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More on StoreVirtual VSA including Veeam

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


I didn't want Kate (my colleague on the HP LeftHand team) to have all the fun today with our StoreVirtual VSA announcement - and frankly I think I got the better end of the deal.  Last week, I got to do an HP Storage Countdown video, focused on our HP StoreVirtual VSA (the product formerly known as HP LeftHand VSA), in Oceanside, California.  I was on my way to Anaheim and met my HP Storage colleague at the beach to do this video summarizing the announcement.  As Pooja says at the end, "check it out"!



The other thing I get to do is share a podcast that I did with Doug Hazelman and Hans DeLeenheer from Veeam, giving a bit more detail about the unique integration we have with HP LeftHand appliance based arrays as well as with StoreVirtual VSA.  As always, Veeam will have a big presence at VMworld - here's a link talking about a couple of the sessions they have and the Veeam Dream Lab promotion they're doing.  Cool stuff! Here's the podcast with Doug and Hans.



If you rather download this as a podcast, right click here and save the MP3 file. You can also subscribe to my podcast on iTunes - go to the iTunes store and search for "Around the Storage Block" or you can open this link and click on the "View in iTunes" button under my picture.


There are also several press articles on today's news that I'll include for your reading pleasure:



steveburkett | ‎08-15-2012 02:43 PM

So Calvin, has anyone at HP done any benchmarking on how the StoreVirtual VSA does against the physical P4500's?  Just wondering how a StoreVirtual VSA install running on a pair of HP ProLiant DL360p Gen8's or DL380p Gen8's would fare against a pair of P4500 G2's, since the Gen8's have a faster processor, faster disk controller and faster internal bandwidth then the aging DL180 G6 platform of the P4500 G2. Might be enough to compensate for the fact it's running as a virtual machine?


Would also be really interested to know how the VSA would fair with a pair of HP SSD or HP IO Accelerators in each node to use, does the 1 x vCPU become the bottleneck?


And do we P4500 Virtualisation SAN starter kit users who got the 10 x VSA licenses in the kit get to upgrade to the StoreVirtual VSA version?

Chris Greer | ‎08-18-2012 11:37 PM

Really cool.  The CPU limit on the current VSA is going to be a bottleneck.  SSDs in the servers do help, but to get the performance you would like from the system, you end up with multiple VSAs running on a physical server to get more CPU.  You have to be very careful to not compromise the data integrity if you do this.  ( I get to do this kind of stuff in a lab environment where I can and frequently do break things.)


Mikkel | ‎08-22-2012 08:08 AM

Why does storage vendors always seem to produce their storage systems with too little CPU?


The cost of the processor is very small compared to the cost of the entire system


Best regards 

Mikkel Nielsen

| ‎08-22-2012 08:19 AM

@Mikkel - the StoreVirtual VSA runs on any VMware HCL approved server so not sure how you can say the CPU is undersized.  Use a DL980 if you so desire!

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