By Calvin Zito, aka @HPStorageGuy
In Barcelona last week, there was a storage focused press conference on October 6th. Dave Donatelli, Executive Vice President and General Manager of HP Enterprise Storage, Servers and Networking (ESSN), kicked it off with an overview of HP StorageWorks and discussed how recently acquired 3PAR fit into the portfolio. I talked a bit about this in a previous post I did but given some of the confusion I've seen from others, I want to clarify a few things (and you'll hear Dave talk about this in the video):
- 3PAR is the latest storage architecture and a platform for the future. It has all the latest and greatest software features.
- 3PAR isn't a replacement for the P4000 (formerly LeftHand), EVA, or XP/P9500 Disk Arrays. Those products will continue. Dave talks about the very loyal customer base of EVA and XP that we'll continue to produce products for with future releases of the EVA. (And of course we just announced the next generation of the XP - the P9500).
- Dave doesn't specifically mention ongoing development of the P4000 but I think that's because there isn't really any overlap with the P4000 and 3PAR - so he didn't specifically talk about that. To be VERY clear - the P4000 will continue in our portfolio as well and the roadmap for that is compelling.
- 3PAR will be offered across the mid-range and enterprise space with the EVA and P9500. 3PAR will also target the service provider space. This is a space where 3PAR was already very successful with 7 of the top 10 service providers using 3PAR.
- Dave talks about HP having 11% of the market and his intentions on growing that market share - there's another 89% for HP to go win.
So with that overview, here's the video. One quick note - I accidental hit the record button which stopped the recording toward the end of Dave's comments and I missed the last few seconds of his comments so I apologize for the abrupt ending of his video.