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HPE flashes out 3PAR, Nimble and MSA kit

Joins Dell EMC, NetApp, Pure to upgrade all-flash arrays

HPE has announced new mid-range 3PAR all-flash arrays, fifth generation MSA arrays, Nimble Secondary Flash arrays, and cloud-connected StoreOnce data protection.

HPE is also announcing availability of Nimble's existing AF series of all-flash arrays. The Nimble so-called Secondary Flash arrays are described here.

HPE's 3PAR StoreServ 9450 is an upgrade on the existing 8450 all-flash array with more performance and connectivity. The company says it's increasing performance 70 per cent, doubling scale to 6PB, and enabling 3x the frontend connectivity with 80 host ports.


HPE 3PAR StoreServ 9450

Here's a table comparing what we know of the 9450 and the 8450:

  8450 9450
Controller nodes 2-Controller 2U or 4-Controller 4U 2-Controller 2U or 4-Controller 4U
Gen 5 ASICs 2 or 4 2 or 4
Processors 2 - 4 x Xeon 10-core 2.4GHz ?
Total Cache 384GiB 896GiB
3D Cache with Optane & NVMe   Path to it
Max Host Ports 24 80
16Gbit/s FC 4 - 24 0 - 80
10Gbit/s iSCSI 0 - 8 0 - 40
10Gbit/s E 0 - 8 0 - 24
1Gbit/s E 0 - 16  
Max Initiators 4096 ?
2U Controller Node Drive Capacity 24 ?
Number SSDs 6 - 480 576
Max Raw Capacity 1,843TiB 6,000TiB
Usable File Capacity 2 - 265TiB 512TiB
Performance   Up to 70% more than 8450

We imagine the 9450 has faster Xeons but haven't been able to confirm.

HPE claims the 9450 enables consistent and predictable performance at less than half the cost of EMC VMAX 250F4 and supports consolidation of both block and file workloads. It also provides a proof path to next generation Storage Class Memory (Optane we guess) and NVMe using HPE 3PAR 3D Cache.

At the array entry level there are new MSA 2050 and 2052 products. They deliver twice the performance of the previous generation and start at less than $10,000. The 2052 has 1.6TB of flash capacity. We're told these MSAs can mix any combination of SSD and SAS drives, and include snapshots and remote replication.

StoreOnce CloudBank provides AWS or Azure storage or on-premises object storage tiers for long-term retention. HPE says it reduces bandwidth requirements by over 99 per cent, helping to lower costs of cloud-based storage to just $0.001 per gigabyte per month.

StoreOnce supports 3PAR arrays so older array data can be pumped out to on-premises object storage or off to the public cloud.

HPE Recovery Manager Central (RMC) is part of 3PAR's all-inclusive licensing model and has a new Express Restore feature, which enables 15x faster data recovery from on or off-premises StoreOnce repositories. RMC is now integrated with Veeam Explorer so customers can recover application items such as emails, documents and database schemas directly from RMC-V Express Protect backups.

Pricing and availability

  • The 9450 will be available June 2017 with US street pricing starting at $74,840
  • The MSA 2050 will be available June 2017 with US street pricing starting at $7,750
  • The MSA 2052 will be available June 2017 with US street pricing starting at $9,600
  • RMC 4.1 is included as part of the standard all-inclusive 3PAR StoreServ licensing package and will be available from September 2017.
  • StoreOnce CloudBank is available as part of an Early Access Programme. Contact HPE to see if you qualify
  • Nimble Secondary Flash Array currently available with US street pricing starting under $40,000

It will be interesting to compare the 3PAR 9450 with Pure's FlashArray//X, Dell EMC's new XtremIO products, and NetApp's new all-flash FAS kit. A round of AFA upgrading has swept through the industry. ®

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