Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for Microsoft Private Cloud -- Solution Profile


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Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for Microsoft Private Cloud -- Solution Profile

  1. 1. Transform Application Delivery With Microsoft Private Cloud Microsoft private cloud solutions, built on Windows Server® 2012 with Hyper-V® V3 and Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1, 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 requirements change. Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for Microsoft® Private Cloud SOLUTIONPROFILE 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) Select 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.
  2. 2. SOLUTION PROFILE ■■ 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 catalog. SOLUTION FEATURES Hitachi IaaS and PaaS solutions provide more than a virtualization platform, they pro- vide an application ecosystem designed and validated for mission-critical workloads. Our infrastructure supports 99.999% service level agreements (SLAs), allowing you to host applications with confidence. If you need 100% SLA guarantees, Hitachi can do it. 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 available hardware. Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for Microsoft Private Cloud Hitachi UCP Select 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 validated config- urations with Hitachi compute and storage technologies, as well as value-added software components. Hitachi UCP Select for Microsoft Private Cloud offers a simplified approach to deliv- ering scalable, preconfigured and validated infrastructure 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 applications with speed and consistency using self-provisioning (and decommissioning) and automated data center services in a virtualized environment. 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 organization gains the advantage of a simplified infrastruc- ture solution that has been optimized to work with Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V V3. For virtual machine and infrastructure deployment, integrated management with Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 can help to eliminate the need for 3rd-party orchestra- tion and automation vendors (who may lack deep knowledge of the infrastructure). Looking toward the future, System Center 2012 enables proactive management of both your physical and virtual environments, whether on-premises or hosted, through a unified user interface and consistent policies. Faster Deployment 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 integration. ■■ Seamless management for virtual machine and infrastructure deployment. Reduced Risk 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. Predictable Results With Hitachi, you can create an avenue for further automation and orchestration. ■■ Building blocks for private cloud infra- structures with predictable performance and flexibility. ■■ Prevalidated IaaS and PaaS solutions that are easy to order and deploy, and com- bine 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 Select for Microsoft Private Cloud. Technology Overview Microsoft Technologies Your organization can take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization through Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V V3. 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 x64 computing. System Center 2012 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 provides you with common tool set that enables flexible and cost-effective cloud infrastructure while giving users self-service access to your cloud environment. This solution: ■■ Spans physical, virtual and cloud computing models with common man- agement experiences throughout. ■■ Provides comprehensive, end-to-end management for infrastructure and applications, including interoperability for heterogeneous environments. With Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for Microsoft Private Cloud, organizations can quickly deploy private cloud infrastructures with predictable results and create an avenue for further automation and orchestration.
  3. 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. TABLE 1. VALIDATED REFERENCE ARCHITECTURES ■■ Offers compelling economic value when deploying a private cloud solution. ■■ Enables the management and monitoring of private and public clouds from a single user interface. ■■ Provides deep insight into application performance, enabling SLAs to be man- aged and supported with confidence. Hitachi solutions for Microsoft Hyper-V, with integrated Microsoft System Center manage- ment, enable data center deployments for the complete Microsoft vertically integrated tech- nologies, using the following integrations: ■■ VSS – Hitachi hardware provider for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS), used to create storage-based snapshots. ■■ VDS – Hitachi hardware provider for Volume Disk Services, used to monitor the status of Hitachi storage devices. ■■ SCOM MP – Hitachi provides integrations for Systems Center Operations Manager Management Packs allowing for alerts and notifications for Hitachi storage devices. ■■ VMM – Hitachi integrations for Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager, a scripted environment that lets you automate the management of VMs. ■■ SCO – Hitachi run book integrations for System Center Orchestrator provide an integrated solution for orchestrating and provisioning the deployment and man- agement of VMs. Hitachi Technologies Hitachi Compute ■■ 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 processors. ■■ Support on each blade for up to 256GB memory (CB 500) or 384GB memory (CB 2000) and 162Gb/sec of I/O throughput. ■■ Blade-symmetric-multiprocessor inter- connect technology to scale compute resources out and up. Hitachi Storage ■■ Options for Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform and Hitachi Unified Storage VM. ■■ Ability to manage up to 5 million logical objects and 255PB of virtualized capacity. 4-8-Server Configuration 16-Server Configuration* Hitachi Compute Blade Hitachi Compute Blade 500 ■■ 4-8 blades [2-6 for virtual machine (VM) guests] ■■ Xeon processor, 16 cores per blade ■■ 192GB RAM standard ■■ Internal gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and Fibre Channel (FC) switching ■■ Windows® 2012 data center edition Optional 256GB RAM per blade 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 data center edition Optional 512GB RAM per blade Hitachi Storage Hitachi Unified Storage VM ■■ 16GB cache ■■ 8 x 8Gb/sec FC ■■ 4 x 1Gb/sec iSCSI 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 ■■ 4 x 1 or 10Gb/sec LAN switch modules ■■ 2 x 8Gb/sec FC switch modules 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 compute and storage ■■ Agentless technologies to manage large storage resources and deployments. ■■ Integrated, automated and hardware-based front-to-back I/O load balancing. For More Information For more information regarding Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for Microsoft Private Cloud, please visit: ■■ infrastructure/microsoft-cloud-deployments/ ■■ *This is a 3-rack+ solution that requires on-site configuration and deployment services and is not available as a pre-configured option from Hitachi distribution centers.
  4. 4. 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 is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi Data Systems Corporation. Microsoft, Windows, Windows Server and Hyper-V 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-120-C DG July 2013