Demartek: HPE networking solutions help to alleviate network bottlenecks


Demartek, an independent computer industry analyst firm has evaluated the HPE StoreFabric Gen 6 Fibre Channel Server and Storage Solution.

HPE commissioned Demartek to evaluate its DL380 Gen9 Server connected to an HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 All-Flash Storage with 48 SSDs using two different generations of HPE StoreFabric Fibre Channel technology.

These include the HPE StoreFabric SN1600E (32GFC) and SN1200E (16GFC) HBAs from Broadcom/Emulex and the HPE StoreFabric B-series SN6600B (32GFC) and SN6000B (16GFC) Fibre Channel Switches from Brocade in a SQL Server 2016 database data warehousing environment running on Windows Server 2016.

Demartek  found that the combination of the new HPE DL380 Gen9 Server, HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 All-Flash Storage and HPE StoreFabric SN1600E 32Gb Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter and StoreFabric B-series SN6600B Fibre Channel Switch supporting Gen 6 32GFC technology provided the performance needed to alleviate network bottlenecks that can be caused by all-flash arrays in slower speed FC SANs to dramatically improve data warehousing application performance.

Large enterprises choose two-socket servers to power their most demanding workloads, including big data analytics and dense virtualization deployments.

The latest HPE DL380 Gen9 two-socket server leverages the current Intel Xeon E5 v4 processor family.

HPE DL380 Gen9 Server

The DL380 Gen9 Server with Microsoft SQL Server 2016, as well as its built-in high performing data warehouse, has the processing power required for virtualization and memory-intensive application workloads for databases.

In order to scale performance to meet the demands of almost any workload, the DL380 Gen9 Server supports the following:

# Intel Xeon E5 v4 processor family with up to 22 cores per processor, totaling 44 processing cores with two processors

# 24 DDR4 2400 MHz DIMM slots supporting standard DIMM and up to 16 NVDIMM

# Up to six PCIe 3.0 slots, including up to two x16 slots

# Two 96 percent efficient (Titanium) power supplies HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 All-Flash Storage

The HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 All-Flash Storage supports high-end workloads through its quad-controller design and scale-up capabilities. The 3PAR 8450 includes the following:

# Up to 480 SSDs and up to 1843 TB raw capacity

# Up to 24 16Gb Fibre Channel host ports

# Up to 8 10GbE iSCSI host ports

# Integration with VMware VAAI, VASA and Microsoft Offload Data Transfer (ODX)

# Federation with other models in the HPE 3PAR 8000 family

# Synchronous/Asynchronous replication

# 5-year SSD warranty

# Optional FIPS-certified self-encrypting SSDs

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