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Commodity versus Custom: Fear the ASIC

By J Maestre,
The World’s Strongest Technologist, HP Enterprise Solutions & Architectures Team @storagemuscle 


I’m often privy to commentary made by other vendors around the use of an ASIC in HP 3PAR StoreServ and the number one argument made in what I can only imagine is an attempt at spreading some Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt is centered on the terms “commodity” and “custom.” But I’m all about the truth. And the truth is when delivering enterprise solutions or solving complex enterprise problems you absolutely want an engineered design built specifically for the task at hand. Let’s get going and talk about what I call the real “magic weapon” of the 3PAR design.

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 Express Writes: this is what innovation looks like

By Ivan Iannaccone, Product Line Strategist, HP Storage  @IvanIannaccone


With the release of HP 3PAR OS 3.2.1, we introduced a new functionality called Express Writes that is aimed to lower the overall write latency for small block random writes. Six months later, we’ve gone back and looked at how this changed positively impacted customer workloads. In this 3PAR Thursday post, I’m sharing some of this data. And to be clear: this is all data from real customer production systems. :smileyhappy:


Give it a try and share your results on Twitter: #3PARExpressWrites

If you are an HP 3PAR StoreServ customer and have upgraded to 3.2.1, you can see for yourself using Command Line Interface (CLI) or HP 3PAR StoreServ Management Console (SSMC).




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

How expanded storage integration increases agility, reduces costs for SAP HANA shops

By Hasmig Samurkashian, HP Storage Solutions Marketing


SAP2J.jpgAt the SAP Sapphire show this week in Orlando, Florida, HP announced two areas of expanded integration for HP Storage solutions for SAP and SAP HANA. The first is an all-new HP StoreOnce plug-in for SAP HANA. The second is the expanded capability of the HP Storage Plug-in for SAP LVM to now support SAP LVM 2.1. Today I want to tell you more about how plug-ins streamline and accelerate backups and clones for increased data protection and productivity.



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