HP Intros Flash-Optimized 3PAR Array, Virtual Dedupe Appliance


Topping HP's Tuesday storage news is the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450, HP's first all-flash storage array optimized specifically for flash technology.

This is not the first time HP has offered a 3PAR all-flash array. The company last August released an all-SSD option for its 3PAR P10000 storage array. However, unlike that model, the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 is optimized for flash technology from the ground-up.

HP's Donatelli said the flash storage market today has no one solution that combines the performance, efficiency, and endurance required of flash technology with a rich management software layer.

While established storage vendors have the software capabilities, their flash storage offerings have been the result of acquisitions, he said. Startups, on the other hand, have the performance but have not yet developed a software stack.

"You leave customers with a choice: Take a slow device with software or a fast device without the software functionality," he said.

David Scott, senior vice president and general manager for HP storage, said that with its 3PAR line, HP's approach has been to offer a common architecture from the top of the line down to its entry-level 3PAR 7000 series, which were released in December.

"The 7000 series ... combined has been the fastest-growing storage product in HP history," Scott said."

The new HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 fits into that common architecture, Scott said.

However, it was designed specifically with flash optimization in mind, featuring a new hardware-accelerated controller along with technology to optimize the latency, flushing and caching of the flash media to provide over 550,000 IOs per second with under 0.7-millisecond response time, he said.

The 7450 also includes hardware-accelerated thin provisioning and deduplication to cut capacity by up to 50 percent without impacting performance, and it features a quad-controller architecture for disaster recovery and resiliency purposes, he said.

Inside the 7450 is support for data-at-rest encryption, snapshots and rapid recovery in Microsoft Hyper-V environments, as well as support for the OpenStack Cinder block storage protocol, which Scott said lets it be integrated into HP and other cloud solutions.

HP also enhanced its HP 3PAR StoreServ family with updates to its software including the addition of an active-active stretch cluster option and a 16-Gbit Fibre Channel version of its StoreFabric SAN infrastructure software.

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