Imagine what you can achieve by combining the power of VMware vSphere with storage platforms designed to eliminate the challenges of server and client virtualization. HP’s next generation of Converged Storage solutions are designed to enhance the benefits of VMware vSphere, VMware View, and VMware vCloud Solutions. With HP storage supporting your VMware deployments, you are able to:

  • Optimize VM density, availability and business continuity
  • Simplify provisioning and management with less storage and vSphere complexity
  • Save on storage by increasing capacity utilization and efficiency

HP Converged Storage for VMware Environments

HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage—delivers best-in-class, hardware-assisted integration with VMware vSphere along with guarantees to double your VM density and cut your capacity requirements in half.

HP StoreVirtual Storage—a versatile, easily scalable storage platform that combines deep VMware vSphere integration with extreme high availability for virtual server and client environments.

HP StoreOnce Backup—reduces backup data in vSphere environments by up to 20x by eliminating duplicated data.

HP VirtualSystem for VMware—complete turnkey solutions for both server and client virtualization. Eliminates the complexity, time and expense of designing and building your own vSphere environment.

How HP Converged Storage benefits you:

Increasing VM density

Eliminate storage bottlenecks typically encountered in vSphere environments. HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage provides consistent levels of performance, regardless of the capacity utilization of the array. The HP 3PAR StoreServ Mesh Active Architecture and wide striping allow you to eliminate performance barriers present with traditional storage. As a result, you’ll be able to double VM density on your VMware host servers. In fact, we even guarantee it.

Improved availability and business continuity

HP StoreVirtual Storage is designed to maximize application availability in virtualized environments. This is achieved through built-in protection against data faults and site failures, as well as the ability to scale non-disruptively. Network RAID stripes and protects multiple copies of data across a cluster of storage nodes, eliminating any single point of failure. The HP StoreVirtual Multi-Site Storage, certified with vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC), provides you with the ability to assign storage nodes in the cluster to different sites across racks, rooms, buildings, and cities. This can be utilized in conjunction with the vSphere HA and FT features to provide high or continuous availability across sites separated by distances.

Improved performance and efficiency with vStorage API integration

HP works closely with VMware to integrate with the vSphere vStorage API program to improve performance, efficiency, scalability, and resource utilization through tight integration with VAAI and VASA.

  • vSphere Storage APIs - Array Integration (VAAI)—enables storage array offload capabilities that greatly enhance performance through leveraging Full Copy, Block Zeroing and Hardware Assisted Locking primitives. Delivers storage efficiency through reclamation of unused space and monitoring of thin provisioned LUN space usage.
  • vSphere Storage APIs - Storage Awareness (VASA)—enables unprecedented coordination between vSphere/vCenter and storage arrays. VASA integration provides built-in storage insight in vCenter to support intelligent VM storage provisioning, bolster storage troubleshooting, and enable new DRS-related use cases for storage. HP supports VASA through a downloadable provider.

Information on specific storage arrays and models that support VAAI and VASA can be found in the VMware Compatibility Guide.

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Simplified storage management with vCenter Server integration

HP simplifies storage, server and network management in VMware vSphere environments through integration with VMware vCenter Server and focused application software. Management integration between HP Converged Storage and vCenter Server offers the simplest administration of any storage platform available, allowing you to reduce provisioning and management time by up to 90%.

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Enhanced business continuity through vCenter Site Recovery Manager integration

HP extends the business continuity capabilities of VMware to protect critical applications and IT infrastructure against various causes of downtime. HP and VMware solutions improve high availability, data protection and disaster recovery. HP’s business continuity solutions also simplify backup and recovery processes and help you meet disaster recovery time (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPOs).

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is integrated with HP Storage arrays and replication software to provide a complete integrated Business Continuity (BC) solution. This includes centralized management of recovery plans, non-disruptive testing and automated site recovery and migration processes. This integration is achieved through a unique Storage Replication Adapter (SRA), created by HP for each storage array. These adapters ensure the highest performing and most reliable disaster protection for all virtualized applications.

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Overcoming client virtualization challenges with storage optimized for VMware View

Client virtualization places the storage infrastructure directly in the critical path for hundreds to thousands of end users. In doing so, it introduces a number of unique challenges with respect to delivering consistently high performance, minimizing management costs, lowering deployment costs and maintaining capacity efficiency over time. HP provides storage solutions optimized for VMware View as well as pre-defined, integrated Reference Architectures around VMware View.

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