HPE Beefs Up Flash In 3Par Storage For Performance, Lower Cost

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Monday unveiled new high-performance and lower-cost all-flash versions of its 3Par storage array line.

The company also unveiled new software capabilities for the HPE 3Par StoreServ storage line, as well as enhancements to its tape automation solutions, data protection appliance line and data protection software, said Patrick Osborne, senior director of product management and marketing for HPE storage.

We're helping our customers along the path to modernization of the all-flash data center," Osborne told CRN.

[Related: HDS Unveils Its First All-Flash Array Family, With Focus On Performance And Cost]

HPE, the enterprise half of the company known until Nov. 1 as Hewlett-Packard, used its first storage line refresh since the split to unveil the HPE 3Par Flash Acceleration for Oracle, a flash storage-based appliance targeting the acceleration of Oracle DB applications.

Osborne said the HPE 3Par Flash Acceleration for Oracle is targeted for deployment alongside competing storage solutions in Oracle environments including EMC VMAX.

"It's a 3Par all-flash array running in parallel with VMAX," he said. "It's a validated solution with Oracle that mirrors the database between 3Par and VMAX. Oracle ASM [Automatic Storage Management] looks at the data and finds the fastest path for reads and writes."

Also new is support for online import of data to 3Par from IBM XIV storage arrays, Osborne said. The HPE 3Par line previously supported direct data import from EMC VMAX and VNX solutions and from Hitachi Data Systems arrays, he said.

HPE also added new 3-D NAND flash technology as an option for 3Par as a way to meet lower price points for certain applications, he said.

The timing of the new 3Par capabilities combined with the lower price points promised by 3-D NAND SSDs is perfect for PCPC Direct, said Joe Vaught, executive vice president and COO for the Houston-based solution provider and longtime HP partner.

PCPC Direct is introducing customers to a new high-performance WAN technology that needs the performance offered by HPE 3Par storage, Vaught told CRN. "We can now move data at speeds that outrun everything," he said. "So the bottleneck is moving back from the network to storage."

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