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HP StoreOnce 6500: Driving industry leadership with highly resilient backup

By Ashwin Shetty, Product Marketing, HP Storage

 

6500.jpgLast BURA Sunday I talked about our innovative approach to protecting your data in virtualized or remote environments with StoreOnce VSA. Today I’m shifting the focus to the other end of the spectrum: protecting data in large or fast growing enterprises. I don’t have to tell you that the pace of business is accelerating and your company has to move toward a real-time business model—one where transactions and information sharing are near instantaneous. This transition is increasing demands on not only the performance and scalability of the underlying IT infrastructure but also availability and reliability. As process timelines are compressed from weeks or days to hours, minutes or even seconds, the cost of downtime skyrockets. Almost all aspects of today’s business environment rely on the uninterrupted availability of platforms, applications and data. Here’s how HP StoreOnce 6500 Backup meets that need for highly resilient backup.

 

The Game Show Network Games and Big Data

Nth Symposium was a few weeks ago and one of the keynotes was delivered by Portman Wills.  Portman is the Chief Data Scientist at the Game Show Networks Games.  Portman discussed how they log every action taken by gamers and with HP Vertica, they use that information to improve their users' experience and drive higher revenue. 

 

For me, the keynote did a great job of making big data real and specifically how HP Vertica is used to get the insights that Portman discussed.  So Portman graciously said yes to my request to talk to him (he had a flight shortly after his keynote ended) and I think you'll find this as interesting as I did. 

Labels: big data| Nth2014

Virtualizing tier-1 applications with all-flash VMworld session podcast

P1050959.jpgLast week I gave the 3PAR team a break from publishing a 3PAR Thursday blog post and I’m doing the same thing again this week, sort of.  Earlier this week at VMworld Priyadarshi Prasad (Pd) and Eric Siebert presented a session titled The Perfect Stormage: Virtualizing Tier-1 apps with All-Flash Arrays.  I recorded the audio of the session and wanted to share it with you here.  I’m also including a PDF of the session’s slides that you can use. 

 

 

Here's the podcast:

 

 

VMware vVols and HP 3PAR StoreServ at VMworld

On Monday at VMware, HP had a session diving into VMware vVols.  The session was presented by Ivan Iannaccone from our 3PAR product management team as well as Patrick Dirks from VMware who manages the vVols team.  This is audio from that session. 

 

I did a blog post with a demo on vVols nearly 2 years ago and while vVols isn't generally available, it is certainly getting closer.  What VMware did announce is that vVols would be in vSphere 6.0 but the timing of that has not been publicly disclosed.  

 

Here's the session audio and I've also uploaded a PDF of the slides from the session that you can use as a reference when listening to this.

Bringing innovation in Software-Defined Storage to reality with HP and Intel.

VSA SDS Free virtual storage appliance

Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) is becoming the new normal. This is because costly data growth and increasing pressure on IT to deliver Business Outcomes cannot be handled by legacy architectures designed before the age of virtualization.

 

 

HP OneView for vCenter demo

VMworld kicked off last night with the Solution Exchange Welcome Reception - and Andrew Mayne didn't disappoint!  Check out the post that went up last night, Real magic from HP Storage at VMworld.  

 

Before VMworld, my lab team gave me access our development infrastructure and I was able to capture a demo of our new HP OneView for vCenter plug-in.  In this demo, you'll see that you can now from vCenter, deploy and provision HP StoreVirtual VSA.

 

 

It's going to be a busy day at VMworld.  If you're at Moscone in San Francisco, here are a few things to help you stay connected with HP Storage:

 

  • We'll have Lightning Labs and short session in our HP Storage for the Software-Defined Data Center Booth (Booth 417).  I'll be hanging around here when I'm not doing other things so stop buy, get an espresso, and hear about some of the things that have me so excited.
  • Today at 1 PM, we'll have one of the first VMworld sessions on vVols.  It's session number STO2554-SPO and the title is Zooming In: How VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols) Will Provide Shared Storage with X-ray Vision.  This session has been moved to a bigger room 3 times so it's going to be really popular.  Sign up and here what VMware and HP are doing around vVols.  BTW, HP 3PAR is the FC development platform for vVols at VMware.
  • Andrew Mayne will be making appearances around VMworld again today.  See him from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM in the Yerba Buena Gardens and4:00 PM – 4:30 PM HP Storage Booth #417.  

Off for a busy day at VMworld!

Real magic from HP Storage at VMworld 2014

Andrew Mayne at VMWorld with HP StorageThe first day at VMworld was filled with excitement, plenty of swag, and magic.

 

That’s right, real magic, performed live by A&E Star Andrew Mayne.

A world-renowned illusionist, Andrew defied logic. Broke boundaries. Wowed the audience. And escaped from 100 feet of nylon rope. And that was just in the first 30 minutes.

 

 

Labels: VMworld2014

HP StoreOnce VSA: Software-defined data protection for your virtualized environments

By Ashwin Shetty, Product Marketing, HP Storage

 

StoreOnce_VSA_Icon_SDS308x220_tcm245_1534512_tcm245_1520664_tcm245-1534512.jpgI’m excited about VMworld this week, especially given the way software-defined storage is changing the way organizations implement storage technology. Since we are so close to VMworld, let me focus specifically on data protection—and give you a bit more information on some of the things you can expect to see and hear from us at the big VMware event this week in San Francisco. 

 

The exponential growth of data has forced your organization to look for cost-effective data protection solutions for your virtualized environments whether in the data center or in small and remote offices. Most vendors provide data deduplication solution that requires dedicated storage hardware. This isn’t always a cost-effective solution for remote/virtualized environments. To address this issue while providing greater flexibility, HP has extended the StoreOnce family to provide a software-defined backup solution: HP StoreOnce VSA. Here’s what the means to your organization.

Is cloud storage killing on-premises storage?

We're going to take a short pause all the happenings at VMworld because I have a timely podcast I want to share today.  Earlier this week, I saw an article on TechCrunch titled Cloud Storage Is Eating the World Alive.  The article looked at a single quarter of the IDC Worldwide Total Disk Storage System Market tracker, and drew the conclusion that traditional on-premise storage is a "dead man walking".  Now, I agree that some of the vendors listed, like IBM and their continued movement away from infrastructure, might fit that category but I think it's far too early to say that cloud storage is putting an end to the storage industry. 

 

 

If you rather download this as a podcast, right click here and save the MP3 file.

 

Get the Short Take on HP’s Software-Defined Storage News

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

 

This is a busy time of year for the software-defined storage team with product announcements and prep for VMworld. As you may have seen yesterday from either the press release or Calvin’s blog we had a number of enhancements to talk about for our VSAs and Management tools.

 

Calvin’s been after me for a while to get some ShortTake’s done around our SDS products and so this announcement was the perfect opportunity for me to dive in to that task. I’ve completed 3 to start, that offer a high-level overview of our news coverage.

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 All-Flash Array: your first All-Flash Array for $35000

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

 

In June at HP Discover, you probably heard us talking about our HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 all-flash array delivering extremely fast performance and rich Tier-1data services for under $2 per GB usable capacity. Now just two months later at VMworld, we’re announcing our next all-flash array model: the 3PAR StoreServ 7200 Starter Kit at just $35000 (estimated US street price). Our price, which is less than 50% of our major competitors provides a great opportunity for anyone looking at primary storage to consider an all-flash array. We also announced that in collaboration with VMware, 3PAR StoreServ is ready for use with the new VVols storage architecture currently in beta. Read on for more details. (And, whether or not you are heading to San Francisco, stay connected here with all our VMworld 2014 blog posts.)

HP Storage news for VMworld

The one thing we are at HP Storage is consistent - and you can expect that when we're heading to VMworld, we'll have some big storage news to announce and today is no different.  And I get to tell you about it.  The news is around Storage for the Software-Defined Data Center and breaks down into two buckets that I'll cover at a high-level in this blog and we'll go deeper on in the next few days.

 

Software-defined storage

I caught up with Kate Davis recently and had a discussion with her about the software-defined storage news.  Kate blogs here regularily and she'll share a bit more details on Saturday morning.

 

HP 3PAR StoreServ news

There are a couple of things to talk about with HP 3PAR StoreServ so check the full blog post to get the details.

More validation for HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 All-Flash Array

DCIG.pngThe 3PAR team that normally brings you our 3PAR Thursday blog post is busy getting ready for VMworld (and some surprises we have coming) so I volunteered to take this weeks 3PAR Thursday post. 

 

Earlier this week, I saw a story in the latest Storage Magazine (from TechTarget) talking about all-flash arrays. Arun Taneja, Founder of the Taneja Group, in his article titled Not all flash arrays are alike says (and I paraphrase here) that existing HDD arrays that are modified to support all-flash just don't perform. He proposes that to get the most out of all-flash requires new thinking (e.g. designed for all-flash from scratch).

 

But wait....

He then says but - and this is a BIG but - the one exception that he has seen to this is the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450. Taneja says it performs like an all-flash array because of the custom ASIC inside HP 3PAR.

I'm beaming ear to ear - this is exactly what we have been saying. But it's not just performance. There are several things worth mentioning that in my mind make our 3PAR AFA a great choice:

Let’s pop the hood on an HP StoreEver LTO-6 Tape Drive

By Mark Fleischhauer, HP StoreEver Tape Storage Solutions Engineering Manager

 

Hood1.jpgWhether it’s a classic car, a racecar or your everyday passenger vehicle, you always want to know what’s under the hood. You want to know its top speed, its fuel economy, or perhaps information about its advanced safety features.

 

Just like our new modern cars, the HP StoreEver LTO tape drive has continued to make technological advancements with greater speed, better efficiency, more capacity, and advanced features to address growing user demands with big data that needs agility, performance and capacity. Let’s “pop the hood” and take a deeper look at the HP StoreEver LTO-6 drive.

Data encryption and key management 101

Just a short post this morning to point you to a video I did at Nth Symposium.  My friends at Nth were gracious enough to give me a booth on the show floor and from there I did a number of video interviews.  I've already posted one I did talking about HP Storage at VMworld as well as another talking about HP ConvergedSystem.  In this video I hit the topic of data encryption and key management. 

 

Albert Biketi is the General Manager of security products at HP Atalla, a part of HP Software focused on security.  Albert had emailed me recently and it was a great opportunity for me to learn more about data encryption and more specifically key management. 

 

 

Labels: Nth2014| security

Listen in as our customers share their secrets

By Melissa Saegert Elicker, Social Media Editor, HP Storage

 

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Before the summer’s out, now’s a good time to revisit some incredibly insightful interviews that two of our storage customers took the time to participate in during HP Discover in Las Vegas.

 

Check out the videos shot in The Cube with interviewer Dave Vellante talking with Ryan Burgess, BlueShore Financial, and Emile Brideau, Medavie Blue Cross.

Active-Active High Availability for the HP XP7 Disk Array

I have a soft spot for our HP XP Disk Array family - I was part of the team that brought the XP into the HP portfolio and kicking out the previous solution was just plain fun.  SO when the XP team came to me and asked if I could introduce some new functionality today, I said "Heck yeah!".  And what I have to show you is pretty cool stuff. 

 

Imagine being able to replicate between two arrays (either in the same data center, across campus, or 100km away) and with multi-array virtualization that allows active active access to virtual LUNS across those two XP7 arrays. What I just described is the new Active-Active High Availability Solution for the XP7.  And I have a ChalkTalk that gives a bit more about what it is. 

Labels: chalktalk| XP Disk| XP7

Still better together: HP StoreOnce Disk and HP StoreEver Tape

By Anirudh S Srinivasan, WW Product Manager, HP Storage

 

Last week in our BURA Sunday blog, Keep calm! HP has got your data covered, I talked about our ability to protect your data with our wide variety of technologies and a broad product portfolio.

 

I also looked at the importance of a tiered data protection strategy using a combination of snapshots, replication, disk-based backup with data deduplication and tape-based data protection—depending on your RPO/RTO objectives and/or type of data.

 

This week, I’m focusing on a subset of this strategy: the choice around disk-based and tape-based data protection.

 

HP ConvergedSystem Update

I'm recently back from Nth Symposium and the video interviews that I did there are starting to role in.  One of the discussions I had was with my long-time HP friend LaMills Garrett.  I like to kid LaMills - when I first met him in the late 90's, he was a lab engineer in draedlocks.  But he was also one of the most business saavy engineers I've ever worked with so I'm not surprised that he's now a leader in the ConvergedSystem Americas team. 

 

During the discussion LaMills talked about the latest with HP ConvergedSystem - aka Sharks - and we also talked about the competition.  I couldn't help bringing up VCE as I attended a VMUG recently where a VCE employee told the audience that they are the only true converged infrastructure and HP is a system integrator. 

 

This is a really good discussion with LaMills and I'll share other interviews I have from Nth Symposium over the next few weeks. 

EMC to 3PAR Online Import Utility Demo

Back in May, I had a blog post titled Making the move from EMC to HP 3PAR StoreServ easy - and that post included a ChalkTalk I had done describing the EMC to 3PAR Online Import Utility. Today I have a demo video to share with you showing just how easy it really is.  In the demo video I do give an overview of the software and how it works but check out my previous blog if you want a bit more. 

 

There's more information on full blog post, so check that out.

 

Labels: 3PAR| EMC| StoreServ

Shining the spotlight on our HP 3PAR StoreServ customers

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

 

3PAR_systemJ.jpgThis week we’re turning 3PAR Thursday into Customer Appreciation Day. We truly appreciate all of you, our customers, and want to say a BIG thank you for your support for HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage. In this blog, I particularly want to highlight some of the customers who have taken the time to share their success stories with us.

 

3PAR StoreServ Storage arrays are deployed at thousands of customer sites around the world. Here are a few that stand out due to how they are using 3PAR StoreServ technology in their data center. Then head to the web to learn what other customers have to say about how HP Storage products and solutions have helped their businesses.

HP Storage at VMworld - stay connected!

It's hard to believe that VMworld 2014 is just around the corner.  I always look forward to it because it is a great place for me to connect with the VMware community and it also signals the start of the college football season!  In fact, my Boise State Broncos are playing in Atlanta the day the VMworld ends.  You can get I'll be catching an early flight home for the game!

 

Last week at Nth Symposium, I asked Kate Davis, a frequent contributor here on ATSB, to spend a few minutes talking to me about what we'll have at VMworld.  It's a good high-level summary of how you can connect with us at VMworld and on the full blog post, I'll give you a few more details.

Labels: Nth2014| VMworld2014

Keep calm! HP has got your data covered.

By Anirudh S. Srinivasan, WW Product Manager, HP Storage

 

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Data protection and disaster recovery plans are very much like insurance. Because just like life insurance, your organization often assumes that your data protection strategies are adequate. You can easily fall into the complacency trap of not reviewing your policies until disasters strike.

 

What was a well-planned data protection strategy five years ago aligned to your unique requirements could be quite inadequate today, considering data growth, shrinking backup windows, and such. Is it time to review your data protection strategy?

HP named a leader in first Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances

By Andrew Dickerson, Senior Marketing Manager, Backup, Recovery, and Archive Solutions, HP Storage

 

In response to rapid market growth, Gartner recently published its first ever Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Appliances to help storage professional’s short list vendors. We believe that this report is a testament to a growing recognition that backup and recovery is the next critical frontier in data center modernization.Today, we are pleased to announce that Gartner positioned HP within the Leaders Quadrant with only one other vendor. I want to share with you our take on the reasons why.

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Islands are great for vacations but not for data storage

Vish.jpgBy Vish Mulchand, Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing, HP Storage

 

The islands. Ah yes. . . brilliant sunshine skipping off sparkling sapphire waters, freckled white BeachScene.jpg
sands, hot and lazy afternoons, ice-cold pineapple rum…  In a recent video with HPStorageGuy Calvin Zito (included in my blog), I talked about the beauty of the islands and why islands are great for vacations—but not for storage. I talked about how flash is disruptive. And how, depending on your starting point, to take advantage of flash, you are forced to choose between adding yet another storage silo to your infrastructure, or, worst yet, be faced with replacing all your storage. This leads to my question for this 3PAR Thursday: What if you had an existing storage infrastructure that allows you to adopt flash or other forms of solid-state technology when it becomes available, yet still deliver the disruptive benefits that this new technology brings?

Managing more with less with HP StoreEver Tape Manageability Software

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

 

FIGURE2.jpgMore data is being protected and retained on tape than ever before. But your budgets and resources to manage that data—throughout its lifecycle—are not keeping pace.   Managing tape infrastructure in an efficient way that reduces risk, contains cost and improves productivity has never been more important.

 

HP StoreEver tape software delivers the most advanced-yet-simplified approach to tape library management available today. So ready to take a look at how HP StoreEver tape software can help your organization manage more with less?

Labels: StoreEver| tape

Simplifying backup management with Federated Catalyst

By Ashwin Shetty, Product Marketing, HP Storage

 

Last week, we looked at some of the unique differentiators of StoreOnce Federated Deduplication technology. One of the key components in HP’s Federated Deduplication Architecture is the StoreOnce Catalyst that enables deduplication any way and anywhere, rather than specific points on the network. You can find more details on StoreOnce Catalyst in our previous post talking about fast backup with more flexibility and choice. This week, let’s look at the benefits of another unique offering from HP: Federated Catalyst. This new technology was introduced in June at HP Discover. It's all about simplifying backup administration. Here's how.

 

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367 Addison: Small and Midsize Business focused blog

efficiency.jpg 367 Addison is the name of our small and medium business (SMB) focused blog.  I was asked to join it and provide a regular blog post focused on storage and SMBs. 

 

I've posted two articles there and I wanted to summarize and give you a link to read them.

 

  • Unlocking storage capactiy to gain effeciency.This post looks at how you can transform unused capacity into a fully featured shared storage array—without the cost and complexity associated with dedicated storage.
  • In HP Storage Options Deliver Increased Productivity  I talked about some of the most pressing challenges that SMBs face and our Simply StoreIT program that is focused on delivering solutions to address those challenges in the most cost-effective and productive way possible. 

 

Lastly, I want to remind you that I'll be attending Nth Symposium next week - it's a great event that I always enjoy because it's a great place to gather content for ATSB.  I have a blog post from two weeks ago where I talked about some of the big trends in IT with Nth Generation CTO Dan Molina.  It was a really good discussion with Dan and the podcast I did with him is worth a listen. 

Labels: Simply StoreIT| SMB
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