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HP 3PAR Get Virtual Guarantee

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It’s been about 18 months since we completed the acquisition of HP 3PAR. Other than stale tweets I see talking about another company trying to buy 3PAR (and of course they didn't), I don’t get many questions about why HP bought 3PAR. 


3PAR is obviously a great fit with what we’re doing in our storage, server, and networking organization (the group Dave Donatelli manages) and we’ve done a lot of work to integrate 3PAR into our Converged Infrastructure strategy.  If you’re not convinced, check out this YouTube video titled “Why HP bought 3PAR


I’ve got another reason today to show you why HP 3PAR is such a great fit – it’s a new program called the Get Virtual Guarantee.  I was really impressed with our HP 3PAR Get Thin Guarantee.  This program pushes the limits even further.  Check out this HP Storage Countdown video - about 80 seconds long - that will give you an overview:



Focus on Virtual Machine density


Traditional storage is a bottleneck to VM density.  Virtualization has placed new demands on storage. Five years ago you had couple of applications sharing a storage array.  Now with server virtualization, you have hundreds of VMs with unpredictable workloads vying for the storage resources. Using traditional storage architectures limits your VM density.


VM density can be described in several ways:

  • Number of VMs per CPU core (traditional)
  • Number of VMs per host (compute resources)
  • Number of VM workloads (I/O per second) per host (storage resource)


Why is VM density important? 

Your VM density drives your costs. If you can increase your VM density, you can lower your virtual infrastructure acquisition and operational costs.  In the next couple of days, I’ll talk more about why HP 3PAR and its modern storage architecture are ideally suited to increase your VM density.  In fact, we’re so confident that we can increase your VM density, we are announcing the Get Virtual Guarantee.


Double your VM density, guaranteed!

When you migrate from a traditional legacy array to HP 3PAR storage, HP guarantees that you’ll be able to double virtual machine density on your physical servers or HP will make up the difference with free disk capacity and related software and support.  Wow – I’m feeling a little bit like a late night infomercial but you heard me right – double your VM density with HP 3PAR storage, guaranteed!


As with any program like this, there are terms and conditions.  You can check them out on the Get Virtual program website.  You can get more details about the program, check out a white paper by the Taneja Group talking more about VM density and the 3PAR architecture, or read about a couple of customers who have already increased their VM density using 3PAR. 


BTW - if you're thinking about coming to HP Discover, here's how you can get a $300 discount.  Click on this link (or click on the graphic below) and use the promo code in the graphic.  There is a session at HP Discover that will talk more detail on the Get Thin and Get Virtual Guarantees, #TB2830 on Wednesday June 7th at 10 AM.






nate | ‎05-03-2012 08:51 PM

I wrote a brief blog on the topic not too long ago but the question remains - what constitutes legacy storage ? Legacy storage in the traditional sense (back in the early days of 3PAR) is largely dead now(at least from a capabilities standpoint - efficiency and effectiveness of implimentation are different matters I think). I suppose I can ping my team to get the full docs and the fine print. But I'd still like someone to define what legacy storage is in this day & age.


Unrelated, I was looking last night to find an early 3PAR system with small disks to see the performance and capacity of then vs now and came across this SPC-1 result from 2002 (it's not listed on the SPC-1 page, earliest there is from 2004)


A 3-rack monster with 8 controller nodes, only 160 18GB 10K RPMdisk drives, 64GB of data cache(8GB/controller - hey that's more than the F-class!), 16GB of control cache.


4TB usable, and 47,000 IOPS


A 2-node F200/F400 could do that today(just barely but still can - and could of course easily eclipse the 4TB of usable capacity).


And today with the V800 - same node count(though twice the ASICs), 10 times the IOPS, 10 times the disk drives, 10 times the usable capacity, about 10 years of time(within 3 months) between the two systems. Interesting to me to see the evolution of the system over the first decade of it's life.



nate | ‎05-03-2012 08:56 PM

oops I mis read the disk spindle count - 640 disks 160 magazines of 4 disks each. with today's 15k disks of course you could pull 47,000 SPC-1 IOPS in around 200 spindles, so a 2-node F200 or 2-node F400 would top out at around 46,464 SPC-1 IOPS with 192 disks, close enough! Barely enough space in one rack to house all of that with the 3U disk chassis on F-class.

| ‎05-07-2012 06:27 AM

Hey Nate - I'm embarrased to say I don't know what restrictions we have on the "legacy arrays".  I'm sure it's in the T & C's of the guarantee and I have meant to ask about those details but haven't yet.  I'll see what I can find out and get that info included here.  Thanks...

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