Several weeks ago at HP Discover, we announced HP Virtual Connect and 3PAR with Flat SAN technology. I did a podcast with Alex Kramer from the Virtual Connect engineering team that gave a high-level overview. That podcast is the most downloaded podcast I've had. When blogger and Infosmack podcast host Nigel Poulton pinged me a few weeks ago to ask about doing a podcast I offered up Alex to him.
If you haven't listened to Infosmack before, you'll see why Nigel calls it a Technical Deep Dive podcast. With Nigel's permission, I've taken his podcast, added a short introduction and present it to you here.
I have two things to share with you today. In our Blogger Lounge at HP Discover, the invited bloggers have many opportunities to hear from HP executives and technical experts in our "coffee talks". We held a coffee talk with the David Scott, Sr. VP and GM of HP Storage and Milan Shetti, CTO of HP Storage. David and Milan spent about an hour with the bloggers answering their questions.
I'm ready to checkout of the Palazzo and fly home from HP Discover but wanted to get you this blog post before I go. My colleague Brad Parks and I did a series of three videos while we were in the Bloggers' Lounge at the event and we covered three topics:
- HP StoreOnce and StoreOnce Catalyst
- HP 3PAR and Virtual Connect with Flat SAN technology
- Technology discussion around Solid State Drives (SSD)
We wanted these videos to be short and to the point and I think we hit the mark. Here's one of the videos on SSD technology - to see the others, go to the blog post.
Part of our announcement at HP Discover on Monday was around the new HP Virtual Connect Direct-Attach FC for 3PAR with Flat SAN technology. This is pretty cool stuff - as I said yesterday, it reduces complexity and cost with while reducing latency between servers and storage by eliminating the need for multi-tier SANs.
I have a GREAT podcast with Alex Kramer. Alex is on the Virtual Connect engineering team in our ProLiant software team and he really helped me to understand exactly what we announced. Here's my podcast with Alex:
Today as we kickoff HP Discover, we have significant news coming from HP Storage. I’ll dive deeper into the various parts of the announcement on the blog over the next few days – in this first post I’ll give you an introduction to our news. There are three pieces of news to share:
- Enhancements to the HP StoreOnce family that improve backup performance 3X and recovery 5X faster over comparable EMC Data Domain product
- New HP Data Protector 7 with Autonomy IDOL - the first meaning-based protection software
- New HP Virtual Connect Direct-Attach FC for 3PAR with Flat SAN technology
You can read more about this announcement on the blog.
Read the contestants final posts for the Blogger Reality Contest:
- Luigi Danakos, Absolutely nothing but everything to do with #BRC2k11
- David Hurst, Network Virtualization and Managment; The Final Pieces
- Michael Letschin, Is the world finally ready for HP Virtual Connect?
- Matthew Norwood, Some Tradeoffs Are Worth It
- Maish Saidel-Keesing, I Want More Bandwidth - but KISS - #BRC2K11
- Phillip Sellers, Converging network with HP FlexFabric and FlexManagement
I just saw a new post over on our Eye on Blades blog talking about Virtual Connect and Simple SAN Connection Manager software. I recently had a power podcast with Dan Watt, product manager for our SN6000 stackable switch. We touched on the Simple SAN Connection Manager (SSCM) software so I thought it was great timing to see this post talking about Virtual Connect and SSCM enterprise software. As a refresher, here's a link to the SN6000 power podcast that will start at the point where we discussed SSCM.
The article on Eye on Blades is short, giving a brief description of Virtual Connect, Virtual Connect Enterprise Management software, and SSCM software so please check it out. The post also includes a link to a solution brief that goes into a deeper discussion - and here's a link to that solution brief. It's another great proof point of Converged Infrastructure.