Announced at this year's PASS Summit in Seattle, the HP Enterprise Database Consolidation (DBC) Appliance is now available for purchase, with the first units shipping in January 2012.
HP Business Decision Appliance, the DBC Appliance isn't a small unit. It's designed for enterprise-level computing.
"The DBC Application is built in an HP BladeSystem C3000 enclosure and is delivered in two form factors: a half-rack configuration and a full-rack configuration. In the half-rack configuration, it has four dual-socket HP ProLiant BL465c G7 blade servers and eight AMD Opteron 6100 Series processors, with 96 cores and 1TB of RAM. In the full-rack configuration, the DBC Appliance has eight HP ProLiant BL465c G7 blade servers and 16 Opteron 6100 Series processors, with 192 cores and 2TB of RAM. Each BL465c G7 blade server also has two 300GB hard drives," revealed Michael Otey.
Otey notes, "The DBC Appliance comes configured with its own storage and networking. Internally, it uses two ProCurve E6600 10GBps switches and two ProCurve E2910 1GBps switches. The ProCurve switches aren't connected to the customer's network. They're used internally by the DBC Appliance. There are two HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 Ethernet Modules for connectivity to the customer's network. All of the networking components are duplexed for high availability. There're also four separate internal power distribution units."
"DBC Appliance contains its own storage array, which is built using a storage block design methodology. Each storage block can deliver about 15,000 IOPS and consists of one HP P2000 G3 10GbE iSCSI disk array, three HP D2700 disk racks, and 99 small form factor (SFF) spindles with 146GB and a speed of 15,000rpm. In the half-rack configuration, the DBC Appliance has two storage blocks for a total of 28TB of raw data storage and 198 spindles. In the full-rack configuration, it has four storage blocks for a total of 57TB of raw data storage and 396 spindles. The storage is configured with RAID 10 to provide protection from drive failure. At the OS level, the storage is essentially divided into five Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs), along with some space reserved for guest VM iSCSI connections and guest clustering."
Here is a picture of the DBC Appliance's half-rack and full-rack configurations:
In the video below, Group Product Manager for SQL Server, Bernardo Zamora and Sr. Technical Director for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Mag, Mike Otey discuss Microsoft's and HP's Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance, its key benefits and features and how it fits into Microsoft's overall private cloud strategy.
Out of the box, the DBC Appliance ships with more than a dozen prebuilt management VMs:
- "A VM running Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory (AD)
- A VM running System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 R2
- A VM hosting the SQL Server 2008 R2 database for SCOM
- A VM hosting the SQL Server 2008 R2 data warehouse for SCOM
- A VM running System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2
- Two VMs hosting a SQL Server 2008 R2 guest cluster for VMM
- A VM running Windows Server 2008 R2 IIS Web Server
- A VM running SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) 2008 R2
- A VM running System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 R3
- A VM running System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010," stated Otey.