HPE + SUSE = Enterprise Software Defined Storage Solutions

By: davidbyte

February 1, 2016 9:47 am





I’ve said repeatedly that SUSE is dedicated to making open source consumable by the enterprise. SUSE Enterprise Storage is no exception. A prerequisite to increasing the ability for enterprises to consume SUSE Enterprise Storage is to provide validated architectures on equipment that end users will buy. With this in mind, I would like to point out a couple of different validated architectures that SUSE and HPE have for deploying SUSE Enterprise Storage for enterprise customers.

The first paper is a validated architecture using the predominant server family in data center environments, the HPE Proliant DL series.  The servers utilized in the architecture are DL380 and DL360 series, workhorses of the data center.  The paper focues on providing a basic installation of SUSE Enterprise Storage.  The described architecture is based on a general architecture document and can be coupled with iSCSI implementation details to provide both a block and object storage target to the traditional data center. The documents are listed here in their intended order of use:

SUSE Enterprise Storage Architectural Overview with Recommendations

SUSE Enterprise Storage on Proliant Hardware

ISCSI Gateway Services deployment

Validating SUSE Enterprise Storage with Windows Server

The second architecture, a jointly published reference architecture, highlights the dense footprint offered by the HP Apollo server series.  This paper primarily focuses on providing object storage, but can also be used for block (RBD & iSCSI) services as well.

SUSE Enterprise Storage on HPE Apollo 4200/4500 System Servers

While the papers above are targeted at specific use cases, either will provide a solid base for SUSE OpenStack Cloud.  It is also fair to say that use as a bulk object or block storage device is clearly within the capabilities of either of these systems.  If you have questions about sizing, the Architectural Overview with Recommendation document or my earlier blog on sizing cover the rules of thumb.

These are just the first in what should be a robust library of architectures featuring products from HPE. Look for future architectures around more specific deployment scenarios and specific use cases.

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