HP tackles converged storage

Hewlett-Packard Co. has launched several new offerings under its Converged Storage portfolio designed to help customers get more out of their virtual storage infrastructure by increasing agility and capacity utilization.

Among the new offerings is HP’s StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance software functionality, which includes automated sub-LUN (logical unit number) storage tiering and increased VMware and Microsoft integration, as well as new licensing options for greater deployment flexibility.

“To reduce data centre investment and operational costs, budget-conscious organizations are transitioning from dedicated physical hardware to software-defined storage embedded on existing industry standard servers,” said David Scott, senior vice-president and general manager of HP’s storage business, in a statement. “Having pioneered software-defined storage with an installed base of over 170,000 StoreVirtual VSA licenses, HP is now extending its leadership in this area with auto-tiering capability to further optimize cost and performance for small or medium-sized businesses as well as remote enterprise branches.”

Also new are two software plug-ins for HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage — one for VMware and one for SAP – that can help customers simplify management of complex application deployments.

All the solutions will be available by late September through the HP channel.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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