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Active-Active High Availability for the HP XP7 Disk Array

CJZ Headshot fixed 150 x 150.jpgBy Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy  vExpert 4 years.jpg

I have a soft spot for our HP XP Disk Array family - I was part of the team that brought the XP into the HP portfolio and kicking out the previous solution was just plain fun.  SO when the XP team came to me and asked if I could introduce some new functionality today, I said "Heck yeah!".  And what I have to show you is pretty cool stuff. 


Imagine being able to replicate between two arrays (either in the same data center, across campus, or 100km away) and with multi-array virtualization that allows active active access to virtual LUNS across those two XP7 arrays. What I just described is the new Active-Active High Availability Solution for the XP7.  And I have a ChalkTalk that gives a bit more about what it is. 



Pretty cool stuff, huh?  And again, we accomplish this without hardware or an appliance (which is what EMC VPLEX needs) or  with proprietary drives/middleware (like EMC PowerPath).  The solution simply requires hosts with industry standard multipathing drivers and industry standard clustering software - the XP7 takes care of the rest. 


Dive deeper

I did a blog post with a ChalkTalk introducing the XP7 that is worth a look if you haven't seen it already. I also did a follow-up post and ChalkTalk focused on XP Always On Disaster Recovery with Online Data Migration


You can learn more about the new XP7 at

Labels: chalktalk| XP Disk| XP7
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