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HPE Accelerates Path To The All-Flash Data Center

by Adam Armstrong

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced it would help the acceleration to the all-flash data center with 3PAR StoreServ Storage solutions. Along with the new 3PAR StoreServ Storage solutions, HPE is also refreshing its HPE StoreOnce and HPE StoreEver product lines. These refreshes are aimed at keeping protection and retention up to pace with application demands.


Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced it would help the acceleration to the all-flash data center with 3PAR StoreServ Storage solutions. Along with the new 3PAR StoreServ Storage solutions, HPE is also refreshing its HPE StoreOnce and HPE StoreEver product lines. These refreshes are aimed at keeping protection and retention up to pace with application demands.

Almost all businesses need their data to move faster, which in turn is driving the adoption of more and more flash, including all-flash arrays and data centers. Not only does switching to flash give companies faster speeds, they can also see up to an 85% reduction in data center footprint. HPE’s recently updated 3PAR StoreServ flash portfolio delivers enterprise-class data services, including snapshots, clones, encryption, replication, and quality of service as well as providing industry leading scale, record-setting performance, and affordability starting at $19K. HPE states that its announcements today can help legacy storage users quickly and safely migrate to all-flash data centers. With the world record performance score, customers can be assured that they can move to an all-flash data center while maintaining performance and enterprise-class resiliency.

The new 3PAR StoreServ products include:

  • 3PAR Flash Acceleration for Oracle – An HPE-supported, third-party validated solution that boosts database performance up to 75% while enabling legacy systems like EMC VMAX to remain in place for half the cost of upgrading those systems
  • 3PAR Online Import software – A free, 12-month license for customers looking to move off HDD-bound legacy storage via simple, five-step migration from EMC, HDS, and now IBM XIV storage
  • Support for 3D NAND drives – Support for this new SSD technology enables customers to accelerate application performance with a low incremental investment

StoreServ Storage support both file and block storage as well as a secondary HDD tier of storage. This support makes up the new 3PAR StoreServ 8200 Converged File and Block Starter Kit, which enables consolidation onto a single unified system. HPE states that its new system will cost 26% less than its competitors’ systems. HPE is also releasing several reference architectures for 3PAR StoreServ Storage that will help customers deploy the new unified systems. These new reference architectures address VDI and Sharepoint environments as well as HPE Software solutions for information management, including HPE Data Protector. Data Protector offers customers additional storage options for efficient long-term data retention, higher storage efficiency with federated catalyst support, and advanced virtual machine recovery options, and rapid single recovery.

HPE announced innovations to long-term tape storage today as well. HPE has refreshed its StoreEver LTO-7 media, drives and automated libraries with twice the capacity and performance of the previous generation and with 100x improvement in reliability. HPE claims that users of 3PAR StoreServ flash arrays can use these new tape offerings like “tape as NAS.” In other words, this new tape media will be used as bulk archive but will be able to be accessed as though it was on disk.

And finally, HPE is releasing a new lineup of entry and mid-range HPE StoreOnce Systems. HPE claims these new systems will have up to 2.7 times more performance and twice the density of their competitors all while being priced under $0.05 per usable GB of logical capacity. The new systems will also improve performance, reduce network bandwidth, and eliminate dedicated backup management through support of native integration with Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Veeam, and Veritas applications.

The new StoreOnce models also include application-integrated snapshot offload capabilities from 3PAR StoreServ via StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central (RMC) software. RMC software is integrated with VMware and enables the rapid creation and movement of Microsoft SQL snapshots directly from the 3PAR StoreServ array to any StoreOnce backup target via unique HPE Express Protect technology. That means users can lower risks by moving data to a secondary storage tier, eliminate licenses for dedicated ISV backup software thus reducing costs, and accelerate backup and recovery.

Availability and pricing

  • 3D NAND SSDs are available worldwide on December 17, 2015, with a US street price starting from $2,075 per drive and capacity points starting at 400 GB.
  • The 3PAR StoreServ 8200 Converged File and Block Starter Kit with 8 10K 600-GB SAS drives, 12 2-TB 7.2K SAS drives, OS Suite, Replication Suite, 3 years of  24×7 Proactive Care Support, and a 16-TB File Persona license is available worldwide on December 7, 2015 for a US street price of $36,201.
  • StoreEver LTO-7 tape media, tape drives, and tape automation products are available worldwide on December 1, 2015, with a US street price starting at $4,831 for an internal tape drive.
  • The HPE StoreOnce 3100 with 8TB of raw backup capacity is available worldwide on December 14, 2015, with a US street price starting at $5,931.25.
  • The StoreOnce 3520 starts at 12TB raw with a US street price starting at $8,128.55.
  • The StoreOnce 3540 starts with 24TB raw with a US street price starting at $10,950.
  • The StoreOnce 5100 starts with 48TB raw with a US street price starting at $25,056.
  • Version 2.0 of StoreOnce RMC software, which allows native data movement from 3PAR to StoreOnce backup for data protection, is available worldwide on January 15, 2016, with a US street price starting from $540.

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