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Why is HPE 3PAR not moving to NVMe SSDs (yet)?

During our coffee talks at HPE Discover 2018, statements were made that claimed HPE 3PAR storage platforms wouldn’t benefit much from going to NVMe at the back end.  Instead, the statement of direction is to use storage-class memory as a platform accelerator.  I’ve been trying to understand why HPE isn’t making the move at this… Read more »

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Understanding HPE’s Storage Product Portfolio

Towards the end of 2018, I was invited to attend HPE Discover in Madrid.  In previous years, this has been a great opportunity to get up to speed on the storage strategy the HPE Storage team is following.  What did we learn this year? Intelligent Storage Platform The message being broadcast for the last year… Read more »

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HPE Brings Nimble Skynet to 3PAR Arrays

Who doesn’t like the idea of having six 9’s of uptime for their storage?  Availability is a major consideration for any storage, public or private.  Of course, having great availability isn’t the only measure of storage quality.  We also value performance, low latency and consistency.  But making storage behave in a predictable manner isn’t always… Read more »

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Building Private Cloud Storage – HCI or Dedicated Array?

Last week Martin and I had a great conversation with Kieran Harty, CTO of Tintri Inc.  Tintri sells a range of storage appliances that deliver VM-focused shared storage.  Rather than talk exclusively about products, we discussed how storage arrays are evolving to meet the needs of private cloud. Requirements The NIST definition of public cloud… Read more »

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Nimble, HPE and 20-Year Old Architectures

This week, HPE offered to acquire Nimble Storage for around $1.09 billion, plus another $200 million in share options.  Nimble sells all-flash and hybrid storage solutions, with a lot of intellectual property focused around storage analytics in the form of their “Infosight” SaaS platform. Commentators are seeing this as a good deal for both Nimble and… Read more »

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HPE Demos 3PAR with Intel Optane (3D-XPoint)

This post has been updated with details from HPE Discover 2018, where the use of Intel Optane is being described as HPE Memory-Driven Flash for existing 3PAR and Nimble products (see HPE blog). There’s been a lot of coverage and potential hype around the impending release of Intel and Micron’s 3D-XPoint persistent storage technology.  Now it… Read more »

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Do we need Storage QoS?

I recently had a discussion with a vendor (who shall remain nameless) as to whether we really needed Quality of Service in shared storage arrays.  His thinking went as follows; if we have a storage array and network with sufficient bandwidth/IOPS, then why bother implementing QoS?  At first this seems like a reasonable assumption; if… Read more »

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Flash Tiering – HP 3PAR Adaptive Cache

I recently completed a white paper for HPE on a new feature in the 3PAR StoreServ platform called Adaptive Cache.  In disk-based 3PAR systems, flash SSD devices can be used to augment the DRAM cache.  This acts like a second level of memory tiering by cascading cached pages to flash rather than simply flushing them… Read more »