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Build your own virtual storage array with HP StoreVirtual VSA


Those of you who have been following my Software-Defined Storage Blueprint blog posts know that creating virtual storage from available capacity on your servers is not rocket science – in fact, there’s no special training required. An IT generalist can install HP StoreVirtual VSA on an x86 server and start using it within minutes. If you’re ready to take it to the next step and pool the capacity from several servers into a shared storage array, read on.

Physical systems of any kind have clear limitations in capacity and adaptability. In slow-growing, predictable IT environments with plenty of room to spread out, they’re still the go-to solution. The rest of us, who deal with limited data center space and fluctuating workloads, are turning to virtualization for help. Server virtualization (the creation of virtual machines rather than physical servers, allowing multiple operating systems and applications to run on a single physical host) has caught on everywhere. Yet in spite of the widespread implementation of server virtual machines, storage often remains siloed in physical devices that can be difficult to deploy, manage and scale.

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IT managers who take advantage of their virtualized infrastructures for data storage stand to gain enormously from software-defined efficiency, flexibility and scalability.

Our latest SDS blueprint shows you how to install HP StoreVirtual VSA on three or more servers to create a virtual SAN inside those servers, leveraging your current VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor to create virtual machines (VMs). Cluster the disks together and you have a fault-tolerant server and storage environment, which provides intelligent data services such as data protection, replication and thin provisioning that can reduce your investment in new storage technologies by up to 80% and help you save up to 60% in energy costs compared to physical storage arrays. Not to mention the simple scalability and inherent disaster recovery capabilities that this software-defined solution provides.

Open platform technology means StoreVirtual VSA can run on most x86 based hardware—providing you with investment protection, whether you deploy it on older equipment that you are ready to repurpose, or on new equipment to create an efficient, centrally managed storage solution.


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I'm Calvin Zito, a 32 year veteran in the IT industry and have worked in storage for 25 years. I have been a VMware vExpert for 5 years. As an early adopter of social media and active in communities, I've blogged for 7 years. I started my "social persona" as HPStorageGuy but with the HP separation, you can find me on Twitter as @CalvinZito. You can also contact me via email.


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I have worked at HP and now HPE since 1983, all of it around storage but 100% focused on storage since 1990. I blog, create videos, and podcasts to help you better understand HPE Storage.


Software based storage has many advantages as you clearly outlined, not the least of which is cutting down the pecuniary and time loss of upgrades and migration that hardware required. One of the biggest advantages of SDS is the possibility of scalability without hassle. This will surely make storage architecture leaner and less wasteful. -

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My biggest concern with VSA is what is required to back it up. Lets say you have 3 hosts running VMware and each hosts has a VSA VM hosting a 4T license which would be a typical 3 host environment using the local storage in each host. These VM's themselves are critical to the environment and have configuration between them. What is required to be backed up to restore a VSA VM in the even it is corrupted or you lose an array in the host? Its not feasible to back up 3 4T VSA VM's along with your actual operational VM servers.



What's required to backup it up is ISV backup software and a backup target.  That hopefully sounds like just about any other storage array.  There's no magic in backing up StoreVirtual. There is some magical integration between StoreVirtual VSA and Veeam.  Here's a blog post I did in October 2014 from VeeamOn and it includes a demo showing integration we have with Veeam. 

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