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HP Tech Talk talks software-defined storage and StoreVirtual VSA

Last May, I had a blog post telling you about HP Tech Talk, a new weekly show we're doing with Andy McCaskey from  The show covers topics across storage, cloud, servers, and networking.  I fell a bit behind and didn't line up storage guests for Andy to interview over the last couple months but I finally got on the ball and Andy posted the latest HP Tech Talk with Kate Davis, giving an update on HP StoreVirtual Storage and software-defined storage. 


Here's the interview Andy did with Kate - it's about 12 minutes long.

It's almost showtime for storage at HP Discover!

I sure hope you saw the blog post last week from my storage colleague Pooja Desai-Singh.  She shared a video that was the brainchild of my manager Brad Parks.  Clearly, Brad has way too much time on his hands because he came up with a couple of very creative videos that are fun.  Pooja shared part 1, today I have part 2. 



I don't know what's in store on our live webcast from Barcelona on December 9th, but I can guarantee that if you're dealing with storage complexity, legacy infrastructure, and rising costs, I think the webcast will have information we share will be interesting and of value.  So if you haven't signed up for the December 9th webcast, do it now!

Labels: Discover 2013

RPCI streamlines backup and recovery with HP StoreOnce and Veeam

RPCI%20Campus%20Summer%202013-07-11%2031-L.jpgI grew up in Batavia, NY - a small city in Western NY that was right in the middle of Buffalo and Rochester and not far from Niagara Falls.  One of the places I would hear about all the time was Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), though when I was growing up it was called Roswell Park Memorial Institute.   RPCI has the distinction of being the first cancer center in the U.S. 


So I was excited to see that they are also an HP Storage customer.  RPCI decided to use HP StoreOnce and backup software from my friends at Veeam.  With my focus on Backup, Recovery, and Archive (BURA), I thought this was would be a good customer case study to share with you.   I'll give you some of the highlights from the case study.



Ensure fast, reliable backup and recovery of critical medical data and patient records.



Engage HP AllianceOne Partner, Veeam, to deploy comprehensive backup and recovery solution comprised of Veeam Backup & Replication with HP StoreOnce B6200 Backup.


IT Matters

  • Reduced daily backup times by 50%, streamlining IT operations
  • Deduplication shrunk backup data from 85 TB to 15 TB enabling more data to be retained onsite for rapid access
  • Accelerated recovery of virtual machines from three hours to less than 10 minutes, ensuring responsive healthcare delivery and maximizing research productivity
  • Increased performance and minimized business risk with modern disaster recovery
  • Reduced the high costs of complex management of tape libraries

ESG Lab Report: HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 All-Flash Array

This morning while reading my Twitter timeline, I came across a video and Lab Validation Report from ESG.  They were commissioned by HP to look at the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450, our all-flash array that was announced at HP Discover in June.  The video here summarizes the testing they ran.  It's about 5 minutes and worth checking out.


Why is this important?

Beyond the impact that SSD is having, here's some context on why I think this is important.  There are tectonic shifts happening around cloud, virtualization, and explosive data growth that are driving a new approach to IT (a new style of IT).  Instead of focusing on app-centric approach, IT must be delivered as a service because unpredictable is the new constant - planning service levels when you don't know what's coming, what impact will a new application have on the service level of others, what happens if you run out of performance, etc.



HP Storage at HP Discover Barcelona

Pooja.jpgBy Pooja Desai-Singh, HP Storage Gal


WOW! HP Discover in Barcelona is less than 3 weeks away and we want to make sure you get in on the action LIVE in Barcelona or virtually from your office desk.  Storage always rocks major headlines at HP Discover and this year is no different!  So I want to give you all the info you need to maximize the information flow, whether you're coming or not. 


Can only attend virtually? No problem!

You can register for the virtual event on December 9 - watch the video for more insight into our announcement. 


Labels: Discover 2013

My NASCAR Experience

Here on ATSB, I mentioned that I was attending a couple of NASCAR Business Series events that happened at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) and at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR).  I can't thank my friends at NASCAR enough for including me.  And it was so cool to see people on the TV the weekend after each race that I had met at the TMS and PIR events - people like NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett, Miss Sprint Cup Girl, and some of the NASCAR drivers we met.

And as a thank you, NASCAR sent me a race helmet signed by the 12 racers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase, especially after Jimmie Johnson became a 6-time champion in the final race this past weekend.


My focus at these events was to help small and midsize business owners better understand social media and how to utilize it in their businesses.  At the TMS event, I was on a panel discussion.  By the time I got to Phoenix (thank you Glen Campbell for the song title), I was asked to do the social media keynote.  I had my son Cameron with me and had him video that session.  If you're curious what I talked about, here's that video. 

The BURA (Backup, Recovery, and Archive) Challenge

BURA.  A topic I've been hearing a lot about lately.  It's not an entirely new topic but when I searched on Wikipedia to see what it had to say, it doesn't even have it's own page, at least not the BURA as an IT topic. 


From the title of my blog, you know what I'm talking about - Backup, Recovery, and Archive.  It's not a topic I've talked about enough here so I think it's time to pick it up. 


I was talking to one of our BURA-focused solution managers and he was talking me through some of the issues customers face with backup, recovery, and archive.  He was using slides and when I saw "BURA Challenges", my mind immediately went to a game show.  And so the idea of doing the BURA Challenge ChalkTalk was born. 

HP 3PAR Peer Persistence: Persistent Ports

Diagram1.jpgBy Andre Carpenter, senior solutions architect, HP Technology Services  @andrecarpenter


Back in May of this year, I wrote about HP 3PAR Peer Persistence v1, prior to v2 being certified and released in July.  With version 2, VMware Storage Metrocluster (or vMSC), Peer Persistence v2 is now a fully certified Fibre Channel-based architecture for use in highly available scenarios in stretch VMware environments.  

It’s a different way for how storage architects and practitioners think about storage in a virtual data centre context and how RPO\RTOS are becoming more and more achievable through such developments. Whilst I will leave that topic for another day, I do want to continue this series of posts with its second part – Persistent Ports.

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