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I'm back from a couple of weeks of traveling. The my first stop was to visit some family in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. I knew that the founder and community manager of, a user support community, is in the area too.


My friend and former colleague Marc Farley introduced me to Richard Siemers a few years ago at SNW in Dallas.  I also got to spend some time with Richard at HP Discover in Las Vegas earlier this year. Knowing that I would visit my family some time soon, I had the thought of doing a podcast with Richard the next time I found myself in DFW. is like many other support forums but this one is really a user community.  I'm sure there are a few others that join in but I'm always impressed by communities where users share knowledge with each other.  In the podcast, Richard and I talk about the 3PAR forum.



If you rather download this as a podcast, right click here and save the MP3 file.


Worried about flash media wear-out? It’s never a problem with HP 3PAR StoreServ!

By Paul Haverfield, Principal Technologist, HP Storage APJ region   @PaulHavs


KeepCalm.jpgRemember the days – not so long ago – when any discussion around flash storage would inevitably include or lead to the dreaded topic of wear out? Eyebrows raised, frowns appear and general looks of worry and concern would quickly appear on the audiences’ faces. The worry factor – thoughts of “my business-critical data suddenly vanished because the storage media got tired and wore out" – would often be the major inhibitor to serious adoption of all-flash solutions. This problem was often exasperated when you learned that product warranty did not cover this so-called wear-out!


Thankfully, those days are now well and truly behind us – at least when flash is managed and deployed intelligently in an array platform designed from the beginning to adapt to new media types. It’s the architecture that matters.


VMware VVols is coming. Will your storage be ready for it? HP 3PAR StoreServ will be!


This 3PAR Thursday we welcome @ericsiebert to Around the Storage Block! He's been here before in blogs, videos and podcasts.




Knock, knock. Who’s there? VMware VVols finally!

After more than three years in development, VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) storage technology is set to ignite the storage array landscape. VMware VVols represents a major change in the vSphere storage architecture for shared storage arrays. It provides storage with VM-level granularity by introducing a 1:1 mapping of VMs to storage volumes as well as simplifies storage management through automated policy-based management.


HP is one of a select number of original design partners that have worked closely with VMware to define, develop and test VVols. 3PAR StoreServ storage has served as the only Fibre Channel reference platform throughout VMware’s development of VVols. HP’s early and in-depth development involvement on VVols ensures our 3PAR StoreServ customers get the best VVols experience – one that is aligned with the modern architecture 3PAR StoreServ delivers. Read on to learn more about the benefits of HP 3PAR StoreServ for VMware VVols.

Meet datacenter efficiency goals: HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200/7400 Storage now ENERGY STAR certified

By Aravindan Gopalakrishnan, Product Manager, HP 3PAR



Efficiency is ingrained in the DNA of the HP 3PAR StoreServ architecture. That’s why I am excited to share the news that configurations of the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 and 7400 Storage systems are now ENERGY STAR certified. With capabilities such as hardware assisted thin technologies – including deduplication, reservation-less thin and snapshots – fine-grained write allocation of 16KB and system-wide sparing HP 3PAR StoreServ systems are designed to be economical and efficient in their use of storage media. Being energy efficient is a natural extension of this design philosophy. The ENERGY STAR certification for the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 and 7400 Storage is a proof point for that.


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.

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