What is HP Storevirtual?
HP StoreVirtual Storage, based on the LeftHand operating system, is a scale- out, software-defined storage platform that provides data mobility across tiers and locations and between physical and virtual storage. It provides high availability, disaster recovery, and data mobility to virtualized server environments, and enables linear scaling of capacity and performance.
HP StoreVirtual is the most versatile storage platform on the market today and a leader in software defined storage. It’s hardware-agnostic and hypervisor-independent, with support for VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Linux KVM.
Technology in HP’s StoreVirtual Storage
At its core, the concept of software-defined storage refers to software applications layered on server infrastructures to deliver advanced data services, such as snapshots, thin provisioning, and multi-site disaster recovery. The flexibility of software-defined storage allows you to consolidate your storage virtual machines (VMs) onto the same servers that hold your application VMs.
Software-defined storage is a key component of the software-defined data center (SDDC). In an SDDC, server, storage, and networking resources are virtualized, pooled, and controlled by software. The goal is to automate the underlying infrastructure in a way that eliminates the need to configure the link between hardware and service delivery manually.
HP StoreVirtual technology is at the heart of every HP’s StoreVirtual product. Instead of deploying storage-specific hardware, customers can create shared storage inside servers using HP StoreVirtual VSA software, a software-defined storage (SDS) solution that’s easy to deploy and manage. This consolidated storage solution converges applications and data on the same platform, reducing hardware footprint without losing any required storage functionality.
HP StoreVirtual VSA
HP StoreVirtual VSA, is a virtual storage appliance that creates highly available shared storage from direct-attached storage in VMware® vSphere and Microsoft® Hyper-V environments. Its platform flexibility allows you to create a virtual array within and across any x86 server and non-disruptively scale capacity and performance as workload requirements evolve. The ability to use internal or external storage within your environment greatly increases storage utilization and eliminates the costs and complexity associated with dedicated external SAN storage. Storage pools based on StoreVirtual VSA are optimized for vSphere and Hyper-V and typically scale linearly from 2 up to 16 nodes.
HPE StoreVirtual VSA uses scale-out, distributed clustering to provide a pool of storage with enterprise storage features and simple management at reduced cost. Multiple StoreVirtual VSAs running on multiple servers create a clustered pool of storage with the ability to make data highly available by protecting volumes with Network RAID. Adding more StoreVirtual VSAs to the cluster grows the storage pool. With Network RAID, blocks of data are striped and mirrored across multiple StoreVirtual VSAs, allowing volumes and applications to stay online in the event of disk, storage subsystem or server failure. iSCSI connectivity on HPE StoreVirtual VSA support the use of the storage pools by hypervisors as well as other applications. HPE StoreVirtual VSA fully supports 1GbE and 10GbE environments.
HP StoreVirtual VSA transforms your server’s internal or direct-attached storage into a fully-featured shared storage array without the cost and complexity associated with dedicated storage. StoreVirtual VSA is a virtual storage appliance optimized for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments. It creates a virtual array within your application server and scales as storage needs evolve. The ability to use internal storage within your environment greatly increases storage utilization, and eliminates the costs and complexity associated with dedicated external storage.
All HP ProLiant Intel-based servers include a free download of HP StoreVirtual VSA software and activation of a 3-year 1 TB capacity VSA license.