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Resources for HP c-class blade and EVA Design for vSphere 4


I am currently working on a design for a vSphere 4  platform on HP’s EVA SAN and c-class blade chassis. In order to provide flexible network connectivity we are leveraging the new Flex 10 Virtual Connect Modules as well as VC Fibre Channel modules to simplify administration

Because finding things on the HP site can sometimes be a bit hit & miss, this post serves as a bookmark to the more useful resources I found.

Hardware Configurator – Generate Bill of Materials (BoM)

HP eConfigurator online tool to configure and cost blades and chassis options and produce a validated bill of materials – be sure to select your country to ensure you get the correct power options and list prices



Virtual Connect

HP Virtual Connect cookbook – updated for Flex 10 (Feb 2010)

Virtual Connect Webinar series

How does a Virtual Connect FC Module work? (warning – old and outdated with current firmware)


Flex10 Links

Virtualised Reality (Barry Coombs)


EVA Storage

HP EVA User Guide

Best Practices for HP Storageworks EVA with vSphere [Whitepaper]

Best Practices for HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array with VMware vSphere 4 [WEBINAR]


vSphere Installation

HP-Specific ESXi Installable Download (HP Passport Account Required)



HP Power Calculator Spreadsheets (BL, DL, PL, EVA) in .xls format (Office 2010 users need to “Enable Editing” to take it out of protected mode in order for the links to work

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HP Blade Power Sizing Utility (can be a bit buggy and slow – but works) – and can export in a number of different formats including Word (Example Doc)



Firmware Maintenance CD Download

Links Updated & Section reorganised 23rd Feb 2011

4 responses to “Resources for HP c-class blade and EVA Design for vSphere 4

  1. Pingback: That was 2010 so what next « Virtualization, Windows, Infrastructure and all that stuff in-between

  2. Julian Wood February 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I’ve done a blog post on a Flex-10 design for ESX.
    It’s based on IP storage but may be useful for people.

  3. Pingback: Confused by HP Flex10 Design for vSphere « Virtualization, Cloud, Infrastructure and all that stuff in-between

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