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Update to HP Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter

I've been so focused on our November 1 webcast that I haven't had much to say on the blog in a few days.  But one thing worth pointing you to is the new version of HP Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter - it's version 7.1 in case your counting. 


Insight Control.gifAlso available is a new version of HP Insight Control for vCenter Server, which delivers powerful HP server management capabilities to VMware administrators, enabling comprehensive deployment, provisioning, monitoring, remote control and power optimization directly from the vCenter console.


More insight on Insight Control Storage Module

Here's a few bullets (yes, I'm copy/pasting from other information I have) talking a bit about what Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter can do:

HP 3PAR - Fit for VMware environments

Andre Carpenter.jpgBy Andre Carpenter, Senior Solution Architect in Australia


My colleague Calvin Zito wrote a great blog recently talking about why he thought 3PAR is awesome for VMware.  I agree with him and wanted to share a deep dive post on why I agree.


The traditional RAID era and how the storage world has changed.

I started my storage career doing design and implementation services in this era, not all raid groups were created equal, it seems (at least to me) that more thought and planning had to be put in back then1.png because the arrays weren’t as capable and smart as they are today.  There was no concept of automated storage tiering or shared storage pools for example.


The spindle count in raid groups were calculated by storage architects based on host IOP workload requirements, there was no real concept of throwing all spindles into one big “pool” and carving and provisioning storage from that pool.

Labels: 3PAR| VMware

It’s not how much storage you have. It’s how much you can do with it.

Event_Image_FINAL.pngJoin David Scott, GM of HP Storage and Chris Evans, storage consultant and industry blogger, and me for what promises to be a great conversation on legacy storage and what modern data centers really need.


Topics to be covered include

  • The evolution of storage
  • Storage issues plaguing our customers
  • How storage vendors need to step up to the plate to design systems that can really meet a customers needs - today and into the future



How to join

On November 1st at 2 PM PST (5 PM EST) sign on to our event URL. Please arrive early so you don’t miss a minute of the discussion. This event is being held via Watchitoo®, a partner I have been using for my HP TechCast. Please join us online.

Labels: newera| webcast

Einstein's Trunk author Jim Haberkorn

Jim Haberkorn.pngAbout once a month, I'm doing something I call "Now for something completely different" - where I step away from storage and technology and have what I hope you think is an interesting discussion. This version is with my HP colleague Jim Haberkorn who has written a fiction novel called Einstein's Trunk.


JEinsteins-Trunk_2x3.jpgim and I talk about why he took up writing a book in the podcast and also talks a bit about the storyline in Einstein's Trunk.  I bought it for my Kindle several months ago, got busy and wasn't able to read it until late summer.  Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.  The main character is a bit of a cross between Indiana Jones and Jason Bourne.  I really enjoyed it and thought talking to Jim about his book would make for a great "Now for something completely different" podcast.

Solid State Storage - why it's already changed IT and what's coming

Vish Mulchand_SNW SSD session.pngSNW Fall is happening in Santa Clara, yet another event I can't attend as my wife and daughter are enjoying a fabulous trip through Europe. One of the hot topics that will be certainly getting a lot of attention is solid state storage.  My colleague Vish Mulchand, Director of Product Management, joined me late Friday night to record this podcast with me as he presents a session at SNW about solid state technology. 


It's a great discussion with Vish - here's an outline of what we covered:

  • Why has solid state changed the IT landscape?
  • Where are the different places customers can deploy solid state storage technology?
  • We discussed when to use solid state technology?
  • Lastly we talked about HP's offerings that include solid state - this is a short discussion. 

The future of VMware storage - vVol demo

Last year at VMworld, VMware did an NDA technology preview for partners about their vision for the future of storage - something they called vVols (virtual volumes).  While VMware is allowing partners working with them to talk about it and demonstrate early functionality, I want to be clear - this is still a technology preview and neither VMware nor HP is making any commitments on delivering this.  So with that disclosure, let me tell you a bit about what it is.


Intro to VMware vVol

For awhile now, HP Storage has been working with VMware as a design partner to define and develop a VM-granular storage architecture to potentially replace vSphere’s VMFS/datastore model. This new model is called VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols). Virtual Volumes introduces a 1:1 mapping of VMs (more specifically VMDKs or VM LUNs) to storage volumes—in other words, each VM will be associated with its own, unique storage volume. With vVols we could finally have the VMDK representation in vSphere match the representation on storage.


As a result, the storage system could now have the ability to operate at the same level of granularity as vSphere, which means that vSphere could better leverage, and take advantage of, the native strengths and capabilities of modern, intelligent storage arrays, like HP 3PAR.


UPDATE: I'm trying a new communication format - the ATSB eBook.  My first one includes screen shots of the vVol demo that I have on video.  Check it out and expect more of these in the future. 

7 reasons why HP 3PAR is the best storage for VMware

370x190-simplify-gvg-nolink.jpgIt's pretty bold of me to suggest that HP 3PAR is the best architected storage for VMware - I'm biased and it is bold.  But I say this because I think if you're looking at enterprise-class block based storage for VMware, you owe it to your company, your boss, yourself and your budget to include HP 3PAR in your evaluation. But I'm not the only person who thinks this. 


HP 3PAR is a natural companion to vSphere

Narayan Venkat is the former VP Storage Product Management at VMware.  Prior to moving to a new company, he said, "...from the outset of our partnership, the 3PAR platform has served as a natural companion to vSphere."


Check out the full blog post where I give seven reason reasons why I think HP 3PAR is the best storage for VMware.

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