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Making life easier for VMware admins: fast, simple, reliable data protection for your VMs

By Anirudh S. Srinivasan, Worldwide Product Manager, HP Storage

 

You are a VMware admin. You are tasked with the responsibility of managing, administrating as well as protecting the virtual infrastructure of your organization. Let’s focus on the last part here – data protection of your virtual machines (VMs). Traditionally, data protection of application data used to be the responsibility of dedicated backup admins, but increasingly, VMware admins are tasked with or sometimes prefer to own the responsibility of protecting VMs as well. 

 

Back in December at HP Discover in Barcelona, we introduced the concept of Converged Data Protection with the announcement of the HP StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central (RMC) software with the RMC for VMware functionality. RMC allows application admins a fast, simple, efficient and reliable way to protect their application data, giving them more control over data protection and recovery than ever before. Here’s how Recovery Manager Central makes your life as a VMware admin easier.

Got VVOLs? If you have 3PAR StoreServ you do.

By Eric Siebert, Solutions Manager, HP Storage    @ericsiebert

 

 

Find out how you can implement VVOLs in your vSphere 6 environment 

 

In my previous blog on VMware Virtual Volumes  (VVOLs), I covered some of the benefits that VVOLs on 3PAR StoreServ provide and touched on the new VASA 2.0 specification. 

 

Now that VVOLs is officially going to GA in the upcoming vSphere 6 release, I want to dive a bit deeper into the technical implementation of VVOLs on 3PAR StoreServ. I’ll start with an overview of key VVOLs components, then take you through three easy steps to get VVOLs up and running.

Deploy HP StoreOnce VSA from VMware vCenter demo

One of my favorite types of videos to do is a demo video.  I still love the ChalkTalks and ShortTakes but demos are great because they really show how something works.  


Today I want to share with you a demo I have.  HP OneView for VMware vCenter (OV4VC for short) integrates the manageability features of HP OneView, HP ProLiant, HP BladeSystem, HP Virtual Connect and HP Storage into the VMware vCenter Server console. By integrating HP Converged Infrastructure management features directly into VMware vCenter Server, administrators get insight and control of their HP infrastructure supporting their virtualized infrastructure  - reducing the time it takes to make important change decisions, manage planned and unplanned downtime and do lifecycle management.

 

In OV4VC v 7.5, which was just released late last week, we have introduced the ability to deploy HP StoreOnce VSA from a vCenter console.  With a few simple clicks, you can tranform existing server capacity into HP Software-Defined Storage for data protection. The process to do it is very simple and similar to deploying StoreVirtual VSA with vCenter (see the blog post with a demo I did of that a few months ago).

Storage at VMworld on video

After VMworld in San Francisco wrapped up, I got busy and we had a lot of blog posts here on ATSB. There were some videos from VMworld that I had intended to share here shortly after VMworld but they never made it.  With VMworld Barcelona happening now and these videos still timely, I thought I'd share them with you. 

 

First up, is a video with Michael Haag. Michael is on our VMware Alliance and Solutions team. Michael is my fellow vExpert and VMware expert Eric Siebert's boss. In this video, Dave Vallente from Wikibon talked to Michael about VMware VVols and they talked about storage integration with VMware. 

 

To see all four videos, head over to the full blog post.

Now's the time for hyper-convergence

By Kate Davis, @KateAtHP, WW Marketing Manager, HP Software-Defined Storage

 


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With technology there’s always opportunity to advance, creating an ongoing evolution of components and products. Once in a while, we get a unique opportunity to advance multiple technologies at once – when software, hardware, and customer requirements all converge and we surge into the future. We have hit that sweet spot today, and can advance data center design by bringing server, storage and management components together within a single platform – this is what hyper-convergence is all about. To help you adopt a New Style of IT with a solution that evokes the elements of simplicity and efficiency, we now offer a hyper-converged platform portfolio for VMware environments. Here are all the details.

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