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Seven FAQs about HPE Nimble Storage dHCI

  Greg LaBrie     Feb 04, 2020

Nimble FAQs-minThe administrators of today’s virtual machines are tasked with what may seem practically impossible. The complex system requires multidomain experience under the constant pressure of supporting both traditional and modern applications, the nonstop battle against VM sprawl, and the ever-present need to cut costs.

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) addresses many of these challenges, enabling compute, storage, and networking functions to be decoupled from the underlying infrastructure. It’s an ideal infrastructure for workloads with predictable growth, scaling compute and storage together. But what if your growth is unpredictable?


Introducing HPE Nimble Storage dHCI

What is it?

HPE Nimble Storage dHCI extends the hyperconverged experience for workloads with unpredictable growth, where future apps and consolidation require different amounts of compute or storage.

What are the key benefits of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI?

HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is:

  • Intelligently simple, with native, full-stack intelligence from storage to VMs and policy-based automation for virtualized environments
  • Absolutely resilient, with over six-nines of measured data availability and sub-ms of low-latency at consistent, high performance
  • Efficiently scalable with the ability to independently scale compute and storage non-disruptively with industry-leading data efficiency guaranteed


Isn’t the term Dis-aggregated HyperConverged conflicting?

Not at all. Dis-aggregated refers to the ability to independently scale compute, network, and storage. HyperConverged refers to the flexibility, ease of use simplicity of HCI as well as the ability to converge multiple types of workloads. In 2019, IDC created a new category called Dis-aggregated HyperConverged.

What are the outcomes enabled by HPE Nimble Storage dHCI?

This intelligent platform disaggregates compute and storage, letting VM administrators accelerate time to market on a platform that flexibly scales while still integrating the hyperconverged control for simple management. To combat the firefighting that comes with always-on and always-performing applications, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI uses HPE InfoSight, the most advanced artificial intelligence for infrastructure in the industry, to quickly diagnose performance problems and identify the root cause, automatically resolving 85-percent of problems without human intervention.

HPE Nimble Storage also breaks free from the rigid, inflexible infrastructure that leads to waste and anchors applications to either on-premises or public cloud – instead of a hybrid cloud solution. Independent scaling of performance and capacity provides flexibility for varying workloads, from transactional databases need more performance to data warehouses needing more capacity, avoiding costly overprovisioning.

What are the product lines that are included as part of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI configurations?

The product lines included with HPE Nimble Storage dHCI would be standard product lines for:

  • HPE ProLiant DL (4Q—x86 entry/value rack)
  • HPE Nimble Storage (H5–H7)
  • HPE switches—depending on the switch type: HPE StoreFabric M-Series (1Y), Aruba 8325 (35), FlexFabric (NT)


How is HPE Pointnext Services involved in the dHCI offering?

HPE Pointnext Services is involved in two ways: for deployment services, where HPE Pointnext Services will be offering a deployment service and there will be a deployment SKU, and for support services (HPE Nimble Storage support and HPE Pointnext Services are currently working out the details on how best to ensure a good customer experience).

Does the new product solve a new customer problem, or does it serve existing customer segments?

For new customer problems, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI extends the hyperconverged experience to uses cases, complementing HPE SimpliVity.

For existing customer segments:

  1. Customers who want HCI from an appliance perspective for workloads with predictable growth will win with HPE SimpliVity.
  2. Customers who prefer disaggregated compute and storage for workloads with unpredictable growth will win with HPE Nimble Storage dHCI.

Begin Your dHCI Transition Today With WEI

HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is intelligently simple to use, ready for demanding applications, and built for efficiency at scale.

It extends the benefits of HCI to support workloads with unpredictable growth. Bring up full stack infrastructure in minutes and enjoy easy ongoing management through complete vCenter integration. You can also realize all-flash speed, native data integrity, guaranteed availability, data efficiency savings, and more.

Get the flexibility of converged with the simplicity of HCI by contacting WEI today.


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Greg LaBrie

Written by Greg LaBrie

Greg LaBrie has more than 20 years of network architecture and engineering experience designing networks that exceed technical requirements, improve operational proficiency and reduce total costs of ownership. Greg holds a number of technical certifications for HPE, Cisco, Fortinet, and much more.

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