Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) this week added 3D NAND flash drives to its 3PAR StoreServ array platform, as...
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The 3D NAND drives begin in 400 GB capacity points at a street price of $2,075. HPE follows Kaminario, Dell and SolidFire in making 3D NAND available in flash arrays; Pure Storage today said it also supports 3D NAND in its arrays.
HPE also launched 3PAR Flash Acceleration for Oracle and expanded its 3PAR Online Import software to IBM XIV storage.
Flash Acceleration for Oracle allows a 3PAR array to run in parallel with an EMC VMAX array to boost database performance. That allows HPE to prevent customers from upgrading their VMAX array by attaching a 3PAR system.
"If you are running an Oracle Database on VMAX, rather than upgrading your VMAX, you can attach a 3PAR and you get 75% more performance at half the price," said Jeff Kato, senior storage analyst at Taneja Group Inc., in Hopkinton, Mass. "It's a low-risk way to accelerate the database without getting off VMAX and without disrupting the environment."
HPE is also offering a free, 12-month license for customers who want to move off of an IBM XIV hard disk drive array to a 3PAR system. The migration software is already available for customers who have EMC and Hitachi Data Systems legacy storage.
"If people need to refresh their hardware, they are making it really easy to transparently migrate to 3PAR," Kato said. "You can not only migrate, but you reduce space using dedupe and thinning technology."
HPE also added a 3PAR StoreServ 8200 File and Block Starter Kit that converts the block-storage 3PAR array into unified storage. The kit includes eight 10,000 RPM 600 GB SAS drives, 12 7,200 RPM 2 TB SAS drives, 3PAR OS Suite, Replication Suite, a 16 TB File Persona license and three years of support for a street price of $36,201.
HPE also rolled out a new line of entry-level and midrange HPE StoreOnce backup appliances that integrate with 3PAR arrays.
HPE's entry-level StoreOnce 3100, 3520, and 3540 and midrange 5100 replace the 2700, 2900, 4500 and 4700 models. The new systems are integrated with VMware, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Veeam and Veritas applications, and also include integrated snapshot capabilities from 3PAR StoreServ via StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central (RMC) software.
The HPE StoreOnce 3100 starts with 8 TB of raw backup capacity, while the 3520 starts with 12 TB capacity and the 3540 starts with 24 TB. The 5100 starts with 48 TB of raw capacity. The new models are priced at under $0.05 per gigabyte of logical capacity based on a 20-to-1 deduplication ratio. A 3100 with 8 TB of capacity has a $5,931 street price.
RMC software allows Microsoft SQL snapshots directly from the 3PAR StoreServ array to any StoreOnce backup target via the HPE Express Protect software. Express Protect does "flat backup" without requiring an application server.
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