Can HPE Synergy manage physical servers like virtual machines? HPE Synergy Image Streamer implements rapid image/application changes to multiple compute nodes in an automated manner. It integrates software-defined intelligence from HPE Synergy Composer to deploy and update physical compute nodes with operating environment images for bare-metal booting directly into a running OS and for VM hosting with quick image changeovers. Rapid delivery of applications and services results from this 'infrastructure-as-code' capability. Enhanced profiles provide true stateless images, which integrate the server hardware configuration with operating environment images. Enhanced profiles are stored in redundant image repositories and are automatically integrated for simplicity of use. The unified API allows partners, developers, and users to unlock value creation with HPE Synergy Image Streamer. Integration, automation, customization of operations and applications is enabled with the wider ecosystem.

What's new

  • High availability operations are supported up to 21-frame scaling.
  • Artifact bundles are available for VMware® ESXi, Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® (RHEL 6, RHEL 7), and SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server (SLES 12 - ext3 and ext4).
  • Rollback, move, and hibernate operations are supported from server profiles.
  • Appliance can be added into an existing HPE Synergy environment (logical enclosure) without disrupting compute workloads.
  • Deployment plans can be defined and implemented as part of server profile templates for a software-defined 'infrastructure-as-code' experience.
  • Product is now offered to comply with the Trade Agreements Act (TAA).

Features

Optimize Applications and Service-levels

HPE Synergy Image Streamer can quickly provision an operating environment across a large number infrastructure blocks. This helps IT in deployments and updates for environments such as Web servers.

The Unified API enables programmatic control of HPE Image Streamer by developers and users for integration, automation and customization. You can script these modern RESTful interfaces using Python, Powershell, Ruby or Java; and optimize control using the State Change Message Bus and RabbitMQ queue.

Your image content might contain an OS or even a complete application stack. Your images can be quickly applied to multiple compute nodes to optimize your IT service deliveries.

Move Faster by Accelerating Application and Service Delivery

HPE Synergy Image Streamer enables true stateless operation by integrating your server profiles with your golden images (OE and I/O driver) and your personalities (OS and application). Stateless operation can be used to plan environments early for fast implementation onto available hardware later.

Deployments are rapidly executed from your library of images, using your tested operating environments and personalities for quality and consistency. Reference architectures are also available to help you get started using Docker, Oracle 12c database, and/or Oracle RAC cluster.

Updates can capture your golden image and re-deploy the revised boot image for use by multiple compute nodes. Server profile templates bring the power of 'infrastructure-as-code' to help you easily control multiple server profiles.

Work More Efficiently by Reducing Operational Effort and Cost

HPE Synergy Image Streamer automatically sets up configurations and integrations with HPE Synergy Composer for server profile use. Access to HPE Synergy Image Streamer is implemented through the HPE Synergy Composer server profile or through the unified API.

Tools for customizing your images and environment are provided, along with reference implementations. This enables you to use your specific OS images and versions. For some operations like capturing your golden images, you may also choose to use your own tools and edit existing images.

Bare-metal HPE Synergy Compute Modules can be booted directly into a running OS to reduce operational efforts. If your golden image contains an application stack, then the bare-metal compute nodes would boot directly into the application stack. This can accelerate your time-to-service.

Unlock Value by Increasing Productivity and Control

HPE Synergy Image Streamer is configured with redundant physical appliances for production environments to maintain high availability in operations. These management appliances are automatically set up with active-active storage to control and protect your image repository.

The HPE Synergy Image Streamer boot environment uses deployment processes which do not involve the compute nodes. Security is enhanced by avoiding use of the PXE Boot utility. These protections ensure continued productivity.

Automation tool integrations for HPE Synergy Image Streamer from partners are available like Ansible, Chef, Puppet, and SaltStack. These tools enable a variety of automation operations, like the capability to push and pull plan scripts.