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HPE announces new flash storage portfolio for hybrid IT

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a comprehensive flash portfolio update with new products and data protection solutions designed to help create an all- flash data center. The new offerings include:

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

The adoption of flash storage continues to gain pace, with 51 percent of customers predicting that they will have an All-Flash Data Center within five years. It’s not just enterprises, smaller companies are also adopting flash as prices come down. At the same time, IT teams are seeking deeper integration across servers, storage, networks, and automation tools to maximize value from investments.

“As flash permeates the datacenter it has become critical to move beyond the array – from predictive analytics to data protection to investment strategies,” said Bill Philbin, senior vice president, Data Center Infrastructure Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “These new solutions help more customers maximize the value of flash on-premises and enable flexible off-premises data mobility.”

Data growth and app development in the data center is expanding exponentially and putting pressure on IT to consolidate more data on less infrastructure while also evaluating the right mix of on-premises and off-premises investments. To address these demands, HPE is updating its overall flash portfolio including the addition of cloud-ready Nimble Storage flash arrays powered by predictive analytics for a new-style approach to storage support and monitoring.

For midrange customers hitting performance limits of aging systems, HPE 3PAR is redefining expectations with the new HPE 3PAR StoreServ 9450, a highly scalable, multi-tenant, and performance rich all-flash platform that builds on the product family’s number one 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. This 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 futureproof 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.

With the scale and speed of flash storage becoming pervasive it’s critical that customers re-think data protection to avoid risk and eliminate bottlenecks – this includes taking advantage of public cloud to achieve the right mix of Hybrid IT. As part of that shift, 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. StoreOnce CloudBank has been architected to reduce bandwidth requirements by over 99 percent, helping to lower costs of cloud-based storage to just $0.001 per gigabyte per month. The solution also supports the full set of on-premises StoreOnce features, including 3PAR integration, so customers can automatically transition data off-premises while assuring rapid and flexible disaster recovery.




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