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HP reckons its new enterprise storage systems are pretty flash

Hewlett-Packard is going all out to stamp its credentials in the new frontier of solid state enterprise storage with a new all-flash offering. The new system is by no means cheap but it does boast some pretty good performance stats.


Starting at the entry level price of AUD$195,000, the solid state HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 system is clearly aimed at Australia's larger enterprises, where HP believes it will be able to out-credential the plethora of solid state storage array startups.

HP claims the 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage system delivers more than 550,000 input/output operations per second with less than 0.7 millisecond response time.

"Latency is now measured in microseconds rather than milliseconds," said Mike Prieto, vice president and general manager, HP APJ at the company's conference in Beijing today.

"There are a lot of flash-array startups but they lack the tier 1 enterprise critical service delivery that HP can provide," Prieto added.

"To deliver a rapid return on investment, the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage system has hardware-accelerated data compaction that reduces capacity needs by up to 50 percent without degrading performance. Systemwide striping, which automatically writes data across all resources, increases throughput, load balances the system, and extends media life by eliminating hot spots. Unlike offerings from start-up companies, the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 assures business continuity with persistent technologies that provide constant application access in the event of local hardware issues or multisite disasters."

The new flash array system can be scaled up to 2 Petabytes of storage and Prieto highlighted China Telecom (which has 3PAR StoreServ 10800) and China Unicom (3PAR StoreServ 7200) as two 3PAR reference sites in his address.

"Competitors with legacy portfolios are unable to make the leap from traditional storage to flash optimised systems without starting from scratch or introducing separate storage silos. HP 3PAR StoreServ’s simplification provides investment protection, reduces cost and speeds deployment, all of which is only possible because of the modern architecture of the 3PAR StoreServ system."

While the address focussed on the benefits of the trend toward solid state enterprise, Prieto was careful to reassure legacy clients that neither disk nor tape would be phased out any time soon.

"Tape is here to stay," he said.


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Stan Beer co-founded iTWire in 2005. With 30 plus years of experience working in IT and Australian technology media, Beer has published articles in most of the IT publications that have mattered, including the AFR, The Australian, SMH, The Age, as well as a multitude of trade publications.