Storage virtualization | EMC Vs HP : A Combat For Virtual Storage Face-Off



A Combat For Virtual Storage

EMC Vs HP By Channelworld Bureau on Nov 01, 2009

Enterprises need to pool their varied storage infrastructure together. Does HP have the right arsenal to take on EMC ?

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Sanjay Lulla Director - Technology Solutions, EMC India EMC
Prakash Krishnamoorthy Country Manager, Storage Works, HP India HP

EMC establishes a strategy spanning a full spectrum of virtualization across various classes of datacenter assets. As customers traverse the various phases of virtualization, varying demands and requirements are placed upon the storage environment. Advanced storage virtualization functionality, such as virtual provisioning and virtual LUN technology, is supported on EMC Symmetrix, Celerra, and CLARiiON storage arrays. When virtual machines require additional capacity, users can easily provide additional capacity to their application with EMC metaLUN technology. By deploying an array-based virtualization solution, customers can leverage the maturity and proven effectiveness of EMC arrays.

For customers demanding large-scale consolidation, EMC provides Virtual Matrix approach. It also offers network-based storage virtualization with its Invista software. EMC Invista preserves array functionality to protect existing investments while extending data protection capabilities. Working with virtualization vendors, EMC has added ‘virtual knowledge’ to the element managers and Ionix product lines to provide configuration, discovery, change, problem, performance, reporting, and capacity management. EMC also addresses security in virtual environment with our RSA stack.

To help customers unleash the power of virtualization and be ‘operationally ready’, we have designed best of breed capabilities across the entire spectrum of EMC solutions. EMC is the established leader and a vendor of choice for virtual deployments across the world.

HP offers a complete portfolio of solutions for virtual environments. It offers simple, reliable, and affordable solutions based on the MSA, LeftHand, EVA, and XP for virtual environments using VMware, Hyper-V, and Citrix­— allowing customers to stay flexible and avoid vendor lock-in.

In the enterprise storage area, HP XP series virtualizes storage both internal and external of the array and supports both cache and disk partitions. XP also acts as a storage controller for dissimilar storage providing flexible, multi-tiered storage with a range of cost and performance capabilities. Further HP’s StorageWorks SAN Virtualization Services Platform (SVSP) centralizes management and pooling of heterogeneous storage resources.A study titled Enterprise Storage Solutions for DatabaseApplications, by Alinean shows that HP’s EVA technology requires only 62 percent of the raw capacity in comparison to competing FAS-technology storage.
In the midrange storage segment, HP LeftHand SAN Solution offers virtualized scale-out storage. It supports virtual servers, including support for high-availability and disaster-recovery in virtual environments.

Customers can save up to 49 percent cost in small sites by turning internal server drives into shared storage.
HP StorageWorks virtualization enables customers to maximize ROI from their IT infrastructure, increase storage utilization by up to 300 percent, reduce management costs by up to 50 percent, and manage up to 3x more storage and up to 2x more servers per administrator.

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