HPE 3PAR Makes Room for Larger SSDs, Flashy Docker Containers

Posted on June 08, 2016 By Pedro Hernandez

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is working to make the all-flash data center a reality for its corporate customers.

This week, the IT systems provider announced new updates to its 3PAR StoreServ flash arrays, including support for 7.68 terabyte (TB) and 15.36 TB solid-state drives, enabling customers to pack up to 24 petabytes (PB) of all-flash capacity into a single system. Systems with 7.68 TB SSDs are available now and start at $20,748, while those interested in the twice the capacity will have to wait until sometime in the second half of 2016 to order and receive their arrays, which start at $40,000.

HP says its flash storage systems can accommodate larger SSDs thanks to its patented 3PAR Adaptive Sparing, a load- and wear-balancing technology that can release reserved capacity to SSDs and improves drive endurance. Another technology, 3PAR Adaptive Sparing, improves performance by enabling concurrent access from the arrays' storage controller to the SSDs.

For enterprises jumping on the DevOps-enabling containerized application bandwagon, HPE announced a new Docker-Integrated Volume Plugin for HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage.

"Integrated with Docker Engine, this driver adds the ability to provide persistent storage for containers and enables the use of flash-optimized HPE 3PAR StoreServ arrays as the underlying storage for virtualized or bare-metal container deployments using Docker," explained HPE in its June 7 announcement. "With this integration, containerized applications can take advantage of advanced data services [like] data encryption, quality of service, snapshots, replication, and deduplication."

HPE's Docker plugin will be available on GitHub later this month.

On the data protection front, HPE Recovery Manager Central (RMC) now supports Oracle databases, SAP HANA and 3PAR File Persona, the company announced.

RMC quickly directly transfers application snapshots from primary flash storage to secondary storage – up to 23 times faster than traditional backup schemes, according to HPE. Combined with HPE StoreOnce deduplication, enterprises can potentially cut their snapshot capacity requirements by up to 95 percent, the company claimed.

3PAR's toolset for unified access to file, block and object data has been enhanced with File Lock for 3PAR File Persona. As the feature's name suggests, it supports corporate governance and compliance efforts by making files immutable and allows administrators to apply policy-based restrictions on data retention and deletion. 3PAR File Persona also gains a new NTFS security mode and cross-protocol locking capabilities to enhance security for Windows shops and improve file sharing in multi-protocol environments (SMB and NFS).

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.


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