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ESG Lab Validation HP SVSP

ESG Lab Validation HP SVSP

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LAB VALIDATION
REPORT
HP StorageWorksSAN Virtualization Services Platform
Simplifying Heterogeneous Storage VirtualizationBy Tony Palmer
 With Brian Garrett and Claude Bouffard
December, 2008
 
 
ESG LAB VALIDATION
 
HP StorageWorks SVSP
- i -
 
Copyright
2008, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Table of Contents
All trademark names are property of their respective companies. Information contained in this publication has been obtained bysources The Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) considers to be reliable but is not warranted by ESG. This publication may containopinions of ESG, which are subject to change from time to time. This publication is copyrighted by The Enterprise Strategy Group,Inc. Any reproduction or redistribution of this publication, in whole or in part, whether in hard-copy format, electronically, orotherwise to persons not authorized to receive it, without the express consent of the Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc., is in violation ofU.S. Copyright law and will be subject to an action for civil damages and, if applicable, criminal prosecution. Should you have anyquestions, please contact ESG Client Relations at (508) 482.0188.
ESG Lab Reports
The goal of ESG Lab reports is to educate IT professionals about emerging technologies and productsin the storage, data management and information security industries. ESG Lab reports are not meantto replace the evaluation process that should be conducted before making purchasing decisions, butrather to provide insight into these emerging technologies. Our objective is to go over some of the morevaluable feature/functions of products, show how they can be used to solve real customer problemsand identify any areas needing improvement. ESG Lab
‗s expert third
-party perspective is based on ourown hands-on testing as well as on interviews with customers who use these products in productionenvironments. This ESG Lab report was sponsored by HP Corporation.
 
ESG LAB VALIDATION
 
HP StorageWorks SVSP
- 1 -
 
Copyright
2008, The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Introduction
This report documents the results of ESG Lab testing of the HP StorageWorks SAN Virtualization ServicesPlatform (SVSP) with a focus on the fundamentals of heterogeneous storage virtualization including centralizedmanagement, ease of use, thin provisioning, data mobility and capacity-efficient point-in-time snapshots. Theenhanced high availability and disaster recovery capabilities of asynchronous remote mirroring are alsopresented.
Background
Enterprise Strategy Group undertook an in-depth global survey of current and planned x86 server virtualizationcustomers to better understand the relationship between the growing uses of storage virtualization in virtualizedserver environments.
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As shown inFigure 1,system mobility, cost-effective disaster recovery and increaseduptime/availability topped the list of expected benefits that planned adopters were most interested in.
FIGURE 1.
EXPECTED BENEFITS OF STORAGE VIRTUALIZATION
The benefits shown above should look familiar to IT professionals who have experience with server virtualization.Like server virtualization, storage virtualization provides increased availability, fault tolerance and mobility.Storage and server virtualization are also similar in their ability to enable consolidation, which reduces complexity
and cost. Given the similarities, it‘s not surprising that ESG also learned that an increasing number of 
organizations are deploying server and storage virtualization together. Twenty-four percent of organizationssurveyed have already deployed storage virtualization in conjunction with server virtualization and an additional33% plan on doing so within the next 24 months.
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Source: ESG Research Report,
The Impact of Server Virtualization on Storage 
, December 2007
 

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