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Tips for SAS storage and blade server

In the blade world, external SAS storage is the new kid on the block.  We see this category growing a lot in popularity in 2009, mostly because it's cheap, familar and pretty flexible for the server administrator to carve up storage in different ways without the cost and complexity of a SAN. 

We announced one of our first SAS storage products for server blades late last year, but you might of missed it while you were hunting for a Wii. 

If you're looking to consider some storage alternatives for your BladeSystem, the team created some helpful technical docs to help you evaluate SAS storage for blade servers.

Boot from shared SAS storage for blade servers

Deployment Guide: Shared SAS storage for blade servers

Demo: Shared SAS storage for blade servers

Solution Brief: BladeSystem SAS storage

Build a virtual blade infrastructure. Features SAS storage for blades with VMware. 'HP Solution Block' that highlights shared SAS storage for blades in a virtual environment:

For those also looking for some more traditional ways to connect blades servers to your SAN, here's a bonus: SAN gateway best practices. A sort of generic tech doc for both SB460c blade and DL380 rack NAS/SAN gateways.

Any questions about SAS storage blades?  Let's hear them!

Cook better with HP Virtual Connect

The Virtual Connect cookbook has been out for awhile, but we heard from a lot of folks that no one knew about it.  Enter the communication power of the blade blog. 

Some of our best field engineers collaborated with current customers using Virtual Connect to create this de facto, technical guide.  It's not only chock full of the expert advice to keep your planning and deployment times from boiling over, but it also includes the tips and tricks to help you add that special touch that shows your CIO you really care.

You can download the official Virtual Connect Cookbook it here.

Bon Appetite!

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