Targeting SMB users, HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) software is now available free with virtualization-ready HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers.
HP claims that it is the only major server vendor to deliver software-defined storage as a free component with a server purchase. The company anticipates providing SMB customers access to more than an Exabyte of VSA storage during the next 12 months.
“To unlock the full benefits of server virtualization in the most space- or budget-constrained environments, organizations need a converged approach to resilient, shared storage that supports their data-intensive virtualized workloads,” said David Scott, senior vice president and general manager, Storage, HP.
HP StoreVirtual VSA transforms HP ProLiant servers into powerful solutions for software-defined data center deployments that maximize server virtualization benefits right out of the box.
By combining these two technologies, HP enables customers to reduce costs of deploying resilient shared storage by up to 80 percent compared with traditional storage arrays.
SMB clients will also benefit by simplifying deployment and improving flexibility with either VMware or Microsoft hypervisor environments without the need for dedicated storage expertise.
HP customers can also enhance agility by scaling compute and storage in parallel as business needs change and application workloads grow.
They can reduce risk by keeping data highly available through clustering and built-in disaster recovery including VMware Metro Storage Cluster support.
“We were looking to refine and extend our remote capabilities without sacrificing performance, and at the same time address our growing need for expanded storage capacity and horsepower in our satellite offices and onboard our vessels,” said Jason Cohn, director, Global IT Infrastructure, Silversea Cruises.
“Partnering with HP, we migrated to HP StoreVirtual VSA environments running on HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 Servers, and as a result have been able to re-provision our virtual environment, significantly expand our processing capacity and memory, increase our usable storage, and reduce our physical footprint by 50 percent,” Cohn added.