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Application Performance Extender engineering chalk talk

CartoonCalvin100X100.JPG By Calvin Zito, aka @HPStorageGuy


I have a couple of videos to share with you today with more on our HP StorageWorks P9500 Disk Array (formerly the XP Disk Array).  While on a trip visiting the lab in Roseville, I had Ayman Abouelwafa explain Application Performance Extender (APEX) software.  Today, I have a video with Ayman explaining this HP-only technology.   What I just said about "HP-only technology" is significant.  We worked very closely with our OEM partner to take technology developed by HP labs and implement it within the P9500. No other vendor that uses the Hitachi product has access to the APEX software.




Here's something I grabbed from the APEX product page that explains what it is:



Application Performance Extender helps customers prioritize their business applications and give their mission-critical applications the highest priority to achieve a significant improvement in the service levels. It provides end-to-end quality of service from the hosts to the Disk Array. Storage administrators set bandwidth or response time targets so that P9500 and XP Disk Array resources are used effectively to meet the Service Level Agreement.(SLA) requirements for the key business applications.



Here's the chalk talk with Ayman:




There's another video that I really have to play along side of this one.  That day I spent in Roseville, I talked to a number of our R&D engineers about what HP contributed to the P9500 Disk Array through our collaboration with Hitachi Limited Japan.  I knew that we had been involved in previous generations of this product family (from the XP256 through the XP24000) but I was more than a little surprised when I heard all of the different aspects that HP collaborated with Hitachi Limited Japan and their lab (called RSD) to bring the P9500 to market.



One of the things that gets my knickers in a twist is when people say that HP only puts a logo on the Hitachi product and ships it.  That couldn't be further from the truth.  HP probably made more significant contributions to the product than did Hitachi's U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary.  You'll get a sense of that in this video. 



Lastly, I mentioned the other day but will mention again that my colleague Jacob Van Ewyk on the Mission-Critical server team, has a blog talking more about APEX in an HP-UX environment.  

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noisybits | ‎09-30-2010 05:10 PM

Hi Calvin,

   how to evaluate application performance in virtual storage. Or what are the basic metrics that should be evaluated to find the application performance in virtual storage

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