HP has released a series of updates aimed at improving its software-defined Store Virtual storage brand.
The company said that the update, which includes new blade storage models and connectivity options, will help businesses better manage and organise their virtualised datacentre deployments. Among the updates will be the addition of the StoreVirtual 4630 blade-based storage server. Designed to minimise footprint, the 4630 will sport higher capacity hard drives which double the storage density over previous models and raise maximum capacity to 180 terabytes.
Dale Degan, worldwide senior marketing director for HP storage, said that the 4630's blade server profile will allow firms to combine their storage servers with other blade-based server hardware, potentially allowing for large portions of the datacentre to be physically housed within a single blade enclosure.
"It is the ultimate converged infrastructure," Degan told V3. "This really reduces your TCO, it is a real boost in value to the customer."
Also targeting the blade server market will be the D2220sb. Designed to wok with HP's StoreVirtual VSA software platform, the appliance will offer dedicated iSCSI connectivity and management tools which will allow the unit to be assigned and operated as a traditional SAN appliance without the need to remove the hardware from the blade enclosure.
HP is also looking to improve the flexibility of its software-defined storage line. The company will for the first time be equipping two of its StoreVirtual models, the 4330 and 4730, with Fibre Channel connections.
The addition of Fibre Channel support could help to extend the reach of the storage platform which had previously been tied to the iSCSI protocol. Now, firms which rely heavily on fibre networks will be able to work with StoreVirtual.
"Now you can have a segregated iSCSI solution off to the side that still talks to the Fibre Channel host with no real upheaval," Degan explained.
"It opens the door for them to play around - it is a migration path that some customers have asked for."
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