By Priyadarshi (Pd), Sr. Product Manager, HP 3PAR Storage
I have to say I’m excited to be kicking off this blog series focused on flash-optimized storage. To help introduce me to you, Calvin and I first recorded a quick podcast. Give it a listen: I talk a little bit about my background and get the conversation going on four key flash design requirements (which I’ll be talking about in more detail in subsequent posts).Then I follow up with a quick primer on flash—to lay the foundation for further discussion on flash design requirements.
Vish Mulchand is our Director of Product Management - his team is defining the future of HP Converged Storage through products like HP 3PAR StoreServ and HP StoreVirtual. With more and more conversations happening around flash and flash-based storage, I thought it would be good to kick off some conversations focusing on the topic. I thought Vish would be ideal to kick-off the conversation because he had a session at SNW (a storage focused industry event) in October 2012 focused on flash and I did a podcast with him back then talking about it. NOTE: that was ATSB podcast #122 if you subscribe via iTunes. In some ways, the two conversations go together so if you haven't listened to that podcast with Vish, you should check it out.
By Rohan Viegas, Worldwide Product Management, HP Storage
Gen 5 Fibre Channel is more than just 16Gbps speeds. It unleashes the full potential of high-density server virtualization, cloud architectures and next-generation storage. It offers a purpose-built, data center-proven network infrastructure for storage. And it delivers unmatched performance, reliability and simplicity. Today, Rohan Viegas talks about how the server and storage evolution is driving the need for Gen 5 Fibre Channel and how the HP StoreFabric SN6500B 16Gb Fibre Channel Switch helps meet that need.
Last week, I had a blog post and video I did of the Flash Module for the P9500 - something I learned about while at HP Discover. Things were just a wee bit busy for me and I didn't have time to learn much about the Flash Module while at Discover, but I called Ayman Abouelwafa. Ayman is a senior architect in our enterprise storage lab and my go-to engineering guy when I need to understand something about P9500. Ayman was in one of my first video blogs and was very helpful in doing a video we did talking about our collaboration with Hitachi Japan.
After talking to him, I realized there was a lot I didn't get from my 4 minute conversation at HP Discover - so here's a bit more of what I learned from Ayman. First he told me about some new firmware.
- Ayman and his team worked with Hitachi Japan on Performance Accelerator, a new firmware-based program that significantly enhances the back-end random performance, targeting SSD and flash media.
- This significantly expands the P9500 frame-limit for random IOPs. Ayman told me the firmware enables around a million IOPs per P9500. Wow!
So much news came from HP Storage at HP Discover that one thing that was new but not included in all the announcements we did is a new Flash Module for the P9500 (formerly known as the XP Disk Array). In fact, I didn't even know about this until one of our bloggers told me he saw it in the booth. So I went to check it out and get a quick overview from our product manager Karen van Warmerdam. Here's a short video I did with Karen.
SNW Fall is happening in Santa Clara, yet another event I can't attend as my wife and daughter are enjoying a fabulous trip through Europe. One of the hot topics that will be certainly getting a lot of attention is solid state storage. My colleague Vish Mulchand, Director of Product Management, joined me late Friday night to record this podcast with me as he presents a session at SNW about solid state technology.
It's a great discussion with Vish - here's an outline of what we covered:
- Why has solid state changed the IT landscape?
- Where are the different places customers can deploy solid state storage technology?
- We discussed when to use solid state technology?
- Lastly we talked about HP's offerings that include solid state - this is a short discussion.