Transform Application Delivery With Microsoft
Microsoft private cloud solutions, built on Microsoft
2012 R2 with Microsoft Hyper-V®
and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2, are key to rapid
application deployment using Hitachi Data Systems
infrastructure for cloud computing. Our solutions help
organizations and service providers deploy dedicated
Hitachi infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-
as-a-service (PaaS) environments that transform
the way they deliver IT services. A Microsoft private
cloud provides unified resource pools, allowing you to
dynamically allocate IT resources across business units.
With dynamic allocation, IT can deploy applications
quickly and scale the underlying infrastructure to meet
critical needs whenever and wherever the application
Microsoft private cloud solutions are optimized for
application delivery and provide both the flexibility
and control to harness the full power of the cloud
today. These solutions are:
■■ Tightly integrated with the System Center
Management Suite to enable rapid provisioning of
virtual machines (VMs) using small, medium and
large PowerShell Script templates and System
Center Orchestrator Run Books.
■■ Easily customizable, allowing you to build “Gold
Image Libraries” and manage consistent deploy-
ment of fully imaged VMs.
■■ Preconfigured at Hitachi Distribution Centers.
Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) for
Microsoft Private Cloud solutions provide tightly
integrated server, network and storage infrastruc-
ture that is built using Microsoft validated reference
architectures with preconfigured gigabit Ethernet
VLANs, networks and storage pools.
■■ Designed for predictable, scalable performance to
deploy and manage Hyper-V-based VMs.
■■ Validated to host Microsoft enterprise applications.
Hitachi Unified Compute Platform for Microsoft®
Hitachi IaaS and PaaS solutions provide
more than a virtualization platform, they
provide an application ecosystem designed
and validated for mission-critical workloads.
Our infrastructure supports 99.999% ser-
vice level agreements (SLAs), allowing you
to host applications with confidence. If you
need 100% SLA guarantees, Hitachi can
Through just-in-time provisioning of IaaS
and PaaS on dedicated resources, your
organization can streamline processes on
a standardized, reliable and scalable plat-
form. You also can be more responsive to
business needs, and able to more fully use
Hitachi Unified Compute
Platform for Microsoft Private
Hitachi UCP for Microsoft Private Cloud
provides prevalidated, easy-to-order IaaS
and PaaS solutions for building private
clouds. These solutions combine Microsoft
software, consolidated guidance and vali-
dated configurations with Hitachi compute
and storage technologies, as well as value-
added software components.
Hitachi UCP for Microsoft Private Cloud
offers a simplified approach to delivering
scalable, preconfigured and validated infra-
structure platforms for on-premises private
cloud implementations. With local control
over data and operations, your IT staff can
dynamically pool, allocate, secure and
manage resources for an agile infrastructure
or platform as a service. Likewise, business
units can deploy line-of-business applica-
tions with speed and consistency using
self-provisioning (and decommissioning)
and automated data center services in a
Private Cloud on Your Terms
Microsoft and Hitachi deliver on the promise
of agile private clouds with a preracked,
fault-tolerant cloud platform that has been
validated to Microsoft standards. Your
With Hitachi Unified Compute Platform for Microsoft
Private Cloud, organizations can quickly deploy private
cloud infrastructures with predictable results and create an
avenue for further automation and orchestration.
organization gains the advantage of a
simplified infrastructure solution that has
been optimized to work with Windows
Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V v4. For virtual
machine and infrastructure deployment,
integrated management with Microsoft
System Center 2012 R2 can help to elim-
inate the need for 3rd-party orchestration
and automation vendors (who may lack
deep knowledge of the infrastructure).
System Center 2012 R2 enables proactive
management of both your physical and vir-
tual environments, whether on-premises or
hosted, through a unified user interface and
Rich features and support make private
clouds easy to deploy.
■■ Preconfigured end-to-end architectures
with deployment guidance.
■■ Streamlined infrastructure deployment
due to predefined configurations.
■■ Enhanced functionality and automation
with deep System Center infrastructure
■■ Seamless management for virtual
machine and infrastructure deployment.
Validated configurations mean you can
implement a private cloud with confidence.
■■ Tested, end-to-end interoperability of
compute, storage and network.
■■ Predefined, out-of-box solutions based on
a common cloud architecture.
■■ High degree of performance, service and
availability with automated load balancing.
With Hitachi, you can create an avenue for
further automation and orchestration.
■■ Building blocks for private cloud infra-
structures with predictable performance
■■ Prevalidated IaaS and PaaS solutions that
are easy to order and deploy, and combine
best-in-class Hitachi storage and servers
with networking and Microsoft software.
■■ Ability to quickly deploy applications for
your private cloud.
Table 1 presents the 2 available configurations
of UCP for Microsoft Private Cloud.
Your organization can take advantage of
the cost savings of virtualization through
Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V v4.
Multiple server roles can be consolidated as
separate virtual machines on a single phys-
ical machine that runs different operating
systems in parallel and uses the power of
System Center 2012 R2 allows organizations
to address their unique business needs while
incorporating infrastructure elements into
a private and public cloud environment. A
cloud and data center management solution,
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 provides
you with common tool set that enables flex-
ible and cost-effective cloud infrastructure
while giving users self-service access to your
■■ Spans physical, virtual and cloud comput-
ing models with common management
■■ Provides comprehensive, end-to-end
management for infrastructure and
applications, including interoperability for
■■ Offers compelling economic value when
deploying a private cloud solution.
■■ Shared pools of resources.
■■ Scalable and elastic.
■■ Continuous availability.
■■ Automated workflow.
■■ Integrated security and identity.
■■ Predictable, multitenant platform.
■■ Usage metering and chargeback.
■■ Self-service portal and services
4-8-Server Configuration 16-Server Configuration*
Hitachi Compute Blade Hitachi Compute Blade 500
■■ 4-8 blades [2-6 for virtual machine (VM) guests].
■■ Intel Xeon processor, 16 cores per blade.
■■ 256GB RAM standard.
■■ Internal 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and Fibre
Channel (FC) switching.
■■ Microsoft Windows®
2012 R2 data center
2 Hitachi Compute Blade 2000
■■ 16 blades (14 for VM guests).
■■ Xeon processor, 16 cores per blade.
■■ 192GB RAM standard.
■■ Internal GbE and FC switching.
■■ Windows 2012 R2 data center edition.
512GB RAM per blade
Hitachi Storage Hitachi Unified Storage VM
■■ 128GB cache.
■■ 8 x 8Gb/sec FC.
Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform
■■ 256GB cache.
■■ 8 x 8Gb/sec FC.
■■ 10Gb iSCSI (FC over Ethernet optional).
Hitachi Network Internal to Hitachi Compute Blade 500 chassis
■■ 2 Brocade VDX 6746 switch 10Gb data
■■ 2 Brocade 5460 8Gb/sec FC switch
Internal to Hitachi Compute Blade 2000
chassis (per chassis)
■■ 4 x 1 or 10Gb/sec LAN switch modules.
■■ 2 x 8Gb/sec FC switch modules.
Virtual Machines (VMs) Supported Scales from 65 to 750 VMs. Scales from 450 to 1800 VMs; can scale to
over 12,000 VMs when using additional com-
pute and storage.
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■■ Enables the management and monitoring
of private and public clouds from a single
■■ Provides deep insight into application per-
formance, enabling SLAs to be managed
and supported with confidence.
Hitachi solutions for Microsoft Hyper-V
with integrated Microsoft System Center
management enable data center deploy-
ments for the complete Microsoft vertically
integrated technologies, using the following
■■ VSS – Hitachi hardware provider for
Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services
(VSS), used to create storage-based
■■ SCOM MP – Hitachi provides integrations
for Microsoft Systems Center Operations
Manager Management Packs (SCOM
MP), allowing for alerts and notifications
for Hitachi server and storage devices.
■■ SCO – Hitachi run-book integrations for
Microsoft System Center Orchestrator
(SCO) provide an integrated solution for
orchestrating and provisioning the deploy-
ment and management of VMs.
■■ Hitachi Compute Blade (CB) 500, a pow-
erful midrange server for mission-critical
applications, in a 6U, 8-blade system with
Intel Xeon E-5 series processors.
■■ Hitachi Compute Blade 2000, an enterprise-
class powerhouse in a 10U, 16-blade
system with Intel Xeon E-5 series
■■ Support on each blade for up to 256GB
memory (CB 500) and 162Gb/sec of I/O
■■ Blade-symmetric-multiprocessor inter-
connect technology to scale compute
resources out and up.
■■ Options for Hitachi Virtual Storage
Platform G1000 series and Hitachi
Unified Storage VM.
■■ Ability to manage up to 5 million logical
objects and 255PB of virtualized capacity.
■■ Agentless technologies to manage large
storage resources and deployments.
■■ Integrated, automated and hardware-based
front-to-back I/O load balancing.
TABLE 1. VALIDATED REFERENCE ARCHITECTURES
*This is a 3-rack+ solution that requires on-site configuration and deployment services and is not available as a preconfigured option from Hitachi distribution centers.
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