Give a flash revolution! How to quickly and safely switch to flash drives

    Hello, Habr! Today we would like to talk about a new solution to accelerate the transition to data centers that use only flash drives. Efficient HPE 3PAR StoreServ technology along with StoreOnce protection will help customers with innovative data center upgrades. But let's talk about everything in order. The fact is that the new and old company Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), which we told you about the creation of not so long ago, integrated its 3PAR StoreServ solution and the new HPE StoreOnce and HPE StoreEver product lines.

    The need for quick decisions, trends such as IT-as-a-Service, the development of data analysis tools stimulate the use of flash memory. In addition to the speed and the expected level of service, organizations that switch to flash drives also win about 85% of their storage space, moving from traditional hard drives to higher-density media. According to IDC analysts, the impact of flash arrays on data centers is undeniable. More and more flash systems are able to offer the most advanced data storage services, including snapshots, cloning, replication and quality of services.

    HPE 3PAR StoreServ arrays provide a variety of storage services, and a recent update made them best in class, delivering record-breaking performance and availability. Moreover, the price of such flash arrays starts from 19.5 thousand US dollars.
    Modern flash platforms offer high flexibility and low risk, said Manish Goel, senior vice president and head of HPE Storage. To meet the growing demand for such systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise has launched the enterprise-wide Tier 1 3PAR StoreServ line of flash arrays with integrated data protection.

    Flash data center: it's time to speed up the transition!

    3PAR StoreServ Storage enables organizations to accelerate the transition to a data center that uses only flash drives. These arrays help increase productivity and meet enterprise-level requirements. Recently, the Storage Performance Council published a new world record in the SPC-2 test, which was conducted on the 3PAR StoreServ 20850 flash array. It is curious that it showed better performance than the EMC VMAX 400K, whose price is twice as high. Building on this success, Hewlett Packard Enterprise introduces new products for its 3PAR StoreServ product line:

    3PAR Flash Acceleration for Oracle: Increases database performance by up to 75% and eliminates the need to abandon existing systems such as EMC VMAX. Deploying such flash arrays will cost half as much as upgrading existing storage systems.

    3PAR Online Import software : a free license with a 12-month validity period for customers who wish to abandon legacy HDD-based storage by moving from EMC, HDS (and now IBM XIV) storage in five simple steps.

    Support for 3D NAND drives : Support for this new solid-state drive (SSD) technology enables customers to increase application performance while avoiding large investments.

    Reduce cost with a single flash array and active archiving

    Unlike arrays operating exclusively on flash drives (All-flash Array, AFA) and designed for the same type of media or only for SAN protocols, StoreServ Storage has a flash-optimized architecture that supports file and block access, as well as provides the ability to install HDD in most of its models. Based on this architecture, HPE today offers 3PAR StoreServ 8200 Converged File and Block Starter Kit flash arrays that consolidate storage in one system and cost about 26% less than competitive systems. To help customers deploy these unified systems, HPE has released several different modifications for 3PAR StoreServ Storage, specifically for VDI and SharePoint,

    HPE also offers a fully updated portfolio of automated libraries and drives, including StoreEver LTO-7 tape drives. This advanced line provides customers with a reliable solution for storing data at an even lower price, with increased capacity and reliability. The combination of high-performance 3PAR StoreServ flash arrays with an updated tape storage system enables customers to deploy the Tape-as-NAS solution and access the archives on tape as if they were on disk, which is ideal for an active archive.

    Integration drives: reduce the risk of data loss

    HPE also introduced solutions designed to help customers move from traditional backup storage to flash arrays for deep application-level integration. Among these solutions is the new line of arrays of primary and middle class HPE StoreOnce Systems. These StoreOnce models are 2.7 times more productive and 2 times denser than their competitors. The cost of one gigabyte of capacity is 0.05 dollars. New models provide integration with Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Veeam and Veritas applications. In addition, their use eliminates the need for separate backup management.

    For customers who wish to upgrade to AFA, the new StoreOnce models have an integrated StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central (RMC) data protection solution that takes virtual machine snapshots. Integration with VMware software allows you to quickly create and transfer Microsoft SQL snapshots from the 3PAR StoreServ array to any StoreOnce target backup system using HPE Express Protect technology.

    With integrated data management solutions, VMware vCenter and Microsoft SQL Studio accelerate backup and recovery operations. In addition, the client will no longer need to pay extra for backup software from third-party providers. And integration with Data Protector and RMC provides advanced options for virtual machine recovery, provides detailed recovery and the ability to use storage resources on magnetic tape and in the cloud for effective long-term data storage.

    When (and how much) to wait for the flash revolution?

    And now we turn to the most interesting - cost and availability issues:

    • 3D NAND SSDs will be available for order worldwide from December 17, 2015, in the United States the retail price will start at $ 2075 for SSDs with a capacity of 400 GB or more.
    • Starting in January 2016, support for 3PAR Online Import for IBM XIV with 3PAR OS 3.2.2 MU2 is available.
    • Starting December 7, 2015, the 3PAR StoreServ 8200 in the Converged File and Block Starter Kit versions with 8 HDD SAS drives (10,000 rpm, 600 GB capacity), 12 SAS drives (7,200 rpm, capacity for 2 Tb), OS Suite, Replication Suite, 3 years of round-the-clock support for HPE Proactive Care and a license for the 16-TB File Persona software package. The retail price in the US will be $ 36,201.
    • StoreEver LTO-7 tape drives and tape automation products will be available worldwide from December 1, 2015.
    • With 8 TB of backup capacity, the HPE StoreOnce 3100 is available worldwide from December 14, 2015. Retail prices in the United States will not be lower than 5931 dollars.
    • StoreOnce 3520 from 12 Tb - US retail price from $ 8,128.
    • StoreOnce 3540 from 24 Tb - US retail price from $ 10,950.
    • StoreOnce 5100 from 48 TB - US retail price from $ 25056.
    • StoreOnce RMC version 2.0 software package, which allows you to transfer data from 3PAR to StoreOnce to protect data, will be available worldwide from January 15, 2016. The retail price in the US will be from $ 540.

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