Category Archive: HP

Oct 13

The Value of Veeam and Storage Array Integration

Time and time again, I get asked by partners and customers what is the value prop behind Veeam Backup and replication integrating with the various storage arrays for offload operations.   Why is there value there? I usually respond by stating that Veeam integrates with specific SAN arrays to let them perform the “heavy-lifting” when …

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Jun 29

#Veeam at the #HP Storage Summit, Macau 25/26th June 2014 #Veeam_APAC #HPStorage

This week, I had the privilege of attending HP’s storage summit in Macau, China.   The event focused on enterprise storage market trends, product announcements from HP Discover and where HP Storage are heading in terms of their  infrastructure stack and strategy. The event hosted approximately 350 customers and I felt it was received extremely well …

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Jun 20

HP Storage Summit – Macau, China June 25-26

Next week HP is holding a two-day event that offers focused storage solution sessions in Macau starting on June 25th, HP is a very special Alliance partner for Veeam and I am honored to be attending and representing the Veeam/HP partnership. This will be my first event as the new Veeam Alliances Manager for Asia-Pacific …

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Apr 08

#HP Insight Control Storage Module for #VMware vCenter, v.7.3.1 now available

  HP Insight control plugin for vCenter is the go-forward VMware vCenter management integration plug-in for HP Storage. In addition to managing all HP block storage arrays, this vCenter plug-in also manages HP servers and virtual connect networking with the Server module. HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server integrates with both VMware vSphere Client …

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Mar 03

#HP 3PAR Recovery Manager for vSphere 2.5 and Hyper-V 2.0 #VMware #Microsoft

What are they? HP 3PAR Application Suite of solutions eases administration by providing rapid, efficient online backup and recovery of application specific databases. These software packages enhances the functionality of HP 3PAR Virtual Copy software to allow dozens of VMware VM, Hyper-V VM, Exchange, SQL or Oracle  snapshots to kept online economically allowing for extended …

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Feb 06

#HP Insight Control for #VMware vCenter Server 7.3 Now Available! Includes HP OneView support!

HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter server, which is available as a single download, seamlessly integrates the manageability features of HP ProLiant, HP BladeSystem, HP Virtual Connect and HP Storage into the VMware vCenter console. By integrating HP Converged Infrastructure management features directly into VMware vCenter, administrators gain insight and control of their HP infrastructure supporting their …

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Jan 19

VMware ESXi 5.1 U2 HP custom image is now available

VMware has released ESXi 5.1 U2 to the general public. The HP custom ISO for this version is available at the following URL: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=HP-ESXI-5.1.0U2-GA-JAN2014&productId=285 meaning that HP now support this Update across our server line. The updated recipe document has been published and is available on vibsdepot at http://vibsdepot.hp.com/hpq/recipes/HP-VMware-Recipe.pdf Enjoy

Dec 17

NEW HP StoreFront Analytics for VMware vCenter Operations Manager available now!

What is it? The HP StoreFront Analytics for VMware vCenter Operations Manager, an adapter for vCenter Operations Manager from VMware, relates virtual machines and datastores to volumes from HP 3PAR StoreServ storage systems. Administrators using HP StoreFront Analytics are able to visualize and analyze data from their HP 3PAR StoreServ storage array directly within vCenter …

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Dec 04

Removing a 3PAR Virtual Volume from within a VVSET

When using 3PAR VVSet, 3PAR InForm OS does not allow the removal of a Single Active VLUN if the VLUN template is created with a VV set originally. For those who arent familiar,  a VVSet is generally used for cluster configurations when a set of hosts all need to see the same VLUNS. Using the …

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Nov 19

#HP #3PAR Persistent Ports #HPStorage

My writeup on HP 3PAR Persistent Ports is now live on the HP Official Website! Have a read! Thanks to my pal Calvin Zito @HPStorageGuy for publishing on his blog. http://t.co/FzJr4lgerE  

Oct 25

Achieving Strategic Business Value from a Sound BURA strategy for CIO’s

Recently I wrote a summary discussion on an Executive Brief by Frost & Sullivan (F&S) titled Beyond Overhead: How Your Backup and Recovery Architecture Can Contribute to Strategic Business Success., rather than duplicating the article here. The discussion post was published on the worldwide HP Transforming IT Blog site: http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Transforming-IT-Blog/Achieving-Strategic-Business-Value-from-a-Sound-BURA/ba-p/148027 Would love to know your thoughts on …

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Oct 10

HP Insight Control Storage and Server Module vCenter Plug-in 7.2.3

HP Insight Control Storage and Server Module for vCenter is plug-in for vCenter Server that allows HP storage arrays to be managed from a single pane of glass that is integrated into the vSphere client. Available at no cost from HP, the plug-in can be installed once for the entire vCenter environment using a single, …

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Sep 27

vSphere 5.5 is live – HP custom ISO is now available

VMware has just released version 5.5 of their ever popular Hypervisor, to coincide with this release, HP has also provided the customised image of this release prepared for HP Proliant servers running ESXi environments, put simply – this image provides customised drivers, features that Proliant Servers can leverage.  I run this on my home lab …

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Sep 04

This crazy thing called Flash

  Earlier this year (I actually wrote this post to co-incide with the announcement but it has sat in my draft box ever since – my bad…), we announced the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 – A purpose built flash optimised 3PAR array designed for the environments wheres things can get a little ….. crazy.     …

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Aug 19

Back from Holiday “Vacation” and VMworld

Finally back from an epic time in the US of A,  VMworld next week.  I was intending on doing a post on the leadup to VMworld including a timetable of events I will be attending.  For those who are going, get in touch – would be great to catch up/meet some of you..  HP are …

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Jul 02

Technical White Paper – HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and VMware vSphere 5 best practices – June 2013, Rev.3 released

Quick note – The latest revision of this technical white paper has been released – although a minor release I still recommend  if you are running VMware vSphere 5 on a 3PAR StoreServ array – do yourself a favour a take a read!  And please if you havr any feedback, contact me so I can …

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Jun 18

VMware ESXi 5.1 U1 Release and HP Custom ESXi Image

VMware released ESXi 5.1 U1 in April earlier this year,  HP also released a custom image of this release that incorporates customised HP drivers and management software saving you time to download and install the software yourself. A good point to make is that by using the customised HP Proliant ESXi image – this is …

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May 21

HP 3PAR peer persistence v1: peering into the persisting world of 3PAR

  Time for a technical deep dive – As you may or may not know, HP 3PAR boasts a sexy array-based software feature set. You’ve probably heard me rave on about it in other posts and podcasts I have done.  I’ve worn this fan-boy cap for a while now and spoken about our leading thin …

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May 06

Sometimes Data migration is inevitable. High costs and increased business risks don’t have to be.

Every major initiative for optimizing data center performance, decreasing TCO, increasing ROI, or maximizing productivity – including consolidation, virtualization, clouds, server upgrades, tiered storage, data analytics and BI tools – involves storage data migration.   Data has an incalculable value, and its loss can have significant impact. As Frost & Sullivan says in a recent Executive …

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Apr 28

VMware has released vSphere 5.1 Update 1

Quick update – This new patch release boasts new features such as SQL Server 2012 support as well as updated guest operating system support. The official VMware release notes on this patch are available at: https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-esxi-51u1-release-notes.html https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-vcenter-server-51u1-release-notes.html You can find the HP customized image release notes here as well the updated HP VMware Utilities User …

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Mar 04

VMware vVol and HP 3PAR

Last year,  Calvin Zito did a good overview on VMware Virtual Volumes or vVols. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKVui0W3NT0   This is game changing in my opinion, this essentially means the virtual machines will be able to leverage the 3PAR for ANY operation – when you throw an ASIC in the mix and our wide striping and you will …

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Feb 18

Which 5 IT areas look to prosper in 2013?

Which 5 IT areas look to prosper in 2013? Check out my latest trending article on our HPSD site,  thanks to @HPStorageGuy for hosting it. Click Which 5 IT areas look to prosper in 2013? to read!    

Feb 06

There and back again: Storage in the 21st Century

Where is storage going in this century?  How does it integrate with Cloud? What should CIO’s be aware off in this new age?  Want to find out? My blog post on this is now live on the HP site, you can have a read at http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Transforming-IT-Blog/There-and-back-again-Storage-in-the-21st-Century/ba-p/130519  

Dec 17

HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and VMware vSphere 5 best practices whitepaper

  When supported with the correct underlying storage platform, server virtualization delivers greater consolidation, administrative efficiency, business continuity and cost savings. As a result, server virtualization is not only transforming the data center, but also the businesses that those data centers fuel. However, these transformative results depend on enterprise class storage to deliver the performance, …

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Dec 04

HP EVA to HP 3PAR Online Import

What is it? Now this is really cool, at a high level these new announcements now give you the risk free incentive to move your current workloads residing on an HP EVA P6000 to HP 3PAR and benefit from a leading storage platform.   HP EVA to HP 3PAR Import So if you are currently …

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Dec 04

Introducing the new kids on the block… HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000

                      Today, at HP Discover in Frankfurt, we announced a new line of HP 3PAR storage systems boasting smarter architecture, higher storage capacity and greater performance for customers. Built for converged infrastructure, cloud and virtual environments Without being bias, I believe the HP 3PAR architecture …

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Nov 11

VMDownUnderground and the lead up to VMware vForum 2012, Sydney Australia

VMware vForum is an annual tech conference that has been adapted from the ever-popular VMworld, which is why it is sometimes dubbed the mini VMworld, it never fails to disappoint as it is always full of quality presenters and content. This year, the conference is being held in the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 14th …

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Oct 24

My HP 3PAR Fit for VMware Environments Blog Post on HPStorageGuy’s site.

This is the first of hopefully many to come that will be hosted on Calvin’s Around the Storage Block site (Thanks Calvin!) You may read here: http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Around-the-Storage-Block-Blog/HP-3PAR-Fit-for-VMware-environments/ba-p/124361

Sep 26

New blogpost: Would you like a side of DR with that? 2/2

Second part of this blog post on DR -and my suggested 7 step recipe, now live at: http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Transforming-IT-Blog/Would-you-like-a-side-of-Disaster-Recovery-with-that-2-2/ba-p/121951

Sep 24

HP Get Virtual Guarantee Whitepaper for VMware environments

Further to my earlier post on what is VM density, I mentioned HP’s ‘Get Virtual Guarantee” programme. Here is a link to the whitepaper on this, have a read and consider.  Virtual environments are a lot more fun when they are performing optimally.   Ping me if you have any questions @andrecarpenter or andre.carpenter@hp.com

Sep 11

HP Customized version of ESXi 5.1 is now available!

HP Customized version of ESXi 5.1  is now available! Download: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=HP-ESXI-5.1.0-GA-10SEP2012&productId=28 Release Notes: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03537464.pdf Also, an updated version of the HP Customized version of ESXi 5.0 U1 (October 2012)  is also available: Download: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=HP-ESXI-5.0.0-U1-15MAR2012_V2&productId=229 Release Notes: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03537272.pdf

Sep 10

What is VM Density?

What is it? VM Density used to be (and still is) referred to as the following three contextual definitions related to performance: Number of VM’s that can run on a certain number of physical CPU’s Number of VM’s or workloads running on a host Number of VM’s or workloads running on a single datastore. What …

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Sep 10

Second blog post for HP – Would you like a side of DR with that? 1/2

  Have a read here http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Transforming-IT-Blog/Would-you-like-a-side-of-Disaster-Recovery-with-that/ba-p/120591  

Aug 30

Meeting Calvin Zito

I have “virtually” known Calvin for some time now having subscribed to and read his blog, I actually sent him a message just when I joined HP to say “G’day”, over the months we stayed in contact and organised to potentially meet at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco (depending on travel approvals). We organised to …

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Aug 07

Official Blog for HP.com

I am now blogging for HP.com WW, I will endeavour to try and update this blog as much as I can. Running two blogs is time consuming!! check out my first post on HP.com here – “Taming Big Data”, please comment – I like reading and responding to any suggestions or feedback etc.   Thank you …

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Jul 10

Building the business case to choose HP 3PAR – The Ninja’s way.

One of the cool things I get to do in the HP storage consulting business is show customers the potential savings they may profit from simply by moving across to an HP 3PAR storage array. This assessment nicknamed the Capacity Savings Assessment is backed by HP’s Get Thin Guarantee and can really show what the move …

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Jun 22

Many blog posts to come

Been busy – I am half way through a series of blog posts including the HP 3PAR NinjaThin Assessment tool for virtual environments.   Watch this space, thanks for all your emails also.   A

May 06

HP 3PAR Management plugin for VMWare vCenter

  What is it? The HP 3PAR Management Software Plug-In for VMware vCenter is a vSphere vCenter management console plug-in that allows easy identification of HP 3PAR virtual volumes used by virtual machines and datastores.   What does it do? It can provided a single pane view of the virtual machines and the 3PAR virtual …

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Apr 04

T10 UNMAP in VMware vSphere and 3PAR

What is T10 UNMAP? UNMAP is a SCSI command used to reclaim space from blocks that have been deleted by a virtual machine (OS or application). In vSphere 5, UNMAP is used for space reclamation of deleted data after common operations This is particularly beneficial and important in thinly provisioned environments as it allows the storage array to …

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Mar 26

Gartners Magic Quadrant – “Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays.”

  Gartner is an independent provider of IT and research advice, Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays assesses storage vendors on their “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision.”  Placing the candidates into one of the four quadrants each representing different definitions. So what does this mean? Legend Leaders execute …

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Feb 20

HP Storageworks MPX200 Migration.

So being part of the extended HP APJ Storage Consulting team, I wanted to share my thoughts on a preferred way to migrate between 3rd Party arrays and HP. Having worked with the leading storage vendors in the world, I have seen many methods of migration during my delivery days.  There are obviously industry best …

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Oct 29

HP 3PAR recovery manager for vSphere.

What is it? HP 3PAR Recovery Manager Software for VMware vSphere enables the protection and rapid recovery of virtual machines and VMware datastores What does it look like? <insert image here> What can it do? It provides virtual copy management and allows you to take LUN-level snapshots of virtual machines and datastores through the vSphere …

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Oct 13

HP 3PAR Dynamic Optimisation and VMWare vSphere

In a nutshell, HP 3PAR Dynamic Optimisation Software is a software license/product enabled on the storage array itself that can provide a non-disruptive way to make changes to storage volumes hosted on the HP 3PAR Storage System. Storage administrators can move volumes between different drive types or tiers (SSD, Fibre Channel, SATA/Nearline), leveling volumes as …

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Oct 01

HP 3PAR and VMWare vSphere whitepaper

Having written posts about HP 3PAR and VMWare vSphere integration, I found a  really good (more official) read on VMWare vSphere and HP 3PAR storage: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vmw-vsphere-3par-utility-storage.pdf Enjoy!

Sep 25

http://www.vmware.com/a/vmmark/ – Impressive Benchmarks by HP

Personally, I love seeing stuff and tests like these. Whilst other technologist’s from representing companies may be quick to defend why their particular company’s hardware doesn’t get the top score they would of hoped. I try to take another angle on approaching these sort of benchmarks. Why? I’ll break down the reasons why I think …

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Jul 18

Welcome

My name is Andre Carpenter, I am a IT technologist from New Zealand working as a Consulting Solutions Architect at HP working in the Data Centre Transformation, Virtualisation and Cloud presales team based in Melbourne Australia. I also work with the APJ wider storage consulting practice just to spice things up. My focus within the …

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