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Stop waste and boost capacity for mission-critical applications with HP 3PAR StoreServ


By Beth Joseph, Product Marketing Manager, HP 3PAR StoreServ 


Beth_Joseph_blog.jpgIn the digital age we’re living in, your business has to capture more data if you want to be competitive. For example, a few weeks ago I was talking with a customer in the lighting business. The company used to just ship products without having to know exactly where and how they were being deployed. Now as the industry transitions from florescent technology to LED, the company is being asked to develop smart lighting. So workers have to keep track of where that lighting product or fixture gets installed. They have to know where their clients are. They have to capture all that data.


Companies like this have seen their storage needs quadruple from terabytes to petabytes over the past two years. The problem is, the old storage systems customers have relied on aren’t efficient when it comes to capacity utilization. Because of the way these legacy systems work, you end up with stranded capacity that you can’t really use but are still paying to power and cool. And simply buying more of an inefficient asset isn’t going to address your storage needs.


4 keys to more efficient storage

When this lighting company switched to HP 3PAR StoreServ, it was able to:

  • Dramatically improve performance
  • Boost capacity utilization
  • Ensure it could meet future storage needs

Blog Image (300x200).jpgWhat’s the HP 3PAR StoreServ difference? This Enterprise Strategy Group white paper goes into detail and has some great insight on storage challenges from IT leaders in other industries. (Registration required.) But basically, it boils down to four key areas:                                                                                                       

  1. Simple, unified management across all HP 3PAR StoreServ platforms3PAR StoreServ is autonomic, which means it’s a solution that can self-configure, self-heal, self-optimize, and self-monitor.  For 3PAR StoreServ admins, this means that they spend less time managing storage and more time improving business performance.
  2. Support for multi-tenancy with a true active/active solution: Unlike the costly, traditional architecture of EMC’s storage platforms, each 3PAR StoreServ controller is connected to the other with a high-performance link, which creates a full active mesh. Hosts can access the data on any path from any of the controller nodes, providing a finely, massively, and automatically load-balanced cluster. This means that with 3PAR StoreServ, you can put multiple applications, multiple workloads, multiple users, and multiple groups all on the same solution without compromising performance.
  3. A next-gen architecture that enables efficiency with thin technologies: The HP 3PAR StoreServ Thin software lets you allocate only the physical resources that are actually needed, improving capacity efficiency compared to legacy systems.  We even guarantee that you will see a 50% improvement when moving to 3PAR StoreServ.
  4. Storage federation from the midrange to the enterprise including all-flash: Data mobility, enabled with storage federation, is a clear requirement in a modern data center.  With 3PAR StoreServ, you can move data transparently with our Peer Motion software to balance workloads and refresh hardware. You can also ensure data availability across the data center with our Peer Persistence software that enables automatic failover of applications and storage in a VMware environment.

I believe these industry-leading features help explain why Gartner* just rated HP 3PAR StoreServ product viability as “Excellent” in its Critical Capabilities for Midrange and High-End Storage Arrays research.


Meeting business challenges

Our lighting company customer is a midsize business with enterprise storage needs. IT staff told me that the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 enabled them to meet a number of challenges: Their customers began requiring product quickly, in five to ten days. In order to accommodate requests for much faster order turnaround, they needed to eliminate storage as a performance bottleneck. Because it builds products to order, the customer needed a high-performance storage platform to support its inventory and manufacturing systems.


Also, as the lighting industry evolves to support “smart” LED lighting and track product data at end user sites such as hospitals and schools, the customer is looking to manage vastly greater quantities of data in the coming months and years.


The company’s old storage system was too slow and couldn’t handle the increased demand. Using the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000, the company was able to process orders in a matter of days rather than months. The greater capacity utilization provided by the platform’s thin technology means the system is much more efficient and has the ability to scale to meet additional performance and capacity demands.


To find out how you can create your own success story, read this Enterprise Strategy Group white paper and discover how HP 3PAR StoreServ delivers a return on information, infrastructure, and individuals. Registration is required.


Learn more

Gartner Report: Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, Midrange Storage Arrays

Gartner Report: Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, High-End Storage Arrays


*Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


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