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HP introduces HP StoreVirtual 4335 Storage – a new software-defined storage system for targeting SMBs

February 3rd, 2014

HP StoreVirtual 4335 Storage is a hybrid storage system which offers a unique Adaptive Optimization feature that automates the intelligent movement of frequently accessed data from hard disk drives (HDDs) to high-performance solid state drives (SSDs). This auto-tiering capability accelerates application performance compared to HDDs,(1) and delivers 59 percent lower cost than using SSDs alone.(2) As a result, SMB customers spend less on storage while supporting more virtual machines.

“Workloads in virtual server environments can be unpredictable and are heavily dependent on the underlying storage for performance. This creates challenges in meeting service levels—particularly for companies looking to virtualize more of their applications, implementing desktop virtualization, or simply experiencing rapid virtualized application growth,” said Barun Lala, director, Storage, HP India. “The StoreVirtual 4335 gives our SMB customers a way to break through their performance challenge and drive greater server virtualization performance at lower costs.”

Balancing performance and cost to make the most out of SSD capacity

Solid state and flash media allow customers to achieve performance levels that eliminate the roadblocks to virtualization performance. However, affordability has traditionally limited SMB adoption of SSD technology.

HP StoreVirtual 4335 Hybrid Storage is a purpose-built system designed to accelerate workloads affordably. The Adaptive Optimization feature in the StoreVirtual 4335 is an auto-tiering capability that provides cost effective use of valuable SSD capacity. HP StoreVirtual Adaptive Optimization transparently monitors data access patterns at 256KB granularity and then moves only the data that has high access patterns to SSD storage. In this way SSD capacity can be utilized efficiently, allowing SMB customers to get the benefits of server virtualization performance acceleration without a high price tag.

HP StoreVirtual Adaptive Optimization software maintains nearly 100 percent utilization of SSDs, making it ideal for businesses that need affordable, high-performance storage. It also increases SSD efficiency by allocating top tier capacity for business critical application data and storing replicated (RAID 10, RAID 10+1) or parity data (RAID 5 and 6) on more economical SAS disks.

All HP StoreVirtual solutions utilize a common operating system across appliance offerings as well as virtual storage appliance offerings. The HP StoreVirtual feature set delivers the benefits of advanced data services like adaptive optimization, multi-site high availability and thin provisioning for one low, all-inclusive price.

The StoreVirtual 4335 with Adaptive Optimization is the latest addition to HP’s leading software-defined storage portfolio, based on version 11.0 of the highly portable HP LeftHand Operating System (OS). HP StoreVirtual Storage offers customers a choice of HP ProLiant rack- and blade-based hardware models, or a wide range of StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliances (VSAs) including a free 1TB StoreVirtual VSA which HP includes with the purchase of eligible HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers.

The scale-out nature of the solution means customers can achieve near linear improvements in performance each time a system is added. This enables SMB customers to meet rapidly changing performance and capacity requirements by growing flexibly and non-disruptively from a low or no-cost VSA which runs on any x86 server to a clustered configuration of multiple StoreVirtual 4335 Hybrid Arrays that delivers resilient shared storage capable of faster processing. In addition, customers can easily add storage tiers or configure disaster recovery between physical and virtual storage appliances.

The latest version of the HP LeftHand OS also includes integration with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager via SMI-S and VMware vCenter Server via the HP Insight Control plug-in. These integrations enable storage provisioning at the same time virtual machines are defined to streamline workflow and speed deployment.


HP helps software-defined storage customers maximize server investments with Data Tiering

September 9th, 2013

HP announced new HP Converged Storage innovations that enable customers to maximize the return on investment (ROI) of their virtual infrastructure by lowering costs while increasing agility and capacity utilization.

Extending its six-year leadership in software-defined storage, HP announced new HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA)software functionality. These new features includeautomated sub-LUN (logical unit number) storage tiering and increased VMware and Microsoft integration to improve efficiency and performance. New licensing options provide deployment flexibility to support current workload requirements and future growth needs.

HP also introducedtwo software plug-ins for HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, one for use with VMware, and the other for use with SAP®.These plug-ins help customers simplify management of complex application deployments.

Autonomic, scalable and highly available software-defined storage:

Organizations with virtualized environments that range from small sites, to enterprise branch offices, and even public cloud providers, are turning to hardware- and hypervisor-agnostic software-defined storage to cost-effectively provide high availability and other data services running on industrystandard server infrastructure.

HP StoreVirtual VSA powered by the proven HP LeftHandoperating system and introducingnewAdaptive Optimization capabilities is the industry’s first scale-out software-defined storage solution to offer data tiering. This feature moves data blocks to high-performance or cost-optimized storage automatically,based on application needs,for improvedefficiency and performance.

With HP Adaptive Optimization, continuous workload monitoringmigratesactively used data to faster storage such assolid-state disk (SSD), and inactive data to lower-cost storage such as hard disk drive (HDD) storage. This granularapproach eliminates the need to move entire application volumes to more expensive SSD. For inactive data, HP StoreVirtual VSA enables customers to further reduce costs byrepurposing and virtualizing their legacy third-party storage, treating that capacity as a secondary tier within HP Adaptive Optimization.

HP now offersmultiple licensing options for HP StoreVirtual VSA, providing flexibility to support current workloads as well as futuregrowth requirements. In addition to the 10-terabyte (TB) standard license, the company now offers a 4TB license for small sites and a 50TB high-capacity license.As a result, customers can start small and nondisruptively upgrade to a larger VSA or the HP StoreVirtual 4000 appliance as needed.

Easily managed by IT generalists in VMware and Microsoft environments, HP StoreVirtual VSA installsthree times faster and scales capacity 11times faster than competitive software-defined storage options fromVMware.(3)New support for VMware ParaVirtualized SCSI Controller delivers efficient CPU utilization, minimizing ongoing infrastructure investments.Increased Microsoft Windows Server with Hyper-V integration enables clients to provision storage from Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager for faster deployment.

“To reduce datacenter investment and operational costs, budget-conscious organizations are transitioning from dedicated physical hardware to software-defined storage embedded on existing industry standard servers,” said Walid Gomaa, Business Unit and Sales Manager, HP Storage Division, HP Middle East. “Having pioneered software-defined storage with an installed base of over 170,000 StoreVirtual VSA licenses, HP is now extending its leadership in this area with auto-tiering capability to further optimize cost and performance for small or medium-sized businesses as well as remote enterprise branches.”

Simplified storage management and orchestration:

Transitioning to software-defineddatacentersrequires Open API and application-integrated control of storage systems to ensureadministrative productivity.

HP 3PAR StoreServ seamlessly integrates with solutions fromleading independent software vendors (ISVs), and coupled with the new HP StoreFront Analytics Pack for VMware vCenter Operations Manager, enables VMware administrators to efficiently and cost-effectively monitor and troubleshoot complex virtualized environments.

HP StoreFront Analytics Pack for VMware vCenter Operations Managersoftware delivers real-time data on the health, performance and capacity utilization of the HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage system. Proactive monitoring of virtualized application performance from a single management console simplifiesstorage management. To facilitate the decision process, the software provides accurate capacity and forecasting data regarding HP 3PAR StoreServ storage services,including hardware-accelerated thin provisioning, which greatly increases storage capacity efficiency without impacting application performance.


HP’s New Product Analyses Software Security ’10 Times Faster’

August 30th, 2013

HP’s new product analyses software security 10 times faster than its predecessor, says the company.

The HP Fortify Static Code Analyzer (SCA) 4.0 uses parallelised static application security testing to achieve the new speeds, as company VP Mike Armistead said security vulnerabilities are becoming more common due to increasing demand to support new technology.

“A holistic approach to software security is imperative, and with the HP Fortify portfolio, organisations have the ability to assess vulnerabilities across all of their software, assure security flaws are resolved before deployment, and protect applications from attacks once in production,” Armistead said.

The new tool’s multiple software application threads parallel analysis claimed to decrease false positives by 20% than its previous versions, offer better software security intelligence reports, reduce application development time and provide flexible deployment options.

Additionally, the HP Fortify SCA 4.0 powers static application security assessments in the HP Fortify on Demand cloud-based application security-as-a-service application.

According to the company, the total vulnerabilities from 2011 to 2012 increased by 19% and about 99% of the tested applications were reported to contain one or more serious security vulnerabilities, while mobile application weakness has increased by about 800% in past five years.

The company will make the new tool available across the globe starting from September.


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