HP Enlists Analytics Tech to Drive Hybrid Cloud Storage Efficiency

By Pedro Hernandez

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is taking the mystery out of which files to move to the cloud for customers with a new Helion integration for ControlPoint.

ControlPoint helps businesses align their cloud storage, compliance and data retention policies with the business value of their data. The product uses HP's Haven big data analytics engine to provide organizations with visibility into their storage environments. Armed with that information and a new Helion integration, HP's own cloud platform, ControlPoint then helps automate data movement to the most appropriate storage tier, including the cloud, Hadoop, virtual repositories or on-premise storage systems.

Besides providing a pathway to flexible hybrid cloud storage environments for enterprises, ControlPoint can cut costs, according to HP's Pete Brey, Worldwide HP Helion Manager for Cloud Storage.

"With the explosion of data volumes and complexity, more and more organizations are turning to cloud-based solutions like HP Helion to break down data silos, reduce CapEx [capital expenditure] and achieve economies of scale," said Brey in a July 8 announcement. "HP ControlPoint serves a critical role in migrating to the cloud, ensuring that organizations are not simply transferring a data lake from a file share to the cloud, but instead moving the right information based on its inherent value."

HP today also announced the availability of Storage Optimizer, which blends file analytics, policy-based tiering, data optimization techniques and backup to reduce an organization's capacity requirements and ultimately slash the overall cost of storage. HP Storage Optimizer is compatible with several enterprise data repositories, including SharePoint, Exchange and Hadoop.

Storage Optimizer can also ease the management of unstructured data.

"With deeper information quality and insight, more granular policies can be applied for each set of data, before the data is stubbed and stored according to policy," said HP in a press statement. "This provides a holistic view of all unstructured data within the organization."

Combined, the two new offering positions HP as a provider of hybrid cloud storage with built-in intelligence. Incidentally, the company is currently undergoing a split that will result in an enterprise-focused technology company and a PC and printer maker. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. will debut as separate companies on Nov. 1.

"Information management and governance are converging due to some fundamental challenges presented by Big Data, which is causing organizations to rethink previous IT strategies," said David Jones, senior vice president and general manager of Big Data Solutions for HP Software, in a statement. His company is tackling those issues "by investing in infrastructure and analytics that help our customers make smarter, more-informed decisions on what to do with their information to ultimately reduce costs, improve manageability and protect and govern their information with cloud-first solutions," he added.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on July 08, 2015