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Simply StoreIT solutions for Data Protection and Virtualization

I started this week with an overview of the announcements we made at our HP Global Partner Conference. In that post, I pointed you to the updated Simply StoreIT Overview ChalkTalk.  I'll end GPC week with one final update of interest to small and midsized businesses.  

 

HP Simply StoreIT is for SMBs with a focus on solutions for virtualization, backup and data protection, file sharing, Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server.  The goal is to help you, via channel partners, quickly find the storage solution that best fits your business. 

 

The foundation of Simply StoreIT is to identify where you are in your IT journey: starting out, building momentum, or expanding your business.  And armed with that information, its easy to determine what  product can best address your needs.  I'd suggest if you didn't see the overview ChalkTalk I mentioned at the start, you take a look at that.  Also, I'll point you to the Simply StoreIT program overview (PDF) if you want to learn more. 

 

You will be interested in the free "Get Protected Guarantee" Backup Assessment.  It does require registration but I think it's worth it.   When you take the assessment it includes:

  • Backup window details
  • Successful vs. failed backup details
  • Retention times
  • Daily data backed up

 

Virtualization and HP 3PAR

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.

Which 5 IT areas look to prosper in 2013?

By Andre Carpenter, senior solutions architect

 

Here’s to 2013! It’s a very exciting time to be in IT—and especially in the storage, cloud and virtualisation space. Last year saw a massive shift in the IT landscape as CIOs really started to show interest in this thing we call cloud computing. More focus on how things can be done better and more cost effectively was one of the prominent drivers behind this surge in interest.

 

Crystal Ball.jpgLooking into the crystal ball…

I’ve never deemed myself to be a fortune teller of any kind, but I guess in some wacky kind of way it is part of my role: possessing a grasp of what’s happening now and an ability to translate this and interpret the market to foretell what might be happening 6 months, 12 months, 18 months down the track. This is always a beneficial skill for any IT professional to have. This time of year, we see a number of predictions on market trends that appear to be obvious for 2013. Then there are some that may come as a surprise. So let’s take a look at some of the areas that I think will prosper.

Building storage for virtualization podcast from SNW

Michael Haag after session.jpgI ended my day at SNW on Monday attending a session by my colleague Michael Haag.  Michael came to HP via 3PAR and is a Senior Solution Manager for Virtualization and works closely with partners like VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix.  He talks a bit more about his role in our podcast. 

 

His session was titled "Keys to building the right storage foundation for virtualization".  In my podcast with Michael we hit some of the high points of his session like:

  • Michael's three virtualization truths
  • Storage challenges resulting from virtualization
  • Keys to building the right storage foundation, including storage architecture considerations

During his session MIchael also mentioned that HP 3PAR Peer Motion (our storage federation software that  I recently demoed on HP LeftHand) now supports VMware and we talked about that.  Here's the podcast with Michael:

 

 

HP passes EMC as the storage virtualization brand leader

Storage Virtualization Market Brand Leader Award Nov 2010.jpgI learned at the end of last year that we had been named the "Storage Virtualization Brand Leader" by ITBrand Pulse.  HP overtook EMC, the 2009 leader, to claim the top spot.  How's that for breaking recorders!!!

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