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HP announces global software storage availability

HP announces global software storage availability 

Provision of shared storage without compromising on capabilities is still a struggle for resellers.

HP has announced it is providing a 1-terabyte (TB) HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) license to all purchasers of Intel Xeon processor E5 v3-based servers for free. This includes servers from Dell, IBM and Lenovo as well as new HP ProLiant Generation 9 (Gen9) Server models.

HP believes this license will simplify and cost optimize server virtualization for more than 72 petabytes of software-defined storage (SDS) capacity. All purchasers can download HP StoreVirtual VSA software and obtain a license for 1TB of SDS capacity from

“The cost of shared storage is still a common server virtualization roadblock for SMBs and enterprise remote office sites,” said David Scott, SVP and GM, Storage, HP, in a press release. “By offering no-cost VSA software with Intel Xeon E5 v3–based processor servers, HP and Intel are making SDS available to the world for free, giving customers access to hypervisor- agnostic, hardware-independent rich data services while preserving choice and lowering costs.”

“Intel processors are the smart choice for a software-defined world,” shared Bev Crair, GM, Intel’s Storage Division, in a press release. “Purpose-built to support the agile, efficient data center, Intel Xeon E5 v3 processors provide the optimal platform for delivering intelligent storage while meeting compute and networking needs across the software-defined data center.”

Processing performance
The StoreVirtual VSA software taps unused storage capacity within a server to provide shared storage for virtual servers running VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V or Linux Kernel Virtual Machine, thus eliminating additional hardware cost.

HP says that the StoreVirtual VSA, standard x86 servers and the Intel Xeon–based processors perform four times better on virtual desktops and almost twice as well processing online transaction as compared to its previous version.

The “single click”
Users can deploy SDS with a single click with “intelligent provisioning” which deploys VSA as part of server setup and is configured in minutes.

The StoreVirtual VSA supports all x86-based servers including hypervisor-attached external storage platforms with which organizations can be provided shared storage with 1.6 petabytes of capacity. HP believes this solution will reduce deployment and storage costs by up to 80 percent.

A free trial of HP StoreOnce VSA software that can be downloaded at This is a 60-day trial that gives users 10 TB of hardware-independent, software-based backup and deduplication that can support VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors. Backup from multiple sites reduces the risk of data loss.

Pricing and availability
ProLiant Gen9 Servers are available globally. Pricing varies with model and configurations. HP D3000 disk enclosures are available starting at $3738. The 10TB HP StoreOnce VSA trial is also available at

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