The next article from our HP Tech Day in Ft. Collins includes notes from the HP 3PAR session and the file-based family overview. Along with notes taken during the session are embedded videos courtesy of Jeffery Powers (www.geekazine.com)
Just before our holiday break started Tim Thomas, one of my X9000 IBRIX technical specialists, sent me an email pointing to a few X9000 Network Storage System application notes so today I have a short post to point you at these.
While I'm still off until next week, I did take a look at these and thought they'd be helpful so here they are. The titles are self-explanatory:
Today, I'll give you an overview of the X9000 IBRIX Network Storage System with Patrick Osborne. Whenever I have X9000 questions, Patrick is the expert I turn to. He was with IBRIX four years and now has been working on the solution for 6 years.
Today is a big day in HP Storage - one I've waited a long time for. We made several announcements today at HP DISCOVER - my blog today is a Power Podcast (podcast with PowerPoint slides) with Tom Joyce, VP of Marketing, Operations, and Strategy at HP Storage. Tom and I discuss the storage pieces of the announcement.
At our April 2010 Tech Day, one of the sessions was a technical overview of the X9000 Network Storage System. The X9000 is based on technology from our acquisition of IBRIX. The presenter is Efrin Molina, a technical specialists.
We announced the X9000 Network Storage System in November 2009. This is a podcast with Milan Shetti, former CEO of IBRIX and Lee Johns, Marketing Director about the X9000.
By Calvin Zito
We wanted to try a new format with our blog so I'm happy to share this podcast with you today. We'll still post written blogs but we'll also mix in podcasts now and then.
Today's discussion is with Lee Johns. Lee is the Director of Marketing for our Unified Storage Division. Lee and I discussed a blog post that we had seen from George Crump, a storage analyst at Storage Switzerland. George talked about storage applications "like thin provisioning, snapshot, replication and other capabilities" and wondered why customers can't just buy this software capabilities and run it on their hardware. That's what Lee and I discussed in this podcast. Let me know if you like the format.
By Pete Brey, WW Extreme Storage Business Development Manager
As you may have noticed the HP StorageWorks Scalable NAS team has been rather busy lately. The acquisition of IBRIX Software closed last week and just this Monday Ocarina Networks put out a press release about Ocarina’s ECOsystem software being resold through HP as an offering for our Scalable NAS products.
Great software on great hardware – it’s a beautiful thing! So what is it that these two great software offerings bring to the table, you ask? Performance and capacity optimized storage, of course. Bringing IBRIX into the HP NAS portfolio extends our offerings with data protection, high availability features and data management services for extreme scale-out, cloud and high performance computing deployments. IBRIX excels in high performance file serving environments with the ability to share storage and span a name space across multi-petabyte systems.
Now multi-petabyte systems are great when you have zillions of files that need to be stored but so is a multi-petabyte system that is optimized so that in the same space tens of zillions can be contained. This is where Ocarina’s ECOsystem software adds its value to our NAS products. The ECOsystem software transforms your storage with its content-aware storage optimization that compresses data up to 10:1 with added features such as deduplication, ECOsnap snapshots, and its own global name space capability. The unique thing about our reseller partnership is that HP can run the ECOsystem software right on our NAS nodes, further optimizing your infrastructure. Now there aren’t too many storage vendors out there who can talk about that now, are there?
HP StorageWorks NAS, IBRIX, and Ocarina - this truly is a beautiful thing! Look for more beautiful things to come from HP StorageWorks in the near future.
By Calvin Zito
I had previously told you about HP's intent to acquire IBRIX. Today, the acquisition of IBRIX by HP was finalized and boy, was that a fast close!
I'd like to welcome the IBRIX team to HP and the StorageWorks organiziation - glad to have you aboard! Now the heavy lifting of integration can begin. We'll be working fast to bring the IBRIX solutoins into our StorageWorks portfolio and we'll share more details when we can so stay tuned!
By Calvin Zito
Today, HP announced a definitive agreement to acquire IBRIX. IBRIX is a privately held company in Billerica, MA. The company's flagship product is called IBRIX Fusion. It's a software-based parallel file system. You can read more about it on the IBRIX web site but a few highlights are:
- Scalability - 1000's of nodes in single namespace
- Read-only caching nodes
- Data Protection with replication and snapshots
- Data Movement/Content Handling
- Data Efficiency via storage tiering
These capabilities combined with HP infrastructure help remove complexity and bottlenecks from traditional siloed architectures and drive down costs through the use of common components. And just as HP LeftHand P4000 storage solutions deliver a scale-out block storage solution, IBRIX provides scale-out file services.
Before anyone asks what did HP pay or what is IBRIX revenue, I won't disclose either. The acquisition is expected to close in 30 days.
I think this will be a great fit for HP and our customers. IBRIX has been an HP partner for three years and we have joint customers. The IBRIX software works with our HP StorageWorks SANs, x86 HP ProLiant rack-mount and blade servers as well as HP ProCurve Ethernet switches.
Here's a link to the press release.
This should be interesting!