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Online Import for EMC Storage now brings support for EMC Symmetrix VMAX arrays

By Usman Kidwai, 3PAR StoreServ Senior Product Manager @usmankidwai


In case you missed the announcement blogs at HP Discover last month, we announced support for EMC VMAX arrays with 3PAR Online Import. What’s more, 3PAR Online Import Software comes free for use during the first 180 days with every new HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage system. Interested? On this 3PAR Thursday, I’ll give you all the details you need to now to learn how to minimize disruption and do this data migration yourself in just five easy steps – all while hosts and applications stay online during the data migration process.


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). 

EMC to 3PAR Online Import Utility Demo

Back in May, I had a blog post titled Making the move from EMC to HP 3PAR StoreServ easy - and that post included a ChalkTalk I had done describing the EMC to 3PAR Online Import Utility. Today I have a demo video to share with you showing just how easy it really is.  In the demo video I do give an overview of the software and how it works but check out my previous blog if you want a bit more. 


There's more information on full blog post, so check that out.


Labels: 3PAR| EMC| StoreServ

Making backup easier with HP StoreOnce

I'm falling behind keeping you updated on things at Discover so I'll keep this short.  The week before HP Discover, an article appeared in the Register where an EMC Data Domain executive was asked "Why has EMC never provided global deduplication across Data Domain boxes".  The answer to me was startling: "To date, we've not seen a need". 


Not seen a need?  The answer tells me that EMC wants their customers to buy into siloed pools of backup, scale-up systems with no high availability, fragmented deduplication architectures, and it all adds up to complex management. 


WIth the announcement of Federated Catalyst, HP StoreOnce 6500 - our multi-node scaleout backup system - now has multi-node system wide deduplication.  You now can have a single pool of storage across the multi-node system with system wide deduplication.  The ChalkTalk I have tells the story as well as other StoreOnce news related to backup ISVs so check it out. 

HP Storage has more ways to say YES!

Gorilla Suit 72 Hours of Yes.pngWe had a ton of fun granting requests at our 72 Hours of Yes campaign at EMC World in Las Vegas. Outfitting someone in a pink gorilla suit isn't my strength or what we focus on in HP Storage, so I wanted to bring 72 Hours of Yes home to storage.


When it comes to storage, HP says “Yes” every day. Consider the case of a video surveillance customer, whose staff make digital recordings.  They are storing lots of images and videos and that means data piles up fast. HP 3PAR StoreServ helps the company get a handle on all that data by making storage more efficient, easier to manage, and scalable. 


Say “Yes” to lower CAPEX and OPEX
Because 3PAR StoreServ enables the video surveillance company to use its storage more efficiently, they invest in fewer storage drives, lowering CAPEX. And the ease of operation means fewer resources are needed to deploy and manage their storage, reducing OPEX. Taken together, these advantages can dramatically lower the total cost of ownership.

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