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HP Converged Storage - a vision to simplify storage

I was trying to remember when we first started talking about Converged Storage. I searched our blogs and it looks like it was May 2011. When I started doing ChalkTalks (here's a link to all the ChalkTalks and ShortTakes), one of the first ones I did was Converged Storage.  

 

The roots of HP Converged Storage

While we starting talking about our vision of Converged Storage over three years ago, its roots are in Converged Infrastructure - a topic that I started to discuss here in 2009. That vision is really starting to come together.  At HP, its really coming together with solutions like HP OneView, HP ConvergedSystems, and from a storage perspective HP 3PAR StoreServ. Today I want to focus in a bit on our Converged Storage vision and how it is epitomized in HP 3PAR StoreServ.

 

I want to suggest watching David Scott's storage keynote from HP Discover.  Since it is a keynote video, it is a little less than an hour long. I highly recommend watching this but if you've already heard about our news from HP Discover, that is what David covers in the last half of his keynote.  I have more details in the full blog post so check it out.

 

Integrating HP 3PAR StoreServ and Microsoft Azure Site Recovery for Disaster Recovery

By Parissa Mohamadi, Microsoft Solution Manager, HP Storage Marketing

 

Azure.jpgOne of the key announcements at Microsoft TechEd 2014 North America was the Azure Site Recovery. Azure Site Recovery (ASR) enables you to protect, replicate and failover Virtual Machines (VMs), ensuring that your mission-critical applications are always up and running.

 

Simply put, ASR acts as the orchestrator of the replication and the failover for the virtual machines that are managed by System Center.

 

So how does storage play into all this? Having Tier-1 storage that offers advanced availability features makes it much easier to implement ASR. Microsoft and HP worked together to enable you to link together your on-premise private cloud data centers on HP 3PAR StoreServ via Azure Site Recovery. Read on to see what HP 3PAR StoreServ and Microsoft ASR can do for you.

 

 

 

Imagine this: Manage HP 3PAR StoreServ in your Windows Server environment

By Parissa Mohamadi, Microsoft Solution Manager, HP Storage Marketing

 

It’s reality with HP StoreFront Manager for Microsoft!

Have you ever dreamed of managing your HP 3PAR StoreServ with a single pane-of-glass view of all that is happening in your Microsoft Windows Server environment?

 

If so, HP StoreFront Manager for Microsoft has it all! It provides a comprehensive integration of HP 3PAR StoreServ with Microsoft System Center so that you can see events/alerts, capacity monitoring and detailed VM information all in one place. I'll dive into the topic on my 3PAR Thursday blog here - or you can check out my ShortTake.

 

 

Migrating to Windows Server 2012? Why you should keep storage in mind

By Parissa Mohamadi, Microsoft Solution Manager, HP Storage Marketing

 

Windows2012.jpegAs you probably know, Microsoft is ending support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. This also means that after that, Microsoft will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates or online technical assistance. That’s a big deal – one that has major impact on companies of all sizes. And it begs a big questions: Is yours one on of the companies that currently have some of the estimated 9.1M physical servers still running Windows Server 2003 with many storage devices attached to them? If the answer is yes, it’s time to start planning now. Here are some tips on planning for migration, including the best migration paths for HP Storage products like HP MSA and HP XP.

HPStorageGuy and the South African TV Personality

Calvin and Derick.jpgI saw a New York Times article talking about a new trend - DIY African Safaris.  I contacted the reporter on Twitter and turns out we were both at Kruger National Park at the same time - doing DIY safaris.  So that brings me back to my last blog post on the topic of South Africa.  I had a couple of previous posts talking about my trip to South Africa.  One of them had some personal videos and pictures I took while visiting a Kruger National Park - a wild game park.  Check out those pictures and videos - I think they were unbelievable and I can't wait to go back to South Africa.  You can read the NYT article here.

 

Aside from getting back to (African) nature, the main reasons I went was to speak at a customer event that our local storage team did.  It was an great event.  The host of that event was Derek Watts - Derek was voted best male TV presenter in South Africa for several years in a row. Today, I have two podcasts from the event and a few pictures to share with you. 

 

Watch this Enterprise Strategy Group video and learn why ESG Sr Analyst Mark Peters said, “HP is the only vendor that offers a genuine single product storage family that’s capable of spanning and essentially integrating midrange platforms, all-flash devices, and all the way up to enterprise storage that can scale to multi-petabytes”.  Registration is required but there are lots of other great resources on the page and well worth it!

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