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HPE Primera: architecture for SCM, NVMe, and SSDs


Today I have my first HPE Primera focused podcast, the first of many I'm sure. I tried to catch up with Phill Gilbert at HPE Discover to do this but we were both so busy we didn't have time. But I did grab Phill after we got back and had our HPE Primera architecture.jpgvoices in top form to do this podcast. 

Phill and I discussed the HPE Primera architecture and specifically how the new architecture and OS will use Storage Class Memory (SCM), the NVMe protocol, and SSDs—whether NVMe or SAS. 

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Here's what we discussed in the podcast:

  • 00:00 - 01:00: Introductions
  • 01:00 - 02:45: What does active/active and "massive-parallelized" architecture mean?
  • 02:45 - 03:45: How Primera uses its ASICs (super-highway and RDMA).
  • 03:45 - 05:00: How will Primera use NVMe?
  • 05:00 - 06:45: How will Primera use Storage Class Memory (SCM) and compare it to 3PAR?
  • 06:45 - 07:50: How will intelligence in Primera optimize using SCM?
  • 07:50 - 09:40 : How will Primera use SSDs looking at NVMe and SAS-based SSDs?
  • 09:40 - 11:45: Other array vendors are using NVMe. What are considerations customers should look at when consider different architectures?
  • 11:45 - 12:45: Wrap-up

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About HPE Storage Guy (aka The Storage Godfather)

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I'm Calvin Zito and November 16, 2018 marks 35 years with HP/HPE. I've worked in HPE Storage since 1990. I was just recognized as a 9 time VMware vExpert. As an early adopter of social media and active in communities, I've blogged for 10 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

Calvin Zito
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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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.