Private Cloud 24
HP VirtualSystem VS3 for Microsoft
Editors
November 1, 2013

Q: What is HP VirtualSystem VS3?

A: HP VirtualSystem VS3 for Microsoft delivers a preconfigured Microsoft private cloud that is built on the HP Converged Infrastructure foundation (which includes HP BladeSystem, HP Flex Fabric networking, and HP StoreServ storage technology) and Windows Server 2012, Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1, and HP Insight Control. HP VirtualSystem VS3 is a turnkey solution with HP Factory Express Services for preconfiguration and an HP Deployment Accelerator Service for performing the final on-site installation.

You can scale HP VirtualSystem VS3 as needed to support your IT requirements. HP VirtualSystem VS3 offers a single-rack model that can scale up to 16 HP ProLiant BL460c blade servers, 2 ProLiant DL360c management servers, and either HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 2-node or HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 2-node or 4-node SAN arrays. Multirack configurations with independent compute and storage scaling can grow to support up to 64 servers in multiple compute racks and the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 4-node SAN storage array. All HP VirtualSystem VS3 solutions offer N+N power redundancy, redundant Ethernet and SAN fabrics, and a highly available server and storage architecture.

Each c7000 enclosure supports 4 to 16 HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 server blades with a choice of Intel Xeon processors. Redundant HP ProLiant DL360p Gen8 servers form the management fabric cluster. Each server is configured with 256 GB of memory and two 8-core processors. HP Insight Control for System Center (IC-SC) provides integration with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and Operations Manager. Among other features, IC-SC provides visual diagrams, events, alerts, and notifications inside System Center for the HP Converged Infrastructure components in the solution.

HP VirtualSystem VS3 includes management and top-of-rack (ToR) networking for your private cloud infrastructure, along with HP Virtual Connect Flex Fabric technology. You can use HP Virtual Connect Flex Fabric to establish individual networks and to allocate bandwidth according to best practices for Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization hosts.

HP 5920 switches provide a 10 Gb ToR fabric for interconnecting the enclosures in the compute rack and providing an upstream connectivity point. These switches include HP Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) technology to provide a virtualized switch environment (across multiple compute racks.

HP VirtualSystem VS3 uses HP 3PAR StoreServ array technology with the flexibility to scale up or down and to add storage tiers (SSD, FC, and NL), depending on the requirements of your private cloud environment. The HP 3PAR StoreServ platforms are designed for virtualization, IaaS, and cloud environments . Each c7000 enclosure supports 4-16 HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 server blades with a choice of Intel Xeon processors. HP 3PAR Thin Provisioning Software allows you to purchase only the disk capacity you actually need. Windows Server 2012 ODX support is included, and SMI-S support enables automated storage provisioning and management from Windows Server 2012 or System Center 2012 SP1 VMM.