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Build your own virtual storage array with HP StoreVirtual VSA

3node VSA.pngThose of you who have been following my Software-Defined Storage Blueprint blog posts know that creating virtual storage from available capacity on your servers is not rocket science – in fact, there’s no special training required. An IT generalist can install HP StoreVirtual VSA on an x86 server and start using it within minutes. If you’re ready to take it to the next step and pool the capacity from several servers into a shared storage array, read on.


Physical systems of any kind have clear limitations in capacity and adaptability. In slow-growing, predictable IT environments with plenty of room to spread out, they’re still the go-to solution. The rest of us, who deal with limited data center space and fluctuating workloads, are turning to virtualization for help. Server virtualization (the creation of virtual machines rather than physical servers, allowing multiple operating systems and applications to run on a single physical host) has caught on everywhere. Yet in spite of the widespread implementation of server virtual machines, storage often remains siloed in physical devices that can be difficult to deploy, manage and scale.

HP Software-Defined Storage adds a mighty Arrow to our quiver

By Janet Runberg, SDS Sales Enablement Manager, HP Storage

 

target-3arrows.jpgGreat news: HP and Arrow Electronics are teaming up to arm resellers with HP Software-Defined Storage lead-generation tools and training as part of the “Nitro” channel program, first announced last fall as a joint initiative with Intel. The target: your data centers, where we can help you transition to a simple software-defined infrastructure. Last September, HP launched 1st Terabyte's On Us (code name “Nitro”), providing HP StoreVirtual VSA 1TB licenses at no cost to customers who purchase Intel Xeon processor-based servers from any vendor. All around the world, tens of thousands of you have taken advantage of our free VSA software to help you get started in server virtualization and software-defined storage (SDS). 

 

Now we’re expanding Nitro into a broader program that provides channel-focused products, training and marketing materials to our distribution partners, starting with Arrow in the US. The program makes it easy for Arrow resellers to get the expertise they need to help customers transform their organizations—and easy for reseller customers like you to learn about and try out HP SDS solutions, risk free. Here's the complete story.

Make the Most of What You've Got with StoreVirtual VSA

SDS Environment.pngA few weeks ago, I did an post that discussed StoreVirtual VSA for beginners.  Today, I want to continue that discussion. We've talked about StoreVirtual VSA and the related topic of software-defined storage a lot but given all the views the first post got, we thought a follow-up would be relevant and useful. And after all, it's Software-Defined Saturday!

 

Making the most of what you’ve got – add StoreVirtual VSA storage

In the past, data storage meant you needed storage hardware. In 2007, software-defined storage (SDS) wasn't a term being used in the industry. IT administrators kept up with data growth one box at a time, adding new physical storage devices to meet the every growing capacity needed, each device taking up space in the data center and increasing energy costs.

 

 

HP StoreVirtual VSA: An introduction

SDS.pngI've been spending a lot of time on SpiceWorks for almost a year. And one of the topics that comes up repeatedly is explaining what a VSA is. If you've been reading ATSB for a while, you probably have a good idea what it is but from what I've seen on SpiceWorks, many of you would benefit from an post on the topic.  So today's post will serve as a bit of an introduction to StoreVirtual VSA and I'll pull StoreOnce VSA into the discussion as well.

 

What exactly is VSA? 
Software-defined storage (SDS) is storage functionality that is not delivered in a specific chassis—it is delivered as software. As you might have noticed, it's been getting a lot of attention over the past couple of years.

When SDS was in its infancy, single CPU servers could generally manage only one virtual machine, often paying a penalty of performance. IT managers were reluctant to adopt SDS, instead adding new physical storage devices to meet their business needs.

Today, IT departments have very robust SDS options, in part because server capacity and performance have increased enormously. And of course, while the servers were getting beefed up, virtual storage technology was advancing at a fast pace.

 

Let's talk Hyper-Converged

Earlier this week, I was able to get Mark Peters to join me on a webcast. Mark is a Senior Analyst and Practice Manager at ESG. Joining us was Rob Strechay. Rob is the director of product management and marketing for Software-defined Storage, Hyper-converged, and Manageability.

 

As you can tell from the title of this post, the focus of the webcast was Hyper-converged. In the webcast, Mark shares recent research ESG has done.

Here's a few of the topics we discussed:

  • Adoption of hyper-converged infrastructure and software-defined storage (SDS)
  • What are the differences between hyper-converged and SDS and how are they related
  • What are the benefits that are driving hyper-converged
  • Challenges to implementing hyper-converged
  • How HP is addressing hyper-converged and SDS
  • HP has two hyper-converged solutions - one based on VMware EVO:RAIL and the other that uses StoreVirtual VSA - why are there two solutions

 

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