HP has updated its 3PAR StoreServ Storage lineup by, among other things, adding a new class of massively scalable flash arrays and flash-optimized data services to accelerate IT-as-a-Service consolidation and hybrid IT initiatives.
Oh yes, and the company is having a sale of sorts (amounting to 25 percent off) on all-flash arrays. Price competition wasn't much of a factor until recently; now, with competition heating up in all enterprise sectors, it's very much a key factor in closing a deal.
To accelerate transformation to the all-flash data center, HP is lowering the cost of all-flash storage to $1.50 per usable gigabyte and introducing ultra-dense and scalable flash systems.
These are very fast, at least on the drawing board. The new HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage 20000 enterprise flash family claims 3.2 million IOPS at sub-millisecond latency and consumes 85 percent less data center space than traditional high-end arrays, the company claims.
To support mission-critical workloads and enable greater agility, HP is unveiling new flash-optimized software for end-to-end availability and non-disruptive workload balancing across the data center. Combined with HP flash optimization and hardware-accelerated data compaction that increases usable capacity by 75 percent, these new 3.84TB drives bring down the cost of all-flash storage to approaching that of 10K RPM SAS hard disk drives, the company said.
The HP 3PAR StoreServ 20000 family scales out to eight nodes and is aimed for users consolidating multiple racks of legacy high-end storage while assuring application quality of service. The all-flash 3PAR StoreServ 20850 is capable of delivering greater than 3.2 million IOPS at sub-millisecond latency. The 3PAR StoreServ 20800 converged flash array scales up to 15PB of usable capacity.
These new 3PAR StoreServ models consolidate 280 terabytes of usable capacity into a single 2U drive chassis and 5.5 PB usable onto a single floor tile. Both models support unified block and file workloads as well as object access for cloud-developed application consolidation.
HP 3PAR StoreServ 20000 Storage Systems are available worldwide, orderable immediately and shipping in August 2015 starting at $75,000.