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Updates to SDS & HCI Comparison

Back to technical content – the following updates are reflected in the latest version published today in the SDS & HCI comparison – many based on open community feedback – triggering above paragraph.

HPE (SimpliVity)

Updates based on SimpliVity OmniStack for vSphere Release 3.7.0

  • Support for vSphere Fault Tolerance on SimpliVity datastores (Customers using vSphere 6.0 or later can now create virtual machines on SimpliVity datastores and enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on these virtual machines)
  • Upgrade Manager enhancements (various enhancements – for details see the release notes here)
  • Documentation: Events Reference Guide enhancements (Events Guide has been reorganized to allow you to search for event names, alarm names, and correlations between them.)

See all details for this release here

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Incorporation of the all-new Cisco HyperFlex 2.5 [version GA’d late last week]

  • Native Data Protection and Security
    • Native Replication for Disaster Recovery
    • Data-at-rest Encryption support with Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs) and enterprise key management support (KMIP).
    • Security hardening and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • HyperFlex Management Lifecycle Enhancements:
    • HX Connect – New HTML5 UI for native management and monitoring with intuitive dashboard for cluster health, capacity and performance. Localized for Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
    • REST APIs – RESTful APIs accessible through a REST API explorer to enable automation as well as integration with third party management and monitoring tools.
    • Smart Call Home -Enhanced auto-support with Smart Call Home integration to enable automated support service request generation for important events. Added option in the HX Data Platform Installer to enable Smart Call Home (SCH)/Auto-Support.
    • Smart Licensing integration.
    • Enabled for Tech Preview of a cloud-based management service (Project Starship based).


Acropolis Operating System (AOS) version

  • Support for vSphere ESXi 6.5 and 6.5a including updated support for the following hardware platforms
    • Dell XC Series
    • Legacy platforms with 16GB SATA DOM
  • Support for vCenter Server 6.5
  • Software-Only Support for:
    • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
    • HPE ProLiant Servers (use Nutanix Foundation 3.9)
  • manage_ovs tool has been updated to support Mellanox 40G NICs
  • Nutanix API v3 [Tech Preview – do not use in production environments]


Smaller updates to the Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) listing reflecting changes to the support of Nano Server (Microsoft announced that they are removing infrastructure related features, such as scale-out file server and Hyper-V) Thanks to Romain Serre for the update. As always – all feedback and content has been painstakingly reviewed and integrated by Herman Rutten – Category Consultant for SDS & HCI! PS If you missed Herman’s latest live webcast explaining in detail the recent DataCore evalaution results – go and check the replay out – we promise you wont be bored! Your WhatMatrix Community Board

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Herman Rutten

Technical consultant and Solutions architect with 20 years of field experience. At first focused on on-premises IT Infrastructure including enterprise servers, storage, virtualization, backup/restore and disaster recovery. Following evolutionary industry changes the scope has gradually broadened to public cloud, data security, hybrid connectivity and advanced analytics. Category Lead for the independent WhatMatrix Analyst community since 2015.

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