Faster Delivery = Happy Users
Automated Process = Fewer Errors
Standards = Cost Reduction
Order Visibility = Confidence
Linking Systems = Efficiency
When something goes wrong, often, there aren’t obvious tools to help address your issues and nowhere you would expect them.
From the very outset, it was built as the flexible, stable, predictable storage that would get the very best performance to accept the latest media, keep itself balanced and trimmed. It would also make it utterly simple for users to know what was going on and why.
With the addition of HPE expertise and engineering, 3PAR now stands apart from other storage offerings.
It utilizes Gen 6 ASICs to do the RAID math, tiering with the standard Intel processors to move the data giving a predictable performance which is not bottlenecked in a mixed data environment. It delivers the fastest possible response and performance from the entire array.
Mesh-active controllers share access to storage and cache so that the loss of a single controller does not degrade data security or integrity with minimal loss of performance.
Adaptive Flash Cache allows 3PAR to use a slice of as few as 4 SSD drives to reduce application response time for read-intensive I/O workloads and improve write throughput in mixed workload environments. AFC leverages a portion of SSD capacity, lowers latency by up to 70%. It shares SSD with Adaptive Optimization & Thinly Deduped Volumes (no dedicated Flash) and is complementary to Adaptive optimization giving faster response times for read bursts of cold AO data.
Converged Block, File, and Object Access options allow the same controllers to do more work (there’s plenty of headroom left for this in 3PAR’s design) without more appliances or different boxes and tools to manage.
Online Import, included in the base operating system for up to one year, allows lifecycle data migration from 3PAR or EVA; EMC CX, VNX & VMAX; and HDS USP & VSP arrays.
With 3PAR Federation, up to 4 separate 3PAR arrays can behave (and be managed) as a single storage entity, so that loads that require performance can be moved to the fastest array and loads that need retention can be moved to the least expensive storage.
With optimization tools, part or all of an LUN can be moved within an array, between high-performing and low-cost storage, on schedule or on-demand, maintaining priorities of response time or bandwidth as defined by the user.
Anybody can build a two-controller machine that does fast, efficient storage. Does it have enterprise features that include remote replication, application awareness, reliability or data security? Is it built to stay fast through the lifecycle of the product? Does is have a simple, intuitive management tools AND a full, rich CLI? 3PAR comes with all of this capability, often at a cost lower than “screaming fast all-flash” arrays.
Given the architecture behind 3PAR, whatever comes along next, will work in and with a 3PAR environment, without forklifts, or “another pair of boxes”. Just plug it in and go.
Even the newest competitive storage offerings still draw on a design dating back 30 years: Two controllers, with industry-standard processors for everything, storage stranded behind each controller. Want more functions? Add more pairs of controllers or different controllers, managed different ways.
Does this sound like reduced complexity or cost of operations? I think it does.