HP first tried its hand at integrated hardware and software appliances last year with the first iteration of AppSystem appliances. The company is now updating its AppSystem architecture with a new scale-out approach that enables enterprises to easily add capacity as needed.
Up first are AppSystems for Vertica, Autonomy and Hadoop.
Paul Miller, vice president, Converged Application Systems, Enterprise Group at HP explained to EnterpriseAppsToday that HP learned a lot from the initial AppSystem for Vertica that was launched in 2011. One big lesson: Customers prefer a modular approach rather than having a single big box to do everything.
According to Miller, the new AppSystem approach is like a “Lego” system that allows users to just snap in capacity as required. The system leverages the HP DL380 server system as its underlying hardware platform.
“If you think about your data center, you might start out with a Hadoop cluster with 10 servers in a rack and two Vertica servers,” Miller said. “Then you can expand that and add another rack, allowing you to grow incrementally as your business needs grow, instead of needing to buy a full rack.