HP and cloud data storage

With the spiralling amount of business data being created, creating the "big data" phenomenon, companies need to deploy efficient data storage and management systems to cope.

The cloud is increasingly playing an important role in data storage decision making. In addition to offering firms low capital costs and a flexible and scalable pay-as-you-grow cost structure, the cloud can also help organisations by automating time-consuming processes like data back-up, data replication and data archiving.

For a cloud-based data back-up service organisations can pay a monthly fee and see their data backed-up automatically, without having to worry about storage drives being mislaid or permanently being lost.

Also, having to set up and manage a VPN (virtual private network) to give everyone office and remote access to their email and other applications may also not be necessary if a cloud-based service with a cloud provider is put in place.

This HP whitepaper shows how cloud data storage solutions from HP can help companies get the best out of their data in the cloud.

Not an easy decision

Choosing the right data storage system to match the business is not an easy decision, as the market is becoming increasingly crowded with the advent of virtualisation and cloud-based storage systems.

Organisations must be sure they are making the right investment for the long term, by looking at ways to accommodate growing storage needs as well as addressing data protection requirements to guard business operations and meet compliance requirements.

Companies must demand data storage flexibility to adapt to changing business needs, and they will require easy to manage and affordable systems that can be modified, and which are not locked into the whims of any particular vendor.

As data storage is part of a rapidly changing technology roadmap, the solution providers that are needed are those that can work with heterogeneous storage, data protection and system recovery technologies, and which can accommodate multiple connectivity protocols.

Doing a business impact analysis

To prepare for a data storage deployment organisations must do an in-depth business impact analysis. This must consider how much storage the business needs, and whether any storage solution under consideration would be flexible enough for business growth?

A gap analysis tool can help organisations compare their actual performance with their potential performance, and by completing one organisations are able to buy the correct storage for their current needs, and be able to understand what they may have to buy to address their storage needs in the future

HP and cloud data storage

HP recently announced new service offerings that it promised would give enterprises the "speed, agility and lower economics to build the next-generation data centres".

HP says data centres are reaching "an unsustainable point". That's because, according to industry analyst Gartner, "in the next five years, the average enterprise will see data capacities grow more than 800 percent".

HP says that enterprises need to be able to manage this exponential growth in data while dealing with big data and analytics, while at the same time using delivery models such as virtualised infrastructure and the cloud.

Tom Joyce, senior vice president of HP Converged Systems, says, "You reach a point where not just the scale, but the complexity of the scale is more than most customers want to deal with. We think this shift in customer behaviour has happened in the last year."

New offerings under the HP ConvergedSystem moniker aim to help organisations cope with their data needs by simplifying core systems. With this technology HP says it will help customers increase the speed of deployment and management of large data stores in the cloud.

The new ConvergedSystem for Virtualisation offering deploys and supports up to 1,000 virtual machines "out of the box". And for data analysis, HP has launched ConvergedSystem 300 for Vertica. This technology can turn large chunks of data into "business insights" at "up to 1,000 times faster than comparable solutions", says HP. There is also the 700 version of the technology that is even more powerful.

HP ConvergedSystem builds upon the knowledge HP has gained from its HP CloudSystem technology for managing data clouds. HP CloudSystem is a component of the HP Converged Cloud product suite.

HP CloudSystem is a cloud infrastructure offering that combines storage, servers, networking and software for organisations to build complete private, public and hybrid cloud computing environments. It enables user organisations to increase resources to external or internal clouds in times of expanding workloads, or when they want additional computing power. This function is known as "cloud bursting".

On the storage side of things, HP offers a single platform covering backup, archiving and primary storage called HP Converged Storage.

Bill Veghte, executive vice president and general manager of the HP Enterprise Group, says, "The HP ConvergedSystem and HP Converged Storage offerings enable our customers to use technology to deliver business outcomes that drive their success, by creating an agile pool of resources that can deploy quickly, accelerate results and transform an organisation's most valuable asset - its data - into actionable competitive insight."

Cloud support at every stage

No matter where you are in the cloud adoption lifecycle, HP has the people, processes and proven track record to make a real difference, and help you take a direct route to the cloud.

Contact HP today and learn more about the solutions discussed in this paper and how HP can help make your journey to the cloud a smooth one. To learn more about HP Converged Cloud solutions, go to HP CloudSystem.