Category Archive: Storage

Jan 13

A new year brings…………..?

Good new year to you!  I trust that if you are reading this then you survived the Christmas and New year break and hopefully took some time off to spend it with family and friends. Last year, brought a ramp up in the adoption of Cloud services among many organisation  – probably not as much as …

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Nov 08

Accelerating Time to Business Value With Oracle ZFS

Recently Oracle held Oracle OpenWorld over in San Francisco, USA,  for those who do not know what that is (perhaps a small group of you). Oracle OpenWorld is our big annual event for business decision-makers, IT management, and line-of-business end users that showcases new Oracle product features and other news. It also gives our customers, partners and …

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Apr 12

An Introduction to Oracle ZFS Storage – A Heavy Hitting Performance Solution for VMware environments 1/2

This is a two-part blog post that will provide you with an overview of Oracle ZFS and how it relates to VMware environments. The first part (this blog post) will introduce Oracle ZFS storage and discuss the architectural fundamentals and how they benefit VMware workloads. The second part will look at VMware specific support, integration …

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Mar 24

Update – A hiatus? Yes please!

Happy new year! I hope that my readers have had a good break and are fully refreshed to hit 2016 running, I know for me it is going to be a defining year after 2015. (its now March and 2015 seems a long time ago!). I have not blogged for a while and have been …

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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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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 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 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 22

HP Insight Control Storage Module 7.2.1/7.2.2 and VMWare vCenter

Uh oh!! a bug in HP Insight Control 7.2.1 and 7.2.2 Storage Plugins with 3PAR environments. Confirmed with both IC4VC 7.2.1 and 7.2.2 storage plugins with 3PAR 3.1.2 MU2 If using the plugin to perform a “New Datastore” action at the Cluster level, when the volume is presented to all hosts in a cluster in …

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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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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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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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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

Oct 17

APAC Virtualization Podcast – Episode 62 – VSA

Join Craig Waters (@cswaters1), Chris Trioni – (vArchitect, VCE), John Martin (Principal Technologist, NetApp), Cormac Hogan (Senior Marketing Architect for Storage, VMware) and myself (Solutions Architect, HP) where we will discuss the recently announced Software Defined Datacentre (SDD) and where storage fits into the whole story. Start Time (GMT+11): 17/10/12 9:00 PM Sydney time (EDT)   …

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Sep 27

My first VMworld 2012 – A wrap

VMworld 2012 was held in San Francisco, USA  in August this year.  This was to be my first (and hopefully not last) VMworld conference,  I have a lot of memorable moments from the whole trip – probably too many to list here but nonetheless it was a very memorable trip.  The flight over and back …

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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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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 29

An interesting view from two years ago…

  “Data growth – IDC believes that the Digital Universe will grow by 44 times that of 2009 by 2020. IBM estimates that data and content is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 64% a year or more. (Zettabyte = 1 trillion gigabytes).” Source: IDC Digital Universe Study, sponsored by EMC, May 2010.

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 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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