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HP 3PAR StoreServ platform grows with new hybrid array

HP announced expansion of its 3PAR StoreServ platform with a hybrid flash array and multiprotocol storage at the HP Discover user event in Barcelona

Hewlett-Packard today expanded its 3PAR StoreServ platform with a hybrid flash array, file and object storage, and integrated data protection.

The launch of the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7440c hybrid array, File Persona software and StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central (RMC) came during HP's Discover user event in Barcelona.

The HP 3PAR StoreServ 7440c is similar to the StoreServ 7450 and 7450c all-flash systems HP sells, but allows customers to add hard disk drives (HDD).

"We've had customers say, 'It would be nice if I could get a few hard drives to take aged data off flash without moving it off the platform,'" said Craig Nunes, HP's vice president of marketing for storage. "So we've taken the 7450 and made a version that supports flash and hard disk drives."

The 7440c is part of HP's converged systems that include more processor cores and cache than its other arrays. The 7440c is essentially the same hardware as the all-flash 7450c, but it can run up to 960 HDDs in a four-controller system. The 7440c can scale to 2 petabyte (PB) of raw capacity.

Like the 7450c, the 7440c can use 240 commercial multi-level cell (cMLC) solid-state drives (SSDs), and is available in two- or four-controller configurations. HP claims the 7450c and 7440c can support more than 900,000 IOPS with the maximum number of SSDs.

The StoreServ 7440c is generally available today with a starting price of $78,000 for a two-node system and eight 480 GB cMLC drives. HP claims a four-node StoreServ 7440c with 100 TB of SSD capacity and 100 TB of HDD capacity can cost $1.70 per GB, but that assumes a 4:1 data reduction ratio for SSDs and 2:1 reduction for HDD capacity.

New Persona for file storage

HP's new File Persona software puts NFS, CIFS and object storage into the StoreServ platform instead of offering them on a separate controller. StoreServ arrays previously required a File Controller running Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 for multiprotocol capability. Nunes said the StoreServ File Controller is still available, but File Persona integrates file storage into the array.

Block, file and object storage in StoreServ can be managed through the HP 3PAR StoreServ Management Console that is part of the latest StoreServ operating system.

"It's all one big shared pool of capacity," Nunes said. "We built the file system into the 3PAR operating system."

Nunes said HP uses the REST API-based object storage from its StoreAll platform in File Persona.

File Persona software can be used with any StoreServ 7000c family array. It will be available in January 2015. It is priced at $129 per usable TB.

Link from 3PAR to StoreOnce

StoreOnce RMC provides flat backup of virtual machines, moving data directly from 3PAR StoreServ arrays to HP's StoreOnce backup appliance without going across the network. The concept is similar to EMC's ProtectPoint, which allows customers to back up data on VMAX arrays directly to Data Domain appliances. RMC enables application-managed snapshots on StoreServ and only moves changed data to StoreOnce targets.

Nunes said this provides for faster backups and removes the need for a separate backup software application.

The initial version of RMC only supports VMware vSphere.

"You don't have to be a backup guru or have a big backup modernization strategy," Nunes said. "It's a simple way to protect data on 3PAR."

StoreOnce RMC will be available in January 2015, with a starting price of $2,500.

HP also added another target to its 3PAR Online Import software, designed to migrate data -- and customers -- from EMC arrays to StoreServ. HP can now move data from EMC VMAX to StoreServ arrays to go with previous support for migrating from EMC VNX and Clariion CX4 storage.

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