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Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Pro for VMware vSphere Solution Profile

  1. 1. Accelerate Your Business-Critical Workloads to the Next-Generation Converged Infrastructure Relentless trends of increasing data center complexity and massive data growth have companies seeking new, reliable ways to deliver IT services in an on-demand, rapid, flexible and scalable fashion. Many data centers now face growing demands for faster delivery of business services, serious resource contentions and trade-offs between IT agility and vendor lock-in. They also have mounting complications and rising costs in managing disparate islands of technology resources. To address these issues, organizations have rapidly adopted and deployed virtualization. They are looking to service models, such as private cloud, that increase efficiency, improve flexibility and reduce the cost of delivering IT services. Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Pro for VMware vSphere SOLUTIONPROFILE To this end, converged infrastructure deployments are quickly becoming a way for enterprises to improve flexibility and efficiency, and virtualization is becoming ubiquitous. However, organizations also require predictable platform reliability to move even business-critical workloads to a converged infrastruc- ture or a private cloud without having to rip up and replace their current infrastructure. Evolving beyond current solutions, Hitachi Data Systems offers a flex- ible and robust platform for quickly capitalizing on cloud benefits. At the same time, the platform also ensures the consistency and level of control required for business-critical workload environments. Overview Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) Pro for VMware vSphere represents the next generation of converged infrastructure solutions with unmatched reliability, flexibility, automation and performance to support your most demanding workloads. UCP Pro for VMware vSphere centralizes and automates the management of servers, storage and networking components as business resource pools. Its com- prehensive and simplified management significantly reduces time to value and operational costs across a single or multiple data centers. UCP Pro for VMware vSphere solution’s deep integration into vSphere and
  2. 2. SOLUTION PROFILE VMware vCenter enables faster deployment of converged infrastructure and efficient resource allocation. It also supports simple automation and orchestration for stream- lined infrastructure management. UCP Pro for VMware vSphere is the foundation for your evolution to the software-defined data center (SDDC) enabling an infrastructure optimized for the cloud and robust enough to support all workloads on a single virtual- ized or nonvirtualized platform. An exceptionally flexible, converged solution, UCP Pro for VMware vSphere simplifies deployment and management of data centers and private cloud deployments. Dynamic and cost-effective data centers that can quickly respond to business needs are made possible via improved agility and predictability. UCP Pro for VMware vSphere is designed for maximum performance and utilization, and leverages Hitachi best-in-class hard- ware and software technology. The solution is pretested and preconfigured at the Hitachi distribution center and is optimized per customer requirements, which dramati- cally reduces deployment time. Unlike other offerings, UCP Pro for VMware vSphere is an open platform that supports multiple storage systems through industry-leading Hitachi storage virtualization technology, and a roadmap for multihypervisor sup- port. Organizations can also select from different Hitachi server CPU and memory configurations to choose the one that best meets their workload needs, or to offer mul- tiple tiers of compute resources. This solution enables organizations to: ■■ Improve organizational agility by quickly deploying new applications and services to respond to changes in busi- ness needs and integrate into current environments. ■■ Have certainty with the predictable reliability of a robust private cloud plat- form aligned to business service levels. The extreme flexibility of the UCP Select for VMware vSphere solution offers what may be one of the most important benefits: IT investment protection. ■■ Reduce management cost and com- plexity with coordinated comprehensive provisioning and administration of virtual- ized private cloud environments. ■■ Simplify the ordering and procure- ment process as well as the onboarding and management of physical and virtual resources. ■■ Increase operational efficiency and resource utilization by aligning IT to business requirements. ■■ Improve service availability and streamline business continuity for criti- cal applications. Capabilities You can transition your business-critical work- loads to a converged infrastructure or cloud environment with confidence: Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Pro for VMware vSphere integrates infrastructure components with comprehensive management through familiar VMware management interfaces. UCP Pro for VMware vSphere provides predictable reliabil- ity in a robust, enterprise converged platform, based on business needs. Key capabilities include the ability to: ■■ Start small and grow your infrastructure quickly and easily as more workloads are transitioned to private cloud. ■■ Simplify management of physical and virtual resources with tight integration into VMware vCenter. ■■ Match the appropriate tiers of resources for differing workloads. ■■ Improve troubleshooting with physical and virtual infrastructure monitoring and alerting within VMware vCenter.
  3. 3. Innovation is the engine of change, and information is its fuel. Innovate intelligently to lead your market, grow your company, and change the world. Manage your information with Hitachi Data Systems. ■■ Provide business units with the right tier of resources to match application and business requirements; the solution can contain multiple tiers of storage and com- pute resources, enabling workloads to be deployed with the appropriate type of resources. ■■ Provide business unit administration views that allow for consumption and deployment of subscriptions. Your business can capitalize quickly using the UCP Pro for VMware vSphere solution. You’ll achieve faster deployment of your converged infrastructure and resource allocation as well as simplified infrastructure deployment and management within a VMware environment. Key benefits include: ■■ Simplified ordering, planning and imple- mentation with a single source for infrastructure as well as coordinated pro- fessional services. ■■ Quick deployment of infrastructure, while ensuring each workload is matched to the appropriate tier of resources. ■■ Automated and orchestrated man- agement of essential infrastructure components as unified pools of business resources from directly within the vCenter management console. ■■ Validation of underlying components when deploying virtual machines (VMs). Your Converged Environment, Your Way The exceptional flexibility of UCP Pro for VMware vSphere allows you to integrate and protect your current storage invest- ment. You can also grow the level of automation, at your pace and scale. Key capabilities include the ability to: ■■ Dynamically scale infrastructure as needed with the ability to add and manage servers in configured clusters. ■■ Build on the Hitachi Data Systems port- folio with various cloud entry points, including a road map for UCP Director to tie together various solutions over time. ■■ Respect and integrate with current and future storage infrastructure with indus- try-leading Hitachi virtualization. Confidence for Your Converged Infrastructure Whether your organization is getting started with private cloud, building upon an existing infrastructure, or looking towards the soft- ware-defined data center, Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Pro for VMware vSphere is an ideal foundation. You can bring the most critical workloads to a cloud environ- ment with UCP Pro for VMware vSphere. It provides predictable reliability, quick time- to-value and the ability to quickly expand your environment as requirements evolve. UCP Pro for VMware vSphere improves the use of IT resources while streamlining man- agement within VMware environments. It simplifies physical and virtual resource pro- visioning and accelerates troubleshooting. UCP Pro for VMware vSphere eliminates the guesswork and troubleshooting orga- nizations normally experience when rolling out a new infrastructure. Easily scalable, the comprehensive and simplified management with deep component integration allows extremely fast provisioning and “worry free” scaling to many physical hosts and VMs. This integrated and pretested solution removes implementation burdens and reduces the complexity and cost of deploy- ing and managing a private cloud. Your organization benefits from best-in-class technologies with extreme reliability and maximum performance as well as simplified procurement, implementation and manage- ment of cloud infrastructure. Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Director enables management of UCP Pro for VMware vSphere, providing a unified view of resources from directly within vCenter. This capability allows you to align IT with business processes using familiar tools. UCP Director monitors all the elements of the UCP Pro for VMware vSphere solution under a single view and provides an overall health status of all solution elements. Via early indication of any impending device failures, this solution minimizes system 3 Figure 1. Hitachi Storage System Portfolio Comparison
  4. 4. SOLUTION PROFILE downtime by directing proactive mainte- nance. This monitoring further reduces the complexity and maintenance challenges associated with disjointed and inefficient management of underlying infrastructures, saving time and money. Key enabling features include: ■■ Comprehensive management via inte- gration with vCenter through the UCP Director software. ■■ Simplified configuration and integration of all solution components. ■■ Appropriate tiers of resources that meet varying workload requirements. ■■ Elastic scaling when and where needed, with on-demand storage allocation and processing. The UCP Pro for VMware vSphere solution architecture is modular and flexible to let you move towards the software-defined data center at your own pace, without disrupting your existing environment. Components Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Pro for VMware vSphere solution automates and integrates server, storage, networking and management components. The innovative Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Director software coordinates the administration and task workflow for servers, networking ele- ments and storage. Management Integrated into vCenter, UCP Director soft- ware provides a unified and comprehensive thick and thin Web-based management interface with process orchestration for a collective group of assets as business resource pools. UCP Director simplifies the integration and ongoing management of large dynamic environments. It greatly reduces the barrier to deployment, speeds time to value, and streamlines operational management. These capabilities enable UCP Director to help reduce capital expen- diture (capex) and operating expenditure (opex), even while the scope and scale of these environments continue to grow. This uniquely unified platform gives data centers the enterprise scale, efficiency and agility not found in other offerings. UCP Pro for VMware vSphere has unmatched abil- ity to reduce operational costs as well as management complexities within the most demanding data center environments and private cloud deployments. For geographically dispersed implementa- tions, the UCP data center director feature allows you to manage and monitor multi- ple UCP Pro systems. It provides disaster recovery across multiple data centers (fed- eration). You can leverage Hitachi Universal Replicator (HUR) and Hitachi TrueCopy to ensure your most critical applications are protected with disaster recovery of VMs across multiple UCP Pro systems. Server UCP Pro for VMware vSphere is based on a blade server platform from Hitachi using the latest Intel processor technology within a highly reliable architecture. Its unique fea- tures ensure the highest levels of efficiency, application availability and uptime. Hitachi Compute Blade 500 offers enterprise-class performance, high-density computing and massive throughput with scaling from 2 to 128 blades per UCP Pro for VMware vSphere configuration. Multiple RAM and CPU options are supported with Hitachi Compute Blade 500 within a predefined architecture, which is key to providing a flexi- ble platform for changing business needs. Networking Essential to a complete platform, standard network components are supported to pro- vide efficient and reliable networking. Giving customers the flexibility of choice, UCP Pro for VMware vSphere utilizes Ethernet compo- nents from either Brocade or Cisco, and SAN components from Brocade. These compo- nents come fully pre-wired and automatically configured for simplified and automated virtual LAN and SAN provisioning. Storage UCP Pro for VMware vSphere offers organizations the ability to choose from 3 different, but equally capable storage systems to best match their needs (see Figure 1). Each offers legendary Hitachi Data Systems reliability and is backed by industry-leading HDS service and support. Hitachi storage solutions help your business improve organizational agility and lower costs by providing a virtualized data center infrastructure that is robust, automated and flexible. Choose from Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), Hitachi Unified Storage 150 (HUS 150), or Hitachi Unified Storage VM (HUS VM). And with VSP and HUS VM, you can further your investments in existing storage by leveraging our unique storage virtualization capabilities. Summary Hitachi Data Systems helps businesses improve IT agility, lower infrastructure costs and move to cloud with certainty with pre- dictable reliability, quick cloud value and exceptional flexibility. We achieve these results by streamlining, integrating and automating a robust platform for enter- prise data centers and cloud deployments. Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Pro for VMware vSphere is a unified, predefined solution. It supports your business needs today and lets you establish a flexible foun- dation for the data center of the future. For More Information For more information regarding the capa- bilities of Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Pro for VMware vSphere and how it can support your data center, please contact your Hitachi Data Systems representative or visit
  5. 5. 5 Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Pro for VMware vSphere: Support for Your Data Center ■■ Employ unifying management. ■■ Unify orchestration and automation. ■■ Simplify ordering and administration. ■■ Create and automate repeatable processes. ■■ Create, manage, update and deploy ESXi images within the UCP Pro for VMware vSphere compute block. ■■ Set up lifecycle management: fully automated update management with nondisruptive firmware updates for compute chassis, compute blades, Ethernet switches, and Fibre Channel switches. ■■ Allow federation of multiple UCP Pro for VMware vSphere systems into a single UCP Director instance. ■■ Integrate with current storage infrastructure. ■■ Reduce management cost and complexity. ■■ Unify monitoring and troubleshooting. ■■ Achieve 100% parity between GUI (vSphere Client integration), RESTful API and CLI. ■■ Utilize Hitachi blades for non-ESXi purposes, such as non-ESX operating systems (RHEL and Microsoft® Windows® ) and unmanaged LPAR support. ■■ Assess with health monitoring: infrastructure-aware health and performance monitoring of your converged solution with end-to-end topology maps and direct integration with VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vCOPS). AT A GLANCE: BENEFITS AND CAPABILITIES Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Pro for VMware vSphere: Supported Infrastructure Compute ■■ Hitachi Compute Blade 500. ■ ■ Flexibility with 2-8 blades per chassis. ■ ■ Scales up to 64 or 128 blades. ■■ Hitachi 1U rackmount server. ■ ■ Runs Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Director and other manage- ment software. Storage ■■ Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP). ■■ Hitachi Unified Storage 150 (HUS 150). ■■ Hitachi Unified Storage VM (HUS VM). ■■ Other vendor storage virtualized through VSP. Software (partial list) ■■ Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Director. ■■ Hitachi Compute Systems Manager and Hitachi Device Manager (Hitachi management suite). ■■ VMware vCenter. ■■ VMware vSphere 5.1. ■■ Microsoft SQL Server® 2012. ■■ Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2. Network ■■ Brocade or Cisco Ethernet networking components. ■■ Brocade Fibre Channel SAN components. AT A GLANCE: COMPONENTS AND SUPPORT
  6. 6. Corporate Headquarters 2845 Lafayette Street Santa Clara, CA 96050-2639 USA Regional Contact Information Americas: +1 408 970 1000 or Europe, Middle East and Africa: +44 (0) 1753 618000 or Asia Pacific: +852 3189 7900 or © Hitachi Data Systems Corporation 2013. All rights reserved. HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. Innovate with Information and TrueCopy are trademarks or registered trademarks of Hitachi Data Systems Corporation. Microsoft, SQL Server, Windows Server, and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners. Notice: This document is for informational purposes only, and does not set forth any warranty, expressed or implied, concerning any equipment or service offered or to be offered by Hitachi Data Systems Corporation. SP-142-B DG July 2013