The latest in HPE’s cloud-native Alletra line comes in two models, a 1U one designed for extreme use cases and a 2U that fits a broader range of use cases.
Today, HPE is announcing the HPE Alletra 4000, which extends the HPE Alletra portfolio into server-based, cloud-native data infrastructure. It is available in two models, a 1U all-NVMe one aimed at performance-demanding workloads, and one for a broader range of data-centric workloads.
“We think 2023 will be a very exciting year for our customers as we continue to define this space,” said Stephen Bacon, HPE’s Senior Director of Storage and Big Data. “The HPE Alletra started out [in 2021] covering arrays. Now the Alletra 4000 covers a cloud native server base, which is secured end to end by design, and which enables customers to keep pace with the evolving data demand. What we have been doing with Alletra is delivering value that customers seek today with the consumption-based means of acquiring it that they want. HPE really is delivering values that companies are seeking with the approaches that they want – with Greenlake, with the Alletra series overall, and with the Alletra 4000 server- based portfolio in particular. This is what sets us apart and makes us and our partners successful.” Bacon noted that the overall Alletra business grew 100% in HPE’s last quarter.
The HPE Alletra 4000 was designed internally by HPE.
“It’s our own intellectual property,” Bacon said. “It reflects the fact that much has changed in the storage landscape, which now needs go well beyond the classic storage of data. We at HPE have recognized change was coming, and have been accelerating that change.”
The primary focus for the Alletra is medium to large organizations in any industry, both public and private.
“It’s not so much about the size of an organization or its data, but the data challenges in protecting value,” Bacon said. “Using general purpose infrastructure for non-generic purposes isn’t well designed. This is something that was engineered from the ground up for data-demanding applications. The two key considerations are that the Alletra 4000 is keenly aligned to high growth markets and high growth tech trends, and that it lets partners differentiate and decompose the sale because it is specially built for data applications.”
Bacon also emphasized that the Alletra 4000 was designed to work with other HPE storage, not compete against it.
“It is directly complementary to other aspects of the HP portfolio family,” he said. “It complements the Apollo family, for instance. It provides us the most effective way to embrace customer challenges.”
The HPE Alletra 4000 series comes in two models.
“The Alletra 4110 is a 1U all-NVMe data storage server which is focused on th most performance-demanding workloads,” Bacon said. These include data stores for machine learning, distributed and NoSQL databases, high-performance Software-Defined Storage, and data-heavy hyperconverged infrastructure The Alletra 4110 features dual 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and up to 6TB of DDR5 memory.
“The Alletra 4120 is designed for the broadest range of workloads,” Bacon stated. These include active analytics data lakes, Software-Defined Storage, converged data protection, and deep archives. “It is a 2U hybrid NVMe data storage server with either one or two 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and up to 6TB DDR5 memory.
“We have also built in very strong security capabilities that really take us beyond the competition,” Bacon added. “We have Zero Trust Security from silicon to software, all delivered with an intuitive cloud interface.”
All HPE Alletra 4000 systems support Enterprise and Data Center Standard Form Factor (EDSFF) and SFF SSDs. In addition, the HPE Alletra 4120 supports SAS/SATA LFF drives for more economic capacity.
The HPE Alletra 4000 series is scheduled to be available in Q2 2023.