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With the All-Flash HP 3PAR, no reason to go to Xtremes

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With all the anticipation (and delays) around EMC’s announcement of XtremIO, their all flash-array based on the $430M acquisition of XtremIO last May, I wanted to recap what is being said and look at our HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450.  But I do want to start by giving you an overview of the 7450, so you know where I'm coming from.


A Quick Look at the All-Flash HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450

Prior to announcing the all flash HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450, Priyadarshi (Pd is the product manager) did several blog posts talking about the technical requirements for an all-flash array.  and an HP Tech Talk where he did a bit of a deep dive into the all-flash 7450 with video blogger Andy McCaskey and storage expert/blogger Nigel Poulton asking him questions. I have the video on the full blog post so click over to it to watch it or download a podcast version.


One more blog I recommend you check out is Revisiting the HP 3PAR StoreServ architecture advantages for flash.  One of the key advantages we have with HP 3PAR StoreServ is that it isn't a single silo array architecture - this blog hones in on that. HP 3PAR is a single architecture that scales from the low-end of midrange arrays (starting at $25K) through enterprise Tier-1 (up to 2.2PB) and in the middle is the all-flash 7450 (when performance matters). 


To read what I found about XtremIO, read the full blog post!

EMC's VNX2 circus

clip-art-circus-465619.jpgI've been blogging now for just over 5 years - and I've learned a lot about what readers want and don't want from a blog.   In my early days of blogging,  I did more than a few posts pointing out competitors' weaknesses (almost always a response to some misrepresentation they made about HP - Hi Alex!); those posts would get crazy traffic and comments.  Talking about a competitor is one of those areas that I usually avoid, preferring to talk about the good things I see happening in HP Storage. However, given the hype of EMC's announcement yesterday and some of the misleading  information about HP, I think it's a topic I have to visit.  But instead of offering my views, I thought highlighting what I've seen from a few independent bloggers and in the press would tell the story: 


Chris Evan's has a blog post with his view both on EMC's hype and the announcement itself.  He made several noteworthy comments:

  • An EMC exec said, “We inserted flash into arrays designed for HDD and that’s what’s prevalent in the market today”.  Chris points out that this is not true - and mentioned HP 3PAR.
  • Another EMC exec said, “You can’t address the wide range of performance and capacity requirements with a single architecture” - again, Chris points out this is an EMC spin that I'd say is an outright lie.  EMC is well aware of the 3PAR architecture and the fact that it scales from entry mid-range, to tier 1, and our all-flash optimized 7450.  An interesting tactic by EMC to ignore the truth but I'm not surprised as I've seen this many times in the recent past.

(Head over to the blog to see the whole post)

Labels: 3PAR| EMC| StoreServ

StoreOnce and EMC Data Domain performance flap

In today's post, I want to address the flap that EMC created last week questioning whether or not the HP StoreOnce B6200 is a single system.  Here's a podcast of my thoughts here (which you can also read by clicking through to the blog post).



The original open cloud stack - HP CloudSystem

EMC made an announcement earlier today around a product called VSPEX; I haven't had a lot of time to look at it Vellante conversation.jpgbut basically looks like they're working with the channel to offer reference architecture of a converged stack.  Of course it's all based on EMC hardware though they claim they have reference architectures for other components to be something other than VCE-based Cisco servers and networking. 


What got my attention was a tweet I saw from Dave Vellante.  Dave is the CEO co-founder of and co-host of The Cube.  I've got the conversation here - be sure to read from the bottom up.


I was responding to Dave to make sure that he knows that HP CloudSystem doesn't have to be based on HP servers, storage, and networking.  Dave was surprised by that so I reached out to Nick van der Zweep, Director of Business Strategy in our CloudSystem business to get the details. I'll summarize a few things that Nick and I discussed:

  • HP CloudSystem DOES support multiple non-HP components.  Customers will get the most integration and automation by using a complete HP stack.   For example - if customers use non-HP storage, they lose the integration we have with Storage Provisioning Manager that simplifies provisioning storage.  See my previous blog post on SPM that includes a demo of SPM. For non-HP storage, a storage admin would have to provision a LUN and give that to the server admin so they can then use that within the CloudSystem environment.
Labels: CloudSystem| EMC

More EMC jibba-jabba - who really is showing application leadership

MM051-mr-t-quit-your-jibba-jabba-mousepad.jpgI'm having too much fun thinking about Mr. T and jibba-jabba so I am taking on the EMC announcement one more time and contrasting that with an announcement HP made yesterday that conclusive shows that HP is the better partner for running Microsoft-based applications.



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