Data Storage: HP LeftHand Starter SAN Provides Flexibility, Robust Storage Capabilities

 
 
By Matthew Sarrel  |  Posted 2009-05-27
 
 
 

HP LeftHand Starter SAN Provides Flexibility, Robust Storage Capabilities

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HP LeftHand Starter SAN Provides Flexibility, Robust Storage Capabilities

HP LeftHand Combo

eWEEK Labs tested the HP LeftHand P4300 4.8TB SAS Starter SAN Solution.

HP LeftHand Combo

Centralized Management Console

The first time I launched the SAN/iQ Centralized Management Console, the Find Nodes Wizard ran to help me import new storage nodes.

Centralized Management Console

Find Nodes Wizard

After the Find Nodes Wizard ran, I could see the storage nodes that I had connected earlier. From here, bringing nodes under management or searching again is only a click away.

Find Nodes Wizard

Permission Levels

Management groups and administrators can have different levels of permissions across different storage assets.

Permission Levels

Bonded NICs

Under the TCP/IP Network branch below each storage node, you can bond NICs to load-balance network traffic to/from that storage node. You'll notice an immediate increase in throughput.

Bonded NICs

Information Rich

After creating a volume, full information can be viewed and options set for local and remote snapshots, servers, scheduled snapshots and iSCSI sessions.

Information Rich

Management Console

This is the main page for the management console. Here you can see summary statistics and alert conditions.

Management Console

Storage Use by Cluster

This attractive report shows storage use by cluster. Note that the difference between Provisioned Space and Used Space is reported under Saved Space due to thin provisioning.

Storage Use by Cluster

Stats

From the performance monitor, it is easy to add as many stats as you want. Each stat has a pop-up description.

Stats

Table-Only Mode

Sometimes a graph makes things too crowded. Here's the performance monitor in table-only mode. This way I could track more statistics at once.

Table-Only Mode

Rocket Fuel