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HP LeftHand usability corner: Let's get this party started!

 By Mike Moroze, HP LeftHand Usability Lead

I'm back! Sorry it's been a while but it's been pretty exciting as we (LeftHand) transition into HP StorageWorks. Look for more frequent posts going forward...

So, this post is a bit different than my previous posts -  in this post, I will show you how easy it is to set up the HP LeftHand Starter SAN using a screen capture video. The video is relatively short - less than 4 minutes - and shows just how easy it is to go from a couple of storage nodes that are available, but not yet in use, to an operational SAN ready to accept data.

The video starts with using a wizard to assign two storage nodes to a management group. Before that, you need to set up the storage nodes on your network and assign them IP addresses. You should also know what IP addresses you have available for a Virtual IP for load balancing, what NTP server addresses you plan on using, and what the naming conventions are that you want to use, etc. Once the nodes are discoverable on the network and you have all the info you need, you can fire up the wizard and in less than 15 minutes be ready to write data. Pretty simple - you're guided the whole way. Most of the time is spent on the SAN performing its tasks to set up the storage network. In reality, it only takes a couple of minutes of your time to input the necessary data.

The starter SAN is a great way to get started with just the storage you need now -- allowing you to easily grow your SAN as your storage needs increase.

The HP LeftHand SAS Starter SAN lets you start small and keep your SAN system simple as you grow. The most scalable entry-level SAN available today, the LeftHand Starter SAN is perfect for first time virtualization projects. Buy only what you need today knowing that you can scale your storage network non-disruptively to more than 320 disk drives.

Integrated replication capabilities, thin provisioning, and snapshots are included to ensure easy SAN management as the environment becomes more complex. Each SAS Starter SAN comes standard with SAN/iQ® software training, three years of support, and a fully integrated, enterprise class feature set. Everything you need to get up and running quickly, and all for an affordable price.

Check out the video and let me know what you think:

So, let's get this party started with an easy-to-use, and easy to grow, HP LeftHand Starter SAN Solution.

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Anonymous | ‎07-28-2009 06:18 PM


Anonymous | ‎07-30-2009 09:33 AM

Wow.. that's great. It is a good solution for the network storage and server.

Anonymous | ‎09-26-2009 03:19 AM

An excellent oportunity to show clients, how the P4000 is installed

Anonymous | ‎04-24-2010 03:12 AM

Link is dead

| ‎04-24-2010 02:15 PM

Hey Martin - looks like the video that was in the post has either moved to a new URL or is no longer available.  I'm tracking it down with Mike Moroze, the author of this post.  Thanks for letting me know!

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