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Built for virtualization: Introducing the new HP StoreVirtual Storage

By Kate Davis, @KateAtHP, WW Product Marketing Manager, HP StoreVirtual/LeftHand Storage

 

Our friends in HP Servers have been busy with a lot of product announcements this year. The new ProLiant Gen8 servers are a great example of collective genius at work. Today, I get to add on to that amazing product news and tell you about the third generation of LeftHand Storage with brand new hardware models based on the fabulous ProLiant Gen8 technology. Here are the highlights of today’s announcement:

 

  1. Rebranding of the LeftHand portfolio to HP StoreVirtual 4000 Storage and SAN/iQ software to LeftHand OS
  2. New models – the 4130 and 4330, built on proven ProLiant Gen8 technology
  3. Additional connectivity option of Fibre Channel
  4. New LeftHand OS v10.0 software that offers new Windows integration, enhanced management and improved performance

Let’s start with the rebranding: what’s in a name?

If after the rebranding announcement for StoreVirtual VSA you bet your friend that the hardware portfolio was next…now is the time to go collect your dollar.

 

As a follow on to the rebranding of our VSA product we will be changing over to the HP_StoreVirtual.pngStoreVirtual name for the LeftHand portfolio. This new naming reflects its identity as an optimized storage solution for server and client virtualization.So the new third generation of products will create the HP StoreVirtual 4000 Storage family. In addition, the SAN/iQ operating system will be rebranded to LeftHand OS, and you’ll also see the new models that I’ll cover have a 4x30 numbering, with the 30-part meaning that it’s the third generation.

 

 

 

So about those new models…

We are announcing today the HP StoreVirtual 4130 and 4330 models that are best suited for SMB or remote locations. They are both 1U platforms with 4 and 8 drives respectively, and are based on the ProLiant Gen8 technology. We are now offering SFF (small-form factor) SAS drives in both of these models and SFF MDL SAS in the 4330. With a new higher capacity option of 900GB SAS, the 4330 offers up to 4x the capacity compared to the previous generation P4300 G2 models. When you do the math, this gives you 7.2TB in 1U of rack space!

 

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Fibre Channel you say?

I bet you’re wondering why the third bullet in the above list says Fibre Channel. LeftHand Storage has traditionally been an iSCSI only solution. We’ve had a lot of requests over the years to add FC to the list of features and now we are answering the call. We will offer a 4330 model with 900GB SAS drives that will include both FC and iSCSI connectivity. But that’s not the cool part. Having dual protocol connectivity in StoreVirtual will allow a variety of deployment options:

 

  1. Create a single storage cluster that connects to both iSCSI and FC hosts
  2. Start the storage deployment in a FC environment and change to iSCSI overtime without having to change your storage
  3. Provide a single solution out to different locations regardless of if they are running iSCSI or FC.

LeftHand OS v10.0: More integration, performance and management capabilities

Now our new models just wouldn’t be as fun to talk about if we couldn’t tell you about the new LeftHand OS v10.0 with its increased integration, performance and management capabilities.

 

  • Increased Windows integration – We now offer Active Directory integration which will allow administrators to manage user authentication to HP StoreVirtual Storage via the Windows AD framework. This simplifies management by bringing SAN management under the AD umbrella. With 10.0 we are also providing support for Windows Server 2012 OS.
  • Improved performance – The engineering team has been working hard with this release and one of the great benefits comes with the performance improvements. LeftHand OS version 10.0 has numerous code enhancements that will improve the performance of HP StoreVirtual systems in terms of application performance as well as storage related functions such as snapshots and replication.  The two major areas of code improvements are in multi-threading capabilities and in internal data transmission algorithms.
  • Increased Remote Copy performance – You’ll now experience triple the performance through optimization of the Remote Copy feature that can reduce you backup times by up to 66%.
  • Dual CPU support for VSA – In this release, the VSA software will now ship with 2 vCPUs enabled. This capability, in addition multi-threading advancements in 10.0, enhances performance up to 2x for some workloads. As a result of this enhancement, we will now also support running 2 vCPUs in older versions of VSA. So if you’ve been dying to try it, go ahead. Our lab tests with SAN/iQ 9.5 and 2 vCPUs showed an up to 50% increase in performance.
  • Other performance improvements – 10.0 has been re-engineered to take advantage of today’s more powerful platforms, specifically to take better advantage of multi-core processors, and also improves the performance of volume resynchronization and restriping and merging/deleting snapshot layers.

Some timeline details

Just as with all software update releases, current customers with a support agreement can go ahead and automatically update your systems online with the new 10.0 version starting later this month. The new 4130 and 4330 models and LeftHand OS v10.0 willbe available starting on December 4, 2012.  As this is the official launch date, that’s when you’ll see more information on the new products appear on hp.com.

 

But for now if you want more info, I encourage you to join our live webcast TODAY, November 1 at 2:00 pm PT. It’s 30 minutes with David Scott, GM of HP Storage and Chris Evans, storage consultant and industry blogger, hosted by @HPStorageGuy Calvin Zito. Grab all the details here on Calvin’s blog: It’s not how much storage you have. It’s how much you can do with it. A replay will be available too.

 

And check out these two new HP StoreVirtual docs:

 

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Labels: StoreVirtual
Comments
steveburkett | ‎11-05-2012 09:21 AM

From the HP announcement:

 

"HP LeftHand Operating System 10.0 software will be available at no additional cost to current HP LeftHand P4000 G2 platform clients on Dec. 4."

 

<Looks worryingly at our P4500 G1's...>

katedavis | ‎11-05-2012 05:50 PM

Hi Steve,

LeftHand OS 10.0 will be supported on all HP LeftHand P4000 G2 platforms as well as the new 3rd generation HP StoreVirtual models. LeftHand G1 models are past their end of updates period and so we will not support 10.0 or any future releases on the G1 platforms.

 

We will provide an outline of all supported models in the updated Compatibility Matrix that will be made available in early December.

 

Kate

Heath(anon) | ‎11-09-2012 11:31 AM

For the "Improved performance" comment. Will this only apply to the new hardware platforms or will it also benefit us running P4500G2 platforms?

katedavis | ‎11-09-2012 06:30 PM

Hi Heath,

Thanks for your question on the performance improvements. The Remote Copy, Resync and Snapshot performance improvements as well as the multi-threading improvement in 10.0 will apply to both G2 and 3rd generation platforms.

 

The new 3rd gen 4x30 models will get an additional boost of performance from a new RAID controller, more cache, more memory. They also have more IOPS per rack unit as a result of the SFF (small form factor) drives.

Chris Heazell(anon) | ‎11-16-2012 10:15 PM

I have heard rumours that the VSAs in v 10.0 will have a larger capacity than 10TB. Is this true?

 

 

katedavis | ‎11-16-2012 11:15 PM

Hi Chris,

 

The rumors are in fact true! We pre-announced a couple of months ago that we will be upping the capacity limit for VSA. Though this will not happen in v10.0, it will be in a release next year. Any requests on what limit you'd like to see?

 

Kate

Chris Heazell(anon) | ‎11-19-2012 04:41 PM

Hi Kate,

 

Fantastic news! 24TB would be awesome. It would also be brilliant if we could get past the 2TB - 512k limit when creating storage for the VSAs but that may not be an HP limitation but rather VMWare?

 

Chris

akshunj(anon) | ‎12-11-2012 08:59 PM

Hi Kate,

 

I concur with Chris regarding the increase. I currently have several DL380p with roughly 20TB. Unfortunately I can only attach half of this to a single p4000.  24TB would cover this, but perhaps something slightly higher would cover the 1TB and 2TB SFF disks likely on the horizon?

 

While I have your attention, I think the biggest thing lacking in the P4000 is some VMware integration. A CMC plugin for the vSphere client would be excellent, so I can manage my infrastrucutre from one GUI.

 

Thanks.

katedavis | ‎12-11-2012 09:34 PM

Akshunj,

 

Thanks for the feedback on the capacity. I've passed it on to Product Management.

 

Per your comment on the CMC plugin, we actually have a vCenter plugin for the LeftHand/StoreVirtual product that's part of our Insight Control software. You can find out more about it here: www.hp.com/go/icvcenter

 

Thanks,

Kate

JRedmond | ‎12-12-2012 03:40 PM

Can someone confirm if the 4330 will outperform a P4300 G2 in terms of IOPS?  If you have a choice between buying a P4300 G2 Starter Pack versus two 4330 nodes which would you recommend?  Are the 4330 nodes geared towards just Small Business and the P4300 is still considered the next level up even though they are running older hardware with the same space?  Thanks in advance.

cheazell(anon) | ‎12-13-2012 05:18 PM

Hi again Kate,

 

Is there any timeline on when the VSA size increase will come into effect. My organization is waiting for the announcement before planning future purchases. We need to know so that we can allocate budget.

 

Chris

Syed(anon) | ‎01-08-2013 03:01 PM

Can I install Left OS 10.0 on older p4300 G2 h/w and have FC HBA installed and have the same FC interface will it work or is h/w specific. Kindly somebody confirm.

| ‎01-08-2013 04:16 PM

@Syed - Fibre Channel is only supported on the new hardware platforms. 

avdberg(anon) | ‎01-21-2013 01:10 PM

Is SMI-S supported with OS 10.0?

| ‎01-22-2013 03:28 PM

@avdberg - it is not.  I know the team has been investigating adding SMI-S but it wasn't a trivial thing to do.  Hopefully we'll have more to say in the future.

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