Balancing the storage needs of new projects or of unpredictable workloads against limited resources is the prime challenge of IT managers today. Of the many proposed solutions for improving storage efficiency, few are actually implemented. Of those implemented, fewer still achieve demonstrable success.
Thin provisioning has achieved widespread adoption as it dramatically increases capacity efficiencies. It has become a data center “must have” for its ability to break the connection between logical and physical capacity. However, not all thin-provisioning implementations deliver the same results. Some are complex to deploy, while others use coarse allocation units and cannot deliver the required space savings.
Thin provisioning allows a volume to be created and made available as a logical unit number (LUN) to a host without the need to dedicate physical storage until it is actually needed. HP 3PAR Thin Provisioning software has long been considered the gold standard in thin provisioning for its simplicity and efficiency. Unlike other “bolt-on” implementations, HP 3PAR Thin Provisioning software is simple and efficient, helps your organization start new projects more quickly and on demand and save millions of dollars. HP 3PAR Thin Provisioning leverages the dedicate-on-write approach of HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, allowing enterprises like yours to purchase only the disk capacity they actually need. HP 3PAR Thin Provisioning integrates seamlessly with VMware vSphere, Windows® Server 2012, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Symantec Veritas Storage Foundation—greatly enhancing the operative and administrative efficiency of these platforms.
While HP 3PAR Thin Provisioning software is extremely simple to deploy and use, a certain amount of planning is advantageous to maximize its benefits. This paper documents best practices on thin provisioning on HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and is intended for administrators looking to get the most out of their HP 3PAR StoreServ deployment. In addition, it describes other HP 3PAR thin technologies that you can use in conjunction with HP 3PAR Thin Provisioning software to maximize its effectiveness. Unique to HP 3PAR StoreServ, HP 3PAR Thin Conversion software enables you to reduce capacity requirements by 50 percent or more by deploying HP 3PAR StoreServ in place of legacy storage.
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