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Why HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 is getting more attention than usual

By Ivan Iannaccone , HP 3PAR StoreServ Product Management

 

7450.jpgIn June at HP Discover, HP announced that we lowered the cost of all-flash array performance to less than $2 per usable gigabyte. This news has been very well received by customers and in the industry. Pure Storage followed up on this with a blog post that included a comparison table designed to demonstrate the perceived advantages of its array over the all-flash HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage system. We think this deserves a response.

 

We welcome the opportunity to talk more about how HP 3PAR architecture is flash-optimized and what that means, and agree with their assessment that the all-flash HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 is a competitive threat for Pure Storage. Now let’s take a closer look at some of the claims that Pure Storage is making and why we take issue with them.

Storage at the HP World Tour in Mannheim

HP World Tour.jpgOne of my stops on my 4-week European tour was Mannheim, Germany and the HP World Tour. One session was in English and the rest of them were in German.  While I worked in Germany for 6 months early in my HP Storage career - I introduced one of the industry's first disk arrays in Europe - my German isn't good enough to understand a session.  So I set up my video camera and did several interviews.  I wanted to share a couple of them with you today.  

 

The State of HP Storage in German

I had the chance to meet and spend some time with Guido Kersten.  Guido, like me, is a long-time HP employee.  He took over HP Storage as the country manager a couple of years ago and has had a huge part in turning things around.  We talked about the turn around and the state of HP Storage in Germany.  You'll note my new intro - the old one was driving the strip in Las Vegas; see if you know where this new intro is from.

 

There's another video so go to the full blog post to see that.

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Why you should consider the business value of HP StoreEver Tape Storage

By Simon Watkins, Worldwide Tape Product Marketing Manager, HP Storage

 

 So why does tape remain so popular for data protection in general and archive in particular? The answer lies in the on-going business value of the technology. Tape has made great technological strides over the last decade – from a performance, capacity, reliability and usability perspective. But while feeds and speeds are important, the executive boards of most companies care more about how technology can lower costs, reduce risk and improve productivity in their organisation. It is in this business context that tape continues to be viewed as important and relevant. Here’s what I mean.

 

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HP Discover wrap-up according to bloggers

With my romp through Europe, I'm a bit late giving my semi-annual blogger shout-out after Discover.  We bring these independent voices to HP Discover so that you can hear someone else's view of the event and our news.  This year, we had 24 independent bloggers who attended HP Discover. and between them they posted over 75 articles and 49 videos.  I haven't had time to read and watch all of them but I want to share with you some of the storage highlights from them.  So be prepared for a large collection of links!  For a few of these, I'll provide a bit of commentary so here we go:

Big trends discussion with Nth Generation CTO Dan Molina

California Adventure Day time.jpgAn annual event for me is the Nth Symposium - it's an event I really like to attend because my friends at Nth Generation in Southern California have a rich event with a lot of content - something as blogger I'm always looking for.  One thing that Nth has focused on over the years is education and it's reflected in Nth Symposium.

 

I first met Nth Generation CTO Dan Molina at HP Tech Forum (predecessor to HP Discover) in 2010.  Dan is a technologist at heart and whenever I talked to him, I learn something.  He was at HP Discover and one of the last things I did before leaving Las Vegas was this podcast with him. 

 

Here's a high-level summary of what we discussed:

 

  1. Big Data - is it real or still a buzzword?
  2. New IT reality
  3. The importance of security
  4. Cloud - clearly no longer a buzzword
  5. Overview of Nth Symposium in Anaheim
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