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Don’t let your flash run out of gas because of legacy FC infrastructure

By Gil Chacon, HP StoreFabric, Storage Networking team lead, HP Storage


Ferrari.jpgWould you prefer to drive a Ferrari on a bumpy country road with its lack of maneuverability, potential obstacles and narrow lanes? Or would you prefer to drive that Ferrari on the Autobahn, where the lanes are wider and you have the potential to unleash the Ferrari’s true performance capabilities?


Thinking along a similar path: Your IT department has invested in a high-performance, fine-tuned HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 all-flash array because your business runs OLTP application workloads that demand high IOPS (hundreds of thousands) at latencies below a millisecond. But the SAN infrastructure that the all-flash HP 3PAR array is connected to primarily consists of 8Gb/s FC and some legacy 4Gb/s FC. You have plenty of server and storage performance. However, the bottleneck in your flash deployment has shifted to your bumpy “country road.” So it’s time to ask: Is there a way to boost Fibre Channel (FC) performance so that your SAN does not become the bottleneck for your flash deployment? Is it possible to turn a country road into an Autobahn without tearing it up and relocating it to Bavaria?


Speaking of flash...

We invite you to join our first #AllFlash CrowdChat: A Real Conversation on Flash

Tier-1 Requirements and Mainstreaming of All-Flash

Host: Chris Evans @chrismevans

When: Thursday, May 28 8:00 am PDT


HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 All-Flash: the workhorse that delivers

By Priyadarshi (Pd), Product Line Manager, HP 3PAR Storage   @Priyadarshi_Pd


HP 3PAR StoreServ All-Flash is growing the fastest in a market that’s already growing fast. The graph below shows just how fast 3PAR StoreServ all-flash has grown YoY (2014 vs. 2013) versus the overall market. If a product’s market growth is any indicator of having the right formula to solve real-world problems, then you need to take a serious look at this contender. This 3PAR Thursday, here’s a look at all the compelling reasons why.


Note: Chart created by HP based on Gartner Research, Market Share Analysis: SSDs and Solid-State Arrays, Worldwide, 2014, May 2015

Storage built for cloud service providers

Derek Howard, Worldwide Service Provider Marketing Manager, HP Enterprise Group  @DerekBHoward


In my first post on Around the Storage Block, I talked about revenue opportunities in cloud backup. Today, I’m expanding our discussion with more insight on the challenges and the storage needs of service providers.


When I talk with cloud service providers who are delivering XaaS, we spend a lot of the discussion on their top-of-mind challenges. A few that repeatedly come up are balancing the ability to support service level agreements (SLAs),delivering high availability while being able to quickly adapt to customers’ changing needs and keeping infrastructure costs low—all while looking for ways to expand their customer base and differentiate from the growing number of competitors in this space.


That’s a lot to think about. And HP has ONE solution that can address all of these: HP 3PAR. Read on to learn more.

All in a flash: a year of 3PAR Thursday blogs tells the evolving flash story

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



A year can seem like a long time—or it can fly by in a flash. But any time you’ve done any thing every week for 12 months straight, it’s a good idea to look back and think, “Was that worth it?” Our first 3PAR Thursday post was April 17, 2014, and now one year and 52 posts later, I have to say that YES, it was so worth it. Why? Because we have so much to tell you about what’s happening both in the primary storage market and with 3PAR StoreServ.


With 3PAR Thursday, we’ve been able to provide one convenient blog spot for sharing it all. Over the past 12 months, through our blogs, videos and customer stories, we’ve featured the many aspects of the flash evolution. Here are some of the highlights revisited

Understanding the business value of HP 3PAR StoreServ

By J Maestre     @StorageMuscle

The World’s Strongest Technologist

HP Enterprise Solutions & Architectures Team


Architecture matters. Each and every single vendor out there cannot wait to tell you why their architecture is “best.” When asked why a given technology is better than a competitor's, you will inevitably get an answer that extolls the virtues of that architecture while hearing terms like "greater resiliency, lower latency, and flexibly scalability." This tends to satisfy the question and there's either unanimous agreement, silent disagreement, or an open dialogue where technical opinions are exchanged. Thus begins the long process where one side does their due diligence on product investigation and the other side tries to answer every technical objection possible. And while all this is going on, one point often gets overlooked: Why does all this matter? 



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