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This way to peace of mind for your HP-UX server data

By Ian Blatchford, Product Manager, HP StoreOnce   @LottaBytes


peace of mind ATSB phutterstock_291373178_21August_sized.jpgProtect your HP-UX server data with HP StoreOnce Catalyst using Symantec NetBackup

When you run applications on HP-UX, you are using a high-performance, dynamic, secure and resilient platform. Adding data protection managed by Symantec NetBackup and using HP StoreOnce Backup systems provides peace of mind that your data can be recovered from hardware and software failures or human errors.


This BURA Sunday, I'd like to share and summarize this new StoreOnce technical white paper: Protecting HP-UX server data with HP StoreOnce Catalyst over Fibre Channel Using Symantec NetBackup

Changes in the Wind - Chuck Hollis leaves VMware

Winds of Change.jpgI had already published my StoreVirtual VSA and flash post this morning and was enjoying a cup of coffee when some news I saw almost had me spit the coffee out. Chuck Hollis, long time executive and blogger at EMC and recently at VMware, announced on his blog he's going to Oracle. Wow. That really was about the last thing I would have guessed. 


Congrats to Chuck. I can't say I really know him personally though we met a couple of times and we used to have some interesting discussions on our blogs back when he was at EMC. So really, congrats Chuck. 


What Does This Mean?

Honestly, I'm not sure I know what this means. Chuck mentioned that he liked the idea of working with Dave Donetelli, ex-SVP and GM of HP Enterprise Group, and I understand that. Dave left an unmistakable mark on HP Storage with the acquisition of 3PAR and I have enormous respect for him in making that bold move. And that move has had significant impact on the industry. HP 3PAR is now the #1 midrange FC array and the #2 all-flash array in the industry.


(NOTE: The image is my kids stepping outside for the first time in Orlando, Florida after Hurricane Jeanne had passed)

Blueprint for high performance virtual storage with HP StoreVirtual VSA and flash drives

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Nth Symposium at the Disneyland Hotel – I can't tell you how many times I heard the phrase “unpredictable workloads.”  I get it.  Businesses looking for the Next Big Thing have to continually change course. For IT departments, that means continually integrating new technology into existing mixed-vendor IT environments.  As a buzzword hater - I really don't like the word “seamlessly” –  let’s just say you have to do it without putting your data at risk or impacting the system's performance. Seasonal businesses have the added challenge of making sure they have storage capacity through all these ups and downs without over-provisioning or overpaying to store data that users rarely access.


You need a storage infrastructure that is flexible, cost effective, scalable at a moments notice, AND high performance. Our newest StoreVirtual VSA blueprint gets you started in the right direction. It’s really similar to the configuration I shared with you a couple of weeks ago – the blueprint that showed you how to create a virtual SAN using three servers filled with HDD drives. In this case, you swap out those drives for faster flash drives, so you get increased uptime and real-time response to unpredictable workloads.  New SSDs are pretty inexpensive, too, so you can boost system performance without burning through much of your budget.

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HP Storage at VMworld

It’s that time again for you to get those comfy shoes and finalize your schedule for VMworld.  And as a top-tier VMware partner, HP is again a Global Diamond sponsor. Here's what you need to know to connect with HP Storage at this year’s event. Let's go!


Top Sessions

Our vExpert rock star Eric Siebert will be participating in several of our sessions. As a former VM administrator, he has a ton of expertise to share! Here are the sessions:

  • Avoiding vm armageddon: The 3 facets of storage data protection in a virtualized environment (STO5903-SPO) - Tuesday @1PM
  • Flash reality check: How to satisfy your need for speed without compromising storage requirements (STO5897-SPO) – Wednesday  @8:30AM
  • Virtual volumes technical panel (STO5522) – Wednesday @2:00PM
  • Top 10 things you must know before implementing virtual volumes (VVols) (STO5888) Thursday @10:30AM
  • Managing the Storm Under the Cloud Using VMware VCenter and VMware VRealize Operations Manager with HP Integrations (SDDC5557-SPO) – Tuesday 11:30 AM

It's About the Community

P1100855 (800x600).jpgSeems like every blog post from one of my VMware community friends emphasizes the community. That really is true. It's what I love about VMworld. The friendships that have developed over the years, being a part of the community is one of the most enjoyable aspects of VMworld.  I look forward to the social gathers and catching up with lots of friends. If you're attending VMworld and you’re a reader of ATSB, please reach out to me. You can tweet me @CalvinZito or even drop me an email.

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Coming to a data center near you: Mission Possible

By Matt Morrissey, 3PAR Product Marketing Manager


MISSION POSSIBLEJ.jpgEverything is possible for your mission-critical workloads when you make the move to 3PAR StoreServ storage.


Your mission, should you choose to accept it: eliminate the compromises that legacy storage has forced on you for more than 20 years. Your mission will focus on:



  • Modernizing your storage in days vs. months
  • Shrinking your footprint by 75%
  • Improving your performance by 10x
  • Achieving greater than 6x9’s resiliency



As always, should you, or any of your I.M. Force be caught, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This blog will self-destruct in five minutes. Good luck.

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