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Mission-critical storage made easy! Part 2

CartoonCalvin100X100.JPG By Calvin Zito, aka @HPStorageGuy

Earlier today I published part 1 of a vlog of a discussion I had with James Wilson, the product manager for the new P9500 Disk Array (the latest in the XP Disk Array family).  With the announcement of the close of our acquisition of 3PAR earlier today and much more to talk about the new P9500, I wanted to get this video in your hands.  In this part, I talk to James about several topics:

  • Smart Tiers, the naming of our sub-LUN tiering product.  James talks what it is and there's some graphics he plays on his lap top that I grabbed.  There's a point in the middle of the blog (about 4 minutes in) where we kept the camera pointed at the slide James was talking through - admittedly, I should have moved the camera because the video is boring there.  But the discussion that James and I had about Smart Tiers and some other not so "fast" or intelligent products is interesting.
  • Smart Tiers and APEX together - this is a powerful combination of tools and James talks about them together.  I also noticed that my colleague Jacob Van Ewyk on the Mission-Critical server team, has a blog talking more about APEX in an HP-UX environment.  
  • Meter-based software licensing - this is a great money savings feature for customers that need or want to use software on the P9500 for a short period of time, as James tells me, for less than a year or two.
  • Simplified management - Remote Web Console is the software used to manage the P9500.  HP invested heavily in simplifying the user experience for the P9500 (compared to previous generations of the XP Disk Array).

With that, check out the vlog with James:



If you want to watch a larger window of the video on YouTube, you can see it by clicking here

RobertG | ‎09-28-2010 01:20 AM

I think HP should dump the Hitachi arrays since they are extremely pricey and generally hard to use, and focus on really stomping on the competition with 3PAR. HP is just diluting their resources by investing in HDS, which is now a direct competitor to the 3PAR arrays.

| ‎09-30-2010 06:50 AM

Hi Robert,


The 3PAR acquisition just closed on Monday and there's a lot of work to do in the positioning of our portfolio.  That said, this generation of the XP Disk Array (the P9500) has made some huge advancements in ease of use.  The DR capabilities of the XP family are legendary - we have tons of customers who have never had downtime.  Its an array designed to never turn off.  That kind of engineering has a price tag associated with it. 


I'm sure as we become more familiar with the 3PAR technology, we'll give further details about when we recommend each of our products.  I'm thrilled that HP now has 3PAR but I don't forsee any changes with respect to the P9500.


Thanks and stay tuned for more details.

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