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Meet datacenter efficiency goals: HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200/7400 Storage now ENERGY STAR certified

By Aravindan Gopalakrishnan, Product Manager, HP 3PAR

 

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Efficiency is ingrained in the DNA of the HP 3PAR StoreServ architecture. That’s why I am excited to share the news that configurations of the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 and 7400 Storage systems are now ENERGY STAR certified. With capabilities such as hardware assisted thin technologies – including deduplication, reservation-less thin and snapshots – fine-grained write allocation of 16KB and system-wide sparing HP 3PAR StoreServ systems are designed to be economical and efficient in their use of storage media. Being energy efficient is a natural extension of this design philosophy. The ENERGY STAR certification for the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 and 7400 Storage is a proof point for that.

 

Intelligent Provisioning of StoreVirtual VSA with ProLiant Gen9 Servers

Earlier today, Kate Davis shared some news with you in her post, HP offers free software-defined storage with all Intel server puchases.  In summary, HP is providing a 1TB StoreVirtual VSA license for free with the purchase of Intel Xeon processor E5 v3-based servers, including servers from Dell, IBM, Lenovo and others. 

 

Further, with HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers, we are announcing Intelligent Provisioning - the VSA is integrated into Gen9 Intelligent Provisioning wizard making it really easy to deploy HP StoreVirtual VSA. I was given access to a Gen9 server and I have a short demo showing the Gen9 Intelligent Provisioning. 

 

 

 

StoreVirtual VSA software taps used storage and compute capacity to create a shared pool of storage for environments like VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Linux KVM.

HP offers free software-defined storage with all Intel server purchases

By Kate Davis, @KateAtHP, WW Marketing Manager, HP Software-Defined Storage

 

Software_defined_storage_RGB_blue_NT.pngThere’s a change happening in data centers and IT rooms across the globe: servers are now housing more applications along with storage and networking functionality. This change wouldn’t be happening without the enhanced capabilities of today’s servers. Servers are the heart of any data center and with the latest Intel Xeon technology they are more powerful, capable of handling just about anything you throw at them, especially software-defined storage. And today, I have two new items to announce.

 

 

5 advantages HP StoreOnce Backup brings to cloud service providers

By Srikanth Venkata Seshu, Worldwide Solutions Marketing Manager, BURA, HP Storage

 

ManButton.jpegIn my last post, I talked about what every cloud service provider needs to know about BaaS. I showed how BaaS offerings can be structured and some of the key considerations for cloud service providers looking to add BaaS to their portfolios.

 

Now I’m going to continue where I left off by talking about HP’s Cloud Backup Service Ready Solution, based on HP StoreOnce Backup.

When good enough isn't good enough: all-flash architecture matters

It has been an eventful week in the storage industry with lots of all-flash array (AFA) news - and it hasn't been good for several big vendors.  Over the last couple of years as I've been working with our HP 3PAR team to get my head around AFA, the thing I've heard repeatedly and consistently is that architecture matters. 

 

So I want to do a couple of things in our 3PAR Thursday blog post today - share some of that news that makes it clear that architecture does matter and I have a video from our lead HP 3PAR Software Product Manager Ivan Iannaccone talking about why flash architecture matters with lead analyst from Storage Switzerland George Crump.

 

First, the news

It really is hard to believe some of the news.  First, Cisco announced that they stopped Invicta shipments due to a "scalability issue". Invicta is their all-flash acquisition of Whiptail.  And just yesterday, NetApp announced that they'll start shipping their long awaited AFA, FlashRay, with a single controller.  Chris Mellor from the Register said it best, "It's not ready for prime time, strangely". It's designed from the ground up but is being released with limited scale and one controller.  Architecture matters!

 

Then earlier this week, news broke in a blog by Andrew Dauncey that EMC XtremIO upgrades from 2.4 to 3.0 would be a distruptive software upgrade.  Basically, customers will have to backup their data, the array will be wiped during the upgrade and you'll need to rebuild your array. Wow!  The question customers should be asking EMC is why would you design a product for mission-critical applications that can't support non-disruptive upgrades (NDU). 

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