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Some HP Discover love for HP StoreVirtual and software-defined storage

With all the announcements around HP 3PAR StoreServ, StoreOnce, and StoreAll at HP Discover I didn't want HP StoreVirtual and software-defined storage (SDS) to get lost in all the other news so today I have a couple of things around StoreVirtual and SDS to share with you. 


That said, it's not like StoreVirtual hasn't had a ton of enhancements over the last year.  We've rolled out a new version of the LeftHand OS that included sub-LUN tiering (we call it Adaptive Optimization), and we've rolled the entire hardware family to ProLiant Gen 8.  And if you watch this video with Kate Davis getting interviewed by Jake Ludington, she snuck some other news in.


The other relevant bit around HP StoreVirtual that I wanted to share with you is a white paper.  My HP Storage team in Italy wanted a white paper that gave an simple overview of HP StoreVirtual VSA in Italian.  They were talking to blogger Enrico Signoretti and I stepped in because I thought a paper like that in English would be a good overview.  I mentioned the blog post Enrico did in an HP Discover blogger recap I did yesterday.  His blog is titled Report: A hyper-converged infrastructure for the rest of us from HP (there's an Italian language version as well). 

There's more on the blog post so head over to it.

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.”

Summer winds down. StoreVirtual VSA ramps up - with new advanced storage functionality.

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


KateDavis.jpgAaaahhh August. . .  It marks the end of summer vacation, kids back in school, the fun HP_StoreVirtual_VSA3.jpg
of VMworld, and our StoreVirtual VSA being another older and more mature. VSA is now 6 years old. We’ve watched the appliance grow through integrations with VMware, Microsoft, OpenStack and Veeam—as well as develop its inherent capabilities of scale-out clustering, high availability, data mobility and disaster recovery. Today, there’s more to be proud of. We now announce the ability to adaptively optimize for unpredictable workloads. That’s right. . . StoreVirtual VSA has sub-volume auto-tiering! I’ve got all the details here, including how you can get your hands on the latest software.

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. 


How software is like bacon: a menu of uses for StoreVirtual VSA

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


KateDavis.jpgI've seen several questions floating around about how best to use VSA. Where should I use it? Does it go everywhere
or are there key areas? Is it for large infrastructures or just for small deployments? Does it replace all array hardware?
So I think the best way to explain its uses is to compare it to how we use bacon. Yes, bacon. . . seems logical, right? Trust me, it will work. Because software is just like bacon. Here's what I mean. . .


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