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Storage Radio: HP takes 3PAR storage array to midmarket

HP's move to provide some clarity around its products, and an announcement of its new 3PAR storage arrays, top this week's Storage Radio headlines.

In the latest edition of Storage Radio, senior news director Dave Raffo and executive editor Ellen O'Brien discuss three headlines worth highlighting this week in the data storage industry.

Topping this week's podcast is a story about Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. aiming 3PAR StoreServe at the midmarket. HP announced two new 3PAR storage arrays in the midrange and a new big data platform. The idea behind the 3PAR StoreServe Storage 7000 release is to make 3PAR attractive in smaller markets, and to give HP customers still using their old enterprise virtual arrays (EVAs) a reason to migrate to the 3PAR storage arrays. 3PAR is what's working for HP these days; it continues to sell well even though HP is struggling with declining storage sales.

Next up is Jay Kidd, chief technology officer at NetApp Inc., stating that NetApp will join the all-flash frenzy. Will they buy it or build it? It's not clear yet, but Kidd tells Raffo that NetApp will join the all-flash market one way or another in 2013. Listen to what Kidd has to say about the all-flash market, why next year will be so big for NetApp, and what he sees as some of the chief benefits of flash.

Finally, Nutanix Inc.'s software-defined data center announcement generated some decent buzz this week. Data storage pros who pay attention to industry trends these days have been hearing about "software-defined data centers." Nutanix is billing its new series of scale-out storage and compute cluster products as software-defined data centers in a box. Staff writer Todd Erickson spoke with Nutanix executives about their line of products combining storage, networking and virtualization (known as hyper-converged storage). Check out this week's SearchStorage video to learn more about converged architectures.

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