HP Announces ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today HP announced a new addition to its ConvergedSystem line, HP ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual (CS 250). Like the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual, the CS 250 is a hyper-converged appliance that offers highly available virtual server and storage infrastructure. HP claims that CS 250 can be configured in minutes and is almost half the price of its competitors. The CS 250 is designed for virtual desktops and remote offices and offers companies an easy path to the hybrid cloud.

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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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Looking back, looking ahead: HP StoreOnce delivers the next era of disk backup

Post by Ashwin Shetty (thank you)

As we move quickly into the new year, I would like to wind the clock back 12 months and review the year that was for HP StoreOnce – a year that set the tone for an even more exciting 2015. With significant releases and enhancement to our StoreOnce portfolio giving our customers some groundbreaking features, we have truly ushered the next era of disk backup. Here is a summary of some of the significant StoreOnce milestones hit over the past 12+ months.

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Data Protection: All Starts with an Architecture

Post by Edward Haletky (thank you)

At The Virtualization Practice, we have systems running in the cloud as well as on-premises. We run a 100% virtualized environment, with plenty of data protection, backup, and recovery options. These are all stitched together using one architecture: an architecture developed through painful personal experiences. We just had an interesting failure—nothing catastrophic, but it could have been, without the proper mindset and architecture around data protection. Data protection these days does not just mean backup and recovery, but also prevention and redundancy.

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Storage system software: 2014 Products of the Year finalists

Post by Carol Sliwa (thank you)

Vendors that describe their products as ‘software-defined storage’ dominated the 2014 Products of the Year storage system software category.

Seven of the 11 finalists in the storage system software category of the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com’s 2014 Products of the Year competition used the catch-all phrase software-defined storage in their entry forms.

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The magic of StorMagic comes from its simplicity

Good post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

I met StorMagic a few weeks ago at Storage Field Day 6. We are talking about a company born in 2006 that is proposing a sole product called SvSAN. A VSA for VMware (and Hyper-V) environments which is very good for large distributed and remote deployments.

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5 advantages HP StoreOnce Backup brings to cloud service providers

Post by Srikanth Venkata Seshu (thank you)

In my last post, I talked about what every cloud service provider needs to know about BaaS. I showed how BaaS offerings can be structured and some of the key considerations for cloud service providers looking to add BaaS to their portfolios. Now I’m going to continue where I left off by talking about HP’s Cloud Backup Service Ready Solution, based on HP StoreOnce Backup.

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VAAI and VSA: The Benefits are Real

Post by Eric Wright (thank you)

There have been some interesting tweets and conversations about the benefits and advantages of VAAI (vStorage API for Array Integration) when using a VSA (Virtual Storage Appliance). VAAI allows for the offload of functions to the storage layer to relieve the hypervisor of the load when performing those actions.

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Is the all-flash data centre just a tantalising dream?

Post by Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg

An all-flash data centre? It’s an intriguing idea. The hardware and software components may be there, but what about the business case, including the overall price/performance and total cost of ownership?

Yes, such a data centre will be free of power-gobbling and rack space-consuming spinning disk enclosures, bringing consequent savings in cooling, but storing data bits in NAND costs more than writing them onto disk-platter recording media.

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HP StoreOnce VSA: Software-defined data protection for your virtualized environments

 

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Post by Ashwin Shetty (thank you)

I’m excited about VMworld next week, especially given the way software-defined storage is changing the way organizations implement storage technology. Since we are so close to VMworld, let me focus specifically on data protection—and give you a bit more information on some of the things you can expect to see and hear from us at the big VMware event this week in San Francisco.

The exponential growth of data has forced your organization to look for cost-effective data protection solutions for your virtualized environments whether in the data center or in small and remote offices. Most vendors provide data deduplication solution that requires dedicated storage hardware. This isn’t always a cost-effective solution for remote/virtualized environments. To address this issue while providing greater flexibility, HP has extended the StoreOnce family to provide a software-defined backup solution: HP StoreOnce VSA.

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