HP unveiled the XP7 as its new top of the line external storage array. Configurable for up to 4.5PB of capacity in a single array, more than double the previous model. It also promises six 9s – or 99.9999 percent – uptime with support for always-on disaster recovery protection using multi-array virtualization.
HP claims that the XP7 is capable of delivering more IOPS than three EMC Symmetrix VMAX 40K storage arrays combined. Consolidating multiple EMC disk arrays onto a single HP XP7 Storage system reduces data center floor space requirements by a total of 130 square feet and storage-related costs by more than US$100,000 per year. OEMed from Hitachi, the HP XP7 supports XP Flash Modules and solid-state drives as well as small and large form factor hard disk drives.
To further address data security requirements, HP XP7 Storage secures data with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 encryption readiness.
HP positions the XP7 for mission-critical enterprise applications whilst the StorServ (3PAR) arrays are for "purpose-built tier-1 solutions designed for unpredictable workloads such as virtualisation and cloud computing."