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HDS launches its first hyper-converged UCP solution

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June 23, 2016

With the main goal in perpetuating the Nutanix and SimpliVity hyper-converged trend, HDS announced today its UCP HC V-240 product, its first hyper-converged UCP product, along with the entry-level converged UCP 2000, for its mid-market and enterprise customers.

Think of UCP (Unified Computing Platform) systems as being like EMC V-Blocks and UCP HC boxes in the same product area as Nutanix, SimpliVity, and EMC's VxRAIL.

Buy the systems, install them, switch them on, run VMs and scale them out like IT building blocks, etc. You get the drift.

The UCP 2000 is a pre-tested, pre-built converged infrastructure platform with all-flash configuration support and 4-node servers.

It has modular building blocks of Haswell x86 compute, VSP storage and Brocade top-of-rack networking, that scale independently to run different application workloads.

There is support for VMware, Microsoft and OpenStack virtualization environments. It is an entry-level system for general-purpose applications, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), databases, and test and development environments.

HDS says it has some tighter integration with VMware operations and storage policy-based management (SPBM), plus HDS data protection products.

Enterprise customers could be mid-market, enterprises, departments and MSPs. The larger UCP 4000, 4000E and 6000 products are for enterprise-class, business-critical workloads.

At the other end of the HDS convergence spectrum is the UCP HC V240. The scale-out and even more (hyper-) converged V240 comes with automated provisioning and orchestration.

It is based on x86 hardware, VMware vSphere and VSAN, and additional HDS software. There are virtual machine (VM) centric pools of capacity, with consumption based on VM-level policies that can be changed on demand.

HDS says the V-240 is designed for simplicity with only a few minutes need after power-on for VMs to be created. It is targeted at general-purpose applications, VDI, remote offices, and test and development workloads for mid-market, enterprise, departmental and MSP customers.

We can expect a broadening UCP HC range from HDS after this entrance in the market. We'll keep you posted.

Source: Hitachi Data Services.

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