HPE: Increased 3Par SSD Capacity, Improved Software Help Push All-Flash Data Center Concept

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Tuesday unveiled enhancements to its 3Par flagship storage solution to significantly increase its all-flash capacity and make it better able to scale more workloads in cloud and virtualized IT environments.

The HPE 3Par StoreServ enhancements, unveiled during the company's Discover 2016 conference held this week in Las Vegas, are part of HPE's move to help customers build all-flash data centers, said Brad Parks, director of go-to-market strategy and enablement for HPE storage.

"We've been working on the mainstreaming of the all-flash data center for two years," Parks told CRN. "Now we're bringing in more workload support and density to make this happen. It means more apps in less space."

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The 3Par enhancements are making the platform even more relevant to modern data centers, said Dan Molina, chief technology officer at Nth Generation Computing, a San Diego-based solution provider and longtime HPE channel partner.

"Customers have many workload requirements, and it can be hard to find the right storage platform for all of them," Molina told CRN. "3Par is the right platform. With these additions, 3Par is even more useful in the data center."

HPE has been doing well with its 3Par storage business lately. The company was the only one of the top six storage vendors to see its revenue increase in the first quarter of 2016 compared with the first quarter of 2015, according to research firm IDC. HPE is also the storage industry's fourth-largest seller of all-flash storage, increasing its sales by 68 percent year over year, IDC said.

The biggest 3Par enhancement is the adoption of new 7.68-TB and 15.36-TB SSDs, said Vish Mulchand, senior director of product management and marketing for HPE storage.

With the new SSDs, a single system supports up to 24 petabytes of usable SSD capacity. Customers can mix and match various capacities of SSDs to protect their investment, Mulchand told CRN.

Nth Generation Computing's Molina said the increased storage density of the 3Par all-flash storage platform will accelerate the adoption of the all-flash data center.

"Customers have been moving to hybrid disk and flash environments," he said. "But now with the ability to work with higher-density SSDs along with lower-density but higher-performance SSDs, this move will accelerate."

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