Hewlett-Packard on Monday unveiled a few new giant additions to its storage portfolio together with the potential to join its 3PAR arrays at once to its blade servers without an SAN, a circulation directly targeting arch-rival Cisco's u.s.expertise.
HP, Palo Alto, Calif., added its new storage know-how on the HP find conference, held this week in Las Vegas.
the brand new storage additions revolve around records center converged infrastructure, and they compete without delay with such choices as rival VCE's Vblocks, said Craig Nunes, vice president of marketing for HP storage.
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Converged infrastructure refers to tying server, storage and IP networking into an integrated answer with the intention to give valued clientele a single dealer supply for constructing records facilities and relocating against cloud computing.
HP became a pioneer in converged infrastructure technology with its Matrix providing. despite the fact, it has required a Fibre Channel community, which provides enormously to the can charge.
not, Nunes spoke of. With the brand new HP virtual join Direct-connect Fibre Channel for 3PAR Storage answer, HP's 3PAR plugs without delay into the HP BladeSystem chassis by way of HP's virtual connect know-how, doing away with the need for a Fibre Channel SAN.
"here's the business's first 'flat SAN,'" Nunes observed. "We're disposing of all the Fibre Channel hubs, the talking to different SAN gadget, and growing a direct connect with as much as 768 server blades."
consequently, HP 3PAR storage, which before required a Fibre Channel SAN, can now be carried out with HP's blade servers to form a converged infrastructure providing at 50 to 60 % beneath the can charge of a related Vblock, Nunes talked about. It also aspects about 2.5-times faster provisioning in comparison to Vblocks, he spoke of.
"Now 3PAR connects directly to up to 768 blades," he talked about. "simply imagine what number of digital machines that helps. heaps. or not it's relatively cool."
VCE Vblocks feature part from two HP arch rivals, including storage arrays from Hopkinton, Mass.-primarily based EMC, San Jose, Calif.-based mostly Cisco networking gear, and Cisco usaservers, which might be integrated and shipped as an entire answer to valued clientele.
subsequent: Simplifying And reducing The cost Of Converged Infrastructure
The biggest charge change between building a converged infrastructure the usage of HP 3PAR and server blades or using Vblocks stems from the charge of the networking, HP's Nunes referred to. "With Vblocks, consumers still pay for the Cisco infrastructure," he stated. "we have eliminated that requirement. we've got also reduce the deserve to at all times add and tear down digital machines."
The HP digital connect Direct-connect Fibre Channel for 3PAR Storage answer also ability purchasers get a converged infrastructure from a single seller. "They get it all from one company, with the size counting on the number of digital machines they want," he referred to.
HP acquired 3PAR in late 2011 and has for the reason that made it the middle of its enterprise and cloud storage strategy.
The capacity to join 3PAR storage at once to HP's blade servers fits smartly with HP's converged infrastructure method, talked about Marc Sarazin, government vice president of earnings and advertising at AdvizeX, an Independence, Ohio-primarily based answer issuer and HP companion.
"it's some thing clients had been looking for," Sarazin pointed out. "Any time they are able to simplify the management and reduce the cost of the IT infrastructure is appealing to consumers."
bill Cassidy, CTO of IT companions, a Tempe, Ariz.-primarily based answer company and HP associate, observed the query of how 3PAR storage connects to HP's blade servers comes up when valued clientele see how well Cisco u.s.a.servers connect to EMC or NetApp storage.
The usual 3PAR sale has been to shoppers with an current SAN infrastructure, and so shoppers were looking to substitute their existing array whereas protecting their SAN, Cassidy referred to.
"It hasn't been a deal breaker," he pointed out. "The consumer resolution has been more of a whole, as in do they go with HP or Cisco blades and not even if they can attach 3PAR to the blade chassis. however with this new means, it can be less demanding to confer with customers about HP's converged infrastructure."
it'll get even more straightforward as HP unveils smaller types of its 3PAR storage arrays, Cassidy spoke of. "also, with VDI (virtual laptop infrastructure), it may be easy to include 3PAR and HP blades in their repertoire as a extra low-budget solution devoid of the want for a storage community," he talked about. "Or to seek advice from customers in greenfield environments the place there is no need to purchase a storage network."