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HPE Delivers Broad and Deep Flash Storage Portfolio for Hybrid IT

Small to large organizations and service providers can now accelerate across any workload, budget, and service level both on-premises and off.

By Cecilia Galvin

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced a flash portfolio update with new products and data protection solutions designed to help customers continue their journey to an all-flash data center. The new offerings include:

  • A more powerful midrange HPE 3PAR StoreServ 9450 all-flash array (pictured)
  • Availability of Nimble Storage primary and new secondary flash arrays
  • Affordable fifth-generation HPE MSA Storage
  • High-speed, cloud-connected StoreOnce data protection

For midrange customers hitting performance limits of aging systems, HPE has announced the new HPE 3PAR StoreServ 9450, a scalable, multitenant, all-flash platform that builds on the product family’s position in the midrange fibre channel. To enable the consolidation of more data in less space without compromising service levels, HPE is increasing performance 70 percent, doubling scale to 6PB, and enabling 3X the front-end connectivity with 80 host ports, based on HPE comparisons with 3PAR 8450.

According to HPE, the new, more powerful member of the 3PAR family enables consistent and predictable performance and supports consolidation of both block and file workloads. For those considering long-term investment strategies, the 3PAR StoreServ 9450 also provides a path to next-generation Storage Class Memory and NVM Express (NVMe) using HPE 3PAR 3D Cache.

HPE is also unveiling the fifth-generation of its entry SAN platform, HPE MSA, starting with the introduction of HPE MSA 2050 and 2052 models that the company says deliver 2x more performance than the previous generation starting under $10,000. The MSA 2052 features all-inclusive software and 1.6 terabytes of solid-state disk (SSD) capacity.

For customers taking advantage of public clouds for hybrid IT, HPE has federated primary, secondary, and object storage to enable zero-impact data protection while putting backup data to work.

For customers exploring public-cloud tiers for secondary data, HPE announced StoreOnce CloudBank, a long-term data retention solution that provides lower-cost protection on multicloud destinations such as AWS, Azure, or on-premises object storage. StoreOnce CloudBank has been architected to reduce bandwidth requirements by over 99 percent, says HPE, helping to lower costs of cloud-based storage to $0.001 per gigabyte per month. The solution also supports on-premises StoreOnce features, including 3PAR integration.

As HPE 3PAR flash customers seek to protect larger data sets, HPE Recovery Manager Central (RMC) provides protection of applications running on 3PAR by directly connecting to secondary StoreOnce data protection systems through patented block-level integration. RMC is part of 3PAR’s all-inclusive licensing model and has now been enhanced with a new Express Restore feature, which enables faster data recovery from on- or off-premises StoreOnce repositories.  RMC has also now been integrated with Veeam Explorer so customers can recover emails, documents, and database schemas directly from RMC-V Express Protect backups.

Many customers moving to an all-flash data center are looking for ways to maximize return on those investments. For some that includes changing how they use data stored as backup copies. The new Nimble Secondary Flash Array (SFA) enables customers to put their backup and copy data to work for secondary applications. The system brings together always-on deduplication and compression to lower capacity costs for backup with flash-optimized performance and zero-copy cloning to run production workloads like dev/test, QA, and analytics.

Pricing and Availability

  • HPE 3PAR StoreServ 9450 will be available June 2017 with U.S. street pricing starting at $74,840.
  • HPE MSA 2050 will be available June 2017 with U.S. street pricing starting at $7,750.
  • HPE MSA 2052 will be available June 2017 with U.S. street pricing starting at $9,600.
  • RMC 4.1 is included as part of the standard all-inclusive 3PAR StoreServ licensing package and will be available from September 2017.
  • HPE StoreOnce CloudBank is available as part of an Early Access Program. Contact HPE to see if you qualify.
  • Nimble Secondary Flash Array currently available with U.S. street pricing starting at less than $40,000.


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