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Built for flash

By J Maestre,
The World’s Strongest Technologist, HP Enterprise Solutions & Architectures Team  @3PARStrong

 

A common theme emerges from flash startups when discussing other, more established storage platforms:

 

               “Storage Vendor ‘ABC’ is a legacy storage array retro-fitted with flash but not built for it.”

 

Flash_Optimized_Logo_308x220_tcm245_1608576_tcm245_1618609_tcm245-1608576.jpgI agree. But that's because there's no such thing. There's no such thing as "built for flash" or "legacy storage retrofitted for flash." Be it startup or legacy vendor, it makes no difference. The only thing that matters is how the storage solution optimizes and protects I/O. Let me explain.

Storage at VMworld on video

After VMworld in San Francisco wrapped up, I got busy and we had a lot of blog posts here on ATSB. There were some videos from VMworld that I had intended to share here shortly after VMworld but they never made it.  With VMworld Barcelona happening now and these videos still timely, I thought I'd share them with you. 

 

First up, is a video with Michael Haag. Michael is on our VMware Alliance and Solutions team. Michael is my fellow vExpert and VMware expert Eric Siebert's boss. In this video, Dave Vallente from Wikibon talked to Michael about VMware VVols and they talked about storage integration with VMware. 

 

To see all four videos, head over to the full blog post.

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). 

Faster performance and high availability boost critical business applications

By Beth Joseph, Product Marketing Manager, HP 3PAR StoreServ

 

My colleague Calvin Zito has written several posts about the innovations in HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 All-Flash Array, including its use of cMLC flash media and its hardware-accelerated inline deduplication.

 

In this post I'd like to focus on how the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 All-Flash Array can help businesses achieve higher performance for critical applications while guaranteeing high availability.

 

We’re also offering you the opportunity to learn more about the advantages you can achieve with HP's all-flash storage architecture. Simply register and receive both an Enterprise Strategy Group white paper and a DCIG Special Report.

 

Architecture matters - 3PAR Chief Architect Siamak Nazari

Last week at VMworld, I hosted a couple of blogger briefings.  One of the people I put at the top of my list to brief bloggers is Siamak Nazari.  I've been fortunate enough to have Siamak brief bloggers for the last few HP Discover events as well.  Siamak is an incredibly smart guy but does a great job at explaining complex topics to make them understandable and is a great story teller.  

 

While I didn't record the blogger briefings at VMworld, Siamak was a guest on the Cube and the topic he was asked to talk about is the architecture of HP 3PAR and why HP has been able to optimize 3PAR for flash.  This is a very enlightening conversation and I think you'll see why when ever I brief bloggers, Siamak is the first person I call.

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