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52,000 is the number to beat at the HP Serverquarium for MMS 2013

By Paul Gavin - HP Microsoft Alliance Marketing


Are you looking at examples of how to implement a well-balanced private cloud that will provide you the performance and flexibility you need to cope with large swings in demand in real time?

What if you had to dynamically…


  • Deploy 52,000 virtual machines in  4 ½ days
  • Create 4,000 virtual machines per HOUR
  • Tear  down 1,000 virtual machines and rebuild 1,000 new ones in 8 minutes


… in an environment that was highly visible to a large number of users.


For the past several years we have done this successfully at MMS 2011 and 2012 by providing the infrastructure to support the large number of real time hands on labs which are run in Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines. With the confidence we have gained based on our previous experience we are planning to do this again this year at Microsoft Management Summit 2013 (#MMS2013).


We will be using a combination of HP Blade Servers, HP storage, HP networking integrated with Microsoft Windows 2012, Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1.


When we accepted this challenge with Microsoft in 2011 there were a number of requirements we felt we had to meet to be successful:


  • We needed the Server capacity to provide the performance capabilities that the labs required
  • We needed the storage capacity to support the creation, running and deletion of the virtual machines to support the aggressive schedule required by the labs
  • We needed the networking infrastructure to support the traffic generated by the labs
  • We needed an integrated management structure that would allow us to create and dynamically manage the environment

So let’s look at how we are planning to achieve this goal this year at MMS 2013:


  • Server Capacity
    • We will be using a total of 32 HP BladeServers  each with 2x Intel® Xeon® E5-2670 2.6GHz / 8 cores, 256GB RAM, 2x 300 GB SAS drives, 785GB / 1.2TB HP IO Accelerator card and HP VirtualConnect FlexFabric 10Gb 2-ports
  • Storage Capacity
    • HP 3PAR StoreServ 10800, 153.6 TB in total, 128 x 600 GB FC disks, 64 z 200 GB SSD disks, 32x 2TB NL disks and 4 controller nodes
  • Networking Infrastructure
    • HP 5920 Series Ethernet Switches, HP B-Series FibreChannel SAN Switches
  • Management Integration
    • We will be using Microsoft System Center to manage the environment and we believe that the use of System Center and HP Insight Control together will provide an optimal environment for the HP and Microsoft private cloud
    • Insight Control for System Center Operations Manager plugins to manage and visualize the HP BladeSystem environment
    • System Center Virtual Machine Manager and System Center Operations Manager plugins to manage and visualize the HP 3PAR StoreServ  environment
    • Insight Control for System Center Operations Manager plugin for HP Virtual Connect to visualize the HP Virtual Connect environment



We believe this is a great opportunity to understand in detail how the HP and Microsoft solution can help you design and deploy a Microsoft private cloud in an optimal way.


To see this all in action at MMS 2013 please come visit us at the Serverquarium which will be just outside of the main exhibit hall.


To get a complete perspective on the environment please also plan on attending the session WSB394 Serverquarium Unwrapped: The HP Cloud Solution for Microsoft that Powers MMS Hands On Labs at 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM on Wednesday April 10th


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