Yesterday I posted a blog on our new StoreVirtual VSA announcement. I stated there that I consider this to be a new segment in storage, and since then we have gotten a lot of coverage and a lot of questions. So here is some additional information on why this is a difference maker.
First, here is what you get with traditional virtual infrastructure, with external storage:
This is a proven option for many customers, especially larger ones. But many customers have been asking to virtualize both their servers and storage instances on industry standard servers. That is what HP StoreVirtual VSA is designed to do. Here's what the new picture looks like:
As compared to a typical iSCSI modular external storage array, the StoreVirtual approach has a much smaller footprint that uses half the rackspace:
It also uses 60% less power:
And costs less to buy, with this advantage increasing as you scale and add more virtual servers:
These are great numbers. But where does it fit? The best fit is where:
- The customer wants to run both the server and storage functions on off-the-shelf industry-standard servers,
- The server environment is mostly or completely virtualized with VMware or HyperV
- iSCSI is the preferred storage networking infrastructure
These are the characteristics of many small/medium businesses today, and a growing number of larger organizations and service providers.