According to this report on The register, HP is readying a three-layer storage product as part of its converged infrastructure strategy to collapse multiple server, storage and networking products into single high-level data center IT units.
“We could think of the 3U Mount units as clever and protected JBODs (Just Bunches Of Disks), though HP disliked that analogy.
“Customers will add 3U mount units to scale out capacity in a single virtual pool. They’ll add storage blades to scale out processing capacity separately if they wish. Veale said: ‘All the storage IP will be in the software,’ and there are two parts to this.
“There is the file and block storage, using a combination of LeftHand and Ibrix (scale-out NAS with a 16PB namespace) software, and also upper storage management functions such as deduplication, replication, thin provisioning and snapshots. This software will execute on the storage blades. There will be an integrated management facility using Command View, used today to discover, monitor and configure EVA arrays.”