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Active-Active High Availability for the HP XP7 Disk Array

I have a soft spot for our HP XP Disk Array family - I was part of the team that brought the XP into the HP portfolio and kicking out the previous solution was just plain fun.  SO when the XP team came to me and asked if I could introduce some new functionality today, I said "Heck yeah!".  And what I have to show you is pretty cool stuff. 


Imagine being able to replicate between two arrays (either in the same data center, across campus, or 100km away) and with multi-array virtualization that allows active active access to virtual LUNS across those two XP7 arrays. What I just described is the new Active-Active High Availability Solution for the XP7.  And I have a ChalkTalk that gives a bit more about what it is. 

Labels: chalktalk| XP Disk| XP7

XP7 Always On Disaster Recovery with Online Data Migration

Earlier today, I introduced you to the XP7. In this blog post I want to share with you another ChalkTalk that explains some very cool multi-array virtualization functionality that we call XP7 Always On Disaster Recovery with Online Data Migration. 


I'll let the ChalkTalk do the explaining but there's a short back story here.  I was talking to Karen our worldwide product manager for the XP7 on Monday.  Actually, it was late Monday afternoon.  She talked me through how we can keep a Disaster Recovery Solution working before, during, and after an online data migration. 


She gave me details on how it works and I decided it would make a cool ChalkTalk.  So I set off to do that ChalkTalk yesterday and I think it does a really good job of explaining what this is and how it works.

Introducing the HP XP7 Storage - 7th generation of the XP Disk Array

XP7.pngToday I want to introduce you to the latest generation of the XP Disk Array, the XP7.  I want to tell you a bit of a personal story about my experience with the XP.  Back in 1997, I decided to leave HP Storage to take a job with another division of HP in Colorado Springs.  My wife asked me if I could get a job in Colorado Springs because her Mom lived there and within about two weeks, I had landed a job that was a promotion and broadened my experience in marketing so we moved to C Springs. 


But after 18 months (and experiencing the worst blizzard I've ever seen despite growing up near Buffalo, NY), we decided we missed Boise and wanted to go back.  By the way, my mother-in-law moved to Boise a few years after that. 


There was a marketing programs job in storage and I jumped at the chance to come back to Boise and storage.  My first day back, I was taken into a room and given an HP Private briefing that we were working with Hitachi Ltd to introduce a new high-end array.  That was the beginning of one the most intense five months in my career.

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