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HP 3PAR Express Writes: this is what innovation looks like

By Ivan Iannaccone, Product Line Strategist, HP Storage  @IvanIannaccone

 

With the release of HP 3PAR OS 3.2.1, we introduced a new functionality called Express Writes that is aimed to lower the overall write latency for small block random writes. Six months later, we’ve gone back and looked at how this changed positively impacted customer workloads. In this 3PAR Thursday post, I’m sharing some of this data. And to be clear: this is all data from real customer production systems. :smileyhappy:

 

Give it a try and share your results on Twitter: #3PARExpressWrites

If you are an HP 3PAR StoreServ customer and have upgraded to 3.2.1, you can see for yourself using Command Line Interface (CLI) or HP 3PAR StoreServ Management Console (SSMC).

 

 

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DreamWorks Animation, HP Storage, and May 18, 2001

May 18, 2001.  Fourteen years ago to the day. Do you know that happened on that date? DreamWorks Animation released Shrek. When it was released, it set the bar for feature CGI animation. CGI animation depends so much on the technology and over the last fourteen years, technology has helped DreamWorks animation stretch CGI animation even further.  in 2001, an Intel Pentium 4 CPU had 42 million transistors. Today, an Intel Xeon Haswell-EP has 5.5 billion transistors. Despite the huge increase, some say that Moore's law is slowing but CGI animation and DreamWorks isn't.

 

HP and DreamWorks have had a long term partnership. I've watched folks from DreamWorks talk about their environment and how the creation, or as they say "digital manufacturing", of a film has changed over the years. It's been fascinating to me to hear how much additional storage capacity has been needed or how many files are used, how many CPU hours it takes, and more.

 

At the recent National Association of Broadcaster's show in Las Vegas, I was able to talk with Derek Chan from DreamWorks Animation. Derek is the Head of Global Technology and is also the Chief Technology Officer for Oriental DreamWorks, a new facility in Shanghai, China. In the discussion, you'll get a bit of sense on how much goes into the creation of a CGI animation.

Learn more about data protection with our StoreOnce ChalkTalks and videos

By Ashwin Shetty, Product Marketing, HP Storage   @ashwinkshetty

 

Last week in our BURA Sunday anniversary blog, I listed some of my favorite StoreOnce posts from the past year. This week, I’m sharing some of my favorite ChalkTalks and product overview videos plus a ShortTake that will make it simpler for you to understand and appreciate how StoreOnce can make a difference in the way you protect your data

 

One of my preferred approaches for learning about new concepts or technology features is by watching an animated ChalkTalk or an audio-video presentation. I personally love these HP StoreOnce ChalkTalk videos from Calvin Zito. They are short yet packed with a wealth of useful information that makes it easy to understand specific features or complex technology concepts. Here's one to get you strated. (And more in the blog.)

 

HP StoreVirtual VSA: An introduction

SDS.pngI've been spending a lot of time on SpiceWorks for almost a year. And one of the topics that comes up repeatedly is explaining what a VSA is. If you've been reading ATSB for a while, you probably have a good idea what it is but from what I've seen on SpiceWorks, many of you would benefit from an post on the topic.  So today's post will serve as a bit of an introduction to StoreVirtual VSA and I'll pull StoreOnce VSA into the discussion as well.

 

What exactly is VSA? 
Software-defined storage (SDS) is storage functionality that is not delivered in a specific chassis—it is delivered as software. As you might have noticed, it's been getting a lot of attention over the past couple of years.

When SDS was in its infancy, single CPU servers could generally manage only one virtual machine, often paying a penalty of performance. IT managers were reluctant to adopt SDS, instead adding new physical storage devices to meet their business needs.

Today, IT departments have very robust SDS options, in part because server capacity and performance have increased enormously. And of course, while the servers were getting beefed up, virtual storage technology was advancing at a fast pace.

 

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 All-Flash: the workhorse that delivers

By Priyadarshi (Pd), Product Line Manager, HP 3PAR Storage   @Priyadarshi_Pd

 

HP 3PAR StoreServ All-Flash is growing the fastest in a market that’s already growing fast. The graph below shows just how fast 3PAR StoreServ all-flash has grown YoY (2014 vs. 2013) versus the overall market. If a product’s market growth is any indicator of having the right formula to solve real-world problems, then you need to take a serious look at this contender. This 3PAR Thursday, here’s a look at all the compelling reasons why.

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Note: Chart created by HP based on Gartner Research, Market Share Analysis: SSDs and Solid-State Arrays, Worldwide, 2014, May 2015

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