Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:02

HP offers free trial of SDS product


HP is offering organisations an opportunity to experiment with software defined storage at no licensing cost - but there are a couple of catches.

HP is offering a free licence for its StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) product, but not to all comers.

The free licence is only available to purchasers of Intel Xeon processor E5 v3-based servers.

But it doesn't have to be an HP ProLiant Generation 9 (Gen9) server - hardware from other vendors including Dell, IBM and Lenovo is included.

An advantage of using a ProLiant is that VSA can be deployed with a single click.

The free licence only covers VSA use up to 1TB of storage. A 60-day trial licence allowing for 10TB of storage is also available.

VSA uses the server's spare compute and storage resources to provide shared storage for virtual servers running under VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V or Linux Kernel Virtual Machine.

"The cost of shared storage is still a common server virtualisation roadblock for SMBs and enterprise remote office sites," said HP South Pacific's general manager for storage Paul Shaw.

"By offering no-cost VSA software with Intel Xeon E5 v3–based processor servers, HP and Intel are making SDS available to the world for free, giving customers access to hypervisor-agnostic, hardware-independent rich data services while preserving choice and lowering costs."

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.



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