Mar-Apr2019 TheConnection

Introducing the HPE Virtualized NonStop Architecture Guide

How should I design my IT environment to deploy HPE Virtualized NonStop?

Is this the question at the top of your mind as you are looking at deploying HPE Virtualized NonStop (vNS) in your IT environment? Well, you’re not alone. This is the common question we heard back from our customers. Don’t worry, we now have you covered. The answers are in the HPE Virtualized NonStop Architecture Guide.

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This document helps you do two things:

    1. Design the hardware using industry-standard hardware but which also meets vNS’ requirements
    2. Deploy the NonStop system on this platform such that it provides you the same availability and scalability characteristics as the NonStop converged system.

Remember the NonStop architecture basics? A NonStop system is not one server but a cluster of servers, running independent OS instances, connected over a high-speed InfiniBand fabric. In the virtual world, it translates to – a Virtualized NonStop system is a cluster of VMs connected over a high-speed RoCE fabric.

While the NonStop converged system is an integrated hardware and software solution built at HPE factory and delivered to customers, a vNS system is a software product and customers have the ability and the flexibility to design the platform and deploy the NonStop VMs consistent with their IT best practices. Meeting vNS architectural guidelines is of paramount importance to achieve the fundaments that makes it the “HPE NonStop” system. The HPE Virtualized NonStop Architecture Guide intends to clearly explain the rules for IT system design and NonStop VM deployment to achieve this purpose.

If you are not one of the “do it yourself” enthusiasts when it comes to platform design, HPE PointNext offers various services such as Virtualized NonStop Planning Service, Virtualized NonStop Readiness Validation Service, Virtualized NonStop Foundation Service, among many others, to help you through this. HPE PointNext also offers service to run a vNS proof of concept, if you would like to “kick the tires” in your IT environment.

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