HP LeftHand OS Version 12.5 released including Quorum Witness and Split Network functionality
Aug26

HP LeftHand OS Version 12.5 released including Quorum Witness and Split Network functionality

HP released the latest version 12.5 for its HP StoreVirtual family. This means the physical StoreVirtual 4000 appliances and the popular Software Defined Storage VSA platform. Besides the typical fixes (complete list in the Release Notes – see below) we find also some important updates in this 12.5 release. Version 12.5 includes the following enhancements: Two-node quorum, which allows for a Quorum Witness in a two-node...

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HowTo: update the HP 3PAR OS
Jul31

HowTo: update the HP 3PAR OS

After having updated the Service Processor of our 3PAR environment, now it is time to update the 3PAR OS itself running on my 3PAR StoreServ array. So far, this process was always done/initiated by HP Support together with the customer. From version 3.1.3 on this process can be done by the customer itself by using the CSU (Customer Self Upgrade) procedures. These procedures can be found on the HP Enterprise Information Library. Be...

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HowTo: update the HP 3PAR Service Processor
Jul31

HowTo: update the HP 3PAR Service Processor

All HP 3PAR StoreServ storage arrays are installed in combination with a physical (3PAR 7000 and 10000) or virtual Service Processor (3PAR 7000). This Service Processor  is one of the core components in the installation since it is permanently monitoring the 3PAR StoreServ and does alerting to HP and the customer in case of issues. It provides also remote management functionality to the HP Support team as well. For my customer I had...

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HP StoreVirtual NetworkRAID explained
Apr29

HP StoreVirtual NetworkRAID explained

Since HP decided to deliver a free 1TB version of the StoreVirtual VSA with (almost) every HP Proliant Gen8 server, I notice that more and more of my customers are interested in ‘Lefthand’ storage. The fact that I tell them that my VSA based SAN volumes in my home lab/datacenter has an uptime of 4,5 years now also helps them to get started with this IMHO powerfull storage platform. So the last months I had to explain quite often what...

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A closer look at Adaptive Optimization on the StoreVirtual platform
Dec27

A closer look at Adaptive Optimization on the StoreVirtual platform

HP released recently the new version of the StoreVirtual platform, LefthandOS 11.0. Recap of the most important changes: –          Fibre Channel support for HP StoreVirtual Recovery Manager for Windows –          Smarter Online upgrades inside Centralized Management Console –          Improved CLI –          VMware snapshot quiesce only Option –          Snapshot schedule enhancements –         ...

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