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Autonomic is self-managing, less overhead, more performance
Autonomic – wouldn’t live without it
There are some processes in our human bodies that happen unconsciously.You know, like when you see a fully loaded BMW GS1200 go by – you’ve just got to look and wonder where it’s heading. The term Autonomic most often refers to the way our human body’s nervous system keeps us alive without any conscious intervention from us.
For example, if we exercise, our body, without any conscious effort from us, takes in more air as we breathe deeper and increases our heart rate to pump more of that oxygen-filled blood though our bodies. Conversely, take a nap and those functions slow down, automatically using only the amount of energy you need to be comfortable. When we eat a big meal, we don’t have to think about starting our digestive process, it just happens.
Our bodies self-regulate a bunch of visceral functions, like salivation, perspiration, or dilation of our pupils, all happening just under a conscious level of involvement from our brain,and it’s a good thing they do. Imagine having to consciously tell yourself to sweat, or your heart to beat faster. Think of the overhead that would require of your brain. Wouldn’t leave a lot of thinking resources for all those other things we do daily, like almost forgetting your friend’s birthday the other day.
I found the following definition on whatis.com:“Autonomic computing is a self-managing computing model named after, and patterned on, the human body's autonomic nervous system. An autonomic computing system would control the functioning of computer applications and systems without input from the user, in the same way that the autonomic nervous system regulates body systems without conscious input from the individual. The goal of autonomic computing is to create systems that run themselves, capable of high-level functioning while keeping the system's complexity invisible to the user.”
HP 3PAR and Autonomic computing
HP 3PAR uses this autonomic theory to self-manage their Utility Storage System, thus helping to provide a very efficient, automatic storage environment. 3PAR storage is self-regulating and manages itself so that system administrators don’t have to do as much. They constantly monitor the rate at which storage resources are consumed, and then determine how much storage capacity should be committed just BEFORE it is actually needed. The resources are ready and waiting and available when called upon.
Another key component of the 3PAR autonomic system is Adaptive Optimization (AO). AO can reduce the cost of tier one storage by 80% by more efficiently managing the different types of data. Different workloads demand different storage needs. The 3PAR system organizes the different identified data sets that would most benefit from being moved to tier one storage, thus ensuring that those applications that need the most performance get it.
Autonomic functions from 3PAR are one of the keys ways customers reduce their storage total cost of ownership.
Thin Provisioning and the Get Thin Guarantee
In addition to Autonomic self-regulating functions, thin provisioning is another example of how 3PAR technology increases performance and efficiency. In traditional storage systems, storage space is allocated manually by system admin folks. A typical system uses only 25% of its storage capacity, because space has to be over-provisioned to accommodate every possible circumstance. The result is a lot of capacity sitting there idle, for the most part not being used as a system resource at all.
HP offers guaranteed savings of 50% of your total raw capacity when migrating from traditional “fat” storage to “thin” storage on any HP 3PAR Storage System. Make the move to 3PAR Utility Storage as part of your next tech refresh and halve the amount of storage capacity to store your data – or HP will make up the difference with free disc capacity and related software and support.
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