Market share: HP & Others up – everyone else down

IBM SVC 6.2 (with V7000) - SPC-1 520'043 IOPS

Good post by Robin Harris (thank you)

IDC’s Worldwide Total Disk Storage Systems Market for Q3 2015 had some interesting results. The thumbnail is the title of this post.

But there are a couple more details. ODM vendors – who sell direct to the hyperscale data center customers – had the fastest revenue growth of any supplier at 23.4%. HP’s revenue growth came in second at 16%, while the Others followed closely at 15.2%.

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DCIG 2015 AFA Buyer’s Guide is Fantastically Horrible

Good post by Brian Beeler (thank you)

Last week DCIG published their “2015-16 All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide.” We’ve grown accustomed to ignoring most “Magic” and “Best Of” quadrants and awards respectively because almost every time they’re garbage. Analysts or media members anoint some vendor or technology best, shiniest, most rectangle or whatever else they can come up with to promote their own brand. What’s worse are the awards that are paid for, an even more disturbing part of enterprise IT sales and marketing.

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VVOLs are more than just “per-VM”storage volumes

Good post by Luca Dell’Oca (thank you)

As I’m following closely the growth and evolution of this new technology for vSphere environments, and I’m still in search of a solution to play with VVOLs in my lab, I’ve found an article on the blogosphere and some additional comments on Twitter that made me re-think a bit about the real value of VVOLs.

It’s just a “per-VM” storage?

The original article comes from one of my favorite startups, Coho Data. In this article Suzy Visvanathan explains how Coho being an NFS-based storage doesn’t really need to support VVOLs.

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HP Announces A Series Of Innovations To Speed Flash Adoption In The Datacenter

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today HP made a series of announcements around its 3PAR StoreServ Storage family. These announcements include lowering the price of flash capacity, new highly scalable all-flash arrays, and flash-optimized data services. These new innovations are aimed at accelerating the adoption off all flash in datacenters.

As we’ve seen over the past few years, flash technology is continuing to be adopted in many areas. With their increased density, performance, and predictability, all-flash arrays will continue to grow, in fact IDC forecasts that flash arrays will see a 46% compound annual growth rate over the next five years. Customers are looking to extend the benefits of flash into the datacenter.

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Newbies Guide to the 3PAR SSMC

Good post by 3PARDude (thank you)

So far in this series of posts on SSMC I have covered what’s new in the latest version, how toinstall SSMC and how to add systems to SSMC.  Today I want to run through the basics of the new interface so you can get up and running fast.

SSMC looks significantly different to the 3PAR Management Console, so the purpose of today’s post is to provide some familiarisation and to learn how to move around the new console.

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HP StoreOnce SQL Plug-in: Faster, efficient backup for Microsoft SQL Server databases

Post by Ian Blatchford (thank you)

Today’s BURA Sunday blog continues conversations started in recent posts from colleagues in HP Storage that have covered storage infrastructure and protection to optimize Microsoft SQL Server deployments.

Parissa talked about how deploying SQL Server databases on HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 would save you from the tradeoff between database performance and resiliency. All-flash storage means very low latency and Peer Persistence between two distributed 3PAR StoreServ arrays provides resiliency against catastrophic site failure. Ashwin previewed the StoreOnce plug-in that enables DBAs to run direct backups from the SQL Server database to a StoreOnce appliance. He also described some of the benefits of using HP Data Protector for organizations who want to include SQL Server database protection as part of a centralized data protection process.

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Adaptive Optimization Design Considerations

Good post by the 3PARdude (thank you)

What is AO?

Adaptive Optimization (AO) is 3PAR’s disk tiering technology, which automatically moves the hottest most frequently accessed blocks to the fastest disks and at the same time moves the infrequently accessed cold blocks of data to slower disks. If you are from an EMC background AO is comparable to FAST VP, if you are from a NetApp background welcome to the brave new world of tiering.

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Installation Project: HP 3PAR StoreServ

Good post by Markus Leinonen (thank you)

With our previous installation project (part 1 & part 2) we installed the complete HP blade server infrastructure with Generation 9 blade servers and Virtual Connect FlexFabric modules up&running in the rack. They have been on display in the PROOFMARK portal ever since and quite a few of you have already seen them in action. Now it is time to add some serious storage to the picture!

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2015 Storage Technology Predictions from an Insider

Post by Craig Nunes (thank you)

  1. The Death of 10K RPM Drives. Why? The cost per usable GB of flash will match 10K rpm SAS drives this year.

I have said this in the past and 2015 will be no different—the best thing we in the vendor community can do for our customers is to drive down the cost of flash as low as absolutely possible while also
maintaining the resiliency and wear handling that data centers require. 2014 brought the availability of “data center quality” flash at $2.00 per usable GB with the combination of large capacity 1.92GB flash drives and compaction technologies. This was significant in that $2/usable GB is the same cost as 15K rpm SAS drives, and accordingly (I can say for my employer) we shipped more flash capacity in the second half of the year than 15K rpm disk capacity.

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Where all-flash performance meets versatility: HP 3PAR StoreServ 7440c Storage

Post by Aravindan Gopalakrishnan (thank you)

HP Storage and HP 3PAR StoreServ continue to be in the limelight with announcements of new products or innovative new technologies at every single HP Discover event these past few years. HP Discover 2014 Barcelona was no exception – with the announcements of HP 3PAR StoreServ 7440c Converged Flash Array, HP 3PAR File Persona, Online Import support for EMC VMAX, StoreServ Management Console and Recovery Manager Central.

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