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New P9500 Disk Array Flash Module


Headshot 100X100.jpgBy Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy  vexpert 2012 logo.gif

So much news came from HP Storage at HP Discover that one thing that was new but not included in all the announcements we did is a new Flash Module for the P9500 (formerly known as the XP Disk Array).  In fact, I didn't even know about this until one of our bloggers told me he saw it in the booth.  So I went to check it out and get a quick overview from our product manager Karen van Warmerdam.  Here's a short video I did with Karen.

 Here's what the P9000/XP Disk Array QuickSpec says about the Flash Module: 

The XP P9500 supports Flash Modules, which provide solid-state non-volatile high-performance data capacity. Flash Module capacity can be configured for use in the array in the same way as any other HDD or SSD. The number of Flash Modules that can be installed in a XP P9500 is flexible. Flash Modules must be added in groups of four. Additional capacity can be installed over time as capacity needs grow. Spare Flash Modules are automatically used in the event of a Flash Module failure.

Up to two 48 slot Flash Module Chassis may be configured to each DKC, and each Flash Module Chassis takes the place of one 128 slot Drive Chassis. Flash Module Chassis use the industry standard dual ported 6 Gbps SAS interface. Each Flash Module Chassis is connected to both blades of the redundant DKA pair by separate connections.

Here are a couple of things that will help you to learn more:

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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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