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HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance - The VSA for scalable VM density (TVS)

Virtual Storage Appliances (VSAs) have been around for a while – just over 5 years ago, the earliest vendors started to sample market interest in this technology.  In theory, the market was interested, but perhaps more so on paper than in actual adoption during those early days.  Regardless, that interest drove more vendors to release VSAs and today there are dozens of Virtual Storage Appliances on the market.  Many of these are focused on capabilities such as backup, but at least a handful can serve as primary storage beneath the virtual infrastructure.

The primary storage VSAs on the market came about as product or marketing experiments; perhaps to let customers experience a storage system without making a full investment, allow customers to ingest rogue virtual infrastructure storage back into their existing storage infrastructure, or enable consistent storage management as customers deployed workloads with remote service providers.

For certain, many of these primary storage VSAs have never found their footing, and still languish as a neglected technology in a dusty corner of a vendor’s product portfolio.  But there have been exceptions.  One is HP StoreVirtual.  HP has been quite serious about delivering StoreVirtual as a real storage solution with hefty capabilities.  StoreVirtual is one of HP’s several converged storage technologies that is blurring the boundaries between storage and compute, and helping customer infrastructures to scale and adapt while maintaining maximum efficiency.  The popular StoreVirtual product line comes in a variety of physical formats, from entry-level 1U 4 drive systems to extremely dense BladeSystem SANs.  Approximately 5 years ago, the StoreVirtual software foundation was also released in Virtual Storage Appliance form.  This StoreVirtual VSA is a full storage system that looks, acts, and functions just like its physical StoreVirtual brethren.  The intent behind HP’s StoreVirtual VSA is increased ease of use, increased storage functionality in the virtual infrastructure, and greater adaptability, within a dense footprint that can make use of any available storage resources (direct attached server storage or networked storage).  HP claims that StoreVirtual VSA leads the market in ease of use, performance, efficiency, and storage capabilities – all of which makes it ideally positioned to service primary workloads in the data center.

In this Technology Validation, we set out to examine StoreVirtual VSA, and through comparison to another leading virtual storage appliance (VMware’s vSphere Storage Appliance – VMware VSA) evaluate the effectiveness of StoreVirtual VSA’s architecture in enabling superior, primary-workload-ready storage in the virtual infrastructure.  With an eye on ease of use, efficiency, and flexibility, we put StoreVirtual VSA and VMware vSphere Storage Appliance through a detailed examination that included both a review of functionality and a hands-on lab examination of performance, scalability, resiliency, and ease of use.

Publish date: 06/12/13
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HP Helps Software-Defined Storage Customers Maximize Server Investments With Data Tiering

HP today 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.

  • Premiered: 08/13/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: The Wall Street Journal
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA StoreVirtual TBA VSA
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HP adds auto-tiering for SSDs to StoreVirtual VSA

Hewlett-Packard Co. today unveiled an upgraded StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance, adding auto-tiering and larger-capacity licenses to make the virtual SAN software better suited to larger companies.

  • Premiered: 08/14/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA StoreVirtual TBA VSA TBA Virtualization TBA SSD TBA Flash
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Emerging Trends in Software Defined Storage

“Software defined pretty-much-anything” is getting a lot of attention in the IT trade press. It seems new and different and promises to solve everyone’s problems around prioritizing applications, sharing storage across massive distributed environments and optimizing computing resources around business data needs.

  • Premiered: 10/23/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: InfoStor
Topic(s): TBA software-defined TBA SDS TBA IO Optimization TBA Virtual storage TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA scale-out TBA VSA TBA EMC TBA ViPR TBA IBM SVC TBA DataCore TBA StoreVirtual TBA HP TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA scalability TBA Mobility
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The Convergence-ware Battle

I recently wrapped up a market landscape on Virtual Storage Appliances for primary storage in the virtual infrastructure (you'll see it floating around soon enough, or email me for your copy).

  • Premiered: 12/23/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): VSA Virtualization Storage TGLabs SSD Flash HP StoreVirtual StoreVirtual VSA
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Software Storage Solutions for Virtualization

Storage has long been a major source of operational and architectural challenges for IT practitioners, but today these challenges are most felt in the virtual infrastructure. The challenges are sprung from the physicality of storage – while the virtual infrastructure has made IT entirely more agile and adaptable than ever before, storage still depends upon digital bits that are permanently stored on a physical device somewhere within the data center.

For practitioners who have experienced the pain caused by this – configuration hurdles, painful data migrations, and even disasters – the idea of software-defined storage likely sounds somewhat ludicrous. But the term also holds tremendous potential to change the way IT is done by tackling this one last vestige of the traditional, inflexible IT infrastructure.

The reality is that software-defined storage isn’t that far away. In the virtual infrastructure, a number of vendors have long offered Virtual Storage Appliances (VSAs) that can make storage remarkably close to software-defined. These solutions allow administrators to easily and rapidly deploy storage controllers within the virtual infrastructure, and equip either networked storage pools or the direct-attached storage within a server with enterprise-class storage features that are consistent and easily managed by the virtual administrator, irrespective of where the virtual infrastructure is (in the cloud, or on premise). Such solutions can make comprehensive storage functionality available in places where it could never be had before, allow for higher utilization of stranded pools of storage (such as local disk in the server), and enable a homogeneous management approach even across many distributed locations.

The 2012-2013 calendar years have brought an increasing amount of attention and energy in the VSA marketplace. While the longest established, major vendor VSA solution in the marketplace has been HP’s StoreVirtual VSA, in 2013 an equally major vendor – VMware – introduced a similar, software-based, scale-out storage solution for the virtual infrastructure – VSAN. While VMware’s VSAN does not directly carry a VSA moniker, and in fact stands separate from VMware’s own vSphere Storage Appliance, VSAN has an architecture very similar to the latest generation of HP’s own StoreVirtual VSA. Both of these products are scale-out storage software solutions that are deployed in the virtual infrastructure and contain solid-state caching/tiering capabilities that enhance performance and make them enterprise-ready for production workloads. VMware’s 2013 announcement finally meant HP is no longer the sole major vendor (Fortune 500) with a primary storage VSA approach. This only adds validation to other vendors who have long offered VSA-based solutions, vendors like FalconStor, Nexenta, and StorMagic.

We’ve turned to a high level assessment of five market leaders who are today offering VSA or software storage in the virtual infrastructure. We’ve assessed these solutions here with an eye toward how they fit as primary storage for the virtual infrastructure. In this landscape, we’ve profiled the key characteristics and capabilities critical to storage systems fulfilling this role. At the end of our assessment, clearly each solution has a place in the market, but not all VSA solutions are ready for primary storage. Those that are, may stand to reinvent the practice of storage in customer data centers. 

Publish date: 01/03/14
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HP ConvergedSystem: Altering Business Efficiency and Agility with Integrated Systems

The era of IT infrastructure convergence is upon us. Over the past few years Integrated Computing systems – the integration of compute, networking, and storage - have burst onto the scene and have been readily adopted by large enterprise users. The success of these systems has been built by taking well-known IT workloads and combining it with purpose built integrated computing systems optimized for that particular workload. Example workloads today that are being integrated to create these systems are Cloud, Big Data, Virtualization, Database, VDI or even combinations of two or more.

In the past putting these workload solutions together meant having or hiring technology experts with multiple domain knowledge expertise. Integration and validation could take months of on-premise work. Fortunately, technology vendors have matured along with their Integrated Computing systems approach, and now practically every vendor seems to be touting one integrated system or another focused on solving a particular workload problem. The promised set of business benefits delivered by these new systems fall into these key areas:

·         Implementation efficiency that accelerates time to realizing value from integrated systems

·         Operational efficiency through optimized workload density and an ideally right sized set of infrastructure

·         Management efficiency enabled by an integrated management umbrella that ties all of the components of a solution together

·         Scale and agility efficiency unlocked through a repeatedly deployable building block approach

·         Support efficiency that comes with deeply integrated, pre-configured technologies, overarching support tools, and a single vendor support approach for an entire-set of infrastructure

In late 2013, HP introduced a new portfolio oSDDCffering called HP ConvergedSystem – a family of systems that includes a specifically designed virtualization offering. ConvergedSystem marked a new offering, designed to tackle key customer pain points around infrastructure and software solution deployment, while leveraging HP’s expertise in large scale build-and-integration processes to herald an entirely new level of agility around speed of ordering and implementation. In this profile, we’ll examine how integrated computing systems marks a serious departure from the inefficiencies of traditional order-build-deploy customer processes, and also evaluate HP’s latest advancement of these types of systems.

Publish date: 09/02/14
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'Software-defined' to define data center of the future

Is there a real answer for how "software" can define "data center" underneath the software-defined hype?

  • Premiered: 07/16/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Modern Infrastructure Magazine
Topic(s): TBA software defined TBA Software Defined Data Center TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA SDN TBA Software-Defined Networking TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA HP TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA EMC TBA ScaleIO TBA Virtual SAN Appliance TBA SDDC TBA Infrastructure
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HP StoreVirtual VSA and VMware Virtual SAN - A Closer Look

The age of the software defined datacenter (SDDC) and converged infrastructure is upon us. The benefits of abstracting, pooling and running compute, storage and networking functions together on shared commodity hardware brings unprecedented agility and flexibility to the datacenter while driving actual costs down. The tectonic shift in the datacenter caused by software-defined storage and networking will prove to be as great as, and may prove to be greater than, the shift to virtualized servers during the last decade. While software-defined networking (SDN) is still in its infancy, software-defined storage (SDS) has been developing for quite some time.

LeftHand Networks (now HP StoreVirtual) released its first iSCSI VSA (virtual storage appliance) in 2007, which brought the advantages of software-based storage to small and midsize company environments. LeftHand Networks’ VSA was a virtual machine that hosted a software implementation of LeftHand’s well-regarded iSCSI hardware storage array. Since that time many other vendors have released VSAs, but none have captured the market share of HP’s StoreVirtual VSA. But the release of VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) in March of 2014 could change that as VSAN, with the backing of the virtualization giant, is poised to be a serious contender in the SDS marketplace. Taneja Group thought that it would be interesting to take a closer look at how a mature, well regarded and widely deployed SDS product such as HP StoreVirtual VSA compares to the newest entry in the SDS market: VMware’s VSAN.

The observations we have made for both products are based on hands-on lab testing, but we do not consider this a Technology Validation exercise because we were not able to conduct an apples-to-apples comparison between the offerings, primarily due to the limited hardware compatibility list (HCL) for VMware VSAN. However, the hands-on testing that we were able to conduct gave us a very good understanding of both products. Both products surprised and, more often than not, did not disappoint us. In an ideal world without budgetary constraints, both products may have a place in your datacenter, but they are not by any means interchangeable. We found that one of the products would be more useful for a variety of datacenter storage needs, including some tier 1 use cases, while the other is more suited today to supporting the needs some of tier 2 and tier 3 applications.

Publish date: 08/21/14
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5 Tips For Working With HP's StoreVirtual VSA

Having had the chance to spend some serious time with the latest StoreVirtual VSA (11.5) in Taneja Group's validation lab, I thought I'd share five tips that made my life a little easier, and may make your experience with it more productive.

  • Premiered: 09/10/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA VSA TBA LeftHand Networks TBA DAS TBA Storage TBA RAID TBA ESX Server TBA ESX TBA Data Center TBA Hyper-V TBA KVM TBA vSphere TBA iSCSI TBA LUN TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA Adaptive Optimization TBA AO TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA SRM
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Siloing stifles data center growth

It's time to knock down those silos, one by one. IT is transforming from a siloed set of reactive cost centers into a service provider with a focus on helping the business compete.

  • Premiered: 09/16/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Data Center TBA tech target TBA Mike Matchett TBA Virtualization TBA HP TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA VSA TBA IT infrastructure TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA convergence TBA Hypervisor TBA VCE TBA Dell TBA IBM TBA hyper convergence TBA software defined infrastructure TBA Maxta TBA Hybrid
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HP gives a free license for 1TB StoreVirtual VSA license to all Intel Xeon E5 V3 users

In one of the gutsiest moves HP gives a free license for 1TB StoreVirtual VSA license to all Intel Xeon E5 V3 users. Is this a new HP or what?

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Legacy vendors seek better footing in shifting storage landscape

Flash, virtualization, cloud storage and commodity hardware have the potential to make IT shops more efficient and large storage vendors very nervous.

  • Premiered: 10/06/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Virtualization TBA Cloud TBA Cloud Storage TBA Dell TBA HP TBA IBM TBA NetApp TBA EMC TBA AWS TBA Amazon TBA Amazon Web Services TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA object storage TBA Pure Storage TBA SolidFire TBA Violin Memory TBA hybrid storage TBA Hybrid Array TBA Gridstore TBA Nimble TBA Tegile TBA Tintri TBA Scality TBA Cleversafe TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA Scale Computing
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HP ConvergedSystem: Altering Business Efficiency and Agility with Integrated Systems

The era of IT infrastructure convergence is upon us. Over the past few years Integrated Computing systems – the integration of compute, networking, and storage - have burst onto the scene and have been readily adopted by large enterprise users. The success of these systems has been built by taking well-known IT workloads and combining it with purpose built integrated computing systems optimized for that particular workload. Example workloads today that are being integrated to create these systems are Cloud, Big Data, Virtualization, Database, VDI or even combinations of two or more.

In the past putting these workload solutions together meant having or hiring technology experts with multiple domain knowledge expertise. Integration and validation could take months of on-premise work. Fortunately, technology vendors have matured along with their Integrated Computing systems approach, and now practically every vendor seems to be touting one integrated system or another focused on solving a particular workload problem. The promised set of business benefits delivered by these new systems fall into these key areas:

·         Implementation efficiency that accelerates time to realizing value from integrated systems

·         Operational efficiency through optimized workload density and an ideally right sized set of infrastructure

·         Management efficiency enabled by an integrated management umbrella that ties all of the components of a solution together

·         Scale and agility efficiency unlocked through a repeatedly deployable building block approach

·         Support efficiency that comes with deeply integrated, pre-configured technologies, overarching support tools, and a single vendor support approach for an entire-set of infrastructure

In late 2013, HP introduced a new portfolio offering called HP ConvergedSystem – a family of systems that includes a specifically designed virtualization offering. ConvergedSystem marked a new offering, designed to tackle key customer pain points around infrastructure and software solution deployment, while leveraging HP’s expertise in large scale build-and-integration processes to herald an entirely new level of agility around speed of ordering and implementation. In this profile, we’ll examine how integrated computing systems marks a serious departure from the inefficiencies of traditional order-build-deploy customer processes, and also evaluate HP’s latest advancement of these types of systems.

Publish date: 10/16/14
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HP adds StoreVirtual, EVO: RAIL hyper-converged appliances

HP rolled out three hyper-converged appliances aimed at the SMB market, including a box that conforms to VMware EVO: RAIL specs.

  • Premiered: 10/16/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA VMWare TBA EVO:RAIL TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA ConvergedSystem TBA vSphere TBA Hypervisor TBA Virtual SAN TBA VSAN TBA Storage TBA scale-out TBA Virtualization TBA hybrid storage TBA High Performance TBA HPC TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA Arun Taneja
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Are all software-defined storage vendors the same?

What does software-defined storage mean? How is it implemented? And why does it matter for data center managers?

  • Premiered: 03/17/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA Datacenter TBA Software Defined Storage TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA HP TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreOnce TBA VSA TBA Maxta TBA Maxta Storage Platform TBA Tarmin TBA GridBank TBA data-defined TBA DDS TBA Data Defined Storage TBA Nexenta TBA NexentaStor TBA Big Data TBA replication TBA scalability TBA Cloud TBA data mining
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HP ConvergedSystem: Solution Positioning for HP ConvergedSystem Hyper-Converged Products

Converged infrastructure systems – the integration of compute, networking, and storage - have rapidly become the preferred foundational building block adopted by businesses of all shapes and sizes. The success of these systems has been driven by an insatiable desire to make IT simpler, faster, and more efficient. IT can no longer afford the effort and time to custom build their infrastructure from best of breed D-I-Y components. Purpose built converged infrastructure systems have been optimized for the most common IT workloads like Private Cloud, Big Data, Virtualization, Database and Desktop Virtualization (VDI).

Traditionally these converged infrastructure systems have been built using a three-tier architecture; where compute, networking and storage, integrated at the rack level gave businesses the flexibility to cover the widest range of solution workload requirements while still using well-known infrastructure components. Emerging onto the scene recently has been a more modular approach to convergence using what we term Hyper-Convergence. With hyper-convergence, the three-tier architecture has been collapsed into a single system appliance that is purpose-built for virtualization with hypervisor, compute, and storage with advanced data services all integrated into an x86 industry-standard building block.

In this paper we will examine the ideal solution environments where Hyper-Converged products have flourished. We will then give practical guidance on solution positioning for HP’s latest ConvergedSystem Hyper-Converged product offerings.

Publish date: 05/07/15
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HP hyper-converged product upgraded, EVO:RAIL dropped

HP launches new ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual appliances, as hyper-convergence strategy shifts to one product.

  • Premiered: 08/07/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA hyper convergence TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyper-converged TBA hyperconverged TBA StoreVirtual TBA VSA TBA EVO:RAIL TBA VMWare TBA ConvergedSystem TBA HP ConvergedSystem TBA OneView TBA Compute TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Virtualization TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA 3PAR TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA KVM TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA Helion TBA CloudSystem TBA Hybrid TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Cloud
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Hyperconvergence for ROBOs and the Datacenter

Remote/branch office management is more important, and complicated, than ever. Here are some survival tips.

  • Premiered: 12/17/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA ROBO TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyperconverged TBA converged TBA convergence TBA Virtualization TBA Data Center TBA Datacenter TBA Compute TBA cluster TBA clusters TBA SAN TBA Storage TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Cloud TBA cloud gateway TBA Backup TBA Scale TBA VCE TBA Dell TBA HP TBA IBM TBA SimpliVity TBA Nutanix TBA Pivot3 TBA Scale Computing TBA CAPEX TBA OPEX TBA TCO
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Disaggregation marks an evolution in hyper-convergence

Hyper-convergence vendors are pushing forward with products that will offer disaggregation, the latest entry into the data center paradigm.

  • Premiered: 08/03/16
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA disaggregated storage TBA Storage TBA disaggregation TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyper-converged TBA hyper-convergence TBA Datacenter TBA Data Center TBA converged TBA convergence TBA Moore's Law TBA Hypervisor TBA software-defined TBA DataCore TBA EMC TBA ScaleIO TBA HPE TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA VSA TBA VMWare TBA VMware VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA SAN TBA Virtualization TBA cluster TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA VxRack