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HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 drives down flash to cost of spinning disk

This is part two of a two part series on enhancements to the HP 3PAR StoreServ platform announced at HP Discover in June.  As I posted in my first part of this series, one of the best benefits to being an invited blogger at HP Discover is the opportunities to talk with HP’s technical staff and […]

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Peer Persistence and Adaptive Optimization interoperation on 3PAR

This is part one of a two part series on enhancements to the HP 3PAR StoreServ platform announced at HP Discover in June.  One of the biggest benefits of being an HP invited blogger for HP Discover is the opportunity to sit and talk with architects and executives during coffee talks and importu meetings in the bloggers […]

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Squeezing the ultimate performance out of vSphere

Over the course of the past few months, I have had the opportunity to compare physical workloads directly against virtualized workloads.  As workloads have moved into vSphere in the environment that I support, we have had the opportunity to compare workloads head to head, pinpoint some bottlenecks and remedy them in our environment.  In addition, […]

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HP Discover Barcelona: What to expect & how to follow online this week

I am currently sitting in Myrtle Beach airport waiting for my first of three flights that will ultimate bring me to Barcelona, Spain.  I’ll be spending the next week attending HP Discover in Barcelona.  It is one of HP’s two major conferences each year and it will be first visit to HP Discover in Europe […]

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VMware releases VSAN and the power of policies

VMware is pushing back on storage vendors as it seeks to show the world the full power of software-defined storage.  A couple weeks ago, VMware announced the VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN), a new software-defined storage platform tightly coupled with vCenter server.   The new platform requires both hard disks and solid state disks to create […]

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VMware unwraps vSphere 5.5 – What’s in it for your Datacenter?

Almost two weeks ago now, VMware unwrapped vSphere 5.5 to the public.  The release, which ships later this year, includes a lot of enhancements and some new features for the datacenter.  I won’t lie – 5.5 has a lot more in it for the datacenter than 5.1 enhancements.  And I left VMworld 2013 much more […]

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vSphere 5.5 introduces new, simpler UNMAP command

Welcome news for anyone using array-based thin provisioning with vSphere, VMware has introduced a new and simpler UNMAP command that can be invoke from esxcli with vSphere Platform 5.5.  This will help 3PAR customers more easily perform the UNMAP process to free space on LUNs so that the array can discover and free the space […]

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Keeping VMFS datastores thin on 3PAR StoreServ

Earlier this year, I moved a large part of my infrastructure onto HP’s 3PAR StoreServ 7400.  As promised, our initial migration netted us over 50% savings through the thin technologies baked into the 3PAR StoreServ platform.  But one my biggest concerns was how well could 3PAR maintain its lean status over months of operation with […]

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HP enhances 3PAR StoreServ Peer Persistence with automatic failover

VMware Metro Storage Clusters running on top of 3PAR StoreServ storage have gotten an added boost of automation.  HP announced 3PAR OS 3.1.2 MU2 during HP Discover two weeks back and one of the features that it introduced is a quorum witness node to assist in Peer Persistence installations.  Peer Persistence is the HP 3PAR […]

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HP Storage is touting unified architectures for the future

Its all about unified approaches for HP Storage as they push forward into the future.  David Scott, senior vice president and general manager of HP Storage, has spent a lot of time during HP Discover talking about HP’s unified approach in storage architectures as opposed to competitor’s fragmented approaches. In the StoreServe and StoreOnce product […]

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