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Replacing DIY with UCP

by Hu Yoshida on Oct 11, 2012

Back in the 1960s, before most of you were born, stereo components were new and most of us took a DIY (Do It Yourself) approach and built our own stereo sets. We immediately became experts on the best of breed components and lovingly assembled them ourselves. No one would consider buying all the components from one vendor. No vendor lock-in for us. I had a Kenwood receiver, Fisher speakers, Denon turntable, Sony tape deck, and a TEAC equalizer. Today, all these components have been replaced by a Bose Wave system at a fraction of the cost, space and power. All the components are integrated and the sound is fantastic. Now I have better things to do with my time and I no longer have a desire to build my own system to enjoy music.

 

For many enterprise organizations, assembling a compute platform in IT has been a similar DIY project for some time–selecting servers, storage, network, and software from different vendors and knitting it all together themselves. You have to learn how to configure, test, and manage each component and integrate it to meet your application requirements. If there is any problem, you have to determine which vendor’s product is responsible and get the vendors to agree on who owns the problem. As a result, deploying a converged system could take weeks or months.

The times are changing and like stereo systems, IT systems are becoming more integrated. While no one company makes all these components, you can buy systems from a vendor that contain a mix of server, storage, network, and software from different vendors, packaged together in a “pod” or converged “stack”. These types of systems have been available for several years. However, there have been three main concerns about these solutions:

  • The lack of orchestration across the various components, where each component had a different vendor’s management tool
  • The lack of an enterprise storage system that could scale to meet future needs. Pods were built into a 19-inch rack and only used midrange storage systems that fit into these racks
  • The fear of vendor lock-in

Hitachi Data Systems announcement of Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) Pro and Hitachi UCP Select platforms are designed to answer these concerns.

  • Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Pro: pre-configured, tightly integrated turnkey solutions built with world-class Hitachi Data Systems servers and storage, and industry-standard networking. The initial offering in this family of solutions is UCP Pro for VMware vSphere®, which features innovative Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Director software that provides VMware vCenter™ Server integrated management and orchestration.
  • Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select: a series of pre-validated reference solutions that can be configured using a selection of industry-leading Hitachi storage, server and software management, for a wide range of top-tier applications. Hitachi UCP Select also offers converged solutions with Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) servers. Hitachi UCP Select is ideal for organizations that require a flexible converged infrastructure.

With Hitachi UCP Pro for VMware vSphere, the platform can be installed in a matter of days and the orchestration is done through the vCenter management interface. Our industry-leading enterprise storage system, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) is included in the configuration. Virtualization in the server and storage systems can eliminate vendor lock-in for most applications and storage.

Hitachi UCP Select does not have Hitachi orchestration software, but is configured and validated to give customers the flexibility to choose from pre-tested reference solutions with a choice of industry-leading servers, switching fabrics, and enterprise-class storage from Hitachi for major enabling software technologies such as hypervisors, databases, analytics and application environments including Citrix, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and VMware. Hitachi storage systems including VSP and Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) VM provide virtualization of external storage, so their enterprise functionality and management can be extended to enhance Hitachi and non-Hitachi midrange storage systems.

Now you can replace your DIY approach to building compute platforms with Hitachi UCP Pro or Hitachi UCP Select without concern for integrated management, enterprise scalability, and vendor lock-in. For more detail see the release.

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