Hewlett-Packard (HP) has officially killed its Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) SAN platform, telling customers it will stop selling the two remaining models next January. HP is steering customers instead to its Converged Storage portfolio, which basically means its 3PAR StoreServ platform.
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An HP spokesman said the vendor last week notified its EVA customers that it will stop selling the HP EVA P6530 and P6550 – the last models still on the market. HP will continue to support disk drives, major operating systems and SAN infrastructure through Jan. 31, 2017.
This is no surprise. HP last December began offering 3PAR Online import software to move customers from EVA to StoreServ arrays through EVA’s Command View management interface. HP also started using EVA’s Smart Start application to deploy 3PAR arrays.
“For HP EVA customers considering either a technology refresh or new application deployments, the replacement product for EVA systems is HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage,” the HP spokesman wrote in an e-mail about the EVA end-of-life notice. “In fact, moving from EVA to 3PAR is easier than moving from EVA to EVA.”
When HP came out with the migration software to move from EVA to HP, the vendor said it would not end-of-life EVA through 2013. It lived up to that pledge, and tacked on a month extra although it seems unlikely that any one will buy an EVA now that its fate has been sealed.
HP has made the 3PAR platform its flagship storage platform since acquiring 3PAR for $2.35 billion in 2010. 3PAR sales have been strong since then, while EVA has faltered and dragged down HP overall storage sales. During the last quarter, HP reported 3PAR sales increased more than 10% year-over-year while overall storage sales dropped 10% to $833 million.
When HP launched the StoreServ Storage 7000 and migration software last year, HP storage marketing VP Craig Nunes claimed “this StoreServ platform is everything you would want in a next-generation EVA.”
Compaq originally developed the EVA in 2001, and it became HP’s major midrange storage platform after the 2002 merger between those companies. HP claims there are were well over 100,000 EVA systems deployed.