Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced its most significant set of 3PAR storage innovations to date, including a next-generation HPE 3PAR Operating System that offers a futureproof foundation for hybrid IT.
New 3PAR Adaptive Data Reduction (ADR) delivers comprehensive data compaction to reduce capacity costs. Updates to 3PAR Peer Persistence alleviate risks by enabling disaster recovery across greater distances.
Off-premises copy management with HPE Recovery Manager Central (RMC) extends data protection beyond the array. Expanded automation capabilities for 3PAR StoreServ Management Console (SSMC) enhance business dexterity.
As all-flash storage becomes the new normal, customers came to realise that pure-play all-flash systems cannot address the newfound requirements arising from this 'third wave' of flash evolution. These new demands go beyond the performance or cost of an individual flash array, meaning that all-flash storage vendors must also help customers simplify operations across the data centre, alleviate risks from edge to core to cloud and support hybrid IT transformation. The HPE 3PAR innovations announced offers customers a futureproof solution for these third-wave demands with support for cloud-native applications, datacentre-wide orchestration, tier-1 resiliency and a seamless path to evolving technologies such as storage class memory (SCM) and NVM Express (NVMe).
According to Bill Philbin, Senior Vice President, Data Centre Infrastructure group, HPE, "Customers see all-flash storage as only one part of a hybrid IT strategy. 3PAR is a best-in-class array but we go further to optimise the full stack and provide data mobility across systems -- an approach that has helped us grow faster than the market over the last 18 months."
Lower cost and boost performance while assuring a path to what's next
Technology refresh cycles for storage are developing while simultaneously flash media technology is changing faster than ever. This is why HPE engineers an enduring design into its 3PAR Architecture. One example is the recent tech preview of 3PAR 3D Cache for flash hyper-acceleration using SCM over NVMe, which displays the ability to support new technologies.
Another example is the new 3PAR Adaptive Data Reduction (ADR) feature, which can lower capacity needs by 75 percent. Spanning in-line deduplication and compression, ADR can be selectively applied and includes built-in intelligence to avoid wasting system resources. ADR also goes beyond compression with a unique 3PAR Data Packing algorithm that manages data writes in a way that avoids the garbage-heavy processes that weigh down other flash storage arrays.
In addition, the latest 3PAR OS enables customers to:
· Speed up applications running over iSCSI to lower latency by up to 40 percent via 3PAR Express Writes optimisation.
· Better support cloud computing utilisation with iSCSI updates that include expanded host connectivity and multi-tenant IP networking.
· Serve more workloads with 3PAR File Persona updates that double scalability, automate provisioning and allow cross-protocol file sharing.
These benefits are available at no additional charge as part of new, all-inclusive licensing that simplifies purchasing and cuts costs by up to 30 percent. The HPE 3PAR Flash Now initiative also allows acquisition of an upgraded 3PAR flash array plus networking and data protection for just pennies per usable gigabyte per month via a simple cloud-like consumption model.
Delivering a highly resilient all-flash data centre from core to cloud to edge
As critical workloads move to flash, risk alleviation is crucial. HPE lowering risk in hybrid IT deployments, starting with transparent application and host failover at the core of the data centre via HPE 3PAR Peer Persistence, which now has three-data centre support for disaster recovery across greater distances.
For data protection beyond the array, HPE Recovery Manager Central (RMC) offers impeccable, application-managed snapshots and data movement from 3PAR to secondary HPE StoreOnce Systems. The newest version of RMC delivers 23 times faster backup and 7 times faster restores than the leading backup ISV with 9 times lower CPU consumption -- which minimalise backup impact on application servers. Due to all-inclusive licensing, RMC now comes at no extra charge with the 3PAR array. In addition, RMC can deliver as much as a half million dollar cost savings over a three-year period compared to traditional ISV backup process.
As part of the right mix of on-prem and off-prem storage, data protected on HPE StoreOnce Systems can now be duplicated to the cloud thanks to HPE StoreOnce VSA software in Microsoft Azure with support from HPE Recovery Manager Central, Data Protector and other leading backup applications.
Extending data protection to edge computing and software-defined storage (SDS), HPE also unveiled Peer Copy, a copy management feature within RMC that allows bi-directional migration of snapshot data between StoreVirtual VSA and 3PAR arrays. Customers can utilise Peer Copy with new StoreVirtual VSA Ready Node reference architectures based on HPE ProLiant servers to protect SDS in locations such as remote and branch offices.
Automation for agility from data centre to data service
As customers embrace hybrid IT to accelerate service delivery, HPE continues to embed automation and cloud-based analytic capabilities into 3PAR management tools that match integration into HPE OneView and HPE Synergy.
The new HPE 3PAR StoreServ Management Console (SSMC) can automate and schedule large-scale data migrations of up to twenty-four 3PAR or supported third-party storage systems. SSMC also features HPE Smart SAN integration for fully automated, one-click SAN zoning of Fibre Channel networks -- lowering fabric provisioning effort by 90 percent. Updates to the HPE StoreFront Remote cloud analytics portal offer 3PAR customers with best practice suggestions to reduce risk, manage software updates and assist in capacity planning.
Pricing and Availability
The HPE 3PAR next-generation operating system (3PAR OS 3.3.1) is available globally in Q1 2017 at no extra charge for 3PAR customers with valid support contracts.
The HPE StoreOnce VSA for Azure is available globally in Q1 2017 starting at $1400.
HPE Peer Copy and HPE Recovery Manager Central are available in Q2 2017 globally at no extra charge for 3PAR and StoreVirtual VSA customers with valid support contracts.