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HP takes StoreVirtual to the cloud

Hewlett-Packard, struggling to find a successful storage platform outside of its 3PAR arrays, is making its StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) more cloud-friendly.

HP today said it will sell StorVirtual VSA – a virtual appliance based on LeftHand iSCSI SAN technology – as an integrated option for the HP Helion OpenStack and Helion OpenStack Community Edition.

HP has also added a full set of RESTful APIs, an OpenStack Cinder interface and Linux KVM hypervisor support for StoreVirtual, which already supported VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.

HP also said it will add space reclamation and multipathing to StoreVirtual but did not give a timeframe. Space reclamation automatically frees unused space when users delete VMs and files, and multipathing is designed to increase throughput and reduce latency.

Craig Nunes, HP storage VP of marketing, said StoreVirtual is used mostly in remote and branch offices, and by small companies and service providers “shifting from hardware to software strategies.”

Smaller all-flash array, virtual backup appliance too

HP is also adding a smaller capacity version of its entry level 3PAR all-flash array, the StoreServ7200. The All-Flash Starter Kit starts at $35,000 for eight 480 commercial MLC solid-state drives. The Starter Kit version of the two-node StoreServ 7200 will be available in late September. HP also has a four-node all-flash 3PAR StoreServ 7450 array.

On the backup front, HP is adding a 4 TB StoreOnce VSA and Hyper-V support to go with its previous VMware support. StoreOnce VSA, a virtual appliance version of HP’s StoreOnce deduplication disk backup targets, launched in 2013 with 10 TB licenses. The 4 TB version costs $1,400.

HP storage declines continue

HP storage revenue continued its long pattern of decline last quarter, coming in a $796 million – down four percent from last year. During the company’s earnings call Wednesday, CEO Meg Whitman said HP’s traditional storage – mainly its mid-range EVA and high-end XP arrays – declined 14 percent. The category that HP calls converged storage – mostly 3PAR, StoreVirtual and StoreOnce – grew nine percent over last year with 3PAR growing more than 10 percent.

Whitman said the storage market is shifting from high end to midrange systems, and “I believe this plays into a sweep spot for HP.”

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