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News Flash: 2014 is the Year That Flash Storage Went Mainstream

I've been thinking about what was the most significant storage trend in 2014. In the past, I’ve been caught up in “hype” – those topics that get more attention than they probably deserve or have vendors all creating their own definition and creating confusion along the way. So I’ve become sensitive to sniffing out hype.

Four or five years ago, solid-state disk (SSD) – or flash – was one of the much-hyped topics. I remember one storage vendor saying that all hard drive disks (HDDs) would be replaced with SSDs by 2013. Well, obviously 2013 came and went, and while SSD was gaining momentum, it wasn’t mainstream. Mark Peters, analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group said, “Solid-state storage is an important emerging change, not just an addition or tweak, in the world of storage.”

 

See the full blog post to download a PDF of this article and watch a short video from a customer talking about how flash storage modernized their datacenter and helped their business.

The importance of storage QoS with flash

By Ivan Iannaccone, HP 3PAR StoreServ Product Management   @IvanIannaccone

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I love to talk to customers about Priority Optimization. It’s a feature of HP 3PAR StoreServ that allows storage QoS to give you the ability to provision performance as you provision capacity, assuring that your important workloads get expected performance.

 

The Evaluator Group recently completed an evaluation paper that shows how Priority Optimization can be used in a mission-critical all-flash environment. So this 3PAR Thursday, I’m taking this ideal opportunity to talk a bit more about storage QoS and its importance in all-flash deployments.

 

Flashification – removing the shackles of yesteryear and enabling business growth

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

 

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What inhibits business growth? Sales reach? Marketing budgets? Product innovation? IT infrastructure? How often do we critically review our internal infrastructure as being a silent or passive growth inhibitor?

 

Not often enough I would propose. And based upon my 30+ year experiences with storage infrastructure, I believe that storage – being the “forgotten child” of all too many IT departments – is guilty of being a silent or passive business growth inhibitor. Let me share two recent examples of this with you.

No All-flash orphans with HP 3PAR StoreServ

One of the storage sites I regularly read is The Register. Over the years, I have really come to enjoy and respect the work Chris Mellor does over at the Reg. Sometimes he's edgy but he's been a storage reporter for along time and really gets it. 

 

Over the break, I missed an article Chris had published. Actually, I was in Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl (which hopefully by now you know my Boise State Broncos won) so I have a good excuse.  The article is titled "Bringing AFA SAN orphans in house". In my opinion, what Chris described in his article is essentially something we call Polymorphic Simplicity - which I've talked about more than a few times on the blog and in videos. A recent post I did that is a good article on this is HP 3PAR Polymorphic Simplicity made easy.

 

Before I jump into what Chris had to say, I also want to share a brand new ChalkTalk that I just finished today and is a good starting point with an overview of flash storage and HP 3PAR. 

HP 3PAR StoreServ: 2014 marked a year of storage innovations

By Ivan Iannaccone, HP 3PAR StoreServ Product Management  @IvanIannaccone

 

Happy New Year! I have the honor of writing the first storage blog of the year. This time, instead of talking about a new exciting product, I want to focus on what a great year 2014 has been. With two major HP 3PAR OS releases, we have not only brought to our customers groundbreaking features but also some significant innovations to the data storage industry.

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