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SSDs or disk? Buffer or cache? A closer look at tape-as-NAS options

By Mark Fleischhauer, HP StoreEver Tape Storage Solutions Engineering Manager

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Part 1: A closer look at tape-as-NAS - disks

A few weeks ago I wrote about a new emerging architecture for long term data retention that combines FLash drives and tAPE called FLAPE. Flash drives, or solid-state drives (SSDs), offer better read-and-write operation performance, lower latency and lower power when compare to a standard spinning disk.

 

In traditional transactional environments, these factors make a big difference. However you may wonder how this impacts an archive work flow? In this two-part blog series, I’ll show when you may want to use a disk or an SSD depending on your archiving workflow. Part 1 focuses on disk and Part 2 focuses on SSDs.

 

Labels: FLAPE| flash| SSD| StoreEver| tape| tNAS

Customers Share Their Secrets - UC Irvine

I have been holding out on a couple customer videos I did at Nth Symposium.  I want to share one today.  And with all our recent talk about the 1TB of free StoreVirtual VSA, it's timely to share this video with you. 

 

The University of California at Irvine has been a long time HP Storage customer. I met Kazuto Okayasu at Nth Symposium a few years ago and I've enjoyed talking to him about storage every year at the event. This year, I asked Kaz to do a video with me to talk about his environment and he graciously said yes.  It's a great story - UC Irvine is deep into virtualization and Kaz talks about how they used StoreVirtual VSA to set up a multi-site SAN to have site resiliency.  The video with Kaz is short and speaks for itself so here it is.

 

You can learn more about HP StoreVirtual at hp.com/go/StoreVirtual.

HP and Intel partnering on software-defined storage

My colleague Kate Davis introduced you to the Free 1TB StoreVirtual VSA in a blog post a few weeks ago. This program is a partnership with Intel. Just to remind you of this program, anyone who buys a new Intel Xeon E5 processor-based server, regardless of vendor, can get a free 1TB license of StoreVirtual VSA. You just need to register to unlock your free 1TB StoreVirtual VSA storage, then download the VSA software and license key.

 

So why is Intel a part on this program? There is a strong partnership between HP and Intel to bring software-defined storage to customers by leveraging the latest Intel processors. Here's a short discussion between Rob Strechay from HP and Andrea Nelson from Intel.     

What if you could release 4TB of storage in every 10TB with no business impact?

By Andrew Dickerson, Senior Marketing Manager, BURA Solutions, HP Storage

 

What a waste of space!

If you’re responsible for data storage, you already know that storing and managing more than 30% annual data growth is eating up your budget faster than just about anything else in IT. In fact, industry analysts estimate that anything between 25% and 40% of the total IT budget will be spent on storage in 2014. Yesterday’s disparate point solution approach to storage is a costly way to meet today’s data growth challenges. So if storage budgets are to be controlled, transformation of the storage infrastructure needs to be high on the agenda. Here’s how to start your transformation with converged storage and data protection.

 

Think data migration is a chore? Just the opposite with 3PAR Storage Federation and Peer Motion.

By Usman Kidwai, 3PAR StoreServ Senior Product Manager @usmankidwai

 

FederatedStorage.jpgDelivering non-disruptive data mobility – DIY and easy too

This 3PAR Thursday, I would like to focus specifically on data migration and how we make it easy with Peer Motion. HP 3PAR Peer Motion is the first appliance-less, non-disruptive, do-it-yourself (DIY) data migration tool for enterprise storage.

 

With Peer Motion, we don’t require consulting services (but they are available if you choose) to migrate data. Our DIY approach makes data migration simple and inexpensive. Customers are using Peer Motion to migrate their data without complex planning exercises or any outage windows. You can move data from one 3PAR StoreServ system to another while hosts and applications continue to operate completely as normal and without any disruption.

 

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