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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.

 

New Version of LeftHand OS for HP StoreVirtual Now Available

LeftHand O/S is the name of the software OS for HP StoreVirtual. This past week, we released LeftHaHP_StoreVirtual_Storage_RGB_white.pngnd OS 12.0. Here's a list of the new features:

  • Space Reclamation - StoreVirtual Storage can now reclaim space in VMware vSphere and Microsoft Windows environments using T10 UNMAP.
  • HP StoreVirtual Multipathing Extension Module (MEM) for VMware vSphere - Reduce latency and improve performance in VMware vSphere environments. The MEM also optimizes data-path traffic in multi-site (or stretch-cluster) configurations.
  • New REST API - Provision storage, create and modify storage pools using the all new web services based API for HP StoreVirtual.
  • Faster remote copy performance and system reboot times.

1TB Free StoreVirtual VSA

A few weeks ago, we made an announcement about 1TB Free StoreVirtual VSA.  Today I have a ShortTake that I want to share. Kate Davis had previously posted an article about the free 1TB but this ShortTake on YouTube has become my most watch video ever - over a 155,000 views as I write this post so I want to share it on the blog. 

 

Let me give you a short recap of the free 1TB VSA:

  1. All HP ProLiant Gen9 server models now come standard with a 1TB StoreVirtual VSA license. To make it easy to deploy, we’ve built in the installation of VSA software into the Intelligent Provisioning feature of the servers. Here's a link to a demo I did showing this.
  2. HP and Intel have partnered up to make sure everyone has an opportunity to try out Software-defined storage with our StoreVirtual VSA for themselves. Starting now, anyone who buys a new Intel Xeon E5 processor-based server, regardless of vendor, can get a free 1TB license of StoreVirtual VSA. You just need to register to unlock your free 1TB StoreVirtual VSA storage, then download the VSA software and license key. Or you ask your channel partner to do it for you.

Customers Share Their Secrets - UC Irvine

I have been holding out on a couple customer videos I did at Nth Symposium.  I want to share one today.  And with all our recent talk about the 1TB of free StoreVirtual VSA, it's timely to share this video with you. 

 

The University of California at Irvine has been a long time HP Storage customer. I met Kazuto Okayasu at Nth Symposium a few years ago and I've enjoyed talking to him about storage every year at the event. This year, I asked Kaz to do a video with me to talk about his environment and he graciously said yes.  It's a great story - UC Irvine is deep into virtualization and Kaz talks about how they used StoreVirtual VSA to set up a multi-site SAN to have site resiliency.  The video with Kaz is short and speaks for itself so here it is.

 

You can learn more about HP StoreVirtual at hp.com/go/StoreVirtual.

HP and Intel partnering on software-defined storage

My colleague Kate Davis introduced you to the Free 1TB StoreVirtual VSA in a blog post a few weeks ago. This program is a partnership with Intel. Just to remind you of this program, anyone who buys a new Intel Xeon E5 processor-based server, regardless of vendor, can get a free 1TB license of StoreVirtual VSA. You just need to register to unlock your free 1TB StoreVirtual VSA storage, then download the VSA software and license key.

 

So why is Intel a part on this program? There is a strong partnership between HP and Intel to bring software-defined storage to customers by leveraging the latest Intel processors. Here's a short discussion between Rob Strechay from HP and Andrea Nelson from Intel.     

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