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Storage at the HP World Tour in Mannheim

HP World Tour.jpgOne of my stops on my 4-week European tour was Mannheim, Germany and the HP World Tour. One session was in English and the rest of them were in German.  While I worked in Germany for 6 months early in my HP Storage career - I introduced one of the industry's first disk arrays in Europe - my German isn't good enough to understand a session.  So I set up my video camera and did several interviews.  I wanted to share a couple of them with you today.  

 

The State of HP Storage in German

I had the chance to meet and spend some time with Guido Kersten.  Guido, like me, is a long-time HP employee.  He took over HP Storage as the country manager a couple of years ago and has had a huge part in turning things around.  We talked about the turn around and the state of HP Storage in Germany.  You'll note my new intro - the old one was driving the strip in Las Vegas; see if you know where this new intro is from.

 

There's another video so go to the full blog post to see that.

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Why you should consider the business value of HP StoreEver Tape Storage

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

 

 So why does tape remain so popular for data protection in general and archive in particular? The answer lies in the on-going business value of the technology. Tape has made great technological strides over the last decade – from a performance, capacity, reliability and usability perspective. But while feeds and speeds are important, the executive boards of most companies care more about how technology can lower costs, reduce risk and improve productivity in their organisation. It is in this business context that tape continues to be viewed as important and relevant. Here’s what I mean.

 

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HP Discover wrap-up according to bloggers

With my romp through Europe, I'm a bit late giving my semi-annual blogger shout-out after Discover.  We bring these independent voices to HP Discover so that you can hear someone else's view of the event and our news.  This year, we had 24 independent bloggers who attended HP Discover. and between them they posted over 75 articles and 49 videos.  I haven't had time to read and watch all of them but I want to share with you some of the storage highlights from them.  So be prepared for a large collection of links!  For a few of these, I'll provide a bit of commentary so here we go:

Big trends discussion with Nth Generation CTO Dan Molina

California Adventure Day time.jpgAn annual event for me is the Nth Symposium - it's an event I really like to attend because my friends at Nth Generation in Southern California have a rich event with a lot of content - something as blogger I'm always looking for.  One thing that Nth has focused on over the years is education and it's reflected in Nth Symposium.

 

I first met Nth Generation CTO Dan Molina at HP Tech Forum (predecessor to HP Discover) in 2010.  Dan is a technologist at heart and whenever I talked to him, I learn something.  He was at HP Discover and one of the last things I did before leaving Las Vegas was this podcast with him. 

 

Here's a high-level summary of what we discussed:

 

  1. Big Data - is it real or still a buzzword?
  2. New IT reality
  3. The importance of security
  4. Cloud - clearly no longer a buzzword
  5. Overview of Nth Symposium in Anaheim

Genie out of the bottle: best-in-class QoS with HP 3PAR Priority Optimization software

By Megha Shukla, 3PAR Product Marketing Manager, HP Storage

 

I was at a customer event a couple of days ago where the presenter was talking about the different software features that enhance HP 3PAR StoreServ. A few queries we made about HP 3PAR Priority Optimization software and its functionality. These customers were interested in understanding the difference that Priority Optimization can bring to specific scenarios such as consolidation of dissimilar workloads onto a single storage array. I thought you would be interested in understanding more about this too. Because, if you’re an over-worked IT administrator dealing with complex allocation of your storage resources (and wondering whether your quality of service can be maintained or not), HP 3PAR Priority Optimization can literally be the genie out of the bottle.

 

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New ShortTakes on StoreOnce and HP 3PAR AFA

P1040991.jpgI am back from what has been the longest vacation I've ever taken - almost 4 weeks.  While I did have three work events I attended in Europe, my ttime in Europe were pretty much all vacation.  I did post a blog from Germany about half way into the trip so check that out. 

 

I took over 1300 pictures.  And no, I wouldn't make you look at all of them (though many are amazing) but Google Plus has this very cool picture diary it created from the pictures I took with my SmartPhone.  I thought this was cool because all I had to do was add a few captions and remove a few pictures I thought weren't the best so if you want to see what I did, click on the link. But now, it's time for me to get to work.

 

Three new ShortTakes to share

If you remember, the week before I left for Europe was HP Discover.  That was also a rather intense week and I wasn't able to share with you a few ShortTakes from our product experts.  I have three to share - two focused on HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 All Flash Array and the other on HP StoreOnce.  I'll include them here in "rapid fire" fashion with no other commentary as the ShortTakes speak for themselves.  As with other ShortTakes, I have the audio you can listen to and slides you can click through. So here they are.  (See the full blog post for the ShortTakes)

Data protection: what can we learn from “Sharks” on efficiency and agility?

By Srikanth Venkataseshu, Worldwide Solutions Marketing Manager, Backup Recovery and Archive Solutions, HP Storage

 

Last December, HP announced HP ConvergedSystemshark.jpg – a purpose-built system with integrated servers, network and storage wrapped with a choice of hypervisors and automation tools to accelerate time-to-deployment of virtualized applications. Naturally, HP ConvergedSystem was code named “Sharks” – symbolizing agility, efficiency and speed.

 

Advancements in hypervisors and the arrival of ConvergedSystem have made it extremely easy to rapidly deploy virtualized applications. While organizations have embraced virtualized workloads, estimates indicate that only 50% of enterprises have their data protection strategy aligned with virtualization objectives. To address this gap, we created HP Data Protection Solutions for HP ConvergedSystem – a unified technology stack based on HP StoreOnce Backup (disk based deduplication and backup) and HP Data Protector backup software. Let’s talk more about this data protection aspect.

 

New video series: everything you need to know about StoreVirtual VSA Installation & Configuration

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

 

 

StoreVirtual_videoJ.jpgIt’s the perfect time to play off this old line: here’s everything you wanted to know about HP StoreVirtual VSA installation and configuration (but were afraid to ask!). Seriously though, we are excited to share with you this new six-video series.

 

Check it out – and let us know your thoughts and feedback.

 

Time to get real about disaster tolerant all-flash array solutions

 

By Priyadarshi Prasad (Pd), Product Line Manager, HP 3PAR Storage

 

Now that the initial euphoria with all-flash solutions is starting to settle down, the conversations are getting more real. All-flash solutions are coming under the microscope. And it’s time to ask some very real questions of all-flash solutions: Granted you are fast, and you can be cheap if I believe your 6:1 (or is it 12:1 today) dedupe ratio. But can you protect my data and applications when a disaster occurs? How much data would I lose? How fast can I come back online? Let me address those questions with the framework of what I like to call the Three D’s of Disaster Recovery – data loss, downtime and distance.

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Combine flash and tape and what do you get? FLAPE

By Mark Fleischhauer, HP StoreEver Tape Storage Solutions Engineering Manager

 

DessertJ.jpgNo, it’s not a French dessert. It’s a new emerging storage architecture for long-term data retention that combines FLash drives and tAPE = FLAPE. Using flash, you get instant access to data that was most recently accessed or to metadata to help you quickly search your vast amounts of data that has been archived. With tape as a back-end storage platform, you have a cost-effective storage solution that blends flash performance benefits with tape economics. Let’s take a look at how HP can help you build your very own FLAPE solution.

 

 

 

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Demystifying the Linear Tape File System (LTFS)

By Mark Fleischhauer, Tape Storage Solutions Engineering Manager

 

Since the introduction of the Linear Tape File System (LTFS), a number of articles, white paper and tech briefs have been written about it and its impact on tape. In this blog, I’m going to offer some context around what the excitement is all about and discuss how LTFS is being used and deployed. 

 

HP 3PAR StoreServ: Count on availability AND quality

By Ivan Iannaccone, 3PAR StoreServ Product Management

 

3PAR_StoreServ_308x220_tcm245_1534343_tcm245_1518989_tcm245-1534343.jpgLast week, my colleague Matt M. wrote a great blog on HP 3PAR 6-Nines Guarantee Program. On this availability topic, it’s interesting to note that often availability is used as a way to measure quality. But it’s really a proxy for uptime. The quality definition is much broader. While it also includes the concept of availability, the best way to define it is as a way to measure a degree of excellence. Here’s what I mean.

Video roundup: travel back to Discover for more interviews and insights

By Melissa Elicker, Social Media Editor, HP Storage

  

Video_StillJ.jpgWhile @HPStorageGuy is still on his great European adventure, I thought we could do a little traveling of our own – back to HP Discover Las Vegas to revisit some insightful interviews captured on video. It’s a deeper look at our storage announcement news and innovations. Here goes.

 

 

 

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