Home | Storage | HP Discover – Las Vegas 11-13 June 2013 and Software Defined Storage
HP Discover – Las Vegas 11-13 June 2013 and Software Defined Storage

HP Discover – Las Vegas 11-13 June 2013 and Software Defined Storage

0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 StumbleUpon 0 Buffer 0 LinkedIn 0 Filament.io 0 Flares ×

This coming week I will be in Las Vegas for HP Discover 2013.  I was last here 2 years ago and HP have had a turbulent time since then, especially with their mobile strategy and the Autonomy acquisition.  From my perspective, I’m interested to hear about new developments on the storage front – no doubt there will be announcements from the 3PAR (StoreServ) and StoreVirtual teams amongst others.  I’m also looking forward to getting more information on Project Moonshot, billed as a software defined server.  I’m not really clear on the value proposition for Moonshot and having yet another “software defined” moniker doesn’t help.

Speaking of software defined, I did a video with HP a couple of weeks ago on software defined storage.  Although we still have no clear definition, Kate Davis and I discussed some of the ideas and issues around what software defined storage means.  A link to the video is listed here.

HP Tech Talk – Software Defined Storage

Based on my poll earlier this year, many people see SDS as being based on “white-box” x86 servers.  I’m sure that will please Intel, but fundamentally from a hardware perspective I think we need more than that in certain instances.  For example, exploiting flash fully still requires some design around the hardware; building in fault tolerance & availability (e.g. hot-swapping components) requires a clustered design – this isn’t simply white-box x86 implementation.  I do agree with the policy-based management piece though and that ultimately for me, along with QoS is what I see SDS delivering.  Historically, storage arrays have delivered “best efforts” responses, with lightly loaded arrays outperforming a fully loaded configuration; we all can point to examples where end users who were first on a new array would start complaining once the box was fully configured to other hosts.  What we do need is more predictable response, even if that means under-utilising hardware initially.  It also provides the basis for differentiated service; something providers can charge for.

If you’re in Vegas drop me a note, otherwise I’ll be based around the bloggers area.  In the meantime, have a look at the following link that covers potential new storage announcements.  I’ve also included a link to Calvin Zito‘s list of attending bloggers.

Roll Call: Bloggers Coming to HP Discover

Countdown to HP Discover: Storage built for the next era

Interested in learning more about some of the hottest storage trends in 2013 such as flash and software-defined storage?  Join us on June 11th at 8:30 AM Pacific LIVE from HP Discover in Las Vegas to learn how HP Converged Storage is transforming the industry!

RSVP today! http://hpstorage.me/12aj51C

Disclaimer: HP have paid for flights and accommodation for Chris Evans to attend HP Discover.  However this does not imply a requirement to blog about the event and no editorial rights to any published content is provided.

Comments are always welcome; please indicate if you work for a vendor as it’s only fair.  If you have any related links of interest, please feel free to add them as a comment for consideration.

Subscribe to the newsletter! – simply follow this link and enter your basic details (email addresses not shared with any other site).

 

About Chris M Evans

  • http://blogstu.wordpress.com stu

    Hi Chris,

    The notions of software-defined anything and commodity hardware are 2 separate ideas that too often get tangled. I wrote about this recently for the networking space (http://wikibon.org/wiki/v/Sorting_out_SDN,_NFV,_Network_Virtualization_and_the_New_Networking) and it holds for SDS too. SDS is the newest hype and each vendor has its own definition and plan(s). Looking forward to hearing HP’s updates and great to hear that you’ll be there – I’m sure we’ll find time to discuss this in more depth.

0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 StumbleUpon 0 Buffer 0 LinkedIn 0 Filament.io 0 Flares ×