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Hybrid storage – breakneck speed without breaking the bank

If there’s one truth about the storage world today it’s that change is constant. That’s partly why I enjoy working in this industry so much - there’s always something new on the horizon! When I speak to customers of all sizes, they tell me exactly the same. That their business is evolving and adapting at an astonishing rate, and what they really need is technology that’s going to keep up with the pace of change. Hybrid storage isn’t a topic I’ve covered before, but with the recent announcement of HP StoreVirtual 4335 Storage, I wanted to explore this theme, particularly in relation to our small and midsize customers.


Why scale-out hybrid storage arrays is the way to go

If we look at the majority of virtualized environments today, we find that the underlying infrastructure is aging and inflexible, and includes a variety of platforms that makes management difficult. In most cases, business demands and growth are restricted and budget pressure means that hardware upgrades are few and far between.


One option to meet new demands would be to take the All-Flash Array route, but we are not yet at the point where this is a truly cost-effective option for the majority of SMBs. Once again it is a case of trying to reconcile what they have, with what they need, and finding the middle path between performance and cost. Sound familiar? 


For a solution to really “work” for these guys, it needs to be simple, scalable and affordable. That’s where scale-out hybrid arrays come in: cost-effective regular disks but coupled with just enough flash for performance, in a scale-out architecture so they aren’t bottle-necked by the “just enough flash.”


HP StoreVirtual 4335 Hybrid Storage is a brand new scale-out hybrid array designed to deliver the performance benefits of SSD to unpredictable virtualized environments – without jumping through hoops to optimize performance either.  A simple tick of a check-box kicks in Adaptive Optimization which accelerates applications with changing workloads through the intelligent movement of frequently accessed data from cost effective hard disk drives to high-performance SSDs. Workloads are continuously monitored and Adaptive Optimization responds instantaneously to ensure data is on the proper tier when it needs to be. Intelligently mixing regular disks with SSDs means you can spin up more virtual machines on the same array cluster and keep storage costs under control. If the IOPs supply outstrips demand, they simply scale out the cluster to increase supply – hence adapting but without any forklift upgrades.



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The ongoing need to balance costs and performance

This may seem a cliché, but especially for smaller businesses it is daily reality – and balance is inherent to hybrid arrays and the reality they are designed to thrive in.


Head over to the Around the Storage Block blog to see what fellow blogger Kate Davis has to say about hybrid storage: Simple. Scalable. Highly Available…and Fast. Meet the new StoreVirtual 4335 Hybrid 

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