Press Release: 10 August 2012

HP Boosts Application Performance with HP 3PAR Solid State Technology

Integration between HP 3PAR Storage, HP ProLiant servers maximizes potential of solid state technology while lowering costs
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The new all-solid state drive configuration for HP 3PAR Storage improves application performance while reduces IT complexity.

HONG KONG, Aug. 10, 2012 — HP today announced an all-solid state drive (SSD) configuration for HP 3PAR P10000 Storage to improve organizations’ application performance while reducing operational costs and IT complexity.

Organizations with massive cloud and virtualized environments are turning to SSDs to address application performance gaps and improve infrastructure efficiency. However, integrating SSDs in legacy IT environments can be challenging and costly. Limitations on the number of SSDs per array can force clients to buy multiple systems, which in turn increases physical footprint, power usage and cooling expenses.

In addition, administrators are often required to move data manually between storage tiers to optimize service levels. This extremely time-intensive process increases data-center maintenance requirements, which can eliminate the performance and cost benefits that SSDs deliver.

The new all-SSD configuration for HP 3PAR P10000 Storage eliminates these issues with a single tier of solid state storage while also delivering the same industry-leading(1) performance as the existing HP 3PAR P10000. By supporting up to 512 SSDs per array, the all-SSD HP 3PAR system reduces equipment costs, data-center footprint and energy expenses. Client cost per input/output operations per second is reduced by 70 percent, and cost per kilowatt hour is cut by more than 80 percent, making all-SSD HP 3PAR P10000 Storage ideal for performance-driven applications.(2)

HP 3PAR P10000 systems also allow clients to combine SSDs with traditional Fibre Channel drives and deploy HP 3PAR Adaptive Optimization software to achieve autonomic storage tiering. Adaptive Optimization distributes data to the right storage tier at the right time, reducing data-center management costs and maximizing system performance.

“Before our move to HP 3PAR Adaptive Optimization Software with solid state, service levels were being compromised and substantial time was spent moving between tiers reactively,” said Ken Kirchoff, director, Unix Systems and Storage, Priceline. “Now that data is automatically tiered, our total cost of ownership has dramatically improved, and our staff has more freedom to concentrate on strategic growth opportunities.”

Seamless server-to-storage SSD integration improves performance, reduces cost

Only HP Converged Infrastructure integrates SSDs seamlessly across servers and storage, allowing clients to improve application performance while reducing operational complexity and cost.

The new HP Smart Cache for the HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers will soon be available with advanced functionality that utilizes SSDs for caching to accelerate workload performance. The solution will use HP Smart Analytics technology to intelligently assign frequently accessed “hot data” to high-performance SSD drives. By providing workload-aware intelligence to optimize system operations, this “smart caching” capability helps clients achieve six times higher performance for transactional workloads(3) as well as 50 percent more performance for video-streaming applications, compared to previous generations.(4)

HP also is extending the functionality of HP Smart Cache within HP ProLiant Gen8 servers to a converged solution with HP 3PAR Storage solutions. This collaborative-caching capability will autonomically copy data in real time from the HP 3PAR Storage arrays to the HP Smart Array SSD cache on the HP ProLiant Gen8 server. This innovative capability enables clients to improve performance while reducing costs and latency, resulting in more agility when responding to service-level demands.

“While SSDs deliver critical performance for cloud and virtualized workloads, legacy infrastructures fail to maximize the technology’s return on investment by requiring intensive data-tiering administration,” said Cally Chan, managing director, HP Hong Kong. “The ability to intelligently automate data mobility between HP ProLiant servers and HP 3PAR systems within array tiers fully actualizes SSD performance and efficiency so clients can focus more time growing the business instead of managing the back office.”

Availability

HP 3PAR P10000 with all SSDs is available today.

HP’s premier Europe, Middle East and Africa client event, HP Discover, takes place Dec. 4-6 in Frankfurt, Germany.


(1) Based on the Storage Performance Council’s SPC-1 benchmark results, available at www.storageperformance.org/results/benchmark_results_spc1/#a00109.
(2) Based on HP internal comparison of an HP 3PAR P10000 V800 with all Fibre Channel and an equivalently sized HP 3PAR P10000 V800 with all SSD drives.
(3) Internal testing of the new HP Smart Array controllers (HP ProLiant Gen8 server) compared to the current generation HP Smart Array controllers (HP ProLiant G7 server) in a RAID 6 configuration.
(4) HP Performance Lab testing: Comparison benchmark on HP ProLiant DL380 G7 server using latest processors, memory and HP Smart Array controller vs. HP ProLiant DL380 Gen8 server using the latest processors, memory and HP Gen8 Smart Array controllers.

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