HP Discover last week, it was announced that HP Virtual Connect now provides the ability to direct attach connect to Fibre channel storage not requiring dedicated Fibre Channel switches.
This new capability in Virtual Connect FlexFabric modules increases the
efficiency of server and storage connectivity by flattening the SAN
Fabric. Designed for virtual and cloud workloads, this solution reduces
storage networking costs by 50% and enables 2.5X faster provisioning
compared to competitive offerings.
HP Virtual Connect Direct-Attach Fibre Channel
You can now connect HP
3PAR Storage Systems directly to the HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric
Module, and remove the need for an intermediate SAN fabric.
addition to being much more cost-efficient, management of your storage
solution is made easier. HP Virtual Connect Direct Attached Fibre
Channel has removed the complexity of FC switch management, zoning and
provisioning. Based on HP Engineering testing, on average, the time per
server for storage provisioning, zoning and propagation takes less than
HP Virtual Connect Direct-Attach for HP 3PAR Storage Systems helps you to:
Reduce costs •Do away with the need for expensive SAN fabrics •Save on operating costs and cut down on capital expenditure •Scale with the “pay-as-you-grow” model, which lets you pay for only what you need now
Overcome complexity •Connect Virtual Connect FlexFabric Fibre Channel directly to HP 3PAR FC storage to simplify your server connections •Improve efficiency with simplified fabric management tools •Configure your Virtual Connect as “direct attach” and/or “fabric attach,” depending on your solution design
Simplify management •Manage through a single pane of glass with Virtual Connect Manager Web-based and Command Line Interfaces •Use Virtual Connect technology to further improve management efficiency •Reduce disparity with separate fabric and interconnect management
The feature will be available in an upcoming firmware release during
the second half of CY2012. All you will have to do is download it to
your Virtual Connect FlexFabric modules. No additional licenses or fees