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Build your own virtual storage array with HP StoreVirtual VSA

3node VSA.pngThose of you who have been following my Software-Defined Storage Blueprint blog posts know that creating virtual storage from available capacity on your servers is not rocket science – in fact, there’s no special training required. An IT generalist can install HP StoreVirtual VSA on an x86 server and start using it within minutes. If you’re ready to take it to the next step and pool the capacity from several servers into a shared storage array, read on.


Physical systems of any kind have clear limitations in capacity and adaptability. In slow-growing, predictable IT environments with plenty of room to spread out, they’re still the go-to solution. The rest of us, who deal with limited data center space and fluctuating workloads, are turning to virtualization for help. Server virtualization (the creation of virtual machines rather than physical servers, allowing multiple operating systems and applications to run on a single physical host) has caught on everywhere. Yet in spite of the widespread implementation of server virtual machines, storage often remains siloed in physical devices that can be difficult to deploy, manage and scale.

Make the Most of What You've Got with StoreVirtual VSA

SDS Environment.pngA few weeks ago, I did an post that discussed StoreVirtual VSA for beginners.  Today, I want to continue that discussion. We've talked about StoreVirtual VSA and the related topic of software-defined storage a lot but given all the views the first post got, we thought a follow-up would be relevant and useful. And after all, it's Software-Defined Saturday!

 

Making the most of what you’ve got – add StoreVirtual VSA storage

In the past, data storage meant you needed storage hardware. In 2007, software-defined storage (SDS) wasn't a term being used in the industry. IT administrators kept up with data growth one box at a time, adding new physical storage devices to meet the every growing capacity needed, each device taking up space in the data center and increasing energy costs.

 

 

HP StoreVirtual VSA: An introduction

SDS.pngI've been spending a lot of time on SpiceWorks for almost a year. And one of the topics that comes up repeatedly is explaining what a VSA is. If you've been reading ATSB for a while, you probably have a good idea what it is but from what I've seen on SpiceWorks, many of you would benefit from an post on the topic.  So today's post will serve as a bit of an introduction to StoreVirtual VSA and I'll pull StoreOnce VSA into the discussion as well.

 

What exactly is VSA? 
Software-defined storage (SDS) is storage functionality that is not delivered in a specific chassis—it is delivered as software. As you might have noticed, it's been getting a lot of attention over the past couple of years.

When SDS was in its infancy, single CPU servers could generally manage only one virtual machine, often paying a penalty of performance. IT managers were reluctant to adopt SDS, instead adding new physical storage devices to meet their business needs.

Today, IT departments have very robust SDS options, in part because server capacity and performance have increased enormously. And of course, while the servers were getting beefed up, virtual storage technology was advancing at a fast pace.

 

New Version of LeftHand OS for HP StoreVirtual Now Available

LeftHand O/S is the name of the software OS for HP StoreVirtual. This past week, we released LeftHaHP_StoreVirtual_Storage_RGB_white.pngnd OS 12.0. Here's a list of the new features:

  • Space Reclamation - StoreVirtual Storage can now reclaim space in VMware vSphere and Microsoft Windows environments using T10 UNMAP.
  • HP StoreVirtual Multipathing Extension Module (MEM) for VMware vSphere - Reduce latency and improve performance in VMware vSphere environments. The MEM also optimizes data-path traffic in multi-site (or stretch-cluster) configurations.
  • New REST API - Provision storage, create and modify storage pools using the all new web services based API for HP StoreVirtual.
  • Faster remote copy performance and system reboot times.

1TB Free StoreVirtual VSA

A few weeks ago, we made an announcement about 1TB Free StoreVirtual VSA.  Today I have a ShortTake that I want to share. Kate Davis had previously posted an article about the free 1TB but this ShortTake on YouTube has become my most watch video ever - over a 155,000 views as I write this post so I want to share it on the blog. 

 

Let me give you a short recap of the free 1TB VSA:

  1. All HP ProLiant Gen9 server models now come standard with a 1TB StoreVirtual VSA license. To make it easy to deploy, we’ve built in the installation of VSA software into the Intelligent Provisioning feature of the servers. Here's a link to a demo I did showing this.
  2. HP and Intel have partnered up to make sure everyone has an opportunity to try out Software-defined storage with our StoreVirtual VSA for themselves. Starting now, anyone who buys a new Intel Xeon E5 processor-based server, regardless of vendor, can get a free 1TB license of StoreVirtual VSA. You just need to register to unlock your free 1TB StoreVirtual VSA storage, then download the VSA software and license key. Or you ask your channel partner to do it for you.
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