HP 3PAR

HP’s 3-PAR storage is the service provider’s storage of choice for delivering cloud based services.

3PAR It’s ‘autonomic’

No we’re not making words up! Autonomic when applied to the nervous system is defined as ‘ acting as a control system functioning largely below the level of consciousness ’. When applied to 3PAR it describes 3PAR’s ability to simplify, automate and expedite storage management. The system is self-managing, self-healing and self-configuring.
 
 
 

StoreServ 7000 a new dawn in storage for SMB business.

The HP StoreServ 7000 series of storage appliances brings tier 1 storage capabilities to medium size business and service providers. 3PAR StoreServ 7000 runs the same software and offers the same feature set as the enterprise class P10000 storage systems, which is in use at many Fortune 500 companies and large service providers. Mid-size businesses can benefit from 3PAR’s thin provisioning and persistence, autonomic provisioning and management. This single operating environment that spreads from small to large storage requirements is contrast to Dell & EMC’s portfolio which requires several different storage platforms to cover the same range.

As well as tier 1 storage for SMBs the 3PAR StorServ 7000 series provides a future proof upgrade for businesses using HP’s EVA storage. In fact, in HP’s opinion, it’s easier to move from EVA to 3PAR than it is to move to another EVA.

Flavours:

The StoreServ 7000 series appliances come in two flavours:
  • The 7200 with 2 controller nodes, supporting up to 240 discs.
  • The 7400 with 4 controller nodes, supporting up to 480 discs.
Performance of the 7000 series is on a par with the current 3PAR F-Class hardware with the 7000 series based on hex core processing and containing twice the amount of data cache.
7200F200F4007400HP 3PAR
StoreServ
10400
HP 3PAR
StoreServ
10800
Controller nodes222-42-42-42, 4, 6, 8
  • Fiber Channel ports
  • Optinal iSCSI ports
  • Built-in remote ports
4-12
0-4 (10gb)
2
0-12
0-8 (1gb)
2
0-24
0-16 (1gb)
2-4
4-24
0-16 (1gb)
2-4
0-96
0-16
2-4
0-192
0-32
2-4
GBs control cache1688-1616-3232-6464-256
GBs data cache81212-2416-3264-128128-512
Disk drives8-24016-19216-3848-48016-96016-1,920
Drive typesSSD, SAS, NL, SASSSD, FC, NL, SASSSD, FC, NL, SASSSD, SAS, NL, SASSSD, FC, NL, SASSSD, FC, NL, SAS
Maximum capacity400TB128TB384TB864TB800TB1.6PBs
SPC-1 Benchmark Results  93,050
SPC-1IOPS
Planned Post GA 450,212
SPCI-1IOPS

3PAR Architecture

3PAR ASIC with performance built in.

Start small and grow as you go. 3PAR’s autonomically tiered array includes a 3PAR unique ASIC that provides accelerated performance for 3PAR’s thin technologies, increasing throughput to allow 3PAR storage to run mixed workloads on the same storage resources. This is particularly valuable in virtual server environments, because 3PAR Storage allows you to double virtual machine density.
 

Mesh-Active Controllers

3PAR Controllers run together in an Mesh-Active design where every storage volume is active and accessible by each controller. In legacy ‘active-active’ systems although each controller is active a volume is usually only accessible from a single controller.
 

Fine grained virtualisation using Chunklets

Each disc in a 3PAR storage system is divided into granular allocation units called chunklets, each of which can be individually assigned to virtual volumes. Virtual volumes can be built from chunklets on different disc types which allows volumes to offer tiered quality of service (QoS) levels. Even the smallest virtual volume can leverage the performance of 10s or 100s of physical drives and organize data on according to performance requirements.

3PAR Software

Building on the 3PAR Inform operating system, HP 3PAR Storage offers a range of software solutions that enhances the agility and efficiency of the infrastructure.
 

Thin Suite

HP 3PAR Storage offers the industry’s only ‘built-in’, ASIC based suite of thin technologies to fit more data in less disc space including:
  • Thin Provisioning - cuts storage costs
  • Thin Conversion - rapid conversion of fully provisioned storage to 3PAR thin provisioned.
  • Thin Persistence - reclaims ‘white’ space from deleted volumes to make sure your storage stays thin over time.

All these ‘thin’ features are backed by HP 3PAR’s ‘Get Thin Guarantee’ program where HP will guarantee to reduce your storage capacity requirements by 50% or they will make up the difference with free disk, software and support.
 

Data Protection

HP 3PAR Storage has a range of data protection software including:
  • Full Copy – thin aware, point in time clones.
  • Virtual Copy – protect and share application data for testing or development.
  • Remote Copy – move data from 3PAR to remote 3PAR.

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