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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.


Can you protect your data for free? Introducing the new FREE 1TB StoreOnce VSA

By Ashwin Shetty, Product Marketing, HP Storage   @ashwinkshetty


Back in February, I wrote a blog about the latest enhancement to our StoreOnce VSA platform. Since then, I’ve been receiving many questions on Twitter about the free 1TB StoreOnce VSA. So to address some of your questions, let me summarize the whats and wherefores—as we have just recently enabled the link for users to download the free 1TB StoreOnce VSA. Here’s the most important question! Read on with my blog for more!


StoreOnce_Icon_28220x160_29_tcm245_1675986_tcm245_1675985_tcm245-1675986.jpgHow can I download the free 1TB StoreOnce VSA?

The 1TB StoreOnce VSA is downloadable from the HP Software Depot. You can access this page directly from this web page: To continue requires that you have an HP Passport account (which is easily created if you do not already have one). After this, you need to enter your HP Passport credentials and some user information. This takes you to the download page where the StoreOnce VSA software can be downloaded. From the same download page there is also a link to download the License Key Entitlement Certificate.

Deploy HP StoreOnce VSA from VMware vCenter demo

One of my favorite types of videos to do is a demo video.  I still love the ChalkTalks and ShortTakes but demos are great because they really show how something works.  

Today I want to share with you a demo I have.  HP OneView for VMware vCenter (OV4VC for short) integrates the manageability features of HP OneView, HP ProLiant, HP BladeSystem, HP Virtual Connect and HP Storage into the VMware vCenter Server console. By integrating HP Converged Infrastructure management features directly into VMware vCenter Server, administrators get insight and control of their HP infrastructure supporting their virtualized infrastructure  - reducing the time it takes to make important change decisions, manage planned and unplanned downtime and do lifecycle management.


In OV4VC v 7.5, which was just released late last week, we have introduced the ability to deploy HP StoreOnce VSA from a vCenter console.  With a few simple clicks, you can tranform existing server capacity into HP Software-Defined Storage for data protection. The process to do it is very simple and similar to deploying StoreVirtual VSA with vCenter (see the blog post with a demo I did of that a few months ago).

5 advantages HP StoreOnce Backup brings to cloud service providers

By Srikanth Venkata Seshu, Worldwide Solutions Marketing Manager, BURA, HP Storage


ManButton.jpegIn my last post, I talked about what every cloud service provider needs to know about BaaS. I showed how BaaS offerings can be structured and some of the key considerations for cloud service providers looking to add BaaS to their portfolios.


Now I’m going to continue where I left off by talking about HP’s Cloud Backup Service Ready Solution, based on HP StoreOnce Backup.

Get the Short Take on HP’s Software-Defined Storage News

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


This is a busy time of year for the software-defined storage team with product announcements and prep for VMworld. As you may have seen yesterday from either the press release or Calvin’s blog we had a number of enhancements to talk about for our VSAs and Management tools.


Calvin’s been after me for a while to get some ShortTake’s done around our SDS products and so this announcement was the perfect opportunity for me to dive in to that task. I’ve completed 3 to start, that offer a high-level overview of our news coverage.

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