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:
- Rebranding of the LeftHand portfolio to HP StoreVirtual 4000 Storage and SAN/iQ software to LeftHand OS
- New models – the 4130 and 4330, built on proven ProLiant Gen8 technology
- Additional connectivity option of Fibre Channel
- 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 StoreVirtual 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!
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:
- Create a single storage cluster that connects to both iSCSI and FC hosts
- Start the storage deployment in a FC environment and change to iSCSI overtime without having to change your storage
- 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: