HP’s 3Par storage improved features redefine the storage platform

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Sep. 4 2014, Updated 9:00 a.m. ET

Storage platform

Hard disk drives (or HDD) are being replaced by the solid state drives (or SSD). All-flash storage arrays and flash product demands to accelerate performance-intensive applications are increasing. The International Data Corporation (or IDC) expects the market for all-flash storage arrays to grow at a compound annual growth rate (or CAGR) of 59% during 2012–2016. It will be worth $1.6 billion by 2016.

HP 3PAR Storage Systems

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In 2011, Hewlett-Packard (or HP) (HPQ) launched HP P10000 3PAR Storage Systems, in accordance with its software-defined storage strategy. When it was built, it kept the enterprise-class virtual and cloud-based data centers in mind. They have unpredictable application workloads and multiple tenants. This move was achieved through HP’s acquisition of 3PAR—a leading global provider of utility storage—in September 2010 for $2.35 billion.

In June 2013, HP launched HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450—its first all-flash storage array. It was optimized specifically for flash technology. Violin Memory’s (VMEM) Violin 6200 Series, NetApp’s (NTAP) EF540EMC (EMC) VNX arrays, and SanDisk (SNDK) Fusion-io’s PCIe flash card business are some of the leading names in flash-array space.

3PAR StoreServ 7450 array claims to lower the flash storage costs to below $2 per usable gigabyte

In June 2014, HP announced enhancements to the all-flash HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage array.

HP claims that when its high-density drive combines with compaction technologies, it lowers the cost of storage to below $2 per usable gigabyte in HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage array.

The inline de-duplication eliminates duplicate blocks of data at a steady rate because data is written to the array. In the end, array has 1.3 petabytes of effective capacity.
Express Indexing enables the array to be scaled to 460 terabytes of raw storage and more than 1.3 petabytes of equivalent usable capacity.

HP’s 3PAR Get 6-Nines Guarantee commits to 99.9% storage uptime. It provides a five-year warranty on its 480GB, 920GB and 1.92TB HP 3PAR StoreServ SSDs.

3PAR Online Import Support Software

In May 2014, HP launched “3PAR Online Import Support Software” to enable customers to migrate data easily from EMC VNX (1) and EMC CLARiion CX4 systems to its HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000-Series, 10000-Series, or all-flash 7450 array.

It allows complex data migration and upgrades from legacy arrays without specialized host software and hardware appliances.

Through 3PAR’s new features, HP appears to be set to claim the flash market—especially when falling flash costs and the growing range of options are transforming the market.

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