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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.

 

Software-Defined Storage: You have questions, we have answers

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

 

Even after two years of talking about Software-Defined Storage, basic questions are still being asked within the IT community about what it is and what is does. So I thought I’d share a couple of items that may help answer some questions you may have: A new IDC brief with the Top 5 questions customers are asking about SDS and a recent video interview at HP Discover with our Marketing VP, Craig Nunes.

Software-Defined Storage at HP Discover 2014

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

 

SDS1.jpgThere’s just a couple of weeks left until HP Discover in Las Vegas. If you haven’t already started perusing the session catalog now’s the time to do that. I wanted to share with you all what sessions and demos we will have that are focused on Software-Defined Storage. We will have a bunch of product experts in attendance delivering Discover theater sessions, business and technical breakouts, hands-on labs, demos and a discussion forum. Check out this article for the full run down.

Some HP Discover love for HP StoreVirtual and software-defined storage

With all the announcements around HP 3PAR StoreServ, StoreOnce, and StoreAll at HP Discover I didn't want HP StoreVirtual and software-defined storage (SDS) to get lost in all the other news so today I have a couple of things around StoreVirtual and SDS to share with you. 

 

That said, it's not like StoreVirtual hasn't had a ton of enhancements over the last year.  We've rolled out a new version of the LeftHand OS that included sub-LUN tiering (we call it Adaptive Optimization), and we've rolled the entire hardware family to ProLiant Gen 8.  And if you watch this video with Kate Davis getting interviewed by Jake Ludington, she snuck some other news in.

 

The other relevant bit around HP StoreVirtual that I wanted to share with you is a white paper.  My HP Storage team in Italy wanted a white paper that gave an simple overview of HP StoreVirtual VSA in Italian.  They were talking to blogger Enrico Signoretti and I stepped in because I thought a paper like that in English would be a good overview.  I mentioned the blog post Enrico did in an HP Discover blogger recap I did yesterday.  His blog is titled Report: A hyper-converged infrastructure for the rest of us from HP (there's an Italian language version as well). 

There's more on the blog post so head over to it.

Virtual SAN buyer guide article

I came across an article today on Enterprise Storage Forum titled Virtual SAN Buying Guide.  The top of the article quotes Greg Schulz, analyst with StorageIO, “VMware vSAN is a good thing for the industry and those using VMware in that it will shake up the status quo, and enable organizations to use what they have.”  A couple of big points I need to make here:

 

  1. We had our HP StoreVirtual VSA (formerly HP LeftHand) for six plus years and with over 170,000 licenses out there, I think we already shook up the status quo.
  2. Greg states that this will be a good thing for those using VMware.  We agree - VMware vSAN does represents an opportunity for the industry and is an extension of the message that we have been sharing for years. The beautiful thing about the StoreVirtual VSA is it looks like an iSCSI array on the network and so any physical or virtualized server can store their data on the StoreVirtual VSA volumes.  And you can run StoreVirtual VSA on either Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere. 

Kate Davis, a frequent blogger here, is quoted in the article too.  Kate said, "With the rapid growth of data storage there is room for different types of storage tiers within their infrastructure.  VSA and vSAN are flexible tiers of storage that allow users to utilize the infrastructure in place to gain the needed data services at any given time for a variety of unpredictable workloads, and match the benefits they achieved with server virtualization now on the storage side.”

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