Saturday, March 26, 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Store Virtual VSA Software

Today’s servers have a lot of compute and internal storage capacity.  Only a fraction of it is used for running various applications.  Store Virtual VSA transforms the server’s internal or direct attached storage into an enterprise level shared storage. This helps to deliver lower total cost of ownership and superior ease of management, keeping the same physical foot print.

This can be used in various ways depending on the requirement.  It can provide dedicated performance and high availability required at the primary location.  For remote locations it can work as a feature rich shared storage and disaster recovery.  An all flash array can be created with VSA for maximum performance. And with Store Virtual Adaptive Optimization, one can automatically migrate only the data that needs maximum performance to SSD .

The VSA has a scale out architecture which offers the ability to add storage capacity on the fly without compromising on performance. It consolidated the internal and external disks into a pool of shared storage.
Network Raid which is a unique feature of Store Virtual family stripes and protects multiple copies of data across multiple storage nodes, eliminating a single point of failure. One can include storage nodes from different racks, buildings and even cities to the Network raid to provide seamless application high availability with transparent failover and fall back.

All VSA nodes in the environment across multiple locations can be managed from Centralized management console for simplified and easy management.  Moreover as the storage needs evolve,  it is easy to migrate from a VSA to a physical Store Virtual box .

VSA includes other advanced features like reservation less snapshots and thin provisioning also. It has plug ins for VMware v Center and Microsoft System Center to centrally administer both virtual machines and storage. The remote copy feature enables centralized backup and disaster recovery.

See a brief video on Store Virtual VSA Overview at below link.

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