HP Strengthens ITaaS Offerings


5 Aug 2011
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HP has expanded its converged storage portfolio with HP Peer Motion –a new federated storage software that enables movement of application workloads between disk systems in virtualized and cloud computing environments.

HP also enhanced its IT-as-a-Service portfolio with the launch of its new HP P10000 3PAR Storage Systems that deliver enterprise IT within public and private clouds. The features include multi-tenancy, expanded thin technologies and autonomic load rebalancing.

The software available for HP LeftHand and 3PAR Storage Systems, delivers the industry’s first peer-to-peer storage federation capabilities that span from a virtual storage area network (SAN) software appliance to midrange and high-end storage systems.

It enables clients to ensure constant productivity and redistribute workloads non-disruptively in response to an unpredictable environment with federated workload balancing, increase return on investment with thin provisioning, improve productivity by moving data from retiring arrays to new systems non disruptively with asset management, which eliminates downtime or service interruption during storage asset refresh activities.

“Legacy storage systems architected 20 years ago were never designed for the dynamic IT-as-a-Service world, forcing organizations to use expensive and inefficient bolt-on virtualization approaches,” said Prakash Krishnamoorthy, Country Head, HP Storage Division India. “The true peer-based storage federation in HP Converged Storage solutions can handle the inherent unpredictability of always-on, multitenant environments while reducing expense, management overhead and risk to service levels.”

“Our research is telling us what IT executives all over the globe already suspect, namely that taking the same approach with storage in next generation data centers won’t deliver the results needed,” said Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “The new HP 3PAR platform scores at or near the top of every open-systems criteria we've considered for tier 1 storage for this new data center model.”

The company is introducing the HP P10000 3PAR Storage System with two new models, the V400 and V800 (HP 3PAR V-Class). The HP 3PAR V-Class simultaneously supports mixed, unpredictable and multitenant workloads on a single high-performance array by consolidating unpredictable workloads, such as financial trading and virtualized application deployments, providing 1.5 times greater port connectivity and disk resources, as well as up to three times greater performance for sequential workloads such as data analytics, versus previous 3PAR systems.

IDC estimates that by 2012, 85 percent of new applications will be specifically designed for the cloud. Agile delivery of these virtualized and cloud based applications requires linking multiple storage systems together to act as a single entity. Called storage federation, this capability can eliminate the extra layer of virtualization appliances and, as a result, decrease cost, administration overhead and service level risk within the data center architecture.

source : crn
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