Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on Monday introduced significant feature enhancements, including its first compression feature, and a new long-awaited all-inclusive licensing model to its all-flash 3Par storage array.
That feature set, coming with the expected introduction this quarter of the new 3Par OS 3.3.1 release, includes a number of enhancements to 3Par's ability to decrease capacity requirements, strengthen protection of the data, and provide more automation, said Vish Mulchand, senior director of product management for HPE.
HPE's latest updates to the 3Par storage solutions prove a commitment to the platform that customers will appreciate, said Chris Case, president of Sequel Data Systems, an Austin, Tex.-based solution provider and long-time HPE channel partner.
"We're excited about the continual investments in 3Par," Case told CRN. "Customers get the confidence of knowing 3Par's direction is solid, unlike that of Dell EMC where they have to manage all those different storage lines."
One major change with the new HPE 3Par OS 3.3.1 release is the addition of all-inclusive licensing which significantly simplifies the purchasing process for partners and customers, Mulchand told CRN.
Going forward, the all-inclusive license will be available for all new 3Par purchases, he said. "Existing customers 3Par customers will be able to purchase a transition SKU to get all the software included with OS 3.3.1 as well," he said.
The all-inclusive licensing is a follow-up to December's introduction of 3Par Flash Now, which allows the 3Par all-flash storage solution to be purchased as an operating expensive rather than an up-front capital expense, Mulchand. 3Par Flash Now will also cover HPE 3Par OS 3.3.1 going forward, he said.
The simplified licensing for the 3Par may be the most significant of Monday's enhancements, Case said.
"No longer will we need to line-item all the licenses," he said. "This is great for customers going through the buying process."
Other vendors, including Nimble Storage, Tegile, Tintri, Pure Storage, and the Compellent line from Dell EMC already offer all-inclusive licensing, Case said.