Can HPE Synergy provision physical servers at cloud-like speed? HPE Synergy Image Streamer implements rapid image/application changes to multiple compute nodes in an automated manner. HPE Synergy Image Streamer works with HPE Synergy Composer to rapidly deploy and update multiple physical compute nodes. Operating environment images for bare-metal use might boot directly into a running OS, or VM hosts might perform quick image changeovers. 'Infrastructure-as-code' capability enables fast delivery of applications and services, including the ability to perform rapid workload switching (using Linux, ESX, or MS Windows). 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 enables integration, automation, and customization of operations and applications with HPE Synergy Image Streamer.

What's new

  • Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Appliance hardening ensures more robust operations up to 21-frame scaling.
  • Health status of management and storage clusters in the appliance is validated before a firmware update.


Optimize Applications and Service-levels

HPE Synergy Image Streamer can quickly provision an operating environment across a large number infrastructure blocks. It can deploy and update many systems quickly, possibly as fast of you can reboot servers, to quickly expand or change environments across Linux, VMware ESX, or Microsoft Windows.

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.

Workload switching can increase your system utilization by rapidly changing workloads on the same Synergy systems. As a simple example, a call center might run VDI workloads during the day and switch over to compute-intensive workloads at night, and then back to VDI operations for the next day.

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.