HP said last week that it has updated its HP Converged Storage portfolio with solutions that should help businesses maximize return on investment of their virtual infrastructure. These include new HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) software functionality, and two HP 3PAR StorServ Storage software plugins: one for VMware and one for SAP.
According to the company, its StoreVirtual VSA has new software functionality including automated sub-LUN (logical unit number) storage tiering, and increased VMware and Microsoft integration. There are also new licensing options that provide deployment flexibility to support future growth needs as well as current workload requirements.
HP StoreVirtual VSA is powered by the HP LeftHand operating system. The company claims the appliance is the very first scale-out software-defined storage solution to offer data tiering which moves data blocks to high-performance or cost-optimized storage automatically based on application needs. It can be easily managed by IT generalists in VMware and Microsoft environments, and supposedly installs three times faster and scales 11 times faster than VMware software-defined storage options.
With the updated HP StoreVirtual VSA, the company is introducing Adaptive Optimization which migrates actively used data to faster storage such as solid-state disk (SSD), and inactive data to lower-cost storage such as hard disk drive (HDD) storage. This approach eliminates the need to move entire application volumes to the more expensive SSD.
"For inactive data, HP StoreVirtual VSA enables customers to further reduce costs by repurposing and virtualizing their legacy third-party storage, treating that capacity as a secondary tier within HP Adaptive Optimization," the company said.
As for licensing options, the company now offers the standard 10 TB option, a 4 TB option for small sites, and a 50 TB high-capacity license. Thus, customers can start small and upgrade to a larger VSA or the HP StoreVirtual 4000 appliance when needed.
HP StoreVirtual VSA will be available September 30 at multiple capacity points. A three pack of 4 TB licenses will be priced at or below $3,000, the company said.
In addition to the new appliance features, the company announced the new StoreFront Analytics Pack for VMware vCenter Operations Manager which delivers real-time data on the health, performance and capacity utilization of the HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage system. The software provides accurate capacity and forecasting data including hardware-accelerated thin provisioning, which greatly increases storage capacity efficiency without impacting application performance.
The HP StoreFront Analytics Pack for VMware vCenter Operations Manager will be available later this year for $7,500 for up to 10 HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage systems.
The company also introduced a plugin that integrates HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and HP XP P9500 Storage with SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management 1.0. This plugin is supported in Microsoft Windows, Linux and HP-UX environments, and includes automation capabilities that reduce time to clone SAP applications. Thus system copy and refresh times are reduced, leading to improved business agility and less risks relating to manual provisioning.
The HP Storage plug-in for SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management will be available for download starting August 19 at no charge for HP customers with an active support contract for HP storage systems.
HP said that all three new solutions will be available globally from HP and authorized channel partners.
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