HP gives StoreServ a speed boost with flashy cachey spit’n’polish

Good post by Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg

Hybrid flash/disk StoreServs get dedupe

HP is beautifying hybrid flash/disk StoreServ (3Par) arrays by adding deduplication, flash cacheing and faster writes. Deduplication, branded Thin Deduplication, was added to its all-flash 7450 StoreServ array in June.

Now it’s been extended to all hybrid flash/disk StoreServ 7000 and 10000 arrays, helping get rid of duplicated bytes of information inside chunks of HP’s block storage. That makes better use of their relatively costly flash, with HP saying it is “lowering the cost of usable flash storage.”

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Seagate’s Kinetic Drives reduce Object Storage costs – now GA

Post by Eric Slack (thank you)

After a one-year incubation, Seagate’s Kinetic Open Storage Platform is now generally available. It features disk drives that communicate with applications over Ethernet, using a key-value architecture and RESTful APIs, instead of traditional protocols like SCSI or SATA. What’s different about this approach is it lets the disk drive ‘talk’ the same language that object storage systems do. This briefing note will explain the potential benefits of this technology and how it’s being adopted in the industry.

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HP StoreOnce Backup Solutions

http://hp.com/go/storeonce – This video features the HP StoreOnce complete portfolio depicted model and major features.

Integrating HP 3PAR StoreServ and Microsoft Azure Site Recovery for Disaster Recovery

Post by Parissa Mohamadi (thank you)

One of the key announcements at Microsoft TechEd 2014 North America was the Azure Site Recovery. Azure Site Recovery (ASR) enables you to protect, replicate and failover Virtual Machines (VMs), ensuring that your mission-critical applications are always up and running. Simply put, ASR acts as the orchestrator of the replication and the failover for the virtual machines that are managed by System Center.

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Secure your data with HP StoreOnce

Post by Ashwin Shetty (thank you)

Data is a double-edged sword. It can create a lot of business value—but it also represents significant liability. As we speak, your organization is gathering data faster than ever from many different sources. Keeping pace with this unprecedented data growth poses a huge challenge. The bigger challenge lies in securing the data so that it can be effectively utilized without fear of unauthorized access or data loss.

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Under the Covers of EMC’s Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

Post by Muhammad Anwar (thank you)

A few years ago when Cloud terminology emerged, the technology behind it was in its infancy and there was a lot of debate on private cloud vs. public cloud. Private Cloud offered a dedicated, secure, fixed cost, and unmetered bandwidth model which enabled IT to quickly respond to the business needs. Public Clouds, on the other hand were quite the opposite with shared, open, pay-per-use model. This means that the cost of Public Clouds is variable and it is directly linked to usage. High traffic on CPU, storage, and bandwidth resulted in a higher cost to the enterprise. Last year, enterprises were struggling between making a decision to go with “Private Cloud OR Public Cloud,” but if you are looking for best-in-class of the two models, the decision is simple, “Private Cloud AND Public Cloud,” which is now known as HYBRID Cloud. Before I make this assertion, let’s look at the numbers.

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Can the promise of EVO be extended to business critical converged?

Post by Hanoch Eiron (thank you)

VMware’s announcement of EVO:RAIL at VMworld 2014 set a new bar for converged infrastructure efficiency. EVO is architected to accelerate time to production and improve operational efficiencies, the holy grails for modernizing IT.  VMware uses the term ‘hyper-converged’ to describe this class of converged infrastructure, defining it as ‘server hardware pre-integrated with virtualization software for compute, network, storage and management, providing a single point of entryfor the entire SDDC lifecycle.’

With commodity servers and local vSAN storage, EVO:RAIL is ideally suited for test/dev, remote office, VDI and other workloads that can failover and restart.  By contrast, Hitachi Unified Compute Platform is designed for workloads that serve as the enterprise backbone, typically requiring shared storage, multi 9’s availability, a high degree of redundancy and robustness, and comprehensive data protection.

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HP 3PAR StoreServ Architecture Whitepaper

Modern, Tier-1 Storage for the New Style of IT

HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage provides a single product family—regardless of whether you are a midsize enterprise experiencing rapid growth in your virtualized Microsoft® Exchange, Microsoft SQL, or Oracle Database environment, a large enterprise looking to support IT as a service (ITaaS), or a global service provider building a hybrid or private cloud.

HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage offers the performance and flexibility that you need to accelerate new application deployments and support server virtualization, the cloud, ITaaS, and your future technology initiatives. It’s a storage platform that allows you to spend less time on management, gives you technically advanced features for less money, and eliminates trade-offs that require you to sacrifice critical capabilities such as performance and scalability. With HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, you can serve unpredictable and mixed workloads, support unstructured and structured data growth, and meet both file and block storage needs.

This white paper describes the architectural elements of the HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage family that deliver Tier-1 resiliency across midrange, all-flash, and tiered storage arrays, as well as by supporting a single operating system and the same rich set of data services across the entire portfolio.

Get the Whitepaper here

5 reasons your Storage Snapshot aren’t working

Whitepaper from CommVault (thank you)

Snapshot-based data protection solutions were supposed to solve our backup challenges, weren’t they? Then why are your backups still broken? If your snapshots are manually-managed or of the “build-it- yourself” variety, there may be several reasons that they aren’t working very well.

See the document here


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