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HPE 3PAR StoreServ All-Flash Storage Array: Get Thinner and Faster


Blog by Megha Shukla, HPE 3PAR Product Marketing, HPE Storage

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3. . . 4 with HPE 3PAR Data Compaction Technologies and HPE 16Gb Fiber Channel adapters.

New Year resolutions have a shelf life of perhaps a few weeks or months, cast aside and forgotten by the end of January. Not this year however, if you’re a storage professional. It’s not too late to make your New Year resolution to not onget_fast_shutterstock_276352556_Blog.jpgly make your storage infrastructure thinner but also make it blazing fast. So get ready!

The flash storage drift

A growing mountain of evidence amply demonstrates the benefits of transitioning from a legacy storage architecture to all-flash arrays (AFA). Improved SLAs, higher OLTP transaction performance, faster time to data warehousing insights are just some of the improved business outcomes with AFAs. You might think that AFAs are like the shiny sports sedan you desired, but, based on their higher acquisition cost, forced you to settle for the traditional, enterprise class Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) pickup truck instead. These HDD workhorse arrays, while challenged on IOPS and latency performance, have reliably delivered high capacity storage at a competitive $/GB price point. The cost of transitioning existing high capacity HDD storage to an AFA was deemed prohibitive for anything other than specialized workloads.

This has left you with a conundrum – a desire to deploy AFAs at scale, but held back by the perceived lower costs of legacy HDD infrastructure.

An option to “Get Thinner”

Thin Technologies have been at the core of the 3PAR architecture since day 1 – starting with Thin Provisioning that back in 2010, we were so confident that HPE 3PAR Thin Provisioning would offer improved storage efficiencies over legacy storage that we guaranteed it.

For you, this guarantee ensured that we delivered the capacity savings as promised, when migrating to HPE 3PAR StoreServ. Fast forward to 2016 and the evolution from HDD to SSD. Customers who are adopting flash today still have expectations – maybe even higher expectations – that they’ll get the best possible efficiency with their new flash storage purchase.  Enter the new HPE 3PAR Get Thinner Guarantee.  We are still so sure that customers who migrate from legacy storage to 3PAR StoreServ All-Flash will see significant capacity savings that we are still willing to guarantee it!

Backed up by HPE 3PAR Data Compaction technologies, including Thin Deduplication, with HPE 3PAR Get Thinner Guarantee, HPE offers 75% capacity reduction* when the written data stored on the legacy storage system is migrated to HPE 3PAR StoreServ AFA or HPE will provide up to 30 TiB of additional raw capacity along with related software and associated support.

How do we do it?

Behind this guarantee is a suite of HPE 3PAR Data Compaction Technologies that reduce flash capacity requirements, and the associated CAPEX investment by mitigating overprovisioning all while maintaining performance.  These HPE 3PAR software components include:

  • Thin Provisioning software which leverages the StoreServ platform’s silicon based fat-to-thin processing to rapidly and non-disruptively “thin” traditional volumes on your legacy storage.
  • Thin Deduplication software which is ASIC-assisted, takes place inline, increases capacity efficiency, protects system performance and extends flash media life span.
  • Thin Clone software, an extension of Thin Deduplication software for server virtualization environments, providing server host-initiated deduplication that produces non-duplicative (i.e. thin versions) Virtual Machine clones for Microsoft® Hyper-V and VMware ESXi.


A reason to buy

In offering this guarantee, our basic aim is  to ensure that you can see for yourself the capacity savings you could realize if you migrate to HPE 3PAR StoreServ All-Flash. Ask your HPE Sales Representative or Partner for an assessment of your legacy storage.

As easy as 1, 2 and 3!


Now that we are thinner, let’s get faster

A powerful HPE ProLiant Gen9 multi-core host server running virtualized workloads and connected to blazing fast AFA is a recipe for a potential storage I/O and networking bottleneck, compromising your investments in high-performance server and storage array infrastructure. Mixed application traffic will put different demands on the Fiber Channel HBA and switch – low latency for OLTP workloads, high IOPS for VDI as examples. Bare metal servers face similar I/O challenges when connected to an AFA.

This brings us to step 4

HPE Gen 5 16Gb Fiber Channel adapters from Emulex – The latest generation of high-performance Fiber Channel I/O technology ensures optimum utilization of HPE 3PAR StoreServ AFA storage with up to 1.2 million IOPS, high-bandwidth, low-latency storage I/O performance – ensuring optimum performance 2utilization from the HPE 3PAR StoreServ AFA.

Ask us for your Get Thinner Assessment

There’s a lot more to know about HPE 3PAR Data Compaction Technologies. Check out any of the resources below to learn more.  But in the meantime, talk to your HPE sales representative or partner representative about a free storage assessement to see how much capacity you can save my moving to HPE 3PAR StoreServ All-Flash. 

It’s never to late to make a resolution to get thinner and faster in 2016.

Here's a ChalkTalk that summarizes the Get Thinner Guarantee Program.


Read more on the topic

Reduce your storage capacity requirements by 75 percent - Brochure

Free storage efficiency assessment from HPE – Solution Brief

HPE 3PAR Thin Deduplication – Brochure

HPE 3PAR Thin Technologies – Technical White paper

HPE 3PAR Thin Deduplication : A Competitive Comparision | Edison White paper

HPE StoreFabric SN1100E 16Gb Dual Port Fiber Channel Host Bus Adapter

Right size your HPE BladeSystem network for workloads - Blog

All Flash HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage System and Generation 5 (Gen 5) 16 Gb/s Fiber Channel

*Per Terms and Conditions of the HPE 3PAR Get Thinner Guarantee. Contact your HPE sales or partner representative for more details.


Around the Storage Block blogger Megha Shukla, HPE 3PAR Product Marketing, HPE Storage.





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