100% uptime for 7 years with StoreVirtual VSA? Check!
Dec13

100% uptime for 7 years with StoreVirtual VSA? Check!

I think I must have been the first one in Belgium being LeftHand Certified, just before HP acquired LeftHand Networks in 2008. As an instructor I was curious for this new technology of Network RAID and attended a TTT (TrainTheTrainer) session. At the end of the TTT there was an online exam and BAM! I was LeftHand Certified… Since then I have the virtual appliance based VSA’s running in my datacenter… In the beginning it was just...

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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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HP’s hyper-converged portfolio grows: meet the CS250-HC
Aug05

HP’s hyper-converged portfolio grows: meet the CS250-HC

HP launches 2 new models in its hyper-converged set of products. Last year they released, together with an EVO RAIL model, they CS240-HC base and CS242-HC performance appliances. I tested these models already in my other article I wrote a few months ago. This new model CS250-HC will give the customer more flexibility in the configuration. There will be a 4-node model (like the CS240-HC) available from 17 august, at the end of...

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Lefthand OS 12.0 released including space reclamation and MPIO enhancements for VMware
Feb25

Lefthand OS 12.0 released including space reclamation and MPIO enhancements for VMware

Finally! That’s the least you can say about the availability of Lefthand OS 12.0. Why? Well there are some features that were announced quite some time ago and which become finally available. What are these new features: Space Reclamation – StoreVirtual Storage can now reclaim space in VMware vSphere and Microsoft Windows environments using T10 UNMAP. HP StoreVirtual Multipathing Extension Module (MEM) for VMware vSphere...

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The good, the bad and the ugly about Software Defined Storage
Nov07

The good, the bad and the ugly about Software Defined Storage

You probably know that I am a big fan of Software Defined Storage. And I am not the only one apparently. I see more and more implementations in production in small, medium and even large-sized companies who adopt Software Defined Storage. All of the most important storage vendors have some kind of SDS (Software Defined Storage) solution and also other IT leaders like VMware and Nutanix integrate SDS functionality in their products as...

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