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How server and storage evolution is driving the need for Gen 5 Fibre Channel

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.

More on the Flash Module for the P9500

P9500.jpgLast 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.


Performance Accelerator


  • 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!

Solid State Storage - why it's already changed IT and what's coming

Vish Mulchand_SNW SSD session.pngSNW 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. 

HP 3PAR gets a boost with SSD

3PAR small.jpegToday we made a couple of announcements focused on solid state technology.  There are two pieces of the announcement - one focused on HP 3PAR and the other on HP ProLiant Gen8.  We announced an all-solid state drive (SSD) configuration for 3PAR.  We also announced HP Smart Cache for the HP ProLiant Gen8 servers.  It's server-based caching to accelerate performance.  Check out the blog post to get the details.  There's also a podcast you can listen to.

HP StoreOnce, 3PAR and SSD videos from HP Discover

I'm ready to checkout of the Palazzo and fly home from HP Discover but wanted to get you this blog post before I go.  My colleague Brad Parks and I did a series of three videos while we were in the Bloggers' Lounge at the event and we covered three topics:


  • HP StoreOnce and StoreOnce Catalyst
  • HP 3PAR and Virtual Connect with Flat SAN technology
  • Technology discussion around Solid State Drives (SSD)

We wanted these videos to be short and to the point and I think we hit the mark.  Here's one of the videos on SSD technology - to see the others, go to the blog post.


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