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Blueprint for high performance virtual storage with HP StoreVirtual VSA and flash drives

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Nth Symposium at the Disneyland Hotel – I can't tell you how many times I heard the phrase “unpredictable workloads.”  I get it.  Businesses looking for the Next Big Thing have to continually change course. For IT departments, that means continually integrating new technology into existing mixed-vendor IT environments.  As a buzzword hater - I really don't like the word “seamlessly” –  let’s just say you have to do it without putting your data at risk or impacting the system's performance. Seasonal businesses have the added challenge of making sure they have storage capacity through all these ups and downs without over-provisioning or overpaying to store data that users rarely access.


You need a storage infrastructure that is flexible, cost effective, scalable at a moments notice, AND high performance. Our newest StoreVirtual VSA blueprint gets you started in the right direction. It’s really similar to the configuration I shared with you a couple of weeks ago – the blueprint that showed you how to create a virtual SAN using three servers filled with HDD drives. In this case, you swap out those drives for faster flash drives, so you get increased uptime and real-time response to unpredictable workloads.  New SSDs are pretty inexpensive, too, so you can boost system performance without burning through much of your budget.

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ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual Chalktalk

It's SDS Saturday and like with my 3PAR Thursday post, I'm jumping in as Editor in Chief to post something I think you'll want to see. At the beginning of August, Kate Davis announced our newest hyper-converged solution, the HP ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual (ok - I had NOTHING to do with the naming!). 


I was traveling and didn't have time to do a ChalkTalk but I made that a top priority as I got back to the office this past week. So I want to share it with you today with a short commentary. 


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.



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