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When good enough isn't good enough: all-flash architecture matters

It has been an eventful week in the storage industry with lots of all-flash array (AFA) news - and it hasn't been good for several big vendors.  Over the last couple of years as I've been working with our HP 3PAR team to get my head around AFA, the thing I've heard repeatedly and consistently is that architecture matters. 

 

So I want to do a couple of things in our 3PAR Thursday blog post today - share some of that news that makes it clear that architecture does matter and I have a video from our lead HP 3PAR Software Product Manager Ivan Iannaccone talking about why flash architecture matters with lead analyst from Storage Switzerland George Crump.

 

First, the news

It really is hard to believe some of the news.  First, Cisco announced that they stopped Invicta shipments due to a "scalability issue". Invicta is their all-flash acquisition of Whiptail.  And just yesterday, NetApp announced that they'll start shipping their long awaited AFA, FlashRay, with a single controller.  Chris Mellor from the Register said it best, "It's not ready for prime time, strangely". It's designed from the ground up but is being released with limited scale and one controller.  Architecture matters!

 

Then earlier this week, news broke in a blog by Andrew Dauncey that EMC XtremIO upgrades from 2.4 to 3.0 would be a distruptive software upgrade.  Basically, customers will have to backup their data, the array will be wiped during the upgrade and you'll need to rebuild your array. Wow!  The question customers should be asking EMC is why would you design a product for mission-critical applications that can't support non-disruptive upgrades (NDU). 

Customers Share Their Secrets: Helsingør Kommune

I've had a pretty amazing year with incredible trips to South Africa and Europe. My management has been very accommodating to me traveling as long as I can combine activities. So when the chance to speak at the Denmark VMUG over the summer came up, my manager said yes but combine some other things with the trip.  

 

The city of Helsingør, known as Helsingør Kommune, is an HP 3PAR StoreServ customer and they were willing to do a video with me - so check box for my manager.  We spent a great day in Helsingør and I really enjoyed meeting Brian Hansen and talking to him about his environment.  They are a VMware environment and had recently replaced an HP EVA. As you'll hear Brian talk about, they have a second site for disaster recovery that is still an EVA and will be updated with a 3PAR some time soon.  Brian also discusses their backup environment that is based on Veeam. Here's the video with Brian.

Focusing on Backup - with a podcast and video interview

I've had a busy week but want to cap it off by giving you a really good podcast and video that I've done over the last few weeks. And while it's not BURA Sunday, I am on the topic of backup and recovery with the podcast and video.  The podcast is with Rick Vanover from Veeam, so go to the full blog post to get that. 

 

While at Nth Symposium, there was a really good keynote from Richard Tengdin from Nth where he gave some great advice about keeping your backup modernized.  Nth was kind enough to give me a booth in the expo area and I did an interview with Richard there.  Here's the interview.

 

The BURA team here has been doing a great job with their BURA Sunday blog posts so be sure to check out their blogs.  It really is great having a team of people helping with great information on the blog.

Phone home with HP 3PAR StoreServ Secure Service Architecture

By Keith Schlachter, HP 3PAR Product Manager

 

We often hear these two questions from our customers: What are 3PAR’s remote support capabilities? And what can they do for my business? You understand that high availability is crucial to your business. And you understand that HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage offers a modern, proven, highly available Tier-1 architecture. Built on more than a decade of innovation and proven enterprise successes, HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage delivers guaranteed resiliency and technology features that exceed the critical Tier-1 storage requirements of the most demanding environments. HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage arrays have been deployed into many secure IT data centers. With these deployments, you are relying on our ability to provide a proven secure communication service between the HP 3PAR StoreServ systems and the HP 3PAR Central remote monitoring facility. So for this 3PARThursday, we want to home in on your remote support questions...and provide some compelling answers for you.

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Customers Share Their Secrets first video - BlueShore Financial

We have been kicking around the idea of doing a reqular series of customer interviews.  I get the opportunity to do these at big events like HP Discover or VMworld, but I want to do it with a regular cadence and waiting for an event isn't going to make for a regular show. 

 

I worked with a smal team and we've come up with a way to do interviews even when I can't be in the same location as our customer.  So I'm really pleased to present our first Customers Share Their Secrets with HPStorageGuy Calvin Zito.  In our first show, I speak to Ryan Burgess, Manager of Technology Infrastructure from BlueShore Financial in British Columbia.  They have a unique value proposition as a botique financial institute and I talked to Ryan about the challenges he faced and how HP 3PAR and HP StoreOnce helped him be an IT hero.  Here's the show. 

 

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