HPE sets new standards – meet the Synergy model!

Hewlett Packard Enterprise started delivering the long-awaited Synergy model. Synergy is a project in which HPE invested most effort (and money) than ever before, after “The Machine”. It is based on the HPE Composable infrastructure – newest and latest infrastructure developed under the HPE vision.

The idea is to greatly accelerate users’ business operations by shortening system initialization, increasing the flexibility with fluid resource allocation, unlimited scalability, and by making everything manageable using software solutions.

Visually, the assumption is that Synergy replaces the C7000 bladesystem model (which is approaching its 10 year anniversary), however HPE executives denied any similarity between the two models. Synergy model is developed on a completely new platform in compliance with the “composable infrastructure” concept.

This new Synergy platform also introduced specific terminology changes. The term “blade” will replace the term “node”, “interconnects” are now “fabrics” and the all-important base term “chassis” will be replaced with “frame”. The terminology has been changed because Synergy introduces many new novel concepts and HPE decided to use new terms in accordance with these technologies.

When mentioning the frame – we specifically mean the HPE Frame 12000. This frame is the size of 10U and supports 12×2 CPU blade servers or compute modules. It also supports six 2.6kW power supply units and ten hot-swappable fans. Three I/O ‘fabrics’ are used for the networking section (more about this later). Management is provided by the HPE Synergy Composer, which hosts HPE Oneview for monitoring the entire infrastructure. The overall frame (or multiple frames), all servers, storage, network and power supply units are monitored and managed from here.

Everything is placed in a fluid “pool” of resources that can be allocated (or released) to specific virtual machines in real-time. HPE Synergy also has another module used to store bootable images ready to become virtual machines in a very short time. This module is called HPE Image Streamer.

I/O Fabric Options:

HPE Synergy frame uses three redundant fabrics, with each being directly connected to a mezzanine card within the compute module. Fabric modul options include:

  • 40Gb F8 Switch Module
  • 10Gb Interconnect Link Module
  • 20Gb Interconnect Link Module
  • Brocade 16Gb Fibre Channel SAN Switch
  • Virtual Connect SE 40Gb F8 Module
  • Virtual Connect SE 16Gb Fibre Channel Module

Compute Options include:

There are also 4 options available for the HPE Synergy compute module:

  • Synergy 480 Gen 9 Compute Module (half-height,2 x Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 CPUs, 24 DIMM slots)
  • Synergy 620 Gen 9 Compute Module (full-height)
  • Synergy 660 Gen 9 Compute Module (full-height)
  • Synergy 680 Gen 9 Compute Module (full-height, double-wide)

Storage Option:

HPE Synergy D3940 SAS ili SSD storage module has a 12Gb architecture, and supports up to 40 hot-plug 2.5” drives. This storage module is directly connected with up to 10 compute modules, which is why it can provide appropriate speeds within a Synergy frame. The minimum number of storage modules within the frame and is one, and can be expanded to a maximum of five storage modules. This way we can fit up to 200 drives in a single frame.

HPE published a book with all available information and step by step instructions for implementing the HPE Synergy model which you can download by clicking on the following link: book.

If you would like to try out HPE Synergy firsthand and get more information, feel free to contact us.

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