HP is expanding its Converged Storage portfolio with HP Peer Motion, new federated storage software that enables clients to transparently move application workloads between disk systems in virtualised and cloud computing environments.
IDC estimates that by 2012, 85% of new applications will be specifically designed to be accessed in the cloud. Agile delivery of these virtualised and cloud-based applications requires linking multiple storage systems together to act as a single entity. Called storage federation, this capability can eliminate the extra layer of virtualisation appliances and, as a result, decrease cost, administration overhead and service-level risk within the data centre architecture.
“Legacy storage systems architected 20 years ago were never designed for the dynamic IT-as-a-Service world, forcing organizations to use expensive and inefficient bolt-on virtualisation approaches,” said Tumi Pooe, HP South Africa Storage Business Unit Manager for Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking.
“The true peer-based storage federation in HP Converged Storage solutions can handle the inherent unpredictability of always-on, multitenant environments while reducing expense, management overhead and risk to service levels.”
“Our research is telling us what IT executives all over the globe already suspect, namely that taking the same approach with storage in next-generation data centers won’t deliver the results needed,” said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, a full-service IT analyst and business strategy firm.
“The new HP 3PAR platform scores at or near the top of every open-systems criteria we’ve considered for tier 1 storage for this new data centre model.”