Jeff Kato, Senior Analyst & Consultant
The recent trend for software-defined storage vendors has been to create hyperconverged platforms in order to continue to add greater functionality to the same X86-based servers they rely on. As the CPU core count on these servers rises year after year, it makes sense to utilize this excess compute and memory capacity. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has a line of hyperconverged appliances based on its StoreVirtual software-defined storage technology (HPE Hyper Converged 250 & 380 as examples). However, if you just want to take advantage of scale-out storage, it typically requires 2-3 nodes, driving entry costs into the $25K-$50K range. That price range is out of reach for many SMB customers.
Instead of just thinking bigger is better, HPE has decided to shrink the entry configuration of software-defined storage to just 2-nodes and incorporate that into a compact 2U form factor at a price that starts under $10K. HPE has been able to hit this price point by implementing the StoreVirtual software on more powerful versions of ARM-based processors found in most cell phones and tablets. This enables an incredible, capable, and feature-rich platform to be delivered at entry level prices. This also allows the HPE StoreVirtual 3200 to be both a great entry-level shared storage device and, in the near future, a great on-ramp device capable of delivering compatible data services for a wide range of use cases. For instance, in hyperconverged environments, it will allow a sub $10K option for adding storage-only when there is already enough CPU and memory capacity available for your VMs. The 3200 will also be a great building block for large scale capacity needs as the product is available in additional scale-out configurations. HPE has promised to continue to add additional capabilities to the StoreVirtual technology as time goes on – something that has always been a strength of software-defined storage architectures.
We believe that HPE StoreVirtual 3200 will provide an incredibly powerful complementary addition to the already large StoreVirtual installed base of 200,000. This product will also accelerate the adoption of StoreVirtual technology across a broader range of customers, enabling them to start on a risk-free path toward hyperconverged and composable infrastructures.