Lower Flash Costs Enable New Features for HP 3PAR Storage
HP wants to enable users to buy more flash for their 3PAR systems without having to do forklift-type hardware replacements.Hewlett-Packard, whose storage division has been among its best-performing businesses for the last several fiscal quarters, rolled out improvements to its 3PAR StoreServ Storage Nov. 5 that enable users to add NAND flash-based capacity to their systems yet maintain legacy infrastructures. Because the price of flash storage is now down to roughly the same as that of high-performance spinning disk drives, IT managers are more inclined to buy flash arrays in order to accelerate the speed of mainstream applications. However, enterprises want to add this fast new storage without having to rip and replace existing infrastructure. To have a greater impact in this hot IT business trend, HP is aiming to satisfy both of these needs. It has lowered the cost of usable flash storage using HP 3PAR Thin Deduplication software across solid-state drive (SSD) tiers on all new and existing HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 and 10000 models. Also, all HP 3PAR StoreServ systems gain acceleration benefits without additional hardware or software licensing by using the new 3PAR Adaptive Flash Cache and Express Write features.
The two new software features improve application performance without hardware changes, including online transaction processing workloads and databases, thanks to random read acceleration with Adaptive Flash Cache and write acceleration with Express Writes, HP Director of Storage Product Management Vish Mulchand told eWEEK.