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HPE StoreVirtual 3200 Gets Scale-Out



Back in August, I had a post announcing new entry storage - the MSA 2042 and the StoreVirtual 3200.  Today we are
SV 3200_Fotor.jpgannouncing enhancements to the 3200 that I want to tell you about. I have a lot to talk about. I tried to squeeze everything into my latest ChalkTalk but there's a bit more I want to share after you watch the ChalkTalk. Here are the highlights of the enhancements:

  • Multi-dimensional scaling: scale-up, new scale-out, and scale-across
  • StoreVirtual 3000 File Controller for file based access
  • 10BaseT iSCSI host connection that can dramatically lower cost

Here's the ChalkTalk:

Get Your ARM Around This

When we first announced the StoreVirtual 3200, I didn't talk about that it was based on a 64-bit multi-core ARM processor.  I'm not aware of any other storage array that is using ARM processors today.  When you're deploying VMs and running StoreVirtual VSA on a ProLiant (or any other) server, you want the power of an Intel processor. With the StoreVirtual 3200, it makes a lot of sense to use controllers with ARM processors because without VMs running on the same controllers, there's no point in burning all that cost and power. So you get the right computing power and lower power/cooling costs benefits of the ARM processor. 

The starting U.S. street price for the StoreVirtual 3200 is about $6000. 

Scale-Up, Scale-Out, Scale-Across

Depending on your requirements, you have lots of ways to scale with the 3200.  It has had the ability to scale-up from the beginning. This means you start with a dual controller array and continue to add capacity.  In additional to the array enclosure, the 3200 supports up to three additional disk enclosures for a maximum of 100 Small Form Factor (SFF) or 48 Large Form Factor (LFF) Drives.  

With scale-out, you can create a single SAN from two 3200 systems.  Not only can you scale the capacity, but you can increase performance because you're getting the power of four controllers to process IOs. Today we limit scale-out to two StoreVirtual 3200 systems - we'll see if that changes in the future.

There's also an availability benefit with scale-out and Network RAID 10 (NR10).  I show this in the ChalkTalk but there's another video that explains the concept of Network RAID that I recommend you watch.  Using NR10 stripes and mirrors your data across the two 3200 systems so even if you lose access to one of the 3200 arrays you still have 100% access to your data.  And this isn't the same as replication to a second array because there isn't a primary or secondary volume. It's easy and it works!

And lastly, there's scale-across. With StoreVirtual Peer Motion, you federate multiple clusters to easily migrate workloads to other StoreVirtual 3200 systems automatically and without downtime. These three scaling options - scale-up, scale-out, and scale-across - give you flexibility to tailor performance and resiliency to your business needs including multi-site stretch cluster to protect from a system or site outage. 

New File Controller Option

The ChalkTalk briefly mentions the new StoreVirtual 3000 File Controller.  It expands the capabilities of the StoreVirtual 3200 to serve both block (unstructured) and file (structured) data from the same capacity pool.  The StoreVirtual 3000 File Controller is based on Windows Storage Server 2016 and includes advanced data services like sub-file deduplication and compressing to save capacity. it can support up to 2000 concurrent connections. The StoreVirtual 3000 File Controller has a U.S. street price starting at about $3000. 

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About the Author

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I'm Calvin Zito, a 33 year veteran in the IT industry and have worked in storage for 25 years. I am a six-time VMware vExpert. As an early adopter of social media and active in communities, I've blogged for 8 years. You can find me on Twitter as @CalvinZito. If you don't follow me on Twitter, do it now! You can also contact me via email


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I have worked at HP and now HPE since 1983, all of it around storage but 100% focused on storage since 1990. I blog, create videos, and podcasts to help you better understand HPE Storage.



we want to use the sv3200 with network raid 10 with 2 sv3200. i heard that this is not stable at the moment. do you have any thoughts about this?

i think the storevirtual 4000 series is end of life. so will the sv3200 the future?


kind regards,





 I went to the StoreVirtual team and asked them to respond to your comment. Here's what they said:

The StoreVirtual 3200 does support NR10 on iSCSI systems in Scale-out mode with similar multi-site and Fail-Over Manager (FOM) capability to what the SV4000 had.  The SV3200 is limited to 2 arrays (4 node/controllers).  The SV3200 has gone through a number of major release and just recently push out two patches.  Make sure both systems are on the very latest FW/Patch set when you get ready to go to multi-site.  SVOS 135 with latest patches are very stable. There have been problem with earlier versions and getting to the multi-site capability.

The SV4000 EOL-Advisory did come out back in June.  Customers should be advised that orders are still being taken but availability will become limited in August/September due to Gen8 Server availability.  The SV3200 platform was designed to fit into the low-end <$10k SAN market.  With the purchase of Nimble Storage, there is now a clear mid-range iSCSI play to augment the 3PAR platforms. 

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