We're looking at a CB 500 with Brocade 10G switches for a customer project, but we have zero familiarity with the platform. Just seeing if anyone has any thoughts on usability, reliability, etc.
I don't have any information to share about CB platform refresh. Why would you need/want a "half height" blade in the CB2000? The big difference of the CB2000 over the CB500 is the SMP feature on the high performance blades - where you can use the physical SMP connectors to build a physical environment across 2 or 4 blades. This provides the possibility for the physical partition to have 4 or 8 CPU sockets and lots more memory. The CB500 offers the CB540 full wide blade which has 4 CPU sockets. Both the CB500 and CB2000 support a selection of Intel processors.
Plus the CB2000 has the PCI expansion slots integrated into the chassis.
Both Compute Blade systems will perform well for you supporting a VMware environment. HDS UCP Pro for VMware vSphere is a pre-configured solution we offer. If you know you are setting up a VMware environment, why not take a look at the UCP Pro for VMware vSphere solution. I have been doing a lot of work with this lately. The UCP Director software which simplifies the environment management is awesome - makes provisioning of storage, networking, new hosts and image management really easy! You can find information about UCP Pro for VMware vSphere on the HDS main web site www.hds.com.
Here is a page where you can find video demos of UCP Director
HDS: Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) Pro for VMware vSphere
select the Resources tab on this page and then look under the Videos and Demos heading. Here you will find 4 UCP Director clips.
Wishing you success.
used them for SAP HANA testing. They were rock solid for us the management piece is obviously different that say HP or Dell but reliability was pretty darn good and they performed well.
I'm an HDS instructor and training course developer for Compute Blades both 500 and 2000. Let me know if I can help you with any questions. Like the other answer - they are solid, stable and high-performing. There is also lots of configuration and usage flexibility and they support the Hitachi Logical Partitioning virtualization technology.
Hi Janet. Do you know when the CB 2000 is set to be refreshed and will it support half height blades then? That is the only downfall I see with that platform currently. Thanks!
Thanks for the information. For us, it's about server density. The compute power of a half height blade is more than sufficient for what we need for the various VMware environments we have. 16 half height blades in 10U is much more appealing than 8 full height. Granted, full height blades have their place, but just not with us. If the next generation of the CB 2000 has the option for either full or half height blades, I believe HDS could really expand their footprint in the server marketplace.
Again, have you looked at the Compute Blade 500 rather than the Compute Blade 2000? The CB500 is what is used in our UCP Pro for VMware vSphere solution.
We are using the previous BS2000 chassis and RHEL for a big Telco since 2011, connected to two USPV. They are at the cell phone service core system, doing online call credit processing for Argentina, 7x24.
They are solid and performant, we have no real issues except a few disks replacement over the time.
Thanks everyone for your input so far! Anyone specifically use them with VMware?
Also check out this post from Nick Toozs-Hobson: UCP4 Oracle; what makes us different? Although it is focused on using our Unified Compute Platform to address an Oracle requirement, the comparisons with other platforms are very pertinent to this discussion - especially the significantly reduced number of nodes needed (and hence much higher density)
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