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It's all about the Blades

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


BL420c_460_660_c7000enclosure_silver2.jpgHP BladeSystem can be considered the ultimate in a converged environment with its blade server density, efficiencies and flexibility but did you know it can do more than just handle application workloads within that chassis? Have you ever thought about taking convergence to the next level? How about layering in data services?


I had the pleasure of joining the BladeSystem team this week on their Eye on Blades blog site. Check out my latest post on storage for blades - The more you know...A BladeSystem and Storage PSA   


Read it now!

Hello HP OneView

Earlier this week, our HP Converged System Division - now run by my former HP Storage marketing VP Tom Joyce - announced HP OneView.  I was traveling so I'm a few days late telling you about it but I think if you haven't seen HP OneView, it's worth sharing with you a few days late. 


The program to deliver this new paradigm in infrastructure management started four years ago and the team had a unique approach to understanding what customers wanted in an ideal tool - it centered on what tasks admins needed to perform versus the products they had to manage.  Here's a video that talks about how the team worked with customers to HP OneView and briefly introduces it.


The full blog post has several video demos so click over to it now.

Tags: HP OneView

P4800 BladeSystem SAN for Client Virtualization session

Did you miss HP Technology Forum this year and are interested in VDI and Client Virtualization?  Check out this session video that talks about the HP P4800 BladeSystem SAN for Client Virtualization.

No more bottlenecks: Accelerating real-time data access in blades the solid state way

By Tim Ellerbe, Product Manager

Wouldn't it be nice if we could eliminate applications and database performance problems by running them 100% in DRAM? RAM's nanosecond latency makes it ideal as a temporary workspace for operating systems and applications. However, its volatility makes it unsuitable for applications that need to persist data. It's also difficult and expensive to cram enough DRAM into a server. Additionally, its expense makes it impractical to purchase the capacities most applications need. 

Consider this...

The HP StorageWorks IO Accelerator brings high I/O performance and low latency access to storage, with the reliability of solid state. It's a mezzanine card for HP StorageWorks BladeSystem c-Class servers (and soon to be released PCIe version for selected ProLiant DL/ML servers) that provides the performance boost that IO-starved applications need without sacrificing reliability. These NAND Flash-based cards add terabytes of DRAM-like acceleration to blades in a new persistent memory tier with advanced error checking, self-healing and RAID5-like redundancy.

But isn't a persistent and reliable memory tier with RAM-like speed even more expensive than RAM? The IO Accelerator costs roughly $48/GB.  Compared to DRAM (roughly $125/GB MSRP), it's a bargain.

The benefits added up for one BladeSystem customer who added IO Accelerators to its MySQL database clusters to get the following benefits:

  • 30x faster database replication-during testing, a new read database caught up to the master in 12-1/2 minutes compared to 6-1/2 hours for a standard serve

  • 6x faster complex query processing, from 2700/sec to 350/sec per blade

  • 30% faster query response times

  • 8x faster worst-case disaster recovery

Any other solid state storage success stories to share? Let us know. In the meantime, catch the latest views on the state of solid state storage-and other StorageWorks products supporting solid state.

(Editor's note: You can follow HP StorageWorks on Twitter here)

Video of Paul Perez, StorageWorks VP and Chief Technologist at HP BladeSystem Tech Day

I've been in the storage industry a long time - before we had RAID.  I've stayed here because to me it's fascinating.  And the pace of change and technology development just seems to accelerate.  So you can imagine I was more than a little excited when I was able to get Paul Perez, VP and Chief Technologist of the HP StorageWorks division to come and spend some time with the bloggers at the HP BladeSystem Tech Day.  I knew since so many of the bloggers are focused on storage that they'd appreciate hearing from Paul.  I've captured the video and here it is in four parts:


Go to the blog to see the full post.

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