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Who let the execs out…?

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



Catching up with HP Storage execs at VMworld 2015

One of the fun things about big trade shows is the opportunity to get our execs on camera. Watching these interviews with Dave Vellante on SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE is a great way to get informed on what’s going on within HP Storage, that latest product news and thoughts from the top about future trends and direction.


Check out what Craig Nunes, VP at HP Storage, and Rob Strechay, Director at HP Storage, had to say at VMworld last week.

3 big reasons why HP 3PAR StoreServ is an ideal platform for VMware vSphere

By Eric Siebert, Solutions Manager, HP Storage   @ericsiebert




HP 3PAR StoreServ provides an ideal platform for VMware vSphere for many reasons. This 3PAR Thursday, I want to give you some details on what those are—so you can better understand why vSphere and 3PAR StoreServ are a winning combination.


Let’s get started with plenty to say on reason #1: architecture.

Voting open for top VMware blogs

It's time to vote! For that last several years, has hosted voting for the best top-vblog-2015-1-smaller-300x179.jpgVMware-blogs out there. I think the first time I made the list was in 2012 when I was voted #34 overall and #3 storage.There were just under 190 blogs on the list in 2012. I got a laugh in 2013 as I ended up #26 and forgot to vote. I was told I would have been at least #25 if I had. Oh well, I lost out on the "Top 25 vBlog" sticker.


This year, there are over 400 blogs listed. That's a ton of information that you can find related to VMware and many of them are very technical and give step-by-step directions.


Here's a link where you can vote.


See the full blog post for some of my recommended blogs to add to your reading.

Labels: VMware

Revisiting VMware VVOLs and HP 3PAR integration

A few weeks ago, fellow VMware vExpert Eric Siebert had a post talking about the official announcement of VMware Virtual Volumes or VVOLs. His post gave a great introduction to some of the key VVOL terms like Protocol Endpoints, VASA Provider, Storage Container and more. If you haven't read his post, it's a "must-read" VVOLs article. Eric also used a demo video I had pulled together that showed a bit of the integration we have with VVOLs and HP 3PAR.


I had feedback from several people that there were things they would have liked to see that I didn't include in the first demo. One of the key things was creating a storage container. A storage container is a group of all virtual volumes and all VVOLs are created inside a storage container. In the first demo, the 3PAR Storage Container was already configured so I couldn't show it.This updated demo does


NOTE: For best viewing, change to 720 HD and watch full screen.

Labels: 3PAR| StoreServ| VMware

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.

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