The Skinny on Thin Provisioning [HP]

No, thin provisioning doesn’t mean you can expect to see a supermodel on your next issue of PC World. But it is technology that will get you noticed by the number guys at your organization because it’ll save them a lot of money – in fact, according to HP 3PAR, their Thin Technology can save you 50% or more on the cost of storage, meet Green IT targets and decrease administration time by 90%.

First off, what the heck is thin provisioning? Well, what hypervisors did for server utilization, thin technologies can do for storage capacity utilization. On legacy arrays, when so-called fat volumes are copied (hey it’s nothing personal), the extra space within those volumes is also copied. And volume copies created for data recovery compound this waste by replicating the empty space another time.

A variety of technologies that make up the HP 3PAR Utility Storage platform dramatically reduce overall capacity requirements and keep utilization rates high. For instance features eliminate the replication of unused space within base volumes and copies. That means you won’t just minimize up-front and ongoing storage costs, you’ll also keep a lid on the cost of housing, powering, cooling and managing your storage system. [Read more…]

One console does it all – and cuts admin time by up to 90% [HP]

From management of arrays to multi-site replication and automatic disaster recover, managing your storage environment can be complex enough. But leading utility storage provider HP 3PAR just made it astoundingly simpler – and not just for cloud service providers, but for large and mid-size enterprises too.

Now one console does it all, including:

If you’ve spent weeks doing this in the past, you probably won’t believe it but it really is easy. In fact, you can manage your entire storage environment from a single window – including remote replication to 3PAR’s disaster recover site – with the latest version of the HP 3PAR Management Console. Designed to deliver greater simplicity, usability and visibility, it offers a single screen with a dashboard view of all your connected HP 3PAR systems regardless of model, as well as graphical charts and tables representing important system data and remote replication configuration. Everything you need to provision, manage, optimize and protect your utility storage deployment is right at your fingertips. [Read more…]