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Banking on the power of converged storage and networking

Emulex CU blog post.pngDoes this scenario sound at all familiar? Your execs need analytic reports to be available first thing in the morning but as your SANs reach performance limits, delays interupt timely delivery. Meanwhile, your IT team is spending up to seven hours per week managing cluster performance issues.

So what happens when a federal credit union faced IT workload challenges like these? 


In this case, the credit union chose an infrastructure solution deploying HP StoreFabric 16Gb Host Bus Adapters (HBAs), HP Converged Network Adapters and HP ProLiant DL380 Servers.


As a result, one of the (now much happier) network engineers for the credit union can now say, “By deploying HP StoreFabric and HP ProLiant servers for high performance connectivity to LANs and SANs, we reduced report generation time from eight hours to two hours per night.”





Intelligent Provisioning of StoreVirtual VSA with ProLiant Gen9 Servers

Earlier today, Kate Davis shared some news with you in her post, HP offers free software-defined storage with all Intel server puchases.  In summary, HP is providing a 1TB StoreVirtual VSA license for free with the purchase of Intel Xeon processor E5 v3-based servers, including servers from Dell, IBM, Lenovo and others. 

 

Further, with HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers, we are announcing Intelligent Provisioning - the VSA is integrated into Gen9 Intelligent Provisioning wizard making it really easy to deploy HP StoreVirtual VSA. I was given access to a Gen9 server and I have a short demo showing the Gen9 Intelligent Provisioning. 

 

 

 

StoreVirtual VSA software taps used storage and compute capacity to create a shared pool of storage for environments like VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Linux KVM.

HP offers free software-defined storage with all Intel server purchases

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

 

Software_defined_storage_RGB_blue_NT.pngThere’s a change happening in data centers and IT rooms across the globe: servers are now housing more applications along with storage and networking functionality. This change wouldn’t be happening without the enhanced capabilities of today’s servers. Servers are the heart of any data center and with the latest Intel Xeon technology they are more powerful, capable of handling just about anything you throw at them, especially software-defined storage. And today, I have two new items to announce.

 

 

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

HP ProLiant SL4500 for Big Data

SL4500.pngPrior to HP Discover, my server brethren announced the HP ProLiant SL4500 - a new server based product that was positioned for "big data".  I was working to get a podcast with a couple of guys on the team when we realized that we'd all be at HP Discover together so I offered to do a video with them in their booth.  That turned out to be a great choice because seeing is believing - or I should say is understanding. 

 

I also have a ChalkTalk giving a high-level architectural overview of HP StoreAll that should help you understand the data services it offers and how it's different from the SL4500. 

 

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