By Kate Davis, @KateAtHP, HP LeftHand product marketing, HP Storage
In the beginning…the evolution of LeftHand VSA
VMworld is drawing near and all that anticipation of discussing virtualization makes me think back. Five years ago, LeftHand Networks, which HP acquired in 2008, centered its VMworld news on the announcement of its VSA product. This release marked the start of a new category of products – virtual storage appliances. LeftHand started creating storage products about 10 years ago and some of the engineers created a virtual machine (VM) version of the SAN/iQ software (LeftHand’s OS) so that they could test it more easily and voilà, a star was born.
The next generation . . . new horizons for VSA
Today starts the next phase of life for LeftHand VSA. As with many things in life, it begins with a name change – we now pronounce you HP StoreVirtual VSA – a storage platform, born out of and optimized for virtualization. In addition to the new branding for VSA, we have decided it’s time to lower the base pricing. The new US list price of $3500 includes a newly extended support contract for 3 years. Total savings for customers is over 35%. Not a bad deal, if I say so myself.
But that’s not all
As your infrastructure evolves with virtualization, you’ll see more opportunities where VSA can play a part. In its beginning, VSA was positioned for small environments or test/dev applications. Then as things changed, SMB and ROBO customers benefited from virtual storage. And now, we see an opportunity to add Independent Public Cloud Provider to that list—businesses with large amounts of virtualized servers but typically with no integrated storage. Just think about all those servers…with un-used disks or empty drive bays, just waiting to be used. For you, we’d like to announce the new StoreVirtual VSA license multi-packs in quantities of 15, 60 or 1000 with a volume savings of up to 80% off the new list price. This makes for quite affordable storage for hardware you already own.
What makes this a good opportunity for service providers is the service part. VSA doesn’t just have to be a way to get affordable shared storage. It could also be a way to add a new service to your infrastructure without adding hardware. For example, if you are a business that offers a dedicated server service you could add a dedicated storage service option to the menu by including VSA as an option to add to that server. It’s the same server, footprint, power, cooling, etc but you have just doubled the number of services you can offer. That’s what I like to call “footprint optimization”.
The road ahead
Over the next few months we are going to be releasing a couple more updates for VSA. First up is support for 2 virtual CPUs and then to follow, the 10TB capacity limit will be raised. We haven’t finalized on the new capacity point so if you have a request please post it in the comments section. After this, you will continue to see more features being added to the LeftHand OS that specifically benefit the VSA product as we continue to invest in this space. And to look even further in the looking glass…StoreVirtual VSA is just the start to the virtual storage appliances that you’ll see from HP Storage.
For a little outside perspective we worked with Mark Peters from ESG. He put together a great report on the VSA market and also spent a few minutes chatting with Calvin on the subject. There’s more to talk about but I think I’ll save that for another post.
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