Making virtualization more affordable for SMBs

According to Hewlett-Packard Co., its newly released HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) software will remove some of the barriers to virtualization for small and medium-sized businesses.

The software is now available at no additional cost when purchasing eligible HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers. According to HP, it’s the only major server vendor to deliver software-defined storage as a free component with a server purchase, helping make the benefits of virtual storage infrastructure more accessible to SMBs.

“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 for storage at HP, in a statement. “HP is the only storage provider that delivers powerful, efficient servers combined with free software-defined storage to help our customers maximize server virtualization ROI, even with a limited budget.”

HP says its StoreVirtual VSA transforms HP ProLiant servers into software-defined data centre enablers out of the box, and claims the joint solution can reduce the cost of deploying resilient shared storage by up to 80 per cent compared over traditional storage arrays, simplify deployment and improve flexibility with VMware or Microsoft hypervisor environments without dedicated storage expertise, and enhance agility by scaling compute and storage in parallel as needs change.

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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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