Defy IT boundaries

Closely related to cloud computing concepts, the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) refers to IT built on standards-based, converged infrastructure overlaid with advanced data and control services at the application layer and delivered across servers, storage, and networking.

Storage within the SDDC requires open APIs with a programmatic approach to orchestration and can be delivered in a your 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

ChalkTalk by HPStorageGuy explains what Software-Defined Storage is and how it fits into the Software-Defined Data Center.

5:30 minutes

HP is a leader in Software-Defined Data Center innovations powering the new style of IT across the enterprise:


HP VSAs for primary storage and deduplicated backup

Put HP VSAs up against any software-defined technology in your IT environment

Here’s why

Software-Defined Storage Innovations

Orchestration in the Software-Defined Data Center

Highly automated, Software-Defined Data Centers (SDDCs) eliminate physical and management silos across servers, storage and networks. With characteristics of cloud or IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) deployments, SDDCs enable you to:

  • Deploy applications in minutes not weeks
  • Focus resources less on IT operations and more on business innovation

Leading the way in open orchestration

Programmatic control of infrastructure via open and standards-based APIs as well as application-specific orchestration environments is a defining requirement in the SDDC and a core part of our Converged Storage strategy since 2010.

We’ve 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.

  • 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

For more information:

Read the Around the Storage Block blogs: HP Storage and OpenStack
Watch the video: HP Distinguished Technologist Sam Fineberg on how HP has integrated storage with OpenStack

Software-Defined Storage Innovations

Optimization in the Software–Defined Data Center

Your optimization design requirements are an important consideration when selecting the form of storage needed for your SDDC. Whether you are optimizing for cost or service level will determine whether Software-Defined or Service-Refined Storage is the right choice.

Software-Defined Storage Service-Refined Storage
Software only
Hypervisor and agnostic
Virtualized for unpredictable demands

Realize cost optimization with Software-Defined Storage

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

Proven—Software-Defined Storage leaders

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 170,000 StoreVirtual VSA licenses distributed with advanced features not available with less mature Software-Defined solutions.

Building on this proven foundation, we are expanding virtual storage appliance (VSA) technology across our Converged Storage portfolio and continuing to lead with:

HP StoreVirtual VSA:

  • Maintain optimal service levels with autonomic and adaptive storage tiering
  • Reduce cost by transforming legacy storage into an economical storage tier

HP StoreOnce VSA:

  • Lower cost of protecting data at smaller sites by up to 65 percent
  • Deliver managed data protection services

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Achieve service-level optimization: Service-Refined Storage

Dedicated storage systems play a role in the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) when guaranteed performance and resiliency are required.

Service-Refined Storage systems utilize virtualization to separate data services from hardware resources as they:

  • Support unpredictable multi-tenant demand via hardware optimizations
  • Maintain performance despite system or site disasters
  • Assure quality-of-service for applications or tenants

Designed for the most stringent SLA environments

With 3 of the top 4 managed service providers in the world as our customers, we have unique insight into the requirements for large IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) deployments.

The HP 3PAR StoreServ system with specialized ASIC and mesh-active cluster design can provide Tier 1 performance and resiliency in a way that no other storage architecture can match. We are extending that multi-tenant design into the area of information protection.

HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage

  • Single architecture for primary storage
  • Platforms for midrange, Tier-1 enterprise, and optimized all-flash array

HP StoreOnce 6200 Backup

  • Fastest disk backup and recovery in the industry
  • Federated deduplication


Software-Defined Storage Innovations