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Gartner Critical Capabilities studies recognize HP 3PAR StoreServ and HP XP Storage

By Beth Joseph, 3PAR StoreServ Product Marketing

 

Teaser_3PAR_StoreServ_308x220_tcm245_1599114_tcm245_1518542_tcm245-1599114.jpgHave you seen the new Critical Capabilities reports for Midrange and High-End Storage published by Gartner?  If not, consider giving both reports a read: one for Midrange Storage and one for High-End StorageYou’ll see that HP 3PAR StoreServ was rated 3.9 out of 5 for overall use cases in the midrange report. In the high-end report, HP 3PAR Teaser_XP7_Double_220x160_tcm245_1619235_tcm245_1518597_tcm245-1619235.jpgStoreServ and HP XP Storage were rated 4.0 and 4.2, respectively. The two reports assess storage systems and rate them based on critical capabilities for primary storage. These studies are great assets when you’re looking at storage for modern data centers because they describe practical use cases as the real value measure of these array platforms. 

 

XP7 Always On Disaster Recovery with Online Data Migration

Earlier today, I introduced you to the XP7. In this blog post I want to share with you another ChalkTalk that explains some very cool multi-array virtualization functionality that we call XP7 Always On Disaster Recovery with Online Data Migration. 

 

I'll let the ChalkTalk do the explaining but there's a short back story here.  I was talking to Karen our worldwide product manager for the XP7 on Monday.  Actually, it was late Monday afternoon.  She talked me through how we can keep a Disaster Recovery Solution working before, during, and after an online data migration. 

 

She gave me details on how it works and I decided it would make a cool ChalkTalk.  So I set off to do that ChalkTalk yesterday and I think it does a really good job of explaining what this is and how it works.

Introducing the HP XP7 Storage - 7th generation of the XP Disk Array

XP7.pngToday I want to introduce you to the latest generation of the XP Disk Array, the XP7.  I want to tell you a bit of a personal story about my experience with the XP.  Back in 1997, I decided to leave HP Storage to take a job with another division of HP in Colorado Springs.  My wife asked me if I could get a job in Colorado Springs because her Mom lived there and within about two weeks, I had landed a job that was a promotion and broadened my experience in marketing so we moved to C Springs. 

 

But after 18 months (and experiencing the worst blizzard I've ever seen despite growing up near Buffalo, NY), we decided we missed Boise and wanted to go back.  By the way, my mother-in-law moved to Boise a few years after that. 

 

There was a marketing programs job in storage and I jumped at the chance to come back to Boise and storage.  My first day back, I was taken into a room and given an HP Private briefing that we were working with Hitachi Ltd to introduce a new high-end array.  That was the beginning of one the most intense five months in my career.

The market leader and the market newbie: a Software-Defined Storage comparison

By Kate Davis, @KateAtHP, WW Marketing Manager, HP Software-Defined Storage

 

Market_Piechart.pngIt’s been a year since I wrote my first article on Software-Defined Storage. At that time we were at the definition stage – what does the Software-Defined Storage (SDS) term mean, and what products fit that category. Since then, the term SDS has become widely known and accepted but what's been missing is the market data, but Wikibon fixed that last Friday as they released their first report of the Server SAN market.

 

What else has been missing?  A blog from me that offers a compare of HP StoreVirtual VSA and VMware VSAN. Well, the wait is over.

Replacing EMC with HP 3PAR StoreServ

I reached out to HP Partner SoftChoice after hearing that they had won the HP Storage US Growth Partner of the year award at the HP Global Partner Conference.  I did a podcast with Jim Willis from SoftChoice and am I glad I did.  Jim told me about a customer who when faced with a support contract renewal of six-digits from EMC decided to look at what their options were.

 

In stepped Jim, SoftChoice, and HP 3PAR StoreServ.  When you listen to this podcast, you'll hear more proof that HP 3PAR StoreServ is making a huge impact in the storage market!  Go to the full blog post to listen to the podcast or you can go to http://hpstorage.me/ATSB-podcasts and download #172.

 

DCIG Midrange and Flash combined ranking.pngThe podcast with Jim got me thinking - DCIG has done a Buyer's Guide for both All Flash Arrays and Midrange Arrays.   HP 3PAR StoreServ was named "Best-in-Class" in the Midrange report and was number 3 and "Recommended" in the All Flash Buyers' Guide.  I took those two reports and looked for vendors that had a common platform between midrange and AFA.  No surprise to me that HP 3PAR StoreServ comes out on top, by a long shot.

Labels: 3PAR| podcast| StoreServ

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450: Making a difference with all-flash storage

By Beth Joseph, Product Marketing Manager, HP 3PAR StoreServ 

Welcome to our new 3PAR Thursday blog series!

7450J.jpgWith HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage, customers are seeing performance increases that are making a real difference to their business. Flash optimizations eliminate storage bottlenecks and enable operational efficiency. Plus, compaction technologies provide the least possible raw storage usage with no degradation of performance.  This Thursday, we share a few examples where the 3PAR StoreServ 7450 specifically enables database acceleration for our customers

Adaptive Backup and Recovery from HP

spellicy.jpgLast week many of my colleagues around the world came together in Phoenix for what was a really incredible week of celebrating our accomplishments and planning on how we continue the success.  One of the people there was Stephen Spellicy, my fellow vExpert and the director of product management in HP Autonomy for data protection solutions.  There's a lot of collaboration between our teams as we have a strong focus on Backup, Recovery, and Archive (BURA) solutions.

 

I took the opportunity to talk to Stephan about the solutions he manages and to learn about something I've been hearing a lot lately, Adaptive Backup and Recovery.  In the podcast Stephan talks about the three primary products in his portfolio, discusses how HP StoreOnce and Data Protector are working closely together and then gives an overview of Adaptive Backup and Recovery - a topic that I'll talk to him again as we get closer to HP Discover in June. 

Stop waste and boost capacity for mission-critical applications with HP 3PAR StoreServ

By Beth Joseph, Product Marketing Manager, HP 3PAR StoreServ 

 

Blog Image (300x200).jpgIn the digital age we’re living in, your business has to capture more data if you want to be competitive. For example, a few weeks ago I was talking with a customer in the lighting business. The company used to just ship products without having to know exactly where and how they were being deployed. Now as the industry transitions from florescent technology to LED, the company is being asked to develop smart lighting. So workers have to keep track of where that lighting product or fixture gets installed. They have to know where their clients are. They have to capture all that data. When the company switched to HP 3PAR StoreServ, it was able to dramatically improve performance, boost capacity utilization and ensure it could meet future storage needs. Here’s how.

 

Labels: 3PAR| StoreServ

The Value of HP StoreEver for Archive

By Simon Watkins, Worldwide Tape Product Marketing Manager, HP Storage

 

SW.JPGArchiving is a key use case for tape.  But how does archive actually differ from backup?  And how can HP StoreEver tape archive solutions help you reduce costs, save time and reduce risk?

Keep in m ind that archive is NOT backup! It’s important to understand that archive and backup are distinct processes with different objectives—each one imposing different requirements on the storage systems that they utilize.

Labels: BURA| StoreEver

HP and VMware talking Horizon 6.0 podcast

VMware Horizon 6.jpgI had the pleasure of hosting a podcast that touched on today's news from VMware on Horizon 6.0. My guests were Drew Koerner, Chief Healthcare Solutions Architect from VMware and Pete Brey, a solution manager from HP.  In the podcast, Drew gave an overview of VMware's news today around Horizon 6.0. We followed that with a discussion about the collaboration between HP and VMware on the AlwaysOn Point of Care.

 

In the podcast, we mentioned a Reference Architecture and as soon as I have a link to that, I'll do another blog post and add the link to this post.  I also have a ChalkTalk that gives a short overview of the VMware and HP Mobile Care solution so I'll share that with you as well.   Check the full blog post to get the podcast and ChalkTalk.

HP VMware vExperts for 2014!

Birthday cake.jpgToday is my birthday and as I get older, celebrating a birthday really isn't a big deal.  But this year, I got some great birthday news that I've been selected as a VMware vExpert again!  And so have a number of HP colleagues of mine so I wanted to take a moment to recognize all the 2014 vExperts at HP. 

 

I've been putting that icon next to my name in my blog posts for several years ago, though you can see I've added my own touch to show the years I've been a vExpert - but you might not know what a vExpert is.  So before I share with you this years HP vExperts, I'll tell you a bit about what it is. 

 

What is a VMware vExpert?

Here's a really good description I found on SearchVMware.com:

 

VMware vExpert is an honorary title VMware grants to outstanding advocates of the company's products.

image003.jpgVMware recognizes vExperts with a certificate. The certificate and title give vExperts special privileges such as access to such private betas, free licenses and exclusive events. Currently, VMware has three paths to become a vExpert: the Evangelist Path, the Customer Path and the VMware Partner Path.

 

Here's a picture of fellow HP vExpert Eric Siebert and I with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger - a perk of being a vExpert is meeting VMware execs.

Labels: vExpert| VMware

Meet the new HP Storage D3000 Disk Enclosure

I had said I was done with HP Global Partner Conference blog posts and technical I am!  We are always updating products and working on new ones - and when we do an announcement like we did at GPC, we just can't talk about everything.  One of the things that quietly made it's way on to hp.com without any fanfare was our HP Storage D3000 Disk Enclosures. 

 

I asked Pushkala Atri to do a ShortTake to give an introduction to this new family of disk enclosures and today I want to share it with you.  Here's a brief introduction to the D3000 (from the data sheet):

 

The HP D3000 Disk Enclosures are ideal for your small application environments, remote offices, and departmental locations. The new 12 Gb SAS enclosures—large form factor (LFF) D3600 Disk Enclosure with 12 drive bays and small form factor (SFF) D3700 Disk Enclosure with 25 drive bays—offer flexible, modular solutions to simplify capacity expansion of HP ProLiant and BladeSystem server environments and MSA arrays (SFF only) to external storage without having to make the full move to SAN or NAS. This allows you to buy what is needed today and purchase additional capacity as your data storage needs grow. 

 

 

Labels: D3000| ShortTake| SMB

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450: marching on with all-flash success

By Priyadarshi (Pd), Sr. Product Manager, HP 3PAR Storage

 

PDbyline.jpegLast June we launched HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450, our all-flash array. The message was Performance without Compromises and rightfully so. At that time, HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 was the only all-flash that could deliver the performance (550K IOPS at or below 0.7 millisecond response time) AND all the rich data services like snapshots, replication, 3-data-center disaster recovery, vMSC certification, encryption and QoS. I was hoping that in the next six months, many of our competitors will catch up on the data services. I was wrong! Here’s why HP 3PAR StoreServ is still the flash leader.

 

HPStorageGuy and the South African TV Personality

Calvin and Derick.jpgI saw a New York Times article talking about a new trend - DIY African Safaris.  I contacted the reporter on Twitter and turns out we were both at Kruger National Park at the same time - doing DIY safaris.  So that brings me back to my last blog post on the topic of South Africa.  I had a couple of previous posts talking about my trip to South Africa.  One of them had some personal videos and pictures I took while visiting a Kruger National Park - a wild game park.  Check out those pictures and videos - I think they were unbelievable and I can't wait to go back to South Africa.  You can read the NYT article here.

 

Aside from getting back to (African) nature, the main reasons I went was to speak at a customer event that our local storage team did.  It was an great event.  The host of that event was Derek Watts - Derek was voted best male TV presenter in South Africa for several years in a row. Today, I have two podcasts from the event and a few pictures to share with you. 

 

Watch this Enterprise Strategy Group video and learn why ESG Sr Analyst Mark Peters said, “HP is the only vendor that offers a genuine single product storage family that’s capable of spanning and essentially integrating midrange platforms, all-flash devices, and all the way up to enterprise storage that can scale to multi-petabytes”.  Registration is required but there are lots of other great resources on the page and well worth it!

Storage QoS: where HP 3PAR StoreServ beats the competition

By Matthew Morrissey, 3PAR Product Marketing Manager, HP Storage

 

EdisonGroup_paper.jpgA recent white paper from Edison Group provides detailed insight on why Storage QoS is an essential component of today’s multi-tenant cloud environments and how HP 3PAR StoreServ Priority Optimization offers the most mature and complete Quality of Service implementation when compared with EMC and NetApp. 

 

You'll want to read this Forrester white paper, "Top Storage Capabilities Needed in 2014 to Reduce Risk and Maximize Performance" .  Here's a summary of the paper: the burden of storage continues to get heavier for organizations that wrestle with fast growth and are highly sensitive to outages and data loss. Some firms are tempted to maintain the status quo and simply add capacity to meet their near-term storage challenges. But technology innovations that can reshape a company’s infrastructure. Registration is required.

Labels: 3PAR| StoreServ
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