In May 2021 HPE announced HPE Alletra systems as additions to its primary storage SAN array portfolio. The HPE Alletra platform consists of two all flash block storage systems, HPE Alletra 9000 and HPE Alletra 6000, and Alletra 5000 hybrid models. While there are three lines under the Alletra family, the portfolio is comprised of two distinct storage systems. The Alletra storage family signifies a merging of HPE Primera and HPE Nimble systems into a single storage portfolio.
The Alletra 9000 series is an evolution of HPE Primera and consists of two models Alletra 9060 and Alletra 9080. Both systems are comprised of a 4U base chassis with 2 or 4 controllers and up to 144 or 240 NVMe devices respectively. The 9060 model has 274 GB cache and two 10 core CPUs per node, while the 9080 model has a larger 824 GB of cache and two 20 core CPUs per node for higher performance. HPE classifies the 9000 systems as “mission critical”, for applications with strict latency, performance, and reliability requirements, and offers a 100% data availability guarantee, similar to HPE’s Primera systems.
The Alletra 6000 series is an evolution of HPE Nimble systems and consists of 6010, 6030, 6050, 6070, and 6090 models. The 6000 models are dual controller systems with 24 device slots in 4U. The various models differ in number of CPU cores, memory, number of expansion shelves supported, and connectivity options. The 6090 model has the additional ability to scale out with 4 way clustering. HPE targets the 6000 systems for “business critical” applications and claims 99.9999% availability.
The Alletra 5000 series are hybrid storage systems that also based off of HPE Nimble storage. The 5000 series consists of three models: Alletra 5010, Alletra 5030, and Alletra 5050. Each model features a 4U enclosure with support for 21 HDDs and six SSDs for cache. Additional capacity can be added with up to six expansion shelves in the 5030 or 5050 and four expansion shelves in the 5010. The 5050 model offers additional scaling support with four way scale out capability. It should be noted that the SSDs cache devices in the Alletra 5000 systems are not NVMe devices such as the SSDs found in the 6000 and 9000 systems.
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