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Storage news at HP Discover

CartoonCalvin100X100.JPG By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy

Today as we kickoff HP Discover, we have significant news coming from HP Storage.  I’ll dive deeper into the various parts of the announcement on the blog over the next few days – in this first post I’ll give you an introduction to our news.  There are three pieces of news to share.


Enhancements to the HP StoreOnce family

We’re announcing new software for our HP StoreOnce Backup System that improve backup performance to a blazing fast 100 TB/hour and data recovery of 40 TB/hour in a single system – and that’s three and five times faster than the next leading competitor, EMC Data Domain. 


The new software is an API called StoreOnce Catalyst and is initially supported by HP Data Protector, Symantec NetBackup and Backup Exec.  There’s also a StoreOnce Catalyst software developers’ kit available to allow other backup ISVs to achieve the same level of control with HP StoreOnce.  I’m expecting other ISV backup software to support StoreOnce Catalyst in the future.


Back in 2010, we introduced HP StoreOnce – based on innovations coming from HP Labs – and talked about our vision for deduplication.  Here’s a link to a YouTube video that will start playing at the point where Jay Livens (Americas Enterprise Nearline Sr. Product Manager) and I talk about StoreOnce and our vision of enterprise-wide deduplication.  This is a good background on what we had said – today with the announcement of StoreOnce Catalyst, we continue to deliver on our vision.


New Data Protector 7 software

Next and related to the StoreOnce Catalyst news is the latest version of Data Protector.  This is a significant enhancement to Data Protector – powered by the Autonomy Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL).  This brings meaning based protection to the forefront.  With IDOL, Data Protector understands the context of unstructured, human information—such as social media, video, images, audio and email—to identify and prioritize how information is protected.  With this functionality, customers can control the data that is protected, find and recover information based on meaning and concepts contained within the data. 


The industry’s first “Flat SAN” architecture

The new HP Virtual Connect Direct-Attach FC for 3PAR with Flat SAN technology reduces complexity and cost with while reducing latency between servers and storage by eliminating the need for multi-tier SANs.  I have a podcast that I’ll include in a blog post in the next day or so going much deeper – but I love solutions that simplify the infrastructure, make it easier to manage AND cost a lot less.  That’s exactly what this Virtual Connect and 3PAR integration does.  Watch for the podcast with one of our Virtual Connect engineers – it’s a good discussion about this innovation. 



Go deeper now

I’ve mentioned a new show I have with Jeffery Powers - @Geekazine and – called HP TechCast.  We did a private overview of the news with a few bloggers late last week that you can watch or listen to. Here's the video version of the podcast:



We have an page with a lot of links and great info on HP StoreOnce Catalyst including analyst white papers, data sheet, technical specs (QuickSpecs), and more.


Here's also a press article from Chris Mellor of the Register, mostly focused on the Virtual Connect/3PAR news.   UPDATE: I just noticed that Chris has another story now focused on the HP StoreOnce news as well.


There will be lots more from HP Discover over the coming days so check back often!  Along with the storage news I focused on, there is other news to follow. Check out this HP Discover announcement page

chris | ‎06-05-2012 05:42 AM

Won't be at Discover so can't wait to hear about VC & Flat SAN

| ‎06-05-2012 09:33 AM

Hey Chris - just posted a blog with a great podcast on the topic.  Check it out and let me know what you think!

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