

HPE Cloudline CL5200 features minimalist bare-iron design and supports one or two compute nodes for various performance tiers. The server supports up to 80 large form-factor hard drives to provide up to 640 TB of storage in a single 4U chassis.

HPE is also expanding its portfolio of HPE Altoline switches with the introduction of four new models to its 6900 family, including one that features 25/100 Gbps. The switches are intended to enhance customers' ability to tailor networking infrastructure to meet their specific applications and workload requirements, and enable service providers and web scale networks to quickly scale their networks, the vendor said.

The HPE Altoline switch family provides service providers with their choice of open source networking operating systems, including Cumulus, Pica8, and later this year, OpenSwitch.

HPE also is expanding its open-source Helion platform with a mature OpenStack enterprise-grade distribution, supported by reference architectures optimized for the OpenStack Swift object storage project. This solution has been optimized for 2016 with new reference architectures for hyper-scale, multi-data center operations. Leveraging ProLiant Gen 9 servers this solution meets optimum processing needs and delivers a smaller footprint to enable greater cost savings while supporting highly available, predictable, massive storage growth, HPE said.

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