HP updates storage solutions for the Software Defined Datacenter

HP introduces new storage solutions for the Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC). The solutions are aimed primarily at the use of scale-out storage systems in cloud and virtual server environments. HP now introduces the HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) as a fully integrated storage solution for HP Helion OpenStack and HP Helion OpenStack Community Edition. In addition, HP is optimizing the hypervisor integration of the HP StoreVirtual Storage and is now releasing a new 4TB capacity HP StoreOnce VSA license . HP says it will significantly reduce backup costs for smaller sites.

To make software-based storage solutions flexible, HP StoreVirtual VSA supports all physical servers and any external storage system with a hypervisor interface. Also new is the support for Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) as well as VMware vSphere and Windows Server with Hyper-V.

In addition to HP Helion, users can use other cloud platforms to manage and orchestrate virtual server storage. HP provides plug-ins in HP OneView for VMware vCenter (free) and for Microsoft HyperV. Using wizards, HP’s Virtual Storage Appliances can be “set up in minutes,” as HP calls it.

With an updated Cinder interface and full RESTful APIs, HP can automate the management of cloud services in OpenStack. These enhancements enable highly available scale-out storage for cloud environments. By integrating the HP StoreVirtual VSA storage software with the HP Helion cloud portfolio, HP can also offer fully functional Software Defined Storage.

The newly introduced HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 All-Flash Starter Kit also allows smaller users to take advantage of flash memory. The arrays start at prices from 35,000 euros and are available from the end of September. HP also intends to continue working with VMware to integrate HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage into VMware’s planned Virtual Volumes (VVols) storage architecture. VVols are currently available in beta.

HP StoreVirtual Storage users get an overview of the performance, capacity, and system status of their virtual and physical appliance with the HP StoreFront Analytics Pac k for VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vCOPS).

To leverage storage capacity, HP StoreVirtual Storage will help recover storage space in both VMware and Microsoft environments. Unused storage capacities are automatically freed as soon as virtual machines and other files are deleted. A new HP StoreVirtual Multipathing Expansion Module for VMware environments can improve data throughput and reduce latency in distributed sites. This option will be available with the next version of the HP LeftHand OS operating system.

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