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Storage should understand applications says HP

HP’s StorageWorks conference has kicked off in Dubai, with a focus on how storage could look in the future

The HP StorageWorks conference has rolled into town, with the Dubai installment being held at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi. Delivering the keynote address, Lee Johns, director of HP StorageWorks division talked about the HP vision for the future of data storage.

According to Johns, the cost per computer is actually coming down, while storage is coming down just a little and in the future storage should understand your application.

“As storage comes down, as we get larger and larger drives and more and more cost-effective storage, the price of storage is coming down. We see it all the time, the cost of storage is coming down, but you will find that there is a real transformation of how storage looks going forward,” he said

“The other thing is you really need storage to understand your application and be able to be managed more effectively – based on your application. A lot of application vendors are now starting to build management into their applications, and that enables them to more effectively allocate storage to their application with the knowledge of how that application can perform,” added Johns.

Johns also focused on the benefits of converged infrastructure, explaining that right now it is all managed by the same technology with a single power structure, which gives additional networking and server application benefits.

“This is just an example of where we think you are going to see storage head in the future and if you don't believe HP then you just have to look at what is happening in the industry with the consolidation of systems companies. Oracle buying Sun, Cisco entering the server market – those are examples that everyone is trying to build this and HP we can deliver this today. Now it doesn’t have every single capability that it will as we move forward but there is an incredible infrastructure that we provide today that really is the foundation about how you can see infrastructure going forward,” said Johns.

“You’re going to see much more integration of the application with the storage that sits behind it and that storage is going to [run] the services that run on expanded platforms,” he said.

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