HP upgrades 3PAR flash storage, refines options for SAP HANA

HP's Storage unit unveiled new advancements on Wednesday intended to simplify the transition to flash storage while preserving legacy infrastructure investments.

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HP's Storage unit unveiled new advancements on Wednesday intended to simplify the transition to flash storage while preserving legacy infrastructure investments.

Aimed at mid-size to large businesses, the HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage for Tier-1 data services is being upgraded with two new features for improving application performance.

The first is Adaptive Flash Cache, which uses flash capacity to extend storage system cache, either selectively or across the entire array. IT managers can also add solid state drives to the 3PAR StoreServ array.

All in all, the new standard function is boasted to be able to double the read rate while slashing latency by up to 70 percent.

The second enhancement is Adaptive Optimization, also touted to produce faster read rates and response times through sub-LUN tiering.

HP is further honing the 3PAR platform for select customers also subscribing to SAP's HANA by certifying two of its offerings (the 3PAR StoreServ 7200 All-flash Starter Kit and the 3PAR StoreServ 7400 configuration) as enterprise storage options for the in-memory database.

Now available worldwide, the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 All-Flash Starter Kit starts at $35,000.

HP 3PAR Flash Advisor, Adaptive Flash Cache and Express Writes are also ready to ship, bundled in with 3PAR OS version 3.2.1 or later. Existing customers can upgrade for free.

HP is also adding a 3PAR Flash Advisor toolset, comprised of analytics and reporting capabilities designed to improve efficiency and service levels.

The 3PAR Dynamic Optimization software is also available as part of the HP 3PAR Data Optimization Software Suite, but it requires a license.

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