HP’s Virtual Guarantee - Double Your VM Density
In my last blog I wrote about HP's 3PAR "Get Thin" guarantee, referring to Thin Provisioning, which doubles storage capacity without doubling spinning platters. The Get Virtual guarantee relates directly to VMware, and the number of virtual machines (VM) you can run at one time. Would you like to double your VM capacity without doubling your hardware? HP 3PAR can help you do just that.
How Virtualization Technology Has Changed Over Time
The world of data centers is changing – or, should I say, has changed. The old world had predictable workloads in a physical environment. Enter virtualization. It’s a great technology that increases computing capabilities without requiring a commensurate amount of new hardware.
These days we process tons of data, and it needs to be processed and stored faster and more effectively than ever. One must also add ITaaS and cloud to the equation.
Our goals are to optimize physical computing infrastructures through virtualization. HP predicts 89% of all workloads will be virtualized by 2015.
People most often think of utilizing server virtualization to create more processing power. However, storage is a huge component of effective virtualization. Storage, however, can be a problem child.
Don’t Add Hardware to Increase Storage
I recently read this statement in a white paper from the Taneja Group: “A virtual infrastructure is only as strong as its weakest link. More often than not, the weakest link is storage. Legacy storage systems, and even some modern arrays, are not architecturally equipped to deliver the storage performance, capacity and management efficiencies required to match those on the compute side of the house, and to make a virtual infrastructure shine.”
The notion of adding more storage just doesn’t work like it did in the old world. That doesn’t address the new world storage challenges: Capital AND Operational cost of new storage, security and scalability concerns, and of course the ever-present performance and capacity issues.
What Is Virtual Machine (VM) Density and Why Should You Care?
Virtual Machine or VM density refers to the number of VM that you can fit in a server –without impacting application performance. Simply stated – the more Virtual Machines or VMs per server, the higher the VM density. Higher VM density means greater consolidation and, the more you can consolidate, the more money you save. Saving money is an old world goal that definitely carries over to the new world.
Ponder this - If you could effectively double your VM density, you double your performance and capacity. Now, your investment in virtualization REALLY pays off.
How Does HP 3PAR Reduce the Number of Servers?
HP 3PAR storage is designed to help reach that goal. Wide Striping and Mixed Workload Support with VMware VAAI integration means you buy 50% less physical servers. Autonomic Groups, vCenter Management Plug-in, and Recovery Manager for VMware are HP 3PAR features that help reduce administration costs up to 90%. Plus, Thin Provisioning, Thin Conversion, Thin Persistence, and Adaptive Optimization can reduce the amount of storage capacity needed by 50%!
When Do You Need HP 3PAR Storage?
If your future plans include any of the following, then HP 3PAR storage should be in your plans too:
- Initiatives that will impact application deployment and virtualization investment
- Increase number of virtualized applications
- Boosting existing server virtualization efficiency
- Experiencing difficulty scaling server virtualization with VMware deployments due to storage limitations
HP 3PAR Guarantee – Double VM Density as Compared to Legacy Storage Systems
HP is so confident in their 3PAR technology, they offer a guarantee. HP's Get Virtual Guarantee: Increase consolidation savings by Doubling your VM Density with HP 3PAR Storage and VMware as compared to legacy storage systems.
To learn more about HP 3PAR StoreServ and the Get Virtual Guarantee, please visit our HP page and fill out the "Request Information" form.