Hewlett-Packard Co. expanded its Converged Storage portfolio with the launch of HP Peer Motion, new federated storage software that allows organizations to transparently move application workloads between disk systems in virtualized and cloud computing environments.

The company also introduced new HP P10000 3PAR Storage Systems, with features such as multitenancy for workload consolidation, expanded thin technologies for capacity utilization and autonomic load rebalancing, which is designed to increase agility.

“Legacy storage systems architected 20 years ago were never designed for the dynamic IT-as-a-Service world, forcing organizations to use expensive and inefficient bolt-on virtualization approaches,” David Scott, HP’s senior vice president and general manager for storage, said in a statement. The peer-based storage federation in HP Converged Storage can handle the inherent unpredictability of always-on, multitenant environments while reducing expenses and risk to service levels, he said.

The HP Peer Motion software, available for HP LeftHand and 3PAR Storage Systems, provides peer-to-peer storage federation capabilities that span from a virtual storage area network (SAN) software appliance to mid-range and high-end storage systems.

HP 3PAR simultaneously supports mixed, unpredictable and multitenant workloads on a single array. It’s part of the HP VirtualSystem and HP CloudSystem offerings, which integrate hardware, software and services.

HP VirtualSystem and HP CloudSystem featuring the HP 3PAR V-Class Storage System are expected to be available later this year. The HP P10000 3PAR Storage System is expected to be available worldwide in late August. HP 3PAR Peer Motion is a separate software product available for an additional charge. Customers under existing support contracts for HP LeftHand Storage Systems can upgrade their operating environments at no additional charge to use HP LeftHand Peer Motion.



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