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New from HP is the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200, the company's new entry-level midrange storage array. This 2U array comes with two storage nodes and a 24-GB cache, and it can be configured with up to 144 hard drives and 120 SSDs.
It is joined on HP's product line card by the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400, which can be configured with two or four controller nodes, 32 GB or 64 GB of cache, and up to 480 hard drives and 240 SSDs.
HP also unveiled new HP 3PAR StoreServ file services to go with its new hardware, including primary deduplication with autonomic capacity reclamation, policy-based tiering at both the block level and the file level, increased performance in mixed block and file workloads, encryption at rest and in-flight, and eight-way clustered services either locally or over distance.
Both include advanced high-availability software that allows customers to provide a quality of service guarantees either on an application or per-tenant basis, HP's Nunes said.
They are also both available in all-SSD configurations, he said.
With the introduction of the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 at a $25,000 starting price, HP's 3PAR storage is now priced starting about the same as its older EVA line.
The EVA, which was first introduced in 2001, will still be available on HP's line card, but new orders will likely be focused on the new 3PAR arrays, Nunes said.
"We have no end-of-life plans for the EVA through 2013," he said. "We still have engineers on the platform, and we have new software coming. But, we want partners to tell EVA customers about 3PAR. We have software called Online Import for easy, risk-free migration of EVA data to 3PAR."
Johnston at IT Partners said HP had done a good job of making it easy to migrate customers from EVA to 3PAR. "HP has some really slick software technology to automate the migrating of data from EVA to 3PAR," he said. "It's not completely seamless. But, it's not a big data migration project."