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HP StoreOnce VSA – how our software-defined data protection just got better!


Shetty.jpgBy Ashwin Shetty, Product Marketing, HP Storage   @ashwinkshetty


Back in December at HP Discover, we made some very significant announcements for our StoreOnce Backup platform, including HP StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central, enhanced integration with Symantec NBU and Reporting Central. Along with these, we have also expanded our StoreOnce VSA portfolio.


Why deploy software-defined storage to protect your data?

The exponential growth of data has forced your organization to look for cost-effective data protection solutions for your virtualized environments whether in the data center or in small and remote offices. Most vendors provide data deduplication solutions that require dedicated storage hardware. This isn’t always a cost-effective solution for remote/virtualized environments. To address this issue while providing greater flexibility, HP has extended the StoreOnce family to provide a software-defined backup solution: HP StoreOnce VSA.


What you need to know about HP StoreOnce VSA

StoreOnce VSA is hardware agnostic and can be easily deployed as a VM on existing industry standard server infrastructures. With StoreOnce VSA, you can reduce capital expenses of backup storage up to 86% when compared to a dedicated backup appliance. It runs the same software as the physical StoreOnce appliance, shares the same data services, including cross-family replication, backup application integration, federated deduplication and security features. At the same time, it is an ideal way to avoid the installation and subsequent maintenance of unnecessary hardware for remote unattended sites.


New StoreOnce VSA enhancements

Now you get:

  • Scalability: A new 50TB StoreOnce VSA provides higher capacity enabling “Backup-as- a-Service” consolidation. StoreOnce VSA provides you with the flexibility to deploy as per yourdata protection requirements, with licensing options available at 4TB, 10TB and 50TB capacity points. To enable scalability, a 4TB license can be upgraded to 10TB and a 10TB license can be easily upgraded to 50TB.
  • Broader virtual ecosystem support: StoreOnce VSA now offers expanded support for Kernel-based Virtual Machine (Ubuntu KVM environments) in addition to VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V Server. This prevents hypervisor lock-in for organizations and enables cost-optimized data protection in mixed hypervisor environments.
  • Free 1TB StoreOnce VSA: You can now download 1TB StoreOnce VSA (without support) and deploy without any additional charge.


Let’s look at the overall benefits of deploying a StoreOnce VSA in your remote/virtualized environments.


Exceptional value

You can:

  • Eliminate the need for any dedicated hardware appliances and significantly reduces storage cost
  • Includes StoreOnce Catalyst and replication licenses with no additional license costs required
  • Leverage as part of the StoreOnce product family, providing flexibility to select from virtual and physical appliances with price-performance points that suits all requirements from virtualized environments to enterprise data centers
  • Deploy remotely in the data center
  • Mange your entire backup environment from a single console via centralized management
  • Optimize for VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Ubuntu KVM environments
  • Support StoreOnce Integrity Plus, similar to physical StoreOnce appliances, including on-disk and in-flight data encryption, VLAN tagging, secure erase and data integrity features—with all these features licensed for use without the need for any additional licenses

Federated deduplication

  • With StoreOnce, your organization has a single deduplication technology that can be deployed across the enterprise. A single deduplication algorithm saves time and money as all data movement—whether backup, replication or restore—is controlled by the backup application and there is no need to rehydrate data.
  • Data can be moved concurrently from StoreOnce VSA in small and remote sites and backed up over the WAN to one or more regional offices and data centers by utilizing cost-effective, low-bandwidth links.

Deployment options

  • Low-cost backup of virtualized offices means you can set up the backup server and storage appliance to be delivered virtually. The deduplicated data within the VSA can be replicated from the remote offices to a larger physical StoreOnce appliance at the data center.
  • Backup as a Service for Solution Providers, meaning that as a cloud provider, you’ll have the opportunity to offer subscribers who don’t already have a deduplication solution to utilize StoreOnce VSAs for high-speed local recovery—with your existing backup software of choice, And then replicate the data via Federated Deduplication to the service provider’s StoreOnce repository. You can also offer individual StoreOnce VSA per subscriber. Each subscriber will have a completely autonomous deduplication appliance within the cloud—with no need to replace backup software.


Easy to manage

  • StoreOnce VSA is easy to manage locally and centrally. StoreOnce Enterprise Manager (SEM) is a centralized management solution for physical and virtual StoreOnce devices. It can manage up to 400 physical and virtual StoreOnce devices across multiple sites. It also provides monitoring, reporting and it integrates with the StoreOnce GUI for single pane-of-glass management.
  • StoreOnce VSA can be deployed remotely in the data center without visiting the location where it is to be deployed.
  • StoreOnce VSA can be configured in Ethernet environments with StoreOnce Catalyst, VTL and as NAS (CIFS or NFS) backup targets.

Licensing details

StoreOnce VSA comes with a three-year license that includes the whole capacity, so there is no need to acquire additional licenses. The license also includes replication functionality, StoreOnce Catalyst and security features along with three years of HP support for peace of mind.  


Wait—there’s more

Attractively priced StoreOnce VSA appears almost too good to be true. We encourage you to try our free 60-day evaluation of StoreOnce VSA. It is simple to download and configure and you can then purchase the license once you are satisfied. And coming soon: You’ll be able to download a 1TB StoreOnce VSA for free for a three-year period.


Learn more

Check out this short video to learn more about StoreOnce VSA:




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And for even more information, visit: StoreOnce VSA

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