A couple weeks ago I had a couple of blog posts from our HP Converged Cloud Tech Day in Puerto Rico. One of the topics that we focused on was HP Storage and OpenStack. Today we're making official that our HP Converged Storage portfolio, including HP 3PAR StoreServ and HP StoreVirtual, now support OpenStack technology across both iSCSI and Fibre Channel protocols.
Today we're announcing that HP submitted the blueprint for Fibre Channel connectivity with OpenStack's Grizzly platform which was accepted as a part of the OpenStack Cinder project. HP delivered the Fibre Channel connectivity software to OpenStack and today marks its official release.
There's more details in my blog post so check it out!
A couple of weeks ago I did the first of several ChalkTalks giving an overview of HP 3PAR StoreServ architecture. I have several more in mind but its been busy and I haven't been able to get back to creating them.
Enrico Signoretti is a blogger and independent consultant from Italy. I've brought him to HP Discover in Las Vegas over the last couple of years because of his blogs focus on storage.
You're probably wondering what does Enrico and my HP 3PAR StoreServ ChalkTalks have to do with each other. Well, Enrico wrote a white paper about 3PAR StoreServ and its called "Down to Earth Report on HP 3PAR StoreServ".
In my last blog post I included a video and downloadable podcast of Patrick Osborne (Director of Product Management) giving an overview of HP Storage for the Converged Cloud.
Today's post is another video from the Converged Cloud Tech Day. Sam Fineberg is a Distinguished Technologist in the HP Storage Office of the CTO. He gives an overview of what HP Storage is doing with OpenStack, specifically around iSCSI with HP StoreVirtual (formerly HP LeftHand), iSCSI with HP 3PAR StoreServ and working to include Fibre Channel in the next release of OpenStack called Grizzly. Click over to the blog to watch the video or there's also an audio MP3 that you can download for your listening pleasure.
Blogger Q & A
As with all of our Tech Days, there was a Q&A with the bloggers during our Storage for the Converged Cloud session. The bloggers asked some great questions and this led to a really good discussion. This portion of the session was about 20 minutes. You can download that portion of the session here.
This past week, we HP held a Tech Day focused on Converged Cloud. I'm pretty disappointed I wasn't able to go because the location in Puerto Rico was my idea. After meeting my HP Labs colleague Martina Trucco at HP Discover in Frankfurt, she got me excited to do a Tech Day there. Turns out that the Converged Cloud team picked the week of Spring Break here in Boise and I couldn't swing going to Puerto Rico.
But we did have a storage session - and it was done via an HP Halo Room. Halo is a HD video conferencing service we have and I got to attend our storage session while the bloggers were in Puerto Rico and our two storage presenters were in California and Massachusetts.
I'm going to show you our Storage for the Converged Cloud over the next several days. The first part of the session was lead by Patrick Osborne. Patrick is the director of product management and has our information protection and archiving products - this includes things like HP StoreOnce and StoreAll. Patrick gives a really good overview of how our portfolio fits into the Converged Cloud offering and then spends some time talking about block, file, and object storage for the cloud.
Here's an audio-only MP3 that you can download.
A single view of all your HP Converged Storage - remotely using an Android-based smartphone. Access configuration details anywhere, monitor storage performance anytime, and do it securely. If that sounds good to you, you should check out the HP StoreFront Mobile Access app! I have a screen shot demo to share with you that will give you a pretty good idea about this application but let me give you a quick overview.
I was searching YouTube - actually, I got a Google Alert and found this YouTube video from Paul Haverfield. Paul is a Principle Technologist for HP Storage in Asia Pacific and was a guest on an ATSB podcast a bit more than a year ago when he helped me understand the HP 3PAR SPC-1 results. This YouTube video I found is a really good discussion talking about virtualization (or as Paul spells it "virtualisation") and the architecture of HP 3PAR StoreServ and is a good follow-up to the ChalkTalk series I started last week.The video is a bit more than 20 minutes long but is well worth your time if you want to learn more about the HP 3PAR StoreServ portfolio.
Last week at VMware PEX, I did a podcast and video with Jeff Boles, Sr Analyst with Taneja Group talking about VM Density and HP 3PAR StoreServ. It occured to me while doing it that I really haven't covered some of the HP 3PAR StoreServ "special sauce" - the things that make it a modern architecture and really differentiate in the market.
So I decided I'd start a series of HP ChalkTalks diving in deeper. Today, I have the first HP 3PAR StoreServ Architecture ChalkTalk. It's a high level overview of the architecture and a deeper dive talking about the Mesh Active Cluster. I remember the first time I heard about this a few years ago when my former colleague Marc Farley gave me a personal training at VMworld on what he thought made 3PAR special. It was a rapid fire conversation that at the time I probably only really got 25% of it - ok, 10 %. I hope this ChalkTalk brings it down to earth for you.
During our HP Bootcamp at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) last week, I was able to watch a presentation by Jeff Boles, Sr Analyst from Taneja Group. Jeff talked about testing he had lead looking at VM density with HP 3PAR compared to a traditional array. While I've talked about VM density here on ATSB and have highlighted our "Double your VM density guarantee", Jeff had some great information that really brings the story home for me.
Jeff graciously agreed to chat with me and he talked through the same slides he presented at our Bootcamp. I've created a few different versions of the discussion with Jeff. It's about 20 minutes long and I have a YouTube version where I mixed the slides he used with the podcast.
In this blog post, I feature a blog post written by @3cVGuy Justin Vashisht. He's got a great blog post with step-by-step instructions on how he installed and configured an HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000.
I also give information about a Tweetup that I'm sponsoring at VMware PEX - so if your headed to PEX later this month, be sure to RSVP to the Tweetup!
I was just on a call today where we were debriefing on our bloggers' lounge at HP Discover in Frankfurt. June and our next HP Discover event in Las Vegas seems a long way off - hopefully they'll be a few events between now and then where the "community" gathers because I really do enjoy those times!
I did a blog post highlighting about three weeks ago highlighting what the bloggers had written (or videos they had done) but there were a few more since so I wanted to round out what I've seen and close the book on HP Discover Frankfurt. Here's what I've found since that last post: