VMware vSphere is the industry-leading virtualization platform for server consolidation and centralized management. Several SMBs have taken advantage of this technology to reduce operational expenditures over the last couple of years. However, many have not been able to take advantages of the â€œAvailability/Business Continuity features-Â HA, vMotion, vSphere Replication because of the high cost ofÂ shared storage. At VMworld 2012 last week, where VMware Attracted a Record 21,000 Registered Attendees ,Â HP announced the rebranding of the HP Lefthand VSA product to address this issue. Considering that 98% of businesses in Canada have <100 employees and donâ€™t have the budget to purchase shared storage. HP might be on to something!
HP Storevirtual VSA transforms the internal storage of your VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V servers into fully featured shared storage for applications and virtual environments. The StoreVirtual VSA software delivers the scalability and high availability of HP LeftHand arrays to SMBs. Get all the benefits of shared storage without the big price tag $$$. Check out the datasheet for more details.
We had the chance to meet up with Brad Katz, WorldWide Product Manager at Hewlett-Packard and Dale Degen, Worldwide SAN Marketing Manager at Hewlett-Packard at VMworld in San Francisco. They are very excited about the HP rebranding effort and believe customers should be too! TheirÂ “Start small and grow big” strategy avoids up front storage costs by using VSA on existing disk storage today; then move to a physical LeftHand array as your storage needs evolve. StoreVirtual VSA seamlessly migrates all data to any LeftHand array with Peer Motion functionality.
For those HP P4500 Virtualization SAN and Multi-site SAN customers, note that the VSA licenseÂ is included atÂ no extra charge. Levarage your existing HP Centralized Management Console to manage your remote offices.
StoreVirtual VSA requires VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V servers with at least: