Want to buy that out-of-print book? HP preserves and shares some fo the great works of Literature.

HP released the latest of their cloud offerings today. What was a result of HP printing trying to figure out how to print more in an era of less paper.  HP Labs initially looked at a small project that digitized some old books.  The thought was that while a publisher will not print a single copy of a book with current digital presses and a collection of books, a printer can not print the single copy.  The move into the cloud was simply a way to support the project on a large scale.  Bookprep.com lets you search, find, preview rare, out-of-print and hard to find books on every topic imaginable.

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Did HP dedupe the efforts of EMC and leapfrog past with StoreOnce Catalyst?

HP Discover started today and with it comes the birage of new product announcements.  One fo the first ones is for the latest upgrade of the HP StoreOnce deduplication portfolio.  EMC is clearly the targeted competitor.  The DataDomain and Avamar portfolio are considered by many to be best of breed.  Then looking at target side deduplication, few have rivaled the DataDomain portfolio.

Just this past week, DataDomain release the DD990, at the time the fastest throughput archive disk device on the market with a 31 TB/hr throughput rate.  This is all done with a single hed unit device, not the much touted Global Deduplication Array (GDA) that was just released last year.  This same unit will give you remote replication to 270 sites, completing up to 570 concurrent backup jobs. This by itself is a great product and one that will work in even the largest environments, but what happens if you also want Source-side deduplication?

In comes Avamar.  In my experience, the single backup application that when a customer is asked if they like their backup solutions, they actually respond “Yes.”  Avamar requires a separate grid and if you want to replicate from a remote site you may end up with a design similar to ones I designed a few years ago.  You deploy a client on a endpoint, back up to a small Avamar grid or Avamar Virtual Edition (AVE) and then replicate that branch office back to a main grid at the centralized datacenter.

This all sounds great unless you want to have all your data in a single place and in a single backup solution.  If you have been in the EMC circles you have heard the possibility of Avamar backing up to a DataDomain appliance for years, but as of yet they are still seperate systems.

In comes StoreOnce.  Today’s announcement for StoreOnce comes in two parts the first performance and the second usability.  For performance HP went directly after the DD990 with the latest rendition of the B6200 Backup System.  This new solution supports up to 100 TB/hour of backups and up to 40 TB/hour of restore.  Personally I think that second part is probably just as important if not more important.

Now what do I do to increase usability? Federated Deduplication is HP’s answer to Avamar.  While still requiring the integration with either Symantec OST, or DataProtector 7, StoreOnce Catalyst allows a application server to handle a local backup to any of the approved backup targets, and then replicate without rehydrating the data to a similar device at the datacenter.  You now get source-side deduplication with Catalyst at a remote site, and target side dedupe with the main StoreOnce system.

See it in action bere: http://goo.gl/gNltj

The question that remains to be seen is will this really take a bite out of the enterprise backup market, or will it just force EMC to make the step of combining Avamar with DataDomain?  Guess ti remains to be seen, but the performance to me would sure make me think twice before purchasing a new backup device.



HP Proactively goes after support for the SMB

I am onsite for the HP sponsored Generation 8 Tech Day in Houston, and the first presentation today is around the proactive support.

Presenter: Jeff Carlat, Worldwide Dir. of Marketing and Jerry Chin, Technical Director of Support Automation

The goal of the Gen 8 release was around reducing risk by minimizing manual errors, making administrators tasks more automated.  50% of all datacenter outages are a result of human error and the goal is to eliminate them.  Then next segment is to aid the channel partners in growing the small to medium businesses.  After some of the discussions yesterday this is refreshing.  Many of the talks were around the enterprise and larger IT shops, the components in proactive support are geared to spread from the smallest shop to the largest enterprise.  One of the largest changes is the Insight Online and Insight Remote Support solutions.

Insight Online: First cloud-based, personalized dashboard for monitoring device and support status.

Easy of Use

  • Proactively monitor and manage HP contracts and warranties
  • View and manage HP service credit balances
  • Instant, secure visibility to critical asset and support alerts
  • Create reports for proactive asset and support management
  • Enable your authorized service provider to monitor and support your infrastructure remotely


  • Display of 24X7 remote device monitoring of service events
  • Automated support case generation and status tracking
  • Automated device discovery and display in Insight Online for users of HP Insight Remote Support 7.0

Access Anytime, Anywhere

  • 24 X 7 monitoring with fast, secure and accurate remote support and service
  • On premise or off premise secure access
The Remote support solution is the ability for HP to monitor and manage your hardware for any faults and issues 24/7 as a remote service.  If there is a failure of equipment, then HP can send gear before the failure occurs.
The combination of Remote Insight and Insight Online publishing to the HP support center gives administrators a remote login to see their system and support maintenance along with current system events and warranties.  Currently you will need a HP CMS server that all servers send their data too, from there they will send the data via HTTPs to the Support Center.
One caveat that applies primarily to the federal marketplace is that the functionality does require internet access.  Sending data can not yet be done through a proxy that allows for system names and data to be scrubbed prior to sending.

HP Brings their Cloud path to the masses

Over the past year I have been lucky enough to spend quite a few days with the HP team learning about converged networking and systems and how they feel it all fits into “the cloud.”  This week HP kicked off a new series of roadshows to bring the same depth that I got to see at shows like HP Discover to the general public and without you having to travel.  With more companies looking at Flexpods and vBlocks then wondering how to get in at a slower pace and not just buy the whole thing at once, HP has tried to set up some building blocks.  If you just have HP servers you may already have a few of the pieces according to their cloud evangelists.  Follow the link below to sign up for any of the local shows.  To make it a little easier I included the schedule.  I know I learned alot during these type shows not completely about HP but even just concepts and ideas that I can apply to so many other vendors and solutions.

HP Pathways to the Cloud

Information Link



  • March 7 – Houston
  • March 8 – Boston
  • March 14 – Orange County
  • March 15 – Seattle
  • March 21 – Dallas
  • March 22 – Atlanta
  • March 28 – Washington DC
  • March 29 – Chicago
  • April 3 – NYC
  • April 9 – Phoenix
  • April 11 – Denver
  • April 12 – Cincinnati
  • April 18 – Tampa
  • April 19 – San Francisco


*In full disclosure, by sending this I am entered in a drawing to win a HP Microserver and I like new toys.  I planned to attend even before I knew about the contest though and so should you…


Storage and Blades Integrated but only 3U…

HP has announced that they are starting shipping of the latest in their converged infrastructure products for the mid-size market. The first question and one of great debate is what exactly is mid-market. In this case it can apply to anything from the 25 user high data users through the couple thousand user group that needs a file server for their department data. The x5000 G2 Storage Systems delivers high availability network storage over 10Gb FlexFabric.

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HP makes the networking stack look like the VM stack: HP Cloud Tech Day

Starting out Day 2 of the HP Cloud Field Day, we have Dave Larson. A Chief Technologist for Security and Routing, Dave is responsible for HP’s vision into the cloud and how the security of enterprise data will be secured and managed. According to Dave, the latest trends in IT of virtualization, cloud and consumerization lead to new challenges that are similar to those we faced throughout the history of IT. This history goes from the Mainframe of the 1960s through Client-Server LANs in the 80s to the web in the 90s and into the early 21st century and now into Cloud Networking. The cloud security and devops automation is very much necessary for the system. The transition has forced new challenges with diverse users, diverse applications and increased complexity. Traditional IT strategies are not able to address these new concerns.  Traditional solutions are complex and difficult to secure and manage, inflexible and slow to adapt, and constrained making it ill-suited for new apps. The question is how we change traditional approaches.  One solution is to try out a platform to secure operational technology, so that it could be helpful in enhancing the security. Dave points out that you need to build a scalable, agile, secure network that streamlines operations and enables a better operating model. HP feels they can answer this call for a new agile network with a multi-tier vision. By owning the infrastructure, wired and wireless access points, IPS/IDS systems, and embedded apps, HP plans to then use a control plan with a tiered management to the network look like the virtualization stack of today. An interesting comparison that the physical platform that has control similar to a hypervisor with applications similar to VMs and then a management interface that is a comparison to vCenter.

HP feels that by combining the solutions into a stack, they can now treat each user differently and each device differently. This flexibility and agility is the missing component to the current networking solutions. The goal would be to be able to tell if I was connecting to a corporate network from my laptop over a VPN, or in the office, or from my smartphone or maybe my tablet.

Dave continues today discussing HP’s approach to security, but for that I will defer to the security bloggers that have joined me at HP Cloud Tech Day, make sure to take a look at the other great blogs

The Future of the Cloud – HP’s Perspective: HP Cloud Day

Gary Thome is presenting the future of HP cloud, 10 years from now. Gary is part of the Industry Standard Servers and Software team as the VP of strategy. The first question is why would you want to move to the cloud? Moving to the cloud provides two key benefits, first it is instant access to data and applications, and the second is the separation of that app and data from the management of the same. This is a key differentiator that changes the way an enterprise IT department works. Before an IT department can help manage a cloud, they need to know what it is. Gary points out that “The best thing about the word cloud is that it can mean anything you want it to.” What is the cloud taxonomy? At this point I think this has been shown more times than I can count, you have IAAS, PAAS, SAAS, then you have to determine is it public, private, or hybrid. This seems to be the first step before you even start to move into the cloud, you need to understand the taxonomy. To narrow that down some you can see the cloud as a revolving path similar to that path taught with ITIL.

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HP Enterprise Cloud Strategy – HP Cloud Day

HP has been building the cloud for years just without actually naming it the cloud. They have also dedicated entire teams to help companies transition from local datacenters and server rooms into the cloud. With CIO requirements now leading to the need to transform and deliver the business processes with minimal costs, it is now crucial for the cloud to be considered. Continue reading “HP Enterprise Cloud Strategy — HP Cloud Day”

Is the world finally ready for HP Virtual Connect?

HP Virtual Connect is not a new technology. A quick Google search for when it was first released showed a version 1.3 release note in October of 2008. If you apply Moore’s Law to something that was released originally in early 2008, it should have advanced 4x by now with it doubling every 2 years. In reality, the technology was built to grow and expand and change as connectivity changed. The problem with Virtual Connect previously was that a standard user normally had a very hard time understanding what HP was trying to accomplish. Continue reading “Is the world finally ready for HP Virtual Connect?”

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