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HPE upgrades its CloudLine storage solutions to 640 TB from 72 TB

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March 9, 2016

HP CEO Meg Whitman wasn't kidding last week when she said the company will add several new products in its core offerings during its first quarter.

HPE has upgraded the storage capacity of its Foxconn-made CloudLine server solutions with the 640 TB CL-5200 model, which has 9 times greater storage capacity than the 72 TB CL-2200 model.

HPE also said today that it's updating its Altoline of networking switches for service providers and has a Helion private cloud reference architecture for OpenStack Swift.

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

HPE offers both standard or open infrastructure products, and the CloudLine is an open infrastructure offering.

CloudLine servers are built by Foxconn and are for Open Compute Project-type customers in the cloud and hyperscale data centre segment.

Until today, there have been three servers in HPE's line-- the CL-1100, the CL-2100 and the CL-2200. The first two are 1U rack units with the CL-2200 being a 2U form factor.

They vary by maximum disk capacity with the CL-1100 having a maximum capacity of 12 TB, the CL-2100 24 TB and the CL-2200 at 72 TB.

The soon-to-be-made-available CL-5200 is a 4U server holding up to 80 x 8 TB 3.5-inch disk drives to provide up to 640 TB, a large push to the top. It's clear that HPE wants to compete with other big name server and storage products makers.

HPE is working with Scality and its RING object storage software, and Scality has certified support for the CL-5200, it asserted.

As for its new line of networking switches, there are four new Altoline 6900 models, with one offering 25/100 GbitE. Existing 6940 Altolines offer 40 Gbit/E, HPE said.

Supported network operating systems are Cumulus and Pica8, with OpenSwitch coming later in 2016.

Helion, HPE’s private cloud, now has an OpenStack distribution with “reference architectures optimized for the OpenStack Swift object storage project and for hyper-scale, multi-data centre operations”.

It specifies generation 9 ProLiant servers. Helion OpenStack with Swift is available now. HPE Cloudline CL-5200 servers and Altoline 6900 Series network switches are available for direct order globally and service providers should contact their HPE account manager.

A support offering called HPE Datacenter Care for Hyperscale is available worldwide as well. We'll keep you posted on other new HPE products as they become available.

Source: HPE.

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