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HPE SimpliVity OmniCube CN-3000
Globally-Federated, HyperConverged Infrastructure

HPE SimpliVity OmniCube Series

SimpliVity OmniCube CN-3000
OmniCube CN-3000



OmniCube CN-3000 fits a wide variety of environments. OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure addresses data efficiency and global management requirements in virtualized and cloud computing environments. OmniCube CN-3000 customers include a wide set of businesses across a broad set of market verticals including financial services, oil and gas, manufacturing, state and local government, education, technology, business services, and more. Some of the compelling use cases include:

  • all-in-one, IT modernization projects for a wide set of applications
  • data center virtualization for enterprises and service providers
  • multi-site central management projects
  • backup and disaster recovery redesign projects
  • virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) or end user computing infrastructure projects
  • public, private, hybrid cloud infrastructure
  • and more


OmniCube CN-3000: Solution Overview

Are you looking to simplify your IT infrastructure? OmniCube CN-3000 is a 2U infrastructure building block for virtualized environments, delivering all baseline enterprise requirements for availability, performance, and support. At the same time, OmniCube delivers a comprehensive set of data and infrastructure capabilities required for your modern data center. Two or more OmniCube systems create an elastic and scalable pool of shared resources known as a Federation. Clustering OmniCube CN-3000 x86 systems over traditional Ethernet enables efficient scalability and federated global management.

OmniCube CN-3000 systems combine CPU, memory, storage (SSD, flash, HDD), networking, and hypervisor capabilities in a powerful hyperconverged building block. You gain tremendous agility by adding resources in a scale-out, modular fashion, enabling very large scalability in small increments. A CN-3000, federation of geographically-dispersed OmniCube systems enables disaster recovery, business continuity, migrations, and data sharing within and across sites.

As a result of HPE SimpliVity’s Data Virtualization Platform, the solution enables you with the broadest scope of enterprise functionality delivered in a modular, x86 converged solution. It incorporates key elements such as global inline deduplication, compression and optimization at inception, built-in virtual machine-level backup, and centralized management of geographically distributed systems from a single interface. OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure provides a radical simplification of IT by consolidating infrastructure functionality into a single unified stack running on hyperconverged x86 building blocks.

Data efficiency features in OmniCube ensure that only unique writes occur, reducing IOPS. HPE SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure reduces required storage capacity (primary, backup, and archive data), as well as WAN traffic. You also benefit from the ability to run an instance of the OmniCube Cloud data center on Amazon Web Services as a low cost target for offsite backup and restore. The result is infrastructure delivered at a fraction of cost and with extreme reduction in complexity.

Who Use It:

OmniCube CN-3000 for Multi-Site Management

Typically, you start with two OmniCube CN-3000 building blocks in a data center, adding incremental OmniCube CN-3000 units as requirements call for additional resources. Run all of your IT applications, including email, databases, file servers, office automation, and more on your OmniCube CN-3000 infrastructure.

For disaster recovery and off-site backup, deploy a third or fourth CN-3000 in a remote site with active-active topologies running across data centers. Your enterprise runs all IT on two OmniCubes CN-3000 systems in the primary data center and two OmniCubes in a secondary data center. Deploying a network of two or more OmniCubes creates a global federation that facilitates efficient data movement, resource sharing, and scalability. Management of the entire federation, within and across sites, happens from a single management interface.

For remote and branch office scenarios, deploy OmniCube CN-3000 systems at the hub data center and one or more CN-2000 systems at remote or branch offices. Dramatically increase operational efficiency by centrally managing all sites from a single, familiar management interface via VMware vCenter. This eliminates the need for other user or management interfaces to manage the environment. HPE SimpliVity also enables you to connect third-party servers running virtual workloads to the OmniCube federation for added flexibility and generational interoperability.

OmniCube Series:

Today’s data center infrastructure environment is a picture in complexity and clutter. It’s inefficient, costly, and inhibits IT from delivering the services and support required for virtualized business applications. Simplification is not easy with legacy, siloed infrastructure. That’s why a new approach is needed.

  • Core Infrastructure Services: High availability, performance, and serviceability.
  • Simplified, Extensive Scale-out: Scale one OmniCube at a time, on demand.
  • Inline Efficiency: All data is deduplicated, compressed and optimized before being written to disk—without impacting performance.
  • Bandwidth-efficient Replication: Efficient data transfer within and across OmniCube systems at local and remote sites—including the cloud.
  • Integrated Data Protection: Easily and automatically back up and replicate VMs to deliver as few as 10-minute RPOs.
  • VM-centric Management: All actions, policies, and management are on a per VM basis.
  • Public Cloud Integration: Data can be moved to/from the public cloud.
  • Cache-Accelerated Performance: Provides high-speed access to the data.

OmniCube: Changing the Game

HPE SimpliVity’s OmniCube is the industry’s first and only globally-federated and hyperconverged infrastructure solution. Designed and optimized for the virtual environment, OmniCube is a 2U rack-mounted building block that delivers server, storage, and networking services, as well as a complete set of advanced functionality that enables dramatic improvements to the management, protection, and performance of virtualized workloads—all at a fraction of the cost and extreme reduction in complexity compared to today’s traditional infrastructure stack.

CAPEX and OPEX Savings

By replacing the cluttered infrastructure stack, OmniCube delivers an equivalent level of functionality and protection, while significantly improving performance and efficiency. With OmniCube you’ll realize greater agility and easier scalability—at up to 3X TCO savings.

VM Centricity

OmniCube is designed with the VMs running your business applications as the focal point of the IT infrastructure, managing policy at the VM level and enabling VM mobility. This empowers a single VM administrator to manage the infrastructure entirely through a familiar console—VMware vCenter.

OmniCube Series

The OmniCube Global Federation

Deploying two or more OmniCube systems creates an OmniCube global federation, a massively-scalable pool of shared resources that enables efficient data movement, extensive scalability, and enterprise-class system availability. OmniCube enables you to simultaneously improve operations, management, and data protection of your VM environment, while radically simplifying IT infrastructure.

The Technology: Attacking Complexity at its Roots

At the root of today’s infrastructure complexity problem is an antiquated data architecture that is not suited for today’s virtualized and cloud-integrated applications. OmniCube, powered by OmniStack, solves the data problem its Data Virtualization Platform.

OmniStack incorporates three breakthrough innovations:

  1. Hyperconvergence: A single software stack that combines multiple traditional IT infrastructure functions in a single shared x86 resource pool.
  2. Data Virtualization Platform: The core technology that performs inline data deduplication, compression and optimization on all data at inception, enabling data granularity of just 4 KB to 8 KB blocks. The Data Virtualization Platform is powered by the OmniCube Accelerator, HPE SimpliVity’s PCIe card that offloads compute-intensive tasks to deliver enterprise-class performance.
  3. Global Federated Management: The collective OmniCube systems form an intelligent network of collaborative systems managing billions of fine-grained data elements. It enables data movement and sharing in multi-node and multi-site environments, as well as global VM-centric management. A single administrator manages the entire global infrastructure through a single pane of glass.


The flexible architecture of OmniStack allows HPE SimpliVity to offer a range of OmniCube models that apply to a broad range of environments and use cases.

  CN-2000 CN-3000 CN-5000
Targeted Use-Case All workloads in small to medium environments, or remote offices. Majority of workloads across a wide range of environments from smallest IT organizations to largest enterprises. Ultra high-performance application workloads in the enterprise and cloud providers.
Raw Capacity 4 x 100 GB SSD
8 x 1 TB HDD
4 x 400 GB or 800 GB SSD
8 x 3 TB HDD
6 x 400 GB or 800 GB SSD
18 x 1.2TB HDD
Effective Capacity 5 - 10 TB* 20 - 40 TB* 15 - 30 TB*
CPU 8 Cores 16 - 24 Cores 24 Cores
RAM Usable Capacity 71 - 199GB** 128GB - 412GB** 267GB - 395GB**
Network Connections
Standard Ports  2 X 10GbE (SFP+) 2 X 1GbE (RJ45)
Optional Ports NA 2 X 10GbE and / or 2 X 1GbE 2 X 10GbE and / or 2 X 1GbE
Physical Dimensions  Standard 2U Rack Mounted Chassis 
3.43’’H x 17.5’’W x 28.5’’D (30.5” with bezel)
Weight 71.5 LBs 71.5 LBs 65 LBs
Power Supply Power 8-16 Core Units: 2 x 750W
Power 24 Core Units: 2 x 1100W
Supply Voltage: 110/220VAC
Supply Voltage: 110/220VAC
Frequency: 50/60 Hz
Frequency: 50/60 Hz
*Effective capacity varies by environment, and is a function of the realized deduplication and compression rates. The capacities mentioned above offer a conservative range based on compression and deduplication rates found in standard primary storage use cases.

** RAM Usable capacity represents estimated memory resources available to virtual applications.


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SimpliVity OmniCube CN-3000
OmniCube CN-3000