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HP StoreEasy Storage update

CJZ headshot.jpegBy Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy  vexpert 2012 logo.gif

I've had a couple of blog posts this week about our HP Simply StoreIT announcement  - focusing on storage for Small and Midsize Business. One of the parts of the announcement I haven't really given adequate attention to is HP StorageEasy Storage. 

 

 

From the beginning

If you already know what HP StoreEasy Storage is, skip down to the sub-heading "So what's new?".  We announced HP StoreEasy Storage in November of last year,  Prior to that you may have known it as the X1000 and X3000.  Start with our HP ProLiant DNA, layer on Windows Storage Server 2012, and a few HP additions and you start to get the idea.  One of the first ChalkTalks I did was about StoreEasy - so if you want to get a bit more on what it is, check that out. 

 

So what's new

I'll just quickly summarize what's new and let you watch the ChalkTalk I have. 

  • Wizard-driven storage provisioning tool
  • Single interface for launching management tasks and utilities
  • Built-in snapshot management for files
  • Choice of Server Core headless mode (shrinks active OS code, reducing virus vulnerability and OS patching)
  • Optional onboard HP Data Protector for hybrid cloud backup/recovery
  • Wizard-based easy gateway clustering for file services with SANs

Without further ado - here's the latest StoreEasy ChalkTalk.

 

 

StoreEasy review by Storage Review

Good timing today as a new hands-on-review was published by StorageReview.com titled HP StoreEasy 5000 Storage Review.  Here are a few things of note they saw with StoreEasy:

 

  •   Architecturally the StoreEasy 5000 Storage series is interesting for a few reasons; foremost among them are the high-availability features. The dual compute blades are the most obvious component of the HA solution. They're both active and connect to the storage pool via SAS interface. The storage pool contains either 16 3.5" drive bays or 36 2.5" bays that are hot-swappable and can be configured for an applicable RAID setting. Each blade has dual 2.5" drives in a mirror for the operating system, and the enclosure also offers redundant power supplies and fans to complete the HA solution within the 3U chassis.
  • HP does offer quite a bit of flexibility when configuring the nodes as well.
  • The HP StoreEasy 5530 is an impressively dense 3U platform considering the hardware packed inside. The 5530 chassis is one part JBOD and one part blade chassis with a dash of networking to round it out. This is in contrast to other solutions that group multiple servers and a JBOD chassis together and require more rack space for implementation.
  • HP also took the unique approach of packing 16 LFF or 36 SFF in a front-accessible drawer that slides out to give hot-swap access to all drives without sticking your head into the rear of a server rack. This makes the StoreEasy 5530 very easy to set up at a remote location by just installing a single piece of hardware that contains all of the necessary components in one chassis.
  • When looking at the market for the StoreEasy 5530, HP has a lot of flexibility. On its own, the 5530 works well for branch/remote offices who need something easy to deploy but desire the HA features. For other businesses who see their data needs expanding, the StoreEasy 5530 is a great starting point that can be built-upon with additional storage shelves

 A very good review with lots of technical detail and there's also a YouTube video summary of their review.

Comments
nate | ‎05-16-2013 08:14 PM

Is the management of this platform driven primarily by whatever windows server provides or is there mostly HP provided management tools? Web based? windows based?

 

From the youtube video it looked like at least part of it was windows based but could not tell if the UI they were looking at was MS or HP provided.

 

Is there a place that talks about the architecture of windows storage server? Would be curious to see what is on the inside, how storage is managed, snapshots, various technical things that most other people don't care about.

 

I was just looking at this, which seemed to be a pretty decent guide as to what sort of things WSS2012 in NFS.

| ‎05-20-2013 05:48 AM

Hey Nate - here's responses to your questions (from the StoreEasy product manager):

 

Is the management of this platform driven primarily by whatever windows server provides or is there mostly HP provided management tools? Web based? windows based?

 

We highly leverage Windows Management tools on our StoreEasy products, but HP has added enhancements further simplify StoreEasy management as file and application storage for customers. Starting in June, there will be a new wizard-driven storage provisioning tool with built in best practices that optimizes storage utilization. We are surfacing many storage related tasks for easier use and efficiency through centralized management, we are tightening security with a reduced Operating System footprint and cloud support, and we are providing even higher levels of availability with a fully verified 3rd party replication solution that is both scalable and feature-rich.

 

From the youtube video it looked like at least part of it was windows based but could not tell if the UI they were looking at was MS or HP provided.

 

Again, the basic UI is built on Windows, with many additional HP added enhancements within the UI.

 

Is there a place that talks about the architecture of windows storage server? Would be curious to see what is on the inside, how storage is managed, snapshots, various technical things that most other people don't care about.

 

We don’t have a customer viewable architecture document, but the architecture of Windows Server and Windows Storage Server is built on the same code base. If you refer to the standard Windows Server documentation on how storage is managed, snapshots, etc. they are going to be very similar. However, as I mentioned above we have added our own storage provisioning capabilities to make it even easier and with our recommended best practices for setting up the storage within a StoreEasy product.

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