HP’s “largest storage launch ever”


On Monday, HP announced big changes in the world of storage. Here at Helixstorm, we wanted to share some of the highlights with you.

HP introduced a new family in the storage space, the HP StoreServ. They also introduced a new file and object-based system, which they are calling the HP StoreAll. They also introduced HP StoreOnce Backup, which is a platform that allows for deduplication for businesses of all sizes and service providers.

The first part of this announcement, surrounding the HP StoreServ, is very exciting, especially for mid-market companies looking for advanced storage solutions. Two new mid-range models were introduced: The HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 and the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400. These arrays come with the capability to deduplicate storage taken by home directories, as well as do encryption. They also make it possible to tier data to different types of hard disk and solid state storage and provide local or distributed clustering capability. Specifically, the HP StoreServ 7200 has dual controllers, 144 hard disk drives and 120 SSDs, 24GB of cache, 12 8Gbps Fibre Channel ports, four iSCSI ports and two built-in remote copy ports. The 7400 differs in that it has two or four controllers, between 240 and 480 HDDs and 240 SSDs, 32 GB to 64 GB of cache, 24 8Gbps Fibre Channel ports, and two to four remote copy ports.

HP also announced  the all-SSD 3PAR StoreServ 7000, which accommodates as many as 240 SSDs with as much as 320,000 IOPS of performance. It supports multiple applications as tenants, with each application capable of having different performance levels.

According to HP, all of the arrays have software hooks to Autonomy and HP software and include a gateway to HP cloud services. HP also provides an upgrade path for HP Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) customers to the new HP 3PAR StoreServ arrays, which will replace the EVA at some point.

HP StoreOnce appliances are now available with StoreOnce Catalyst, which provides three times faster recovery than previous StoreOnce appliances. It also allows for server-based deduplication. The HP StoreOnce 6000 appliance has been enhanced with multi-tenancy characteristics,  granular reporting, enhanced, and separation of management and data traffic.

Finally, HP announced the HP StoreAll object and file storage array with 1,000 nodes and advanced querying capabilities. It can store up to 16 PB of data and thousands of objects, and comes with retention policies and WORM capabilities. The storage array also integrates with Autonomy IDOL and Express Query.

For more information or specific details on the newly announced HP storage arrays, we’d be happy to speak with you.

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