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HP MSA gets exciting new virtualization features

Today the MSA family, our entry-level storage system, is getting some exciting virtualization updates. The big story here is the MSA update includes data tiering, thin provision, SSD Read Cache, wide striping, more efficient snapshots, and a new web-based user interface. 

 

I have an updated MSA family ChalkTalk that gives an overview of the family. There are two members of the MSA family:

  • MSA1040 - budget optimize, exapandable dual-controller system. The new virtualization features are optional upgrades.
  • MSA2040 - performance optimized and with support for SSDs. The virutalization features are standard.

Here's the ChalkTalk

Labels: chalktalk| MSA

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.

Active-Active High Availability for the HP XP7 Disk Array

I have a soft spot for our HP XP Disk Array family - I was part of the team that brought the XP into the HP portfolio and kicking out the previous solution was just plain fun.  SO when the XP team came to me and asked if I could introduce some new functionality today, I said "Heck yeah!".  And what I have to show you is pretty cool stuff. 

 

Imagine being able to replicate between two arrays (either in the same data center, across campus, or 100km away) and with multi-array virtualization that allows active active access to virtual LUNS across those two XP7 arrays. What I just described is the new Active-Active High Availability Solution for the XP7.  And I have a ChalkTalk that gives a bit more about what it is. 

Labels: chalktalk| XP Disk| XP7

Proving HP 3PAR Tier-1 with a 99.9999% high availability guarantee

Wow!  What a whirlwind HP Discover has been.  I'm sitting at the Las Vegas airport writing my last post from HP Discover - and it's an important one that I've only briefly mentioned.  The HP 3PAR StoreServ news was very exciting but I didn't want you to miss what I think is a very important announcement.  My time is short with my flight boarding in just a couple of minutes so for this news, I'll let the ChalkTalk I've done do all the talking.

 

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. 

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