HP announced a refresh of its midrange and flash-optimized 3PAR storage systems portfolio, advancing block, file, object, and backup of 3PAR StoreServ Converged Flash arrays. The company is releasing new 3PAR File Persona software and a new StoreServ 7440c Converged Flash Array.
With the new 3PAR 7440C array HP hopes the mid-market enterprise can use StoreServ as a single solution to support a variety of workloads and operating environments. The 7440C features 3.5 petabytes of usable capacity, 16Gb Fibre Channel connectivity, and all-flash optimized performance over 900,000 IOPs.
The array also, for the first time, gives users the ability to add hard disk drives to work in concert with flash capacity.
To lure customers off the competition HP offers a self-managed platform migration solution for moving from EMC VMAX installation. HP has updated 3PAR StoreServ 7200c, 7400c and all-flash 7450c platforms, and included more processing cores, larger memory caches, and support for block, file, and object access.
The new line of 3PAR systems was launched at HP's annual Discover event in Barcelona, where it also announced that it is including a 50 terabyte StoreOnce VSA and expanded Kernel-based Virtual Machine hypervisor support to enable backup-as-a-service consolidation.
HP also launched a new application-managed backup feature for 3PAR StoreServ to help manage snapshots on 3PAR StoreServ systems.
Offered as a feature of the 3PAR OS, HP Persona software includes updates for Network File System, Common Internet File System and object access. HP says that this is a first step towards moving storage-affinity related workloads such as data access, protection. and analytics directly into the storage operating system and controller. Multi-protocol access to a single-shared capacity group, along with integration with a new 3PAR StoreServ Management Console are additional benefits that HP notes.