I've had a couple of blog posts this week about our HP Simply StoreIT announcement - focusing on storage for Small and Midsize Business. One of the parts of the announcement I haven't really given adequate attention to is HP StorageEasy Storage.
From the beginning
If you already know what HP StoreEasy Storage is, skip down to the sub-heading "So what's new?". We announced HP StoreEasy Storage in November of last year, Prior to that you may have known it as the X1000 and X3000. Start with our HP ProLiant DNA, layer on Windows Storage Server 2012, and a few HP additions and you start to get the idea. One of the first ChalkTalks I did was about StoreEasy - so if you want to get a bit more on what it is, check that out.
So what's new
I'll just quickly summarize what's new and let you watch the ChalkTalk I have.
- Wizard-driven storage provisioning tool
- Single interface for launching management tasks and utilities
- Built-in snapshot management for files
- Choice of Server Core headless mode (shrinks active OS code, reducing virus vulnerability and OS patching)
- Optional onboard HP Data Protector for hybrid cloud backup/recovery
- Wizard-based easy gateway clustering for file services with SANs
Earlier today (ok, really yesterday now), we announced the new MSA 2040, the 4th generation of the very successful MSA family. I think the ChalkTalk I did, which I'll include again in this post, is a good high-level overview and you definitely need to check it out if you haven't already.
But I was getting a few questions on Twitter about getting more technical details on the MSA 2040. We won't have those details to share until June - but I did get an early look at the QuickSpecs and wanted to share a few things from it with you.
Here is what the MSA 2040 Small Form Factor (SFF), Large Form Factor (LFF), and rear view with two SAN controllers installed looks like.
I've got more details on this blog post so click over to it for more.
I've got news to share with you today and I've put it into a couple of ChalkTalks. At a high level, the news today is:
- We're introducing the MSA2040, the fourth generation of the MSA that is up to 4X faster than the MSA2000 G3 and competitive entry arrays. It's the first entry SAN with 16Gb FC and has very cool data in-place upgrade capabilities.
- There are enhancements to our HP StoreEasy Storage - this is file and application storage based on Windows Storage Server 2012. Then enhancements include a new provisioning wizard that makes HP StoreEasy Storage even easier!
- HP Simply StoreIT is a channel-exclusive program focused on helping SMBs with solutions for virutalization, file sharing, Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server, and backup and data protection.
Here's the overview ChalkTalk but be sure to check the blog post as there's more details there.
Lastly, I want to invite you to join me and Sr VP and GM of HP Storage David Scott. Today at 10:30 AM PDT (that's 1:30 PM EDT), I'll host a live webcast with David and we'll talk about this announcement today. I'm again partnering with my friends at Watchitoo.com; you can download a calendar reminder or if you miss the live broadcast, watch the replay at www.hp.com/go/SimplyStoreIT.
I've been playing around with the software over the last couple of weeks and made three HP Storage ChalkTalk videos. I think they do a good job giving an overview of the HP StoreEasy NAS and HP StoreVirtual Storage solutions we announced last week.
I plan on doing ChalkTalks more often so check them out and then let me ask you to answer a couple of questions with your comments:
- Do you find this video format useful?
- What topics would you like me to cover in future HP ChalkTalks?
Thanks for watching!
The webinar with David Scott has already happened but I do have an on-demand version you can watch on this blog post. Also, I have another ChalkTalk to share, this time the new HP StoreEasy NAS. Check out the blog post for the webinar with David, Chris Evans, and me!