HP 3Par

HP has made good on its promise to upgrade its popular flash-optimised HP 3AR StoreServ systems, they are said to perform much better and be much more efficient while at the same time being much less complex for IT managers and companies to deal with in the day to day upkeep of it.

HP’s refreshed portfolio also includes 3PAR File Persona software and the HP 3AR StoreServ 7440c Converged Flash Array, which HP states provides, “all-flash performance, unified storage agility, hybrid storage affordability and flat backup of 3PAR StoreServ snapshots to HP StoreOnce Backup”.

The Californian based IT giant said that traditional ‘unified storage’ solutions bring with it device merging but does so at the expense of efficiency and performance, but HP claims that it new 3PAR StoreServ 7000c series with the 3PAR File Persona software installed on the system, solves the performance and effectiveness issue by utilising converged file and object-access with the already existing flash optimised block storage. Along with these new devices, a new 3PAR StoreServ Management Console will also integrate all block, file, and object-access management too, further increasing its efficiency.

David Scott, who is the senior Vice President and General Manager of Storage at HP, said that, “Enterprises today understand that complexity can be a major bottleneck to new business expansion and IT innovation”, “Today’s announcement builds on our vision for HP Converge Storage to simplify storage through polymorphic architectures with a single platform built for the New Style of IT.”

HP’s stock price fell by 1.2% to $37.17 in after-hours trading recently, but the storage market side of them has been growing steadily and gaining strength. The latest update to their range has come after HP predicted the end of conventional enterprise storage disc drives. This was then followed by the launch of their new 3PAR flash-based storage array which comes at a cost of roughly $2 per Gigabyte. This new release into the market has apparently shifted the balance away from normal hard discs and into the new realm of solid state drives, which can read and write at a much higher speed, in the enterprise storage sector.

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