HP StoreVirtual Storage – technology & portfolio

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

Software-Defined 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.

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HPE StoreVirtual 4000

Today’s businesses have an ever expanding need for data storage. Servers need storage. An HP StoreVirtual 4000 Storage System is designed for simplicity in management, growth, and consistency. The new system offers new updated technology and is ideal for Enterprise-level storage at an affordable price to meet your business at any stage or for any virtualization challenge. Most models include SmartCarrier Hard Drives, which allows you to upgrade in bulk, and some options include hybrid storage, to use both Solid State Drives and Hard Disk Drives to optimize your storage availability, efficiency, and speed.

The 4000 series StoreVirtual features LeftHand Operating System 12.0, the latest version upgrade for the storage lineup. This installed software has some new enhancements from its predecessor. 12.0 employs space reclamation, which allows you to use space in VMware vSphere and Microsoft Windows environments using T10 UNMAP. This lets you permanently delete files and use that previously allocated space.Another upgrade is the HP StoreVirtual Multipathing Extension Module, also called MEM, for VMware vSphere, which is designed to optimize data movement, and reduce latency periods in order to increase performance. In order to enable better volume management and heightened ability to modify storage, the OS’ new REST API is utilized for bettering automation. The OS is also able to reboot more quickly and has faster remote copy performance.

Included in the new StoreVirtual 4000 series is an enhanced integration feature, that allows for easier recovery of Windows files through snapshots, which also enables faster searching of data. There have also been improvements to Online Upgrades (OU), which utilizes only updated versions of downloads (and more components are upgradable), OU allows downloading via proxy servers, and patch severity classes and release notes now included.The enhancements create the perfect versatility for virtualization of servers and clients, using Windows or Linux environments.

StoreVirtual technology is designed with scale-out architecture; this allows capacity and performance to be scaled to adjustments in use. To evolve scalability with your business is as easy as adding new units to the system cluster, effectively growing your system seamlessly and without disruption. Additional nodes increase performance and storage, improving processing power and speed.

The new system is designed to save you in cost and headache. High availability of data adds ease of use, and an advanced management system simplifies your storage. Easy scalability dissolves worries about growing your organization, with some storage capacities up to 1536TB.

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HP 1910 Gigabit Ethernet Switches

Eight of the HPE 1910 Series switches employ Gigabit Ethernet technology and the other five employ Fast Ethernet Technology. Ethernet is a link-layer protocol that controls the movement of data throughout a network. Layer 1 is the physical layer of connections in the network, and the Data-Link layer is Layer 2 in the Open Systems Interconnect (OSI), which is for telecommunications protocols. The OSI is a reference model for how applications can communicate over a network, but OSI is an unusual model, as most modern products are smart-managed, and internet protocols do not cleanly match the OSI reference model. The Ethernet protocol includes both packet and frame units of transmission. The frame is the data being transmitted,the sender and receiver information, or MAC addresses (Media Access Control),andVLAN tagging (quality control of transmission). Each frame is wrapped in a packet, which makes the connection and marks where the frame starts.

This switch series features Simple Web and IP Management, which ease use of the switch and simplifies the addition of more switches to the network. It can also monitor usage and provide logs of any problems and necessary troubleshooting, secures data movement using configurations restrictions and multilevel passwords. The 1910 series offers models that are non-PoE, PoE, or PoE+.

PoE is Power over Ethernet, which manages allocation of power and data over an Ethernet cable to another device or network. PoE allows you to transfer data and power in greater quantities and greater distances than a traditional USB. PoE has a maximum wattage of 15.4 Wdc. With growing network systems in evolving industries, it becomes necessary to distribute more power and use the upgraded PoE+, with a maximum wattage of 25.5 Wdc. PoE and PoE+ switches save users money by being easy to install yourself, greater reliability, and they conserve energy. They are easy to use and monitor.

The 1910 switches offer Layer 3 routing, and smart-management upgrades your network reliability and security. Included with Hewlett-Packard switches is a unique and unbeatable Lifetime 99 Year warranty, reducing cost of ownership, and keeps managing the network headache-free.The models in the series have 8, 16, 24, and 48 port options, PoE or PoE+ availability, all with virtually unbeatable value.

HP Z440 Workstations

Customization is the future of our technology, and it is here. The HP Z Series Desktop Minitowers are designed to give users everything they want and more. The Z440 segment is now sleeker and more compact than its predecessor, featuring a slim 7-inch wide design, Intel Xeon E5 v3 processor series, upgraded to DDR4 memory, HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe storage, and Thunderbolt 2, all of which we will get into. The Z Series also makes it possible to access interior components without the use of tools. The new design simplifies expansion, upgrades, and workstation scalability, with the exception of the Z440’s requiring rewiring in order to upgrade Power Supply Units, but workstation configurations include either an entry 85% efficiency 525W PSU or a high end 90% efficiency 700W PSU, ideal for up to 225w of graphics.

The Z440 workstations are single processor socket (1S) machines, optimizing efficiency to make the most of space and time. The Intel Xeon E5-1600v3 series is employed to maximize performance and multitasking complex applications. The Intel QuickData Technology is used to advance customizability through increasing the server data traffic abilities across many configurations for more scalability and reliability. These processors also feature Intel’s Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O, or Intel VT-d. This is an enabler, promoter, and protector of Virtualization software, to smooth processes and offer strengthened solutions.

The HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe storage is what really sets the Z440 workstation apart from its predecessors. This addition features a PCIe connected Solid State Drive, allowing higher performance and speed. The read/write performance is approximately double the speed of current SATA SSDs. The Z Turbo Drive is uniquely designed for the Z Workstations for unparalleled value, with performance levels greater than 1GB/s and highest price/performance ratio for client SSDs. It pairs seamlessly with the Thunderbolt 2 PCIe card, which significantly advances your data transfer rate, utilized to decrease latency and increase accuracy of time synchronization, allowing for higher performance and reliability of audio and video creation, playback, and editing, as well as better file sharing.

Graphics standards are evolving, and visual abilities of workstations need to evolve with them. The Z440 workstation supports a wide range of graphics abilities with various GPU option parts, with up to two graphics cards for highest performance (which would also require the high end 700W PSU). Configurations could include NVidia’s Quadro series, from 1GB to 12GB, or their NVS series at 2GB. Another option would be AMD FirePro W2100 2GB.

All of these components add up to a virtually endlessly customization for a seamless and efficient machine to adapt to your multitasking needs. HP’s commitment to usability has again been thrown into the spotlight with the Z440 series, with an unwillingness to compromise quality for affordability, and instead devoting themselves to find a way to make both a priority. This workstation series is the cutting edge of user-friendly upgrading and scalability, and is the first choice in single processor workstations.