HP offers all-flash storage at same price as spinning disks


by | 10 June 2014

HP Discover: StoreServ 7450 claims to make all-flash array as affordable as HDD.

Hewlett-Packard has made its new all-flash StoreServ 7450 storage array available for the same price as spinning disk, it announced at its annual Discover event in Las Vegas today.

The firm claimed HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage array will deliver the lowest cost per gigabyte for all-flash storage available in the industry, at under $2.

It will also reduce capacity requirements while upping scalability, the audience heard.

On top of that, HP has announced a 99.9999% uptime guarantee for companies leaving their data in its latest product.

Dave Chalmers, chief technologist for HP's enterprise group, told CBR: "We've introduced six-nines availability. That's equivalent to just seconds a year downtime."

"People have wondered just how long they can keep digging and writing from a solid state device [SSD] because the write-cycles were restrictive," he added. "We've now introduced a five-year warranty on our SSD drives to completely take away the concern customers had."

The firm also announced enhancements to the HP StoreOnce Backup product line.

By adding HP StoreOnce Federated Catalyst to the HP StoreOnce Backup family, the company aims to reduce management overhead by 75% by eliminating physical mapping of backup jobs to individual backup appliances.

It claims this should free up administrators' time so they can focus on higher value IT projects.

HP's also extended its OneView management product to cover storage systems as well as servers, with network management planned for the future.

Chalmers said: "Unless you can manage great technology you're never really going to get the benefit of it. All the tools are all too siloed. It's one tool that will run the entirety of your server and storage and in the future we'll add in a networking feature as well.

"It also shows our commitment to openness: it's not just managing HP technology but over 65 third party plug-ins into OneView to manage and use other software like RedHat and Microsoft."

The news comes after HP earlier announced its Apollo family of high performance computing (HPC) systems which it claims will offer a better level of performance of a standard rack server while using less space and energy, taking on IBM in this market.

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