By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy
EMC made an announcement earlier today around a product called VSPEX; I haven't had a lot of time to look at it but basically looks like they're working with the channel to offer reference architecture of a converged stack. Of course it's all based on EMC storage though they claim they have reference architectures for other components to be something other than VCE-based Cisco servers and networking.
What got my attention was a tweet I saw from Dave Vellante. Dave is the CEO co-founder of Wikibon.org and co-host of The Cube. I've got the conversation here - be sure to read from the bottom up.
I was responding to Dave to make sure that he knows that HP CloudSystem doesn't have to be based on HP servers, storage, and networking. This is a huge part of our CloudSystem story so I thought if Dave didn't know about it, most of you probably don't either.
I reached out to Nick van der Zweep, Director of Business Strategy in our CloudSystem business to get the details. I'll summarize a few things that Nick and I discussed:
- HP CloudSystem DOES support multiple non-HP components. Customers will get the most integration and automation by using a complete HP stack. For example - if customers use non-HP storage, they lose the integration we have with Storage Provisioning Manager that simplifies provisioning storage. See my previous blog post on SPM that includes a demo of SPM. For non-HP storage, a storage admin would have to provision a LUN and give that to the server admin so they can then use that within the CloudSystem environment.
- You can use any standards-based networking gear that is supported by HP Virtual Connect.
- The HP CloudSystem Matrix 7.0 Compatibility Chart is a very useful document to understand the requirements of all the components. Chapter 4 specifically talks about the storage requirements. Page 9 talks about support for Dell and IBM servers.
- There's also a technical white paper that talks about a lot of the details titled Understanding the HP CloudSystem Matrix Technology. Nick tells me that this paper is based on v6.3 and an updated white paper for the current version 7.0 is coming.
- HP does test the non-HP components - our testing includes doing multi-vendor testing of other vendors' server, storage, and networking hardware. This is basic testing to ensure compatibility.
I don't know if HP was first in our open cloud computing approach - but I do know that other vendors stacks (like vBlock and FlexPod) offer little if no flexibility. I think the original vBlock only had 3 configurations and no deviation from those configurations were allowed or you lost the "one throat to choke" support of VCE.
The storage, server, and networking landscape is a very interesting place to be these days!