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HPE and Nimble Storage News Ahead of Discover



Discover in Las Vegas starts in just over a week. Ahead of Discover, I have storage news to share with you. There’s so HPE Storage Annc_Big News1_blog.jpgmuch to talk about at Discover that HPE decided to push out our storage news now.  In this post – as is always the case when there’s a lot to talk about – I’ll just cover the news at a high level and over the next few days, we’ll dive deeper into everything. (Be sure and catch the links to all my new ChalkTalks and videos related to this announcement - right at the end of this post.)

Today's news is centered on updates to the flash portfolio and data protection solutions to help customers as you continue your journey toward the all-flash data center.

I did a video which is basically this blog post with some slides mixed in, so either read on or watch this video blog. 

 The announcement includes:

  • A more powerful 3PAR all-flash array, the 3PAR StoreServ 9450 all-flash and updates to the 3PAR 20000 Series
  • Availability of Nimble Storage primary and new secondary flash arrays via HPE and HPE channel partners
  • New fifth generation of the HPE MSA Storage with the MSA 2050 and MSA 2052
  • High-speed, cloud-connected StoreOnce CloudBank

So let me address each of these briefly.

Updates to the 3PAR family

I’m excited to have the 3PAR StoreServ 9450 all-flash added to the 3PAR storage family. It is redefining midrange expectations with greater performance and scale. Here's what the 9450 delivers:

  • You get the most out of your apps and data with a major horsepower boost, with a 70% increase in performance in the midrange with up to 1.8 Million IOPS at under 1 ms latency.
  • The 9450 has 2x the capacity with 6PB raw (18PB usable) and 3x the connectivity for the midrange.

The 20000 Series is also getting an update. New controller nodes increase performance by 15% over current 20000 and increased rack density with 288 SSDs per rack, 100% more than current 20000.

And this is the same 3PAR family that is #1 in Gartner Critical Capabilities and the SPC price performance leader. And the entire current 3PAR 8000, 9000 and 20000 are Storage Class Memory and NVMe Ready.  Check out my new 3PAR family ChalkTalk. And read Matt's blog for more on The Storage Industry’s First “Triple-Double” – HPE 3PAR StoreServ 9450.

Nimble Storage via HPE and HPE Partners

I’ve spent a lot of time since we closed the Nimble acquisition getting to know the products and employees at Nimble.  I couldn’t be more excited. Nimble storage flash arrays are cloud-ready and powered by predictive analytics called InfoSight.  And we have moved very quickly to make several Nimble Flash Arrays available through HPE and HPE partners. The AF1000 All-Flash Array and the CS1000 and CS1000H Adaptive Flash Array along with the Secondary Flash Arrays that I talked about last week are available from HPE. I’ll have a blog post tomorrow with a ChalkTalk to introduce you to Nimble Storage.

Fifth generation of the MSA

Over its history, we’ve shipped more than 500,000 MSA arrays. And it has been the leading entry Fibre Channel Array for 8 consecutive years. For those of you that thought the MSA was going away, have I got a surprise for you. How about double the performance for the same cost as the current MSA?

The MSA 2052 is a hybrid flash array while the MSA 2050 is hybrid ready.  The difference here is some bundling. They use the same controller but the MSA 2052 comes with 2 800GB SSDs and Advanced Data Services licensing plus 512 snapshots and remote snaps. The MSA 2050 does not come bundled with SSDs but does include the Advanced Data Services except for performance tiering.  It also does not include the 512 snapshots or remote snaps but you can add any of that in the future for a nominal cost.

The fifth-generation MSA controllers have faster processors, more memory and more performance.  The result is that the maximum random IOPS is now 2x more than what it was with the MSA 2040. Check out my ChalkTalk for more. This blog also tells more of the MSA story: Driving Simplicity and Performance with a New Generation of HPE MSA Storage.

StoreOnce CloudBank

StoreOnce CloudBank elevates protection and retention to a new tier using low-cost object storage.  Here’s a summary:

  • Lower the cost of long term protection with AWS, Azure or on-premises object storage.
  • Optimize bandwidth usage via federated deduplication while object interface enables multi-cloud support.
  • Instantly cloud-enable your backup ISV including flash-optimized protection for 3PAR. Support backup ISVs like Veritas NBU, Data Protector, etc. along with RMC apps for flash-optimized protection.
  • Enable more flexibility and control from disaster recovery to long-term retention.
  • Use existing policies, support multi-cloud destinations and restore CloudBank stores to any on- or off-prem store.

To learn more, read Ashwin's deeper-dive blog: HPE StoreOnce CloudBank: A Data Protection Solution You Can Bank On

And still more...

Last week at VeeamON, I slipped some of the news out early since it was related to Veeam integration. Check out the blog I did talking about integration we now have with Recovery Manager Central and Veeam Explorer. It allows granular recovery of Exchange, Active Directory, SQL and Oracle. That post had a demo I did and it explains it all.

And lastly at VeeamON, we announced the Nimble Storage Secondary Flash Array or SFA. The SFA enables you to put your backup data to work. It effectively combines flash performance with built-in in-line deduplication and compression to get the most out of your capacity. The SFA is designed for customers who want to be able to run real workloads on their secondary storage. I have a ChalkTalk that talks about it, so check that out.

As I said, we’ll cover each of these announcements that I didn’t cover at VeeamON over the next few days so be sure to check back on ATSB to get all the details. Here's a link to help you stay ahead of all the news using the "Storage News" label

Can't wait to dig deeper on these topics?

Here are all of the ChalkTalks and videos I have that you can check out now to learn more:

About the Author

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I'm Calvin Zito, a 34 year veteran in the IT industry and have worked in storage for over 25 years. I am a seven-time VMware vExpert. As an early adopter of social media and active in communities, I've blogged for 9 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.

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