HP StoreVirtual VSA: An introduction

Good post by Calvin Zito (thank you)

I’ve been spending a lot of time on SpiceWorks for almost a year. And one of the topics that comes up repeatedly is explaining what a VSA is. If you’ve been reading ATSB for a while, you probably have a good idea what it is but from what I’ve seen on SpiceWorks, many of you don’t really know what it is.  So today’s post will serve as a bit of an introduction to StoreVirtual VSA and I’ll pull StoreOnce VSA into the discussion as well.

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HP Storage and Veeam integration demo

Good post by Calvin Zito (thank you) on HP BURA and Veeam

It’s BURA Sunday and normally I have my team of experts doing these posts on Sunday but this week, they needed a break. The timing was perfect because I just finished editing a video demo that I did when I was at VeeamOn a few weeks ago.

The demo shows the integration between HP Storage – StoreVirtual, 3PAR StoreServ, StoreOnce, and StoreEver – to use snapshots for high availability, backup and archive.  Here’s a summary of that:

  • Instant recovery from StoreVirtual and 3PAR of virtual machines, files and more
  • Backup to disk and offsite replication (for disaster recovery) to StoreOnce
  • Archive backup to StoreEver tape for longer term retention.

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Short stroking disk drives to improve performance

Good Post by Erwin van Londen (thank you)

Reading a post from Hans DeLeenheer (VEEAM) which ramped up quite a bit including responses from Calvin Zito (HP), Alex McDonald (NetApp) and Nigel Poulton. The discussion started on a comment that XIO had “special” firmware which improved IO performance. Immediately the term “short-stroking” came up which leads to believe X-IO is cheap-skating on their technologies. I was under the same impression at first right until the moment I saw that Richard Lary is (more or less) the head of tech at X-IO together with Clark Lubbers and Bill Pagano who also come out of that same stable.

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Catching up on Fibre Channel with HP and Brocade

Good post by Calvin Zito (thank you)

One of the conversations I had at the recent Nth Symposium was with AJ Casamento from Brocade.  HP and Brocade have partnered in storage networking for a long time – probably about as long as AJ and I have worked in the industry!

Here’s a summary of what AJ and I discussed:

  • Looking deeper into the storage network stack with Fabric Vision
  • 16Gb Fibre Channel – ideal for low latency and all-flash
  • Optical infrastructure with Clearlink
  • When is the right time to look at Gen5 16Gb FC?

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Which All-flash Architecture do you prefer?

Good post by George Crump (thank you)

The title of this entry, “Which All-flash Architecture Do You Prefer?”, was actually a question asked on the LinkedIn group, “Storage: SAN, NAS“, a couple of days ago. It was in response to a recent post by Calvin Zito @HPStorageGuy that was also discussing the importance of good architecture design. It was a great question that I responded to right away and below is a more organized version of my response.

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Have we hit a flash point with flash?

Good Post by Calvin Zito (thank you)

I took a long vacation – 4 weeks, flying off to Europe the day after HP Discover ended. Now that I’m back, I thought I would take a couple of hot topics and break them down over my next couple of posts.

One of the hot topics is flash. Yeah, sure – industry pundits have been proclaiming that “this is the year” of flash for several years. I remember one storage vendor in 2009 saying that within 3 years, SSD would out-sell spinning disks. We aren’t there yet but I think the time is near and here’s why.

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