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Revisiting VMware VVOLs and HP 3PAR integration

A few weeks ago, fellow VMware vExpert Eric Siebert had a post talking about the official announcement of VMware Virtual Volumes or VVOLs. His post gave a great introduction to some of the key VVOL terms like Protocol Endpoints, VASA Provider, Storage Container and more. If you haven't read his post, it's a "must-read" VVOLs article. Eric also used a demo video I had pulled together that showed a bit of the integration we have with VVOLs and HP 3PAR.

 

I had feedback from several people that there were things they would have liked to see that I didn't include in the first demo. One of the key things was creating a storage container. A storage container is a group of all virtual volumes and all VVOLs are created inside a storage container. In the first demo, the 3PAR Storage Container was already configured so I couldn't show it.This updated demo does

 

NOTE: For best viewing, change to 720 HD and watch full screen.

Labels: 3PAR| StoreServ| VMware

Protect your SQL Server database against disasters with HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 All-Flash

By Parissa Mohamadi, Microsoft Solution Manager, HP Storage Marketing

 

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Count on no compromise when it comes to deploying your mission-critical SQL Server database on HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 All-Flash. Imagine being able to process all the orders flooding into your order-entry database in a flash – while making sure that your mission-critical database is always-on despite an outage, an earthquake or a tornado! Try connecting your Microsoft SQL Server database to HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 All-Flash storage and watch how the high performance and resiliency demands of your database can be easily met. Read on to learn more this 3PAR Thursday.

Don’t get duped with a dedupe-ratios-only approach to capacity efficiency

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

 

 

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 Be aware of the storage overheads when looking at dedupe

Dedupe ratios are well and good. However don’t forget that dedupe is a means to an end, not an end in itself. The final goal is “storage efficiency.” And storage efficiency is not just about dedupe. If an architecture is inherently inefficient, a higher dedupe ratio might not help much. Let me dig into the topic of dedupe ratios and storage savings a bit more.

 

 

Got VVOLs? If you have 3PAR StoreServ you do.

By Eric Siebert, Solutions Manager, HP Storage    @ericsiebert

 

 

Find out how you can implement VVOLs in your vSphere 6 environment 

 

In my previous blog on VMware Virtual Volumes  (VVOLs), I covered some of the benefits that VVOLs on 3PAR StoreServ provide and touched on the new VASA 2.0 specification. 

 

Now that VVOLs is officially going to GA in the upcoming vSphere 6 release, I want to dive a bit deeper into the technical implementation of VVOLs on 3PAR StoreServ. I’ll start with an overview of key VVOLs components, then take you through three easy steps to get VVOLs up and running.

The importance of storage QoS with flash

By Ivan Iannaccone, HP 3PAR StoreServ Product Management   @IvanIannaccone

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I love to talk to customers about Priority Optimization. It’s a feature of HP 3PAR StoreServ that allows storage QoS to give you the ability to provision performance as you provision capacity, assuring that your important workloads get expected performance.

 

The Evaluator Group recently completed an evaluation paper that shows how Priority Optimization can be used in a mission-critical all-flash environment. So this 3PAR Thursday, I’m taking this ideal opportunity to talk a bit more about storage QoS and its importance in all-flash deployments.

 

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