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HPE ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual Node - hard drive array

Mfg. Part: M0T04B-DUP | CDW Part: 4202700 | UNSPSC: 43201802
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  • Hard drive array
  • 6 bays (SAS)
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet (external)
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • Hard drive array
  • 6 bays (SAS)
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet (external)
For customers who are looking for a simple, agile and highly available virtualization system, the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual family eliminates complex solution stacks by combining powerful HP servers and mature data services from HP Storage into one building block for environments running on VMware vSphere. The HP ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual System is based on the developed HP server technology and provides a turnkey hyper-converged, virtualization solution for medium sized businesses and enterprises. Designed from the ground up for the software-defined data center, this hard drive array enables a straightforward formulaic deployment of IT, regardless of whether used as a primary virtualization platform in medium-sized businesses or as a dedicated resource pool for specific applications in the enterprise, such as desktop virtualization. It is customized and ready for virtualized workloads within 15 minutes after start-up.

Technical Specifications
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Bay Provided
Form Factor: 2.5" SFF
Free Qty: 6
Total Qty: 6

Installed Devices Modules Qty: 0
Supported Devices Modules Qty: 6
Supported Interface: Serial Attached SCSI

Expansion Bays
Form Factor (metric): 6.4 cm SFF
Type: Hot-swap

Hard Drive
Type: No HDD

Brand: HPE
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: HP CTO Server Avnet
Model: ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual Node
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: HPE

Interface Provided
Connector Type: SFP+
Interface (Storage): Ethernet 10Gb
Qty: 2

Connector Type: RJ-45
Interface (Storage): Ethernet 1000

Interface (Storage): HP iLO
Qty: 1

Optical Storage
Type: None

Installed Qty: 2
Type: Xeon E5-2600 v3 series

HDD Array External Interface: 10 Gigabit Ethernet , Gigabit Ethernet
HDD Array External Interface Class: Ethernet
Type: Hard drive array

Storage Controller
Buffer Size: 4 GB
Installed Qty: 1
Interface Type: Serial Attached SCSI
RAID Level: RAID 0 , RAID 10 , RAID 5 , RAID 6
Type: RAID

Storage Controller (2nd)
Type: None

System Requirements
Min Operating System: Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Product Reviews
Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 16reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by I like the fact that it's taken us from approximately 23 servers down to three ProLiant servers. Valuable Features:Flexibility, it can spin up new server to meet business needs at will. I don't have to worry about buying a new box, provisioning it, all the issues that go along with that. I like the fact that it's taken us from approximately 23 servers down to three ProLiant servers running the StoreVirtual VSA. We have had a big reduction in our electricity consumption, the cooling requirements for our server room dropped dramatically and the reliability has been fantastic with it.Ease of management, as I come from a software background, and I'm responsible for IT overall. I can get in there and turn some nuts and bolts and make things happen without any trouble and they've done a really nice job putting that all together. I'm very happy with it overall.Improvements to My Organization:The flexibility, scalability, reliability, and all the various abilities. Those are really the key elements to it.Room for Improvement:It could be cheaper, everything could be cheaper.Stability Issues:Excellent, I can't think of one instance where we've had downtime. It's been just outstanding all around.Scalability Issues:We've had to add virtual machines to fulfill different server needs. Other than that we haven't had to do much since we implemented last summer. Last July is when we went live with this solution. That would be the key thing that we've been able to do with it.Technical Support:I've only contacted them once when we had an issue. It was our issue, as the managers of the system, we had a space provisioning issue that we had to reach out to HPE to get assistance with. I wasn't actually on the phone with them. Our vendor, who provided this system, was interacting with HPE support but as far as I know it went very well.Previous Solutions:We had two eight foot tall racks stuffed full of servers that were connected together in various ways.Implementation Team:I was in charge of hiring the people that did the setup. We had an outside vendor come in and do the installation for us and the setup seemed to go extremely smoothly. Probably out of the 23 bare metal boxes we virtualized 18 of them or something, 16 or 18 of them and that all went exactly as expected. Very few hiccups during that project.Other Advice:For us, once our vendor explained this option we knew it was right for what we wanted to do. We're a marketing company and we need to change and react quickly and respond to business ideas very quickly. This virtual environment really is responsive to that. I don't see a downside to it from anybody else's point of view. I would recommend it to just about anybody who was considering it.Our biggest considerations were how big we were going to go with it so we would end up with three ProLiants, but we need four. What's the storage capacity? What percentage of it is SSD as opposed to hard disks and those kinds of things. That is, for us, where we really had to scratch our heads and think very carefully about that to get the most out of our dollar for that and then how we would budget in the future. When you're putting it together, if you're on a tight budget, we're a small company so we had a pretty tight budget, we were able to do it in such a way to provision it pretty lightly, without a lot of headroom, knowing that in the future the scalability and flexibility of the system will really allow you to add and expand later with very little pain.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. November 23, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by The VSA (virtual appliance) version enables us to reuse already installed hardware. Valuable Features:Easy and cheap High Availability is most valuable for us. Also, the VSA (virtual appliance) version enables us to reuse already installed hardware. You do not need to worry about RAID and components anymore, because even a whole chassis loss does not stop this product.Improvements to My Organization:We are able to build server clusters without external storage and still provide high availability. We are able to run the VSA version inside the actual servers, thus converging server and storage in same units.Room for Improvement:The new Quorum Witness function is promising for easier deployment but needs better reliability.Use of Solution:We have been using StoreVirtual solutions since 2010 when it was known as LeftHand.Deployment Issues:We have had no issues with the deployment.Stability Issues:We have had no issues with the stability.Scalability Issues:We have had no issues scaling it.Customer Service:Customer service is outstanding.Technical Support:Technical support is excellent.Previous Solutions:We have used many monolithic and traditional storage systems and all proved to not be highly available with single units. However, StoreVirtual can be split into two, providing you the benefit of redundant active data centers without doubling the cost.Initial Setup:Initial setup is easy, but the differences from traditional storage requires some learning curve. You need to know about managers concept of StoreVirtual. Fortunately newer versions of centralized management console (CMC) provides warnings when you have configurations that would result in reduced availability.Implementation Team:HPE Installation Services are recommended. Since we are an integrator, we provide this.ROI:ROI usually takes about a year.Cost and Licensing Advice:If you think about high availability the product is very cheap because it is an all inclusive offering. You need to buy licenses and two of traditional products compared to StoreVirtual.The VSA version is free for every brand server up to 1TB/node up to three nodes. There is also a 60 day trial for more than 1TB storage. You just need the license key to continue managing the product without reinstalling if you purchase it.Other Advice:It is the only product that provides High Availability without depending on OS multipath I/O. It looks like a single unit from the outside, thus there is no need for failover/failback because all nodes are active. It is like a metro train compared to a classic diesel train, meaning it has an engine in every car. Adding capacity means adding performance because you are adding controllers, too. We can’t say it is the fastest product on the planet, but it is definitely not slow. High Availability means synchronized replication over the network, adding a little latency but providing High Availability.Since it is IP-based, it is important to make sure a network problem does not result in the collapse of storage network. It is best to have redundant switches that do not share the same network as applications. VLANS are definitely recommended.Pay attention to the managers running and make sure your failover manager is not bound to any nodes. A failover manager needs to be alive for smaller clusters to survive complete hardware/network failures. Make sure there is no single point of failure that would result in multiple nodes going down.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are an HP Gold Partner. We also integrate and provide maintenance for StoreVirtual products. August 16, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by I like that it runs on ProLiant on top of our ESX servers. Valuable Features:We were primarily looking for a storage system for a management cluster that was separate from our fiber channel SAN. Fiber channel SAN is all of our mission critical stuff, but we needed somewhere for our management systems that are watching and monitoring everything. So we were looking for something that was ASCII based. We wanted something that wasn't going to take pre-built hardware because we have two different data centers and a third location where we are trying to spread the data across those locations. The VSA solution was great because it runs on ProLiant alongside of our ESX servers and we were able to get that geographic disbursement of our data while watching our mission critical fiber stuff. It's simple to administer too and it was simple to set up.Room for Improvement:I'd like to see the user interface updated. It's getting kind of long in the tooth, and the user interface makes it look a lot more complex than it actually is to manage, and I think that you can mask a lot of that with a refresh of the user interface. Kind of the same thing that they did with the 3PAR. They upgraded the user interface to an HTML5 application, and to me it makes it a lot easier, simpler to manage, and they could do the same thing for store virtual.Use of Solution:We've got about two years worth of experience with it.Stability Issues:StoreVirtual has been great. We haven't had a failure in two years, and we went through a reconfiguration about three months ago to add some solid state drives to improve the performance, and it works.Scalability Issues:The great thing about that is if we are hitting a performance issue or something, scale is built into that platform, you add additional nodes, you've got additional capacity, you've got additional IOP capabilities across your virtual array. So scaling within StoreVirtual is really kind of easy, just scale it out to another node.Initial Setup:StoreVirtual setup is actually really simple. There are a couple of different ways that you can do it now. You can set it up from intelligent provisioning, which is included on every Proliant server. It will go out to the internet, pull down the bits, and deploy it for you. It's all sort of work-flowed and really simple. If you wanted to, you could pull down the bits yourself and there is a wizard that deploys it. That's also really simple. You have to do a little bit of planning of how you build your rate sets and drive sets and stuff that are going to be underneath it, but it's incredibly easy to deploy, whether you are doing bare metal, or BSA like we are doing.Other Advice:I'd like to see the UI of the Central Management Console updated. It really is pretty simple to deploy, but the older UI makes it look more complicated than it really is. HPE has purpose built solutions utilizing StoreVirtual in its Hyper-Converged and Converged Systems that do a really good job of easily deploying it. Getting that same experience to a user just ordering StoreVirtual would be really nice to have.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. July 4, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Using this platform, we were able to provide virtual desktops (VDI) to our end users across WAN, to help alleviate some of the problems that we’ve had with bandwidth. Valuable Features:* Hardware stability* Support* Four-hour response support* PerformanceImprovements to My Organization:Using this platform, we were able to provide virtual desktops (VDI) to our end users across WAN, to help alleviate some of the problems that we’ve had with bandwidth.Room for Improvement:We are experiencing some latency that we’re resolving with HP.Use of Solution:The product has been in place for four months.Deployment Issues:No issues with deployment.Stability Issues:No, the hardware has been good, and the system runs at a pretty low-temperature. We have ordered additional RAM as we need more.Scalability Issues:Not yet. We haven’t made that jump yet, but in a few months we may add additional nodes. It seems simple enough to add additional nodes.Customer Service:10/10.Technical Support:10/10. They have experienced technical staff and work through the problems. They're very helpful.Previous Solutions:This was our first HyperConverged solution.Initial Setup:It was a very smooth setup. We were given a small check-list, we prepared, and then HP came in, set it up, and trained us.Implementation Team:HP came on-site to help set up and train. They were hands on, and the training was good, as the interface is easy enough to be very understandable. The training we had is enough for us to scale out and add additional nodes in the future on our own.ROI:It takes about two years.Cost and Licensing Advice:The initial install cost is expensive, but eventually the cost per user is quite reasonable. The more you scale out, the faster it drops. The original cost per user was $971 for 500 users. The cost goes down to $594, and after 3,000 users, it goes down to $401.Other Solutions Considered:Three of the four solutions we researched were HyperConverged solutions, and there wasn’t the same support and cost as we had from HP. HP was the best for cost savings per performance, year over year. We looked at three other solutions though for our RFP, and we selected HP. We evaluated the cost per user once you scale out.Other Advice:On the software side of things, we’ve had issues with printers. We have a complicated situation on the user side of things too. We were able to get through the issues and limitations by using PowerShell scripting. Having IT resources in-house is a must for more complicated cases.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. May 31, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by We have the ability to migrate data between clusters within the same management group. We've been unable to customize alerting thresholds. Valuable Features:* The ability to scale out if/when additional capacity is required.* The ability to migrate data between clusters within the same management group.Improvements to My Organization:It hasn't helped as the HP provided software for the host server systems has become a continuous nightmare when it comes to HP LH OS upgrade process with our 260+ systems in multiple management groups/clusters.Room for Improvement:* Inability to customize alerting thresholds.* Un-usability of the HP CMC for HP LH OS upgrade when a newer version is released but not upgraded although the to-be-upgraded version is an older one.* Failure to report on lower-level hardware issue via HP CMC and/or SANMON UI unless checking iLO GUI.* Inability to re-configure/modify iLO settings via HP LH OS.* Multiple HP SANIQ / LH OS upgrade issues, e.g. upgrade resource partition unavailable, especially if the systems have been running for close to or more than a year.* Bug(s) in the HP-provided software for the host server systems not detected/identified by HP QA/QE and caused multiple post software-upgrade outages.* Difficulty on even opening a case due to poor record-keeping of/by HP.Deployment Issues:There have been no issue with the deployment.Stability Issues:We have had numerous issues with the stability that have been enumerated above.Scalability Issues:We have had no issues scaling it.Technical Support:It's 8/10 once we escalate past Tier One, and sometimes even Tier Two.Previous Solutions:We were previously using NetApp for block-based storage requirements. HP StoreVirtual (LeftHand) was selected due to the lower initial purchase (CapEx) and subsequent support (OpEx) costs.Initial Setup:It was reasonably straightforward.Implementation Team:All our HP StoreVirtual (LeftHand) systems are implemented via the vendor teams that handle most of our on-site work followed by in-house Storage Administration team member(s) for additional storage-level configuration.ROI:We have not officially calculated the exact ROI.Cost and Licensing Advice:There's no advice about pricing/licensing as we handle it via an HP VAR, with a contract established with YP, that provides very good pricing/licensing numbers.Other Advice:My advice is to only use HP StoreVirtual (LeftHand) for small-scale and/or per-project deployments via iSCSI (IPSAN) preferably on dedicated network between the host server and the storage systems.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. May 5, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by It allows us the ability to use direct-attached storage of our existing servers for clustered Virtual SAN. The stability needs improvement. Valuable Features:It allows the direct-attached storage of our existing servers to be used for clustered Virtual SAN.Improvements to My Organization:We implemented it into a development environment, but we found that it was not reliable enough to put it into production.Room for Improvement:Management of the system is tedious. Stability needs improvement. The system would work fine for weeks and then one of the VSA virtual machines would hang, taking down the clustered volume. This was very confusing, because I had four nodes, which should have allowed fault-tolerance.Use of Solution:I've been using it for six months.Deployment Issues:I had no issues deploying it.Stability Issues:There were stability issues. See the Areas for Improvement section.Scalability Issues:We didn't scale it beyond four nodes as it never went into production.Technical Support:Support was not helpful, instead advising me to upgrade to a paid version which includes support.Previous Solutions:I have tried StarWind’s VSAN solution, but decided to go with HP VSA because it was included in the purchase price of my HP DL360 G9, approximately $20,000.Initial Setup:The installation and creation of the ‘cluster’ was fairly straightforward. Volume creation and additional required configuration was a bit more complex.Implementation Team:I implemented it myself. I would suggest deploying in a dev environment first, to ensure thorough understanding. It is not exactly intuitive.ROI:I stopped using the product when the VSA volume took itself offline for the second time.Cost and Licensing Advice:I used the free 1TB license that is included with all newer HP servers.Other Advice:Make sure you have more than enough VSA nodes (at least enough to handle a loss of one node and preferably two). Ensure the license supports distributed volumes, rather than single-host volumes.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. April 27, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by While it's a simple system to work with, at the same time it gives a high level of data availability and resilience. Valuable Features:While it's a simple system to work with, at the same time it gives a high level of data availability and resilience. We can utilize our existing hardware and save energy in cooling costs.Improvements to My Organization:HP StoreVirtual added the benefits of a shared storage to a highly-virtualized environment:* Live migration* High availability* Data protection (snapshots)* Better performanceRoom for Improvement:I would like to have the option to configure and get detailed alerts from the Centralized Management Console.Use of Solution:We have used this product since 2010.Deployment Issues:We have had no issues with the deployment.Stability Issues:We have had no stability issues.Scalability Issues:When it was deployed, we were just building our VM environment, and it's scaled out as our needs grew. We've had no issues with being unable to scale.Customer Service:Customer service is brilliant.Technical Support:Technical support is brilliant. HP technical support is great for sorting out the little issues as they arise.Previous Solutions:We did not use a different solution. We chose StoreVirtual as it ticked many boxes in regards to our needs.Initial Setup:The initial setup is straightforward. As long as you have some experience with storage systems, you should be fine.Implementation Team:The implementation was all completed in-house with some input from an HP partner.ROI:I would estimate our ROI to be somewhere around 600%.Other Advice:It’s a good, solid product. Make sure you get the HP care pack as you need it to access updates. If you can’t fit in your budget a hardware SAN, this is a good alternative.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. April 24, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by It gives us the ability to assign Servers/LUNs to a physical/logical site for better access, avoiding high-latency connections. Valuable Features:* Multi-site SAN (near-real-time replication)* Ability to assign Servers/LUNs to a physical/logical site for better access avoiding high-latency connections* Space reclamation* Thin/full provisioning* Maintenance and support is easy to do.* There are two 10GB ports present next to four GB ports, which makes it easy to upgrade the network .Improvements to My Organization:Server provisioning and capacity expansion are much easier than before.Room for Improvement:StoreVirtual should offer QoS per v-disk or ISCSi.Use of Solution:We've been using the 4500 for three years, and the 4730 for one year.Deployment Issues:We had no deployment issues.Stability Issues:There were no issues with the stability.Scalability Issues:We have had no issues scaling it for our needs.Technical Support:9/10 From disk replacement to software support, the response from technical support is always excellent.Previous Solutions:Initially, we used a HP entry level "SAN" HP P2000 G2. It was for our initial virtualization project.Initial Setup:The initial setup was pretty straightforward as HP did a good job providing excellent documentation and best practices.Implementation Team:We implemented it via an in-house service. Testing different workloads on your SAN is a good idea. This helps you to have a comparison point for later users. In case people encounter trouble in production, you can then easily compare performance with the different workloads.Cost and Licensing Advice:Over a period of five years, we created 40-45 VMs. Previously, we had a physical server, storage, and backup solution, which was about $5,000 per server. We made a serious savings compared to the price of the SAN solution.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. April 19, 2016
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