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Ready, Set, Flash!

By Ivan Iannaccone, 3PAR StoreServ Product Management

 

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Last week as part of our HP 3PAR OS 3.2.1 announcement, my 3PAR Thursday blog focused on the performance acceleration delivered by HP 3PAR OS 3.2.1. The announcement also talked about the HP 3PAR Flash Advisor toolset that helps HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage customers asses current capacity and performance profiles via built-in the 3PAR OS toolset in order to optimize current and future flash investments. This week, I’m talking about this in a bit more detail and explaining why these capabilities are so important to enable a smooth transition of application and workloads to use flash-based media.

 

Christmas comes early thanks to HP 3PAR OS 3.2.1

By Ivan Iannaccone, 3PAR StoreServ Product Management  @IvanIannaccone 

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Yesterday we announced many new features that all HP 3PAR StoreServ customers can enable free of charge via a simple online upgrade. In a June post, I talked in great detail about Thin Deduplication (now available free of charge on all 3PAR StoreServ models!). This 3PAR Thursday, I’m focusing on how HP 3PAR OS 3.2.1 enables read and write acceleration via Adaptive Flash Cache and Express Writes. It's all as much fun to talk about as any holiday!

 

 

New flash features with latest HP 3PAR OS 3.2.1

We released HP 3PAR OS 3.2.1 a few weeks ago but haven't publicly announced what that OS release brings to HP

3PAR StoreServ. Since the enhancements are substantial, I'll talk today at a high-level and over the next few days I'll have some of those other subject matter experts posting articles to go deeper on some of the news.  At a high level, we announced:

  • Adaptive Flash Cache for performance acceleration with read cache extension
  • Express Writes is another enhancement that improves latency without additional hardware
  • Flash Advisor tool kit helps smooth the transition to flash
  • 3PAR Thin Deduplication is now supported across the HP 3PAR StoreServ portfolio of 7000 and 10000 systems

Along with the ChalkTalk, there's also a demo video of Adaptive Flash Cache so head over to the full blog post to check that out.

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.

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