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HP Removes Cost Barriers to Virtualization for SMBs

Company offers StoreVitual VSA software at no additional cost with purchase of ProLiant Gen8 servers. By ChannelPro

HP is now offering its StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) software at no additional cost with the purchase of eligible virtualization-ready HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers.

With this program, SMB customers no longer need to suffer from "enterprise envy" as it relates to their storage infrastructure. HP anticipates providing SMB customers access to more than an Exabyte of VSA storage during the next 12 months.

"To unlock the full benefits of server virtualization in the most space- or budget-constrained environments, organizations need a converged approach to resilient, shared storage that supports their data-intensive virtualized workloads," says David Scott, senior vice president and general manager, storage, HP.

According to HP, by combining these two technologies customers are able to:

  • Reduce costs of deploying resilient shared storage by up to 80 percent compared with traditional storage arrays.
  • Simplify deployment and improve flexibility with either VMware or Microsoft hypervisor environments without the need for dedicated storage expertise.
  • Enhance agility by scaling compute and storage in parallel as business needs change and application workloads grow.
  • Reduce risk by keeping data highly available through clustering and built-in disaster recovery including VMware Metro Storage Cluster support.

"We were looking to refine and extend our remote capabilities without sacrificing performance, and at the same time address our growing need for expanded storage capacity and horsepower in our satellite offices and onboard our vessels," says Jason Cohn, director, global IT infrastructure, Silversea Cruises. "Partnering with HP, we migrated to HP StoreVirtual VSA environments running on HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 Servers, and as a result have been able to re-provision our virtual environment, significantly expand our processing capacity and memory, increase our usable storage, and reduce our physical footprint by 50 percent."

Additional information about the HP StoreVirtual VSA with HP ProLiant Gen8 Servers is available at


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