HP has launched new compute platforms designed to help customers handle data intensive workloads driven by emerging technologies such as open source data analytics. Gartner forecasts that 4.9 billion connected "things" will be in use in 2015, up 30 per cent from 2014.
This figure will reach 25 billion by 2020 and will cause an exponential increase in the amount of data.
As a result, the industry is seeing the emergence of new technologies and architectures -- from open source data analytics and database platforms to in-memory databases -- built to derive value from data and deliver business outcomes. HP's new Compute platforms have been tailored to meet the specific requirements of these data-intensive workloads.
These platforms are built for a range of emerging technologies and applications including mass content storage, block and file storage, unstructured and real-time analytics, as well as simple and transactional databases. The new and enhanced servers and solutions include: HP Apollo 2000; the HP Apollo 4000 Systems family; the HP Big Data Reference Architecture; HP Integrity Superdome X; and the HP ProLiant DL580, DL560 and BL660c Gen9 servers.
These servers are designed to optimise capacity and performance scalability, flexibility and cost efficiency with unique designs that address datacentre space, power and cooling challenges. The HP ConvergedSystem 500 for SAP HANA has been upgraded with the newest Intel Xeon Processor E7 V3 Family architecture and supports the latest generation business suite, SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), to deliver faster real-time actionable insights.
New HP Converged Storage plug-ins help increase flexibility and reduce customer risk through a comprehensive data backup and recovery solution for SAP S/4 HANA environments. HP director and general manager, servers and converged systems, HP enterprise group, South Pacific, Raj Thakur, said the ever-increasing volume, velocity and variety of data had stretched traditional server technologies beyond their limits
"It needs a set of purpose-built compute platforms specifically designed to extract the maximum value of the data," he said.
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"HP is innovating the designs of its broad compute portfolio to align it to specific workload needs in order to help customers deliver the most impactful business outcomes by using data in ways that was impossible in the past."
Scale-out workloads such as object and virtualised storage and Apache Hadoop require Compute platforms with performance scalability, density optimisation, storage simplicity and configuration flexibility, according to a company statement.
HP will aim to address these requirements with a scale-out Compute portfolio that consists of the HP Apollo 2000 and 4000 systems as well as HP Moonshot. The HP Apollo 2000 is the enterprise bridge to scale-out infrastructure.
It is designed to deliver hyperscale efficiency and performance in traditional datacentres running general purpose and high performance workloads.
These solutions are supported by the HP Haven Big Data platform featuring HP Vertica as well as HP HyperScale Big Data Ecosystem partners, including Cleversafe, Scality, Cloudera and Hortonworks.
The solutions also support key open source projects such as Ceph, OpenStack Swift and Apache Hadoop. The HP Apollo 4000 servers, when combined with HP Moonshot, create the foundation for the HP Big Data Reference Architecture, an innovative new Hadoop infrastructure design that leverages the strength of HP's portfolio to deliver a differentiated solution.
The HP Big Data Reference Architecture deploys a standard Hadoop distribution in an asymmetric fashion, enabling customers to scale storage and compute independently, providing up to twice the performance in 50 percent less space.
This results in substantial reduction in total cost of ownership, as well as improvements in performance and energy efficiency, according to a company statement. Data-intensive, scale-up workloads such as in-memory and structured databases require high performance, availability and reliability as well as disaster tolerance.
HP aims to address these requirements with a scale-up Compute portfolio consisting of HP Integrity Superdome X as well as HP ProLiant DL580, 560 and BL660c Gen9 servers. The Integrity Superdome X is now certified for Windows and supports SQL Server 2014 deployments.
The ConvergedSystem portfolio for SAP HANA is designed for power and reliability, while engineered to deliver high performance, high availability and scalability that is fully compatible with the latest generation business suite, SAP S/4HANA.
"Organisations with medium-sized SAP solution-based landscapes looking for an economical way to start their journey can look to the HP ConvergedSystem 500 for SAP HANA," according to a company statement.
"Now certified with the new Intel Xeon E7 V3 architecture, this integrated system offers a cost-effective platform for deployments of SAP S/4HANA." The HP Apollo 2000, Big Data Reference Architecture and HP Integrity Superdome X are available now, and the HP ProLiant DL580 Gen9 is expected to be available in Australia in May 2015.
The HP Apollo 4000 family, HP ProLiant DL560 Gen9 and HP ProLiant BL660c Gen9 are expected to be available in June 2015. HP ConvergedSystem 500 for SAP HANA with Intel Xeon Processor E7 V3 Family architecture will be available in Australia starting June 2015. The HP StoreOnce Plug-in for SAP HANA is available at no cost to existing HP StoreOnce Backup customers beginning in May 2015, as part of an early access program with general availability scheduled for June 2015.
Use of the plug-in requires an HP StoreOnce Catalyst software license.