Defy IT boundaries
Software-Defined Storage is shared storage deployed as software. It is a way for your business applications and underlying storage services to share hardware resources.
Which is the right approach for your Software-Defined Data Center?
Storage within the Software-Defined Data Center requires open APIs with a programmatic approach to orchestration and can be delivered in a choice of unique forms depending on your design points for optimization:
Cost optimization with Software-Defined Storage—pure software such as Virtual Storage Appliances (VSAs) co-located with applications
Service level optimization with Service-Refined Storage—dedicated multi-tenant system virtualized for unpredictable Tier-1 demands
Leading the way in open orchestration with Software-Defined Storage
Converged Storage lays innovation foundation
Programmatic control of infrastructure via open and standards-based APIs plus application-specific orchestration environments is a defining requirement in the Software-Defined Data Center—and a core part of our Converged Storage strategy since 2010. We led the effort to extend the OpenStack framework to Fibre Channel storage and hook into important applications from ISVs such as Microsoft, VMware and SAP.
Highly automated Software-Defined Data Centers eliminate physical and management silos across storage, services and networks. With characteristics of cloud or IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) deployments, you can:
Deploy applications in minutes not weeks
Focus resources less on IT operations and more on business innovation
|From HP||Driving innovation|
|HP and OpenStack||Automated and standards-based provisioning of storage for ITaaS|
|HP CloudOS||Enterprise-grade OpenStack distribution and application modeling|
|HP CloudSystem||Open and integrated cloud platform for building and managing services|
|HP Storage Solutions||Integrated orchestration for applications from Microsoft, VMware and other ISVs|
Realizing cost optimization with Software-Defined Storage with StoreVirtual VSA
Proven Software-Defined Storage leadership
While the term is new, the concept isn’t. HP has been shipping Software-Defined Storage for more than 6 years—reducing costs and footprint for customers. We have over 600,000 StoreVirtual VSA licenses distributed with advanced features not available with less mature Software-Defined solutions.
Software-Defined Storage delivers robust services to help you:
Reduce costs by leveraging hardware you already own
Avoid lock in with hardware and hypervisor agnostic deployments
Expand non-disruptively with scale-out and federated data mobility
|Know your optimization options||Software-Defined Storage||Software-Refined Storage|
|Your optimization design requirements are an important consideration when selecting the form of storage needed for your Software-Defined Data Center. Whether you are optimizing for cost or service level will determine whether Software-Defined or Service-Refined Storage is the right choice.|
Automotive supplier uses HP StoreVirtual VSA for all of its branches
“The converged HP infrastructure offers the necessary scalability and flexibility that we require in the dynamic automotive sector. This not only means that we can quickly increase our storage capacities when necessary, it also means that we can move this capacity between individual branches.”
– Jörg Birkle, head of IT management and process and information management, Peguform
Read the Peguform case study (PDF, 1.1MB)