HP Revamps Converged Storage Roster

By Pedro Hernandez

HP is enlisting 3PAR's latest technology to add a flash-powered boost to its Converged Storage portfolio.

HP Converged Storage provides organizations with end-to-end, unified data storage infrastructures that share a common architecture and promote automated management and capacity optimization. With the addition of the company's 3PAR StoreServ 7450 system, HP is helping customers slot in performance-enhancing flash-based hardware into their enterprise storage setups.

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 is an all-flash storage array that, according to the company' estimates, can deliver over 550,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS). Response times slip just under the 0.7 millisecond mark.

To make the most out of the system's flash-based capacity, StoreServ 7450 employs "hardware-accelerated data compaction" to cut storage requirements by up to 50 percent -- a feat the 7450 accomplished without a performance hit, claims HP. To extend the useful life of the system's flash chips, eliminate hot spots and provide load balancing, the 7450 spreads the load by writing data across all media in a feature called system-wide striping.

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage systems are available now. Prices start at $99,000.

On the software front, HP added new data encryption capabilities to HP 3PAR StoreServ. Aimed at customers in healthcare, finance and government, the security feature is meant to aid in compliance efforts. HP also unveiled its active/active stretch cluster software, HP 3PAR Peer Persistence, which provides non-disruptive data center failover services without a dedicated appliance.

HP is taking aim at hosting providers with its StoreOnce VSA (Virtual Storage Appliance). Designed to serve as a backup-as-a-service foundation, the IT systems and services provider claims that the product "reduces physical hardware requirements by up to 50 percent and energy costs by up to 70 percent.

StoreOnce VSA is scheduled for release on July 22, 2013. Prices start at $3,500 for 10 TB of capacity.

Rounding out HP's Converged Storage roll-out is a new flash-optimized StoreFabric 16-gigabit SAN infrastructure and the StoreEver MSL6480 Tape Library, which can handle up to 3.5 PB in a single 19-inch rack and deliver speeds of up to 60.4 TB per hour. Finally, HP's backup and recovery software, Data Protector 8, hit a new milestone: data protection for up to 1 trillion unique filenames. The new high-water mark is "more than 100 times that of competitive backup applications," boasted HP in a company statement.

The StoreEver MSL6480 Tape Library and HP Data Protector 8 are available now. Starting prices are $30,000 and $1,238.

For HP Storage senior vice president David Scott, the Converged Storage expansion adds momentum to his company's storage silo-busting mission. "It’s impossible for organizations to deal with unpredictable workloads cost effectively if they’re managing disparate storage silos," he said in company remarks.

3PAR StoreServ and StoreOnce, in particular, help IT organizations "address critical new requirements while retaining the simplicity that comes from an approach that can manage and serve a variety of needs without creating new storage silos," added Scott.

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

This article was originally published on June 13, 2013