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HPE 3PAR Storage

Be fully informed with Storage Lifecycle Advantage!

  • Did you ever try to clean your garage and discover that you didn’t have enough room to begin because all the things you were ‘going to get to later’ but you never did?
  • Did you ever buy a ‘wonderful thing’, be it a car or media equipment, which turned out to require more work and cost to own than the value you derived from it?
  • Did you ever try a “Do It Yourself” project, only to require another trip to the home improvement store for a tool you don’t have and never needed before?

Data Center Storage is a lot like that. It gets too full, it takes too much work to keep clean and it’s complicated.

When something goes wrong, often, there aren’t obvious tools to help address your issues and nowhere you would expect them.

HPE 3PAR was designed with those issues in mind.

From the very outset, it was built as the flexible, stable, predictable storage that would get the very best performance to accept the latest media, keep itself balanced and trimmed. It would also make it utterly simple for users to know what was going on and why.

With the addition of HPE expertise and engineering, 3PAR now stands apart from other storage offerings.

It utilizes Gen 6 ASICs to do the RAID math, tiering with the standard Intel processors to move the data giving a predictable performance which is not bottlenecked in a mixed data environment. It delivers the fastest possible response and performance from the entire array.

Multi-tenant 3PAR io processing

Mesh-active controllers share access to storage and cache so that the loss of a single controller does not degrade data security or integrity with minimal loss of performance.

Mesh-active controllers

Adaptive Flash Cache allows 3PAR to use a slice of as few as 4 SSD drives to reduce application response time for read-intensive I/O workloads and improve write throughput in mixed workload environments. AFC leverages a portion of SSD capacity, lowers latency by up to 70%. It shares SSD with Adaptive Optimization & Thinly Deduped Volumes (no dedicated Flash) and is complementary to Adaptive optimization giving faster response times for read bursts of cold AO data.

3PAR SSD Flash Drive

Converged Block, File, and Object Access options allow the same controllers to do more work (there’s plenty of headroom left for this in 3PAR’s design) without more appliances or different boxes and tools to manage.

Converged Block HPE 3PAR

Online Import, included in the base operating system for up to one year, allows lifecycle data migration from 3PAR or EVA; EMC CX, VNX & VMAX; and HDS USP & VSP arrays.

HPE 3PAR lifecycle data migration

With 3PAR Federation, up to 4 separate 3PAR arrays can behave (and be managed) as a single storage entity, so that loads that require performance can be moved to the fastest array and loads that need retention can be moved to the least expensive storage.

With optimization tools, part or all of an LUN can be moved within an array, between high-performing and low-cost storage, on schedule or on-demand, maintaining priorities of response time or bandwidth as defined by the user.

HPE 3Par Dynamic optimization

Anybody can build a two-controller machine that does fast, efficient storage. Does it have enterprise features that include remote replication, application awareness, reliability or data security? Is it built to stay fast through the lifecycle of the product? Does is have a simple, intuitive management tools AND a full, rich CLI? 3PAR comes with all of this capability, often at a cost lower than “screaming fast all-flash” arrays.

Given the architecture behind 3PAR, whatever comes along next, will work in and with a 3PAR environment, without forklifts, or “another pair of boxes”. Just plug it in and go.

Even the newest competitive storage offerings still draw on a design dating back 30 years: Two controllers, with industry-standard processors for everything, storage stranded behind each controller. Want more functions? Add more pairs of controllers or different controllers, managed different ways.

Does this sound like reduced complexity or cost of operations? I think it does.

How 3PAR Addresses The Biggest Part of IT’s Spend [HP]


Since HP won the $2.3B battle over 3PAR, they have brought the enterprise-class features of 3PAR storage into a mid-range solution offering. This pre-configured, converged storage platform combines HP 3PAR software with HP EVA storage arrays and HP BladeSystem ProLiant server hardware.

SearchStorage.com recently published their 2013 purchasing intentions survey, and concluded that:

  • The largest chunk of IT budget goes to storage systems
  • 60% of companies say they are using more storage because of virtualization
  • 25% say cloud storage services will play a major role in their future strategy

Because the largest chunk of an IT budget is spent on storage, I asked Softchoice Solutions Architect Adam Wolfson to give us his opinion on why HP 3PAR storage may be right for you.

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3PAR vs. EVA: Which Storage Solution Offers More Value? [HP]

3PAR vs. EVA: Which Storage Solution Offers More Value?

When HP completed the acquisition of 3PAR in September, 2010 for $2.35 billion, it was unclear what HP would do with 3PAR’s product line. HP already had a competing product in their EVA!

3PAR was the first to bring storage virtualization to the market and were a leader in thin provisioning. Many speculated that HP would have to end their EVA product line as both EVA and 3PAR were mid-to-high range products with overlapping features.

Instead of ending the HP EVA product line or ending 3PAR’s products (and just taking their intellectual property), HP continues to support and sell both 3PAR and EVA product lines to mid and high range enterprise customers.

Confused? Enterprises are still trying to figure out how these two similar products compare, and how to decide which solution will drive the best outcomes. Let’s quickly compare 3 points: terminology, architecture, capabilities and I’ll give you my recommendations.

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