Tuesday, August 13, 2013

HP Refines Software-defined Storage with Automated Data Tiering

HP is adding new software functionality to its Converged Storage solutions to help customers maximize the return on investment (ROI) of their virtual infrastructure by lowering costs while increasing agility and capacity utilization.


HP said its StoreVirtual VSA 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.

Specifically, new HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) software functionality adds supports for automated sub-LUN (logical unit number) storage tiering.  It also increases 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 introduced two software plug-ins for HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, one for use with VMware, and the other for use with SAP software.

“To reduce data center investment and operational costs, budget-conscious organizations are transitioning from dedicated physical hardware to software-defined storage embedded on existing industry standard servers,” said David Scott, senior vice president and general manager, Storage, HP. “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.”

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1461266#.UgpnJ5LlZ8E


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