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Monitoring in vSphere environments: what’s the value of HP StoreFront Analytics?

By David Olszewski, Product Manager, HP Storage




What’s the value of HP StoreFront Analytics for VMware vCenter Operations Manager in a vSphere environment? To get an idea, simply look at the graphs I’ve included in my blog as you imagine the problems of low disk space and poor disk response time – then imagine a new approach with HP StoreFront Analytics.


Labels: StoreFront| VMware

Customers Share Their Secrets: Helsingør Kommune

I've had a pretty amazing year with incredible trips to South Africa and Europe. My management has been very accommodating to me traveling as long as I can combine activities. So when the chance to speak at the Denmark VMUG over the summer came up, my manager said yes but combine some other things with the trip.  


The city of Helsingør, known as Helsingør Kommune, is an HP 3PAR StoreServ customer and they were willing to do a video with me - so check box for my manager.  We spent a great day in Helsingør and I really enjoyed meeting Brian Hansen and talking to him about his environment.  They are a VMware environment and had recently replaced an HP EVA. As you'll hear Brian talk about, they have a second site for disaster recovery that is still an EVA and will be updated with a 3PAR some time soon.  Brian also discusses their backup environment that is based on Veeam. Here's the video with Brian.

VMware vVols and HP 3PAR StoreServ at VMworld

On Monday at VMware, HP had a session diving into VMware vVols.  The session was presented by Ivan Iannaccone from our 3PAR product management team as well as Patrick Dirks from VMware who manages the vVols team.  This is audio from that session. 


I did a blog post with a demo on vVols nearly 2 years ago and while vVols isn't generally available, it is certainly getting closer.  What VMware did announce is that vVols would be in vSphere 6.0 but the timing of that has not been publicly disclosed.  


Here's the session audio and I've also uploaded a PDF of the slides from the session that you can use as a reference when listening to this.

HP ConvergedSystem Update

I'm recently back from Nth Symposium and the video interviews that I did there are starting to role in.  One of the discussions I had was with my long-time HP friend LaMills Garrett.  I like to kid LaMills - when I first met him in the late 90's, he was a lab engineer in draedlocks.  But he was also one of the most business saavy engineers I've ever worked with so I'm not surprised that he's now a leader in the ConvergedSystem Americas team. 


During the discussion LaMills talked about the latest with HP ConvergedSystem - aka Sharks - and we also talked about the competition.  I couldn't help bringing up VCE as I attended a VMUG recently where a VCE employee told the audience that they are the only true converged infrastructure and HP is a system integrator. 


This is a really good discussion with LaMills and I'll share other interviews I have from Nth Symposium over the next few weeks. 

VMware VMUG explained - Danish style!

The next few weeks are going to be incredible for me.  HP Discover is just around the corner and that is a great time being at the event with our customers, partners, HP colleagues, and the indie bloggers. 


Liseolette and Calvin.jpgThe day after Discover ends, I jump on an airplane for a trip to Europe.  I'll be mixing work and pleasure stopping in Germany, Paris, Italy, and Denmark.  Denmark is what started the whole thing - I was asked to speak at the Denmark VMUG (VMware Users Group) meeting in Copenhagen by the Denmark VMUG leader Liselotte Foverskov.  I got to meet up with Liselotte a couple of weeks ago when I was in Las Vegas for the 72 Hours of Yes we did.  She was gracious to do a podcast with me and in it she talks a bit about VMUG and more specifically what they do at the Denmark VMUG.  Go to the post to listen to the podcast.




Speaking of HP Discover, we have a webcast on June 10 from Las Vegas - it will be a group of customers in a panel discussion and I think you'll find it very interesting.  You can register by clicking here or on the image.   Have a great weekend!


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