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Software-Defined Storage: You have questions, we have answers

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

 

Even after two years of talking about Software-Defined Storage, basic questions are still being asked within the IT community about what it is and what is does. So I thought I’d share a couple of items that may help answer some questions you may have: A new IDC brief with the Top 5 questions customers are asking about SDS and a recent video interview at HP Discover with our Marketing VP, Craig Nunes.

Software-Defined Storage at HP Discover 2014

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

 

SDS1.jpgThere’s just a couple of weeks left until HP Discover in Las Vegas. If you haven’t already started perusing the session catalog now’s the time to do that. I wanted to share with you all what sessions and demos we will have that are focused on Software-Defined Storage. We will have a bunch of product experts in attendance delivering Discover theater sessions, business and technical breakouts, hands-on labs, demos and a discussion forum. Check out this article for the full run down.

Virtual SAN buyer guide article

I came across an article today on Enterprise Storage Forum titled Virtual SAN Buying Guide.  The top of the article quotes Greg Schulz, analyst with StorageIO, “VMware vSAN is a good thing for the industry and those using VMware in that it will shake up the status quo, and enable organizations to use what they have.”  A couple of big points I need to make here:

 

  1. We had our HP StoreVirtual VSA (formerly HP LeftHand) for six plus years and with over 170,000 licenses out there, I think we already shook up the status quo.
  2. Greg states that this will be a good thing for those using VMware.  We agree - VMware vSAN does represents an opportunity for the industry and is an extension of the message that we have been sharing for years. The beautiful thing about the StoreVirtual VSA is it looks like an iSCSI array on the network and so any physical or virtualized server can store their data on the StoreVirtual VSA volumes.  And you can run StoreVirtual VSA on either Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere. 

Kate Davis, a frequent blogger here, is quoted in the article too.  Kate said, "With the rapid growth of data storage there is room for different types of storage tiers within their infrastructure.  VSA and vSAN are flexible tiers of storage that allow users to utilize the infrastructure in place to gain the needed data services at any given time for a variety of unpredictable workloads, and match the benefits they achieved with server virtualization now on the storage side.”

The 3PAR journey at HP Storage

20130612_161724.jpgAt HP Discover, Andy McCaskey from SDRnews.com was livestreaming and at the event; I had two slots for storage-focused content and was trying to think what I'd do and not repeat our product details.  I centered on having two people talk to Andy: David Scott, Sr. VP and GM of HP Storage and Siamak Nazari, HP Fellow and Chief Software Architect.  Andy suggested that Siamak could talk about his history at 3PAR and now his experience at HP Storage.  

 

I think Andy had a great idea and this discussion with Siamak is really interesting.  Siamak has an interesting background that gives great insight into the 3PAR architecture - his background was from server operating system environment and that was foundational to the design of 3PAR.  

 

See my full blog post and checkout the videos with Siamak and David!

The Power of ‘AND’: Acting upon HP’s vision of virtual storage with StoreVirtual and StoreOnce

By Kate Davis, @KateAtHP, WW Product Marketing Manager, HP StoreVirtual Storage

 

KateDavis.jpgMany marketing campaigns over the years have touted the power of “and” within their product. Because no one wants to choose between two or more things, the ability to have all features is meaningful. In HP’s vision of virtual storage, which we began expressing last year, we said that our strategy is to grow our portfolio of VSAs (virtual storage appliances) across the Converged Storage portfolio and give you that power of AND. . . by using both StoreVirtual VSA AND StoreOnce VSA in the same infrastructure. 

 

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