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CloudSystem portfolio update from HP Discover

Headshot 100X100.jpgBy Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy  vexpert 2012 logo.gif


Literally as they were shutting the lights off at HP Discover in Frankfurt, I grabbed Brent Allen and had a quick chat with him to get the latest portfolio updates around HP CloudSystem, which also included HP VirtualSystem.  Brent is always fun to talk and really knows his stuff. 


In this podcast, he talked about enhancements to the family which included support for Red Hat Linux and incorporating the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 into the VirtualSystem (VS3).  Here's the podcast with Brent:



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Here are a couple resources where you can learn more about what we talked about:

I probably won't have another blog post before the Christmas holiday so I want to take a moment to wish you and your loved ones a peaceful, wonderful Christmas time.  Hug your kids and tell them you love them and say a prayer for all those hurting from the events in Connecticut.


And on a lighter note - Go Boise State Broncos!  Yes, I'll be making my yearly trek to Boise State's bowl game, this year in Las Vegas.  I just haven't been to Las Vegas enough in the last 12 months!


Merry Christmas


DP | ‎12-19-2012 04:01 AM

Glad to see the 7000 will make its way into the VS. Thanks for the update.


Same to you Calvin, marry Christmas and enjoy the break!

nate | ‎12-19-2012 05:15 AM

Is VS3 only available for MS  workloads? I don't see a VS3 mentioned for VMware or Red hat. Also the VS3 for microsoft still seems to show 3PAR F400.


I see VS2/VS1 for VMware still using Lefthand.


Given the low cost point of the 3PAR 7200, which has 10GbE iSCSI support - what's the advantage, no phrase it another way. Why would anyone want Lefthand at this point? I mean if you think about David Scott's argument  - "one system from low/mid range to high end".  Lefthand doesn't fit in that model.


Cost really should not be a factor anymore.


I can understand HP still wanting to show Lefthand is relevant while they take EVA out to pasture, I'd think it would be a good idea to at least incorporate the 7200 into a VS1 and VS2 offering too.


I suppose I just need to be patient, Lefthand's time will come soon enough.. I think it will live a useful life as a VSA though. I don't anticpate seeing a 3PAR VSA anytime soon(maybe in 5 years).


While I'm here let me say it would of been nice to have seen HP leverage some modern networking technology in the form of the latest generation 10GBaseT (100MbE/1GbE/10GbE over CAT5/6), the network configuration could of been simplified by utilizing a single pair of 48-port 10GbaseT switches (instead of two pairs of switches - for 6-8 servers). Though looking, I don't see such an offering from HP networking at the moment. 


Intel has been pushing 10GbaseT all year long with their latest Xeons and their new low power 10GbaseT LOMs(?), would be nice if HP can hop on that bandwagon at some point soon!




| ‎12-19-2012 07:16 AM

DP - thanks!


Nate - yeah, VS3 supported VMware out of the gate and we added MSFT shortly after that.  In fact, I had a few blog posts from Microsoft Management Summit back in March where VS3 actually powered all the hands on labs.  Here's the post I did with a podcast with my guy that worked to get our VS3 running at MMS. 


And yes, both VS1 and VS2 use HP LeftHand (um, StoreVirtual I mean).  And I hear what you're saying about 7200 in VS1 and VS2 - I'll pass that input on to Brent.



Brent Allen | ‎01-18-2013 06:43 PM

Thanks for the feedback! The VirtualSystem VS3 for VMware (the first VS3 to be launched back in our 1.0 release) now (as of December) incorporates the options across the full line of 3PAR. So, rather than push 3PAR into VS1 and VS2, we have made VS3 flexible enough to accomodate the full lineup from 7200/7400 through P10000.


Looking into the future of these platforms, I think that you'll really like what you see coming down the pipe. Smiley Happy 

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