Hewlett Packard Enterprise Announces Open, Cloud-Optimized Storage Server for Service Provider Market

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) has announced its open, cloud-optimized storage server, the HPE Cloudline CL5200. HPE now offers a very complete open infrastructure portfolio with compute, networking and also storage server offerings. Today’s announcement also includes enhancements to HPE Altoline network switches for service providers.

With the explosive growth of data, service providers would need to increase storage capacity while maintaining the smallest data center footprint possible. The HPE Cloudline CL5200 is a high density, multi-node storage server designed for service providers looking for “high-density storage with an aggressive $/GB” to run cloud storage and data analytics applications.

Built on open design principles to increase adaptability and facilitate IT integration, the HPE Cloudline CL5200 would fit easily into a multi-vendor management environment. 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.

hewlett packard enterprise“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, Global Hyperscale Business, HPE. “HPE is the only vendor that offers a choice of standard or open infrastructure solutions to accelerate business growth and provide service providers with the flexibility required to scale rapidly and cost-effectively.”

HPE expanded its partnership with Scality in January 2016, to accelerate the adoption of software-defined object and file storage. Scality RING supports HPE’s industry standard x86 servers, and now includes certified support for the HPE Cloudline CL5200. This partnership is designed to provide service providers with the “flexibility, resiliency, and performance” required to drive down the cost of storage at petabyte scale.

HPE ‘Open’ Networking Portfolio

HPE is 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 would enhance customers’ ability to tailor their networking infrastructure to meet their specific applications and workload requirements, and enable service providers and web scale networks to quickly scale their networks at low cost with any product of choice, all while avoiding vendor lock-in.

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.