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Deploy HP StoreOnce VSA from VMware vCenter demo

One of my favorite types of videos to do is a demo video.  I still love the ChalkTalks and ShortTakes but demos are great because they really show how something works.  

Today I want to share with you a demo I have.  HP OneView for VMware vCenter (OV4VC for short) integrates the manageability features of HP OneView, HP ProLiant, HP BladeSystem, HP Virtual Connect and HP Storage into the VMware vCenter Server console. By integrating HP Converged Infrastructure management features directly into VMware vCenter Server, administrators get insight and control of their HP infrastructure supporting their virtualized infrastructure  - reducing the time it takes to make important change decisions, manage planned and unplanned downtime and do lifecycle management.


In OV4VC v 7.5, which was just released late last week, we have introduced the ability to deploy HP StoreOnce VSA from a vCenter console.  With a few simple clicks, you can tranform existing server capacity into HP Software-Defined Storage for data protection. The process to do it is very simple and similar to deploying StoreVirtual VSA with vCenter (see the blog post with a demo I did of that a few months ago).

Storage at VMworld on video

After VMworld in San Francisco wrapped up, I got busy and we had a lot of blog posts here on ATSB. There were some videos from VMworld that I had intended to share here shortly after VMworld but they never made it.  With VMworld Barcelona happening now and these videos still timely, I thought I'd share them with you. 


First up, is a video with Michael Haag. Michael is on our VMware Alliance and Solutions team. Michael is my fellow vExpert and VMware expert Eric Siebert's boss. In this video, Dave Vallente from Wikibon talked to Michael about VMware VVols and they talked about storage integration with VMware. 


To see all four videos, head over to the full blog post.

Now's the time for hyper-convergence

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



With technology there’s always opportunity to advance, creating an ongoing evolution of components and products. Once in a while, we get a unique opportunity to advance multiple technologies at once – when software, hardware, and customer requirements all converge and we surge into the future. We have hit that sweet spot today, and can advance data center design by bringing server, storage and management components together within a single platform – this is what hyper-convergence is all about. To help you adopt a New Style of IT with a solution that evokes the elements of simplicity and efficiency, we now offer a hyper-converged platform portfolio for VMware environments. Here are all the details.

VMware and HP - VMworld Barcelona starts now!

Sagrada Familia for blog.jpgVMworld Barcelona kicks off next week and man, do I regret that I can't be there. I'll miss not being there with the community! And if you aren't able to go too, I have some great news on how you can join HP in our booth from afar. 


As with VMworld in San Francisco, HP is a Global Diamond sponsor. We have an in-booth theater and we'll be live streaming the sessions in the booth, #310 if you're attending VMworld. The sessions will run starting Tuesday at 11:30 AM Barcelona time (that's 5:30 AM EDT) for seven and half hours. Will also have streaming video on Wednesday (again starting at 11:30 AM Barcelona time) and Thursday (at 11 AM Barca time). To make it easy for you, I'm going to embed the live stream on my blog so come back on Tuesday and watch the HP Theater sessions here. Go to the full blog post to get the YouTube URL.


The full blog post also has a podcast from a blogger briefing that HP and VMware hosted at VMworld in San Francisco.  It's an excellent audio summarizing HP and VMware integration around HP ProLiant, VVols with 3PAR and Converged Systems.

VMware VVols is coming. Will your storage be ready for it? HP 3PAR StoreServ will be!


This 3PAR Thursday we welcome @ericsiebert to Around the Storage Block! He's been here before in blogs, videos and podcasts.




Knock, knock. Who’s there? VMware VVols finally!

After more than three years in development, VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) storage technology is set to ignite the storage array landscape. VMware VVols represents a major change in the vSphere storage architecture for shared storage arrays. It provides storage with VM-level granularity by introducing a 1:1 mapping of VMs to storage volumes as well as simplifies storage management through automated policy-based management.


HP is one of a select number of original design partners that have worked closely with VMware to define, develop and test VVols. 3PAR StoreServ storage has served as the only Fibre Channel reference platform throughout VMware’s development of VVols. HP’s early and in-depth development involvement on VVols ensures our 3PAR StoreServ customers get the best VVols experience – one that is aligned with the modern architecture 3PAR StoreServ delivers. Read on to learn more about the benefits of HP 3PAR StoreServ for VMware VVols.

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