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HP 3PAR StoreServ goes back-to-back – once again named midrange best-in-class by DCIG

By Matthew Morrissey, 3PAR Product Marketing Manager, HP Storage

 

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It's news too good to wait for our 3PAR Thursday blog!

Earlier this week, industry analyst firm DCIG released its 2015-2016 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer's Guide.  

 

I'm very proud to say that for the second year in a row, HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 series earned the title of "Best-in-Class." You can access the complete DCIG Buyer’s Guide but in today’s blog, I’m higlighting some key points plus talking in more detail about the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7440c Converged Flash Array.

Speech recognition software vendor flashes forward with HP 3PAR StoreServ

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

 

Nuance.jpgWe recently sat down with Frederic Van Haren, senior director of HPC labs at Nuance Communications to talk data growth and 3PAR StoreServ. Nuance Communications is known for its speech recognition products, especially text to speech products. Think the voice in your GPS.

 

Data is key at Nuance Communications. In order to compete, Nuance Communications collects actual speech data on which their researchers build new features and new products. Performance, scalability and cost are key ingredients for its storage solution.

 

Ready, Set, Flash!

By Ivan Iannaccone, 3PAR StoreServ Product Management

 

Flash_Optimized_Logo_308x220_tcm245_1608576_tcm245_1618609_tcm245-1608576.jpgMeasure the benefits of adding flash

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.

 

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.

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