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3PAR picks up share from EMC, HDS and IBM

As expected, 3PAR's results were not great in a bare numbers sense, but a comparison with EMC and other enterprise storage array competition implies that 3PAR is gaining market share. The company's virtualised InServ arrays compete for enterprise storage business with EMC Symmetrix, HDS USP, HP EVA and XP, and IBM's DS8000 and …
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2009
IMFT 25nm Flash die

Eat our dust, spinning rust: In 5 years, it'll be all flash all the time

El Reg’s futorologists have looked into the data centre storage area and foresee the banishment of disk drive spindles starting within five years. Put bluntly, disks suck. They are slow, they fail, they suck up electricity and floorspace. CIOs of companies with performance-focussed data centres don’t want disks. They look at all …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013
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3PAR developing united federation of clusters

3PAR is actively developing technology needed to federate its InServ clustered storage arrays together and provide a single pool of resources across the federation. 3PAR believes that there is a practical limit to the scaling on the number of nodes in a cluster, due to the risk of a node failure taking the entire cluster down. …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2009
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3PAR tiering faster than FAST

Faster than EMC's FAST: you can order 3PAR's automatic data moving across storage tiers software right now. 3PAR is also adding solid state storage to its arrays. FAST is EMC's Fully-Automated Tiering Technology, and it moves data at the logical unit (LUN) level from one type of storage to another. For example, from Fibre …
Chris Mellor, 08 Mar 2010
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3PAR zeroes in on wasted space

3PAR is thinking about nothing in particular with its latest announcement: targeting and removing zeroes from migrated-in volumes and getting rid of them in thin copies and snapshots. Its idea is to use zero detection facilities in the third generation of the ASIC hardware in its InServ storage array, along with a so-called thin …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2009
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3PAR rolls out adaptive provisioning

3PAR is developing technology to move data blocks automatically between different tiers of storage, according to a person familiar with the situation. With the massive scale of storage forecast to be needed in the future, the ability to keep only the highly active data blocks on the fastest and most expensive tier of storage ( …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2009

No Dell, no EMC? Well, HP's storage champ then

A HP 3PAR system is top of the storage heap in the SPC-1 benchmarks for storage systems costing less than $200,000 and also achieved a top price/performance ranking. Of course, many of the big boys failed to make a showing, so we're not sure how valuable the crown is. Out of all systems submitted to the Storage Performance …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2013

Coraid and CommVault team up, grab biz barons' backup from HP, Sepaton

At IP EXPO, Coraid and CommVault were flaunting their love after partnering up on a new venture to provide scaleable data management and protection solutions for enterprise folk. Coraid said CommVault was a great door-opener, and said that together they were capable of taking on players like Sepaton and HP for the Simpana back- …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013
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3PAR reverts to a loss

Beating Wall Street earnings estimates, 3PAR grew revenues 61 per cent in its second fiscal quarter of 2009, although it reported a net loss compared to a profit in the previous quarter. Q2 fiscal year 2009 revenues were $45.1m, a satisfying increase from the year-ago quarter's $28m, but the company had a GAAP net loss of $1.2m …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2008
Hitachi VSP All-flash array SPC-1 ranking

What makes a tier-1 enterprise flash array a superior beast?

Enterprise tier-1 storage arrays are a breed apart, focusing on providing fast access to vast amounts of data without either losing data or limiting access to it. This is in contrast to the broad mass of storage arrays, which have dual controllers and thus limit the amount of data they can store and the number of concurrent …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2014
globalisation

3PAR partially makes its mind-up on SSD

3PAR is going to add tier zero solid state drive (SSD) storage to its arrays. Its InServe array software can use it now. The move means all tier one and two storage array suppliers have added SSD storage to their road maps. Craig Nunes, 3PAR's marketing VP, says 3PAR has either Fibre Channel (4Gbit/s) or SATA drives in InServ …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2008

Gartner gurus: Storage array market GREW at the end of 2013

Number-crunchers Gartner's external storage market gurus reckoned it returned to year-on-year growth in the last quarter of fiscal 2013. According to Gartner: “Worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage vendor revenue totalled $6.3bn in the fourth quarter of 2013, a five per cent increase from $6.0bn a year ago.” …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2014
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EMC braces self for November's flashy XTremIO launchgasm

EMC is winding itself up to launch its XtremIO flash array on 14 November. This is an all-flash array, gained in EMC's XtremIO acquisition, and it will, of course, be a faster, more power-efficient and cost-efficient array than those of all the competition, with better management software, array backend and server front-end …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2013
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HP drops $1bn, two-year OpenStack cash bomb

Hewlett-Packard is has unveiled a $1bn, two-year campaign promoting its open-source cloud, now rebranded as Helion. The PC maker says it will be spending on R&D, the development of cloud products and hiring “hundreds” of experts in a new OpenStack professional services practice. Experts are being hired to cover planning advice, …
Gavin Clarke, 07 May 2014

HP's plunging storage revenues could yet be saved

The good ship HP is being held back by many things and storage ain't helping, yet. The one brightspot there - 3PAR - can't overcome plunging revenues elsewhere. The company reported its second quarter of its financial 2013 revenues yesterday. Within the overall Enterprise Group, the storage segment declined 13 per cent year-on- …
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2013
Benjamin Button

HP faces down youthful tech upstarts: Don't judge us by our looks

Hewlett-Packard is a mature company operating among other declining mature firms – all of whom have to compete with new, immature rivals. So how can it equip itself to prosper in the new era? Cisco UCS Invicta racks Old-hand Cisco got wise to the disruptive game early, coming up with UCS when everyone thought Dell, HP and IBM …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2014
Suitcase bulging with cash

Nimble nearly nudging $200m: Claims all-Flash grunt with partial iron

Hybrid array high-flier Nimble Storage has upped its revenues by 110 per cent annually - but deepened its losses by 109 per cent, as it eschews profits for growth. In its first fiscal 2015 quarter revenues were $46.5 million compared to $41.7 million in the previous quarter and $22.1 million a year ago. The net loss was $19.6 …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2014
Pure Storage F320

HDDs? Array with them... All-flash pusher Pure on its plans for 2014

All-flash array startup Pure Storage claims it is now IPO-sized in revenue terms and boasts of a coming fourfold increase in array capacity. Stifel Nicolaus MD Aaron Rakers hosted a call with Scott Dietzen, Pure's CEO, and circulated the following nuggets about Pure's position in the array market. The Pure Storage roadmap …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2013
From Here To ETERNUS

Fujitsu punts all-flash Eternus box... JUST before NetApp pulls a FASt one

Fujitsu claims you don’t need to buy special all-flash systems for performance, get it from its cheaper all-flash mid-range DX200 array instead. Fujitsu says “in contrast to expensive all-flash arrays based on special architectures, the Fujitsu ETERNUS DX200 S3 uses a high performance standard system architecture, helping to cut …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2014

Just how much bang does a FAS8040 box give you for 500,000 bucks

A just-announced two-node NetApp FAS8040 cluster scored 86,072.33 IOPS [PDF] on the SPC-1 random I/O storage benchmark, with linear scale-out extrapolation suggesting it could do better than the FAS6240's performance. The list price for the system was a smidgen below half a million bucks at $495,652.43, giving a list price/ …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2014
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Will HP 3PAR high-end storage arrays?

What is the future for HP's high-end XP storage arrays? Which way will incoming HP server-networking-storage boss David Donatelli jump? Donatelli left EMC to run a combined server, storage, and networking operation at HP. The company is busy creating an integrated IT stack consisting of servers, storage, networking, and system …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2009
globalisation

3PAR F-class jumps into Clariion competition

Enterprise storage array supplier 3PAR has introduced a downsized T-Class system, the F-Class, to take on high-end dual controller modular storage arrays in enterprise data centres. The T-class can have up to eight clustered controllers and has found a good market in hosting and cloud/web 2.0 suppliers. The entry-level E-Class …
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2009
Scrooge

HP: A firmware update is just for Christmas, not for EVA

Meg Whitman's HP has sent a Christmas missive to EVA customers who don't have maintenance deals with the firm explaining that their free firmware updates are now thing of the past. The EVA is HP's legacy dual-controller storage array, which is gradually being replaced by the StoreServ (3PAR) line of arrays. There are thousands …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2013
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3PAR revs CTO office for major changes

It starts innocuously enough, but follow this thread and the implications start building up. 3PAR has a new engineering VP. He is Peter Slocum, and he's got an impressive background with ViVOtech and Brocade in his CV, plus earlier stints at Silicon Graphics, MIPS Computer Systems, and Hewlett Packard. So far, so ho hum. But …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2009
HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450

What's HP got under wraps? Looks awfully flash and tape shaped

HP is indulging in a storage product-fest orgy at HP Discover in Las Vegas with an all-flash 3PAR, deduping VSA software, refreshed backup software, and a new tape library. StoreServ all-flash array HP is debuting the 3PAR StoreServe 7450, an all-flasher, with a tad more than half a million IOPS, 550,000 to be precise. We …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2013

HP storage unit battered as buyers dodge EVA, tape

HP's storage results sank 5 per cent year-on-year in its latest quarter due to declining EVA array and tape product revenues. CFO Cathy Lesjak said in the earnings call: "In Storage, the continued strong performance of 3PAR with more than 60 per cent growth and StoreOnce with double-digit growth did not offset the decline in EVA …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2012
Violin

Flash biz Violin plays for $162m shower of notes - will rivals drown it out?

Flash array startup Violin Memory wants to raise $162m in a stock-market debut, according to paperwork filed for its IPO. Earlier this month rival Pure Storage received $150m in a funding round, which may or may not be significant in Violin's pricing calculations. Other recent big-bucks flash-array news this month has included …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2013
Bald Diesen

Pure Storage CEO goes BALD after losing bet on firm's results

Pure Storage CEO has made good on his bet and shaved his head in response to Pure Storage’s results. The all-flash array startup boss said he’d shave his head if Pure’s sales, sales order management and shipping folks managed to double the firm’s business in the fourth quarter. They did and so Scott Dietzen’s cranial follicles …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2014
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3PAR peers through cloud at service providers

In a storage cloud, empty bit buckets on disk platters are like a centrifugal force spinning money off and away. They are destroyers of value. Unless storage suppliers can deal with this, they're going to be outclassed and uncompetitive. David Scott, 3PAR's CEO, says his company is set to bring new features to its InServ arrays …
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2009
Dell EqualLogic PS6210

Dell bundles data mgmt AND flash into 1.2m IOPS flashy array

Dell has produced an all-flash array within the EqualLogic environment, thinking customers need existing data management capabilities on top of flash speeds, and not a binary either-or choice. It has revved up its mid-range iSCSI SAN array with the PS6210, following on from the PS6110, a 64-bit version of the EqualLogic …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2013
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NetApp and 3Par become storage buddies

3PAR and Network Appliance have signed an agreement to consolidate their block and file storage services into a single SAN/NAS pool. The deal, announced Tuesday, allows 3Par's InServ system owners to connect with NetApp V-Series 3000 or 6000 systems and create a block and file data hybrid. As you would expect, direct block …
Austin Modine, 06 Jun 2007
Dawn

HP: Look to the East, admins! Lo, it is Project Dawn

Dawn is approaching for HP storage, and the sun will rise on two new low-end 3PAR storage arrays providing a future for legacy EVA array users. Currently there are three 3PAR models HP is focussing on: The high-end P10000 with its fourth generation ASIC speeding its operations; it was announced in August 2011 and stores up to 1 …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2012
Kaminario K2 v4 SPC-1

DRAM whammed, thank you ma'am: Kaminario K2 flash bests sib at SPC-1

Kaminario has submitted an SPC-1 benchmark run on its K2 flash array, and it's reached the top. It's booted the DRAM version of its K2 array off the top spot with a fourth-generation product, the K2 v4. The K2 DRAM scored 1,219,973.91 IOPS from its 1.2TB of RAM in July last year. The K2 v4 system used 28 K-Nodes, each with …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2013
DRagon

Reg man pulls out telescope: Thar be magic quadragons... and lo, a new vendor

There is dissent in the flash array vendor ranks over Gartner gurus' magic quadrant. The all-flash array ranking quadragon has reared its head and breathed fire from its nostrils all over us puny Reg hacks. Thanks to a tipoff, we can now update our earlier list to add another vendor: Cisco Invicta EMC XtremIO HP 3PAR <——— …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2014

HP deed-poll drama: MORE new names for storage kiddies

HP is currently rebranding its storage arrays as StoreSomething and the HP X9000 IBRIX scale-out filers are looking to become HP's StoreAll product line, with the 3PAR block arrays becoming StoreServs. The company has already announced the StoreOnce, StoreVirtual and StoreEasy brands. It looks as if there are going to be more …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2012
SolidFIre QOS

SolidFire bags blue chip execs, hopes storage street cred will follow

When a flash start-up gets a product for enterprise cloud service providers out the door it needs to become enterprise-like itself. SolidFire has done just that and recruited a trio of blue-chip storage execs. SolidFire makes modular scale-out flash arrays, with quality of service facilities, for cloud service providers. These …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2012
cloud

Symantec gives 3PAR helping hand

It turns out 3PAR needed a bit of help to get its fat-to-thin process working properly. The latest T-class InServ storage array has clever hardware that turns an incoming fat volume into a thin one. This means that if you migrate a storage volume from some other array that does not have thin provisioning - a fat volume - then it …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2008
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3Par does logical partitioning

3Par is releasing new software today for dividing an InServ array into separate virtual devices. Instead of relying on physical and manual separation of storage resources, 3Par's new Virtual Domains software uses logical partitioning. The technology allows each domain to be dynamically resized, while keeping each section safely …
Austin Modine, 06 Nov 2007
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HP: You know what healthy OpenStack bods need? Fibre Channel

Hewlett-Packard says it is enabling OpenStack users to connect to two of its Fibre Channel and iSCSI-access storage arrays. OpenStack is the NASA and Rackspace-initiated open-source platform for building an infrastructure cloud. The build-yer-own platform has both compute and storage controller components and aims to lower …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2013

SolidFire snaps up $31m in funding, brandishes 3.4PB monster

Cloud flash array startup SolidFire has snagged $31 million in C-round funding and revealed a bad-ass flash array delivering up to 7.5 million IOPS - and a claimed 3.4PB capacity. That capacity in SolidFire's SF9010 is after dedupe, compression and thin provisioning have been applied, and with the maximum of 100 nodes ganged …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2013

Pure Storage hoovers up $150m in funding, hires ex-Data Domain CEO

Flash array upstart Pure Storage aims to emerge from the herd and pull off a Data Domain, having secured $150m in E-round funding and hired former Data Domain head honcho Frank Slootman, who joins its board as "a key strategic advisor." Pure says the $150m is "the single largest private funding in the history of the enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2013
Gone fishing

HP goes fishing for a UK storage boss, hooks HDS sales director

HP has raided Hitachi Data Systems UK and snapped up director Nick Venables to run its local storage division, following a recent shake-up of the team. Warren Duke, the former head of storage at HP, was made channel boss of the business unit at the start of this month, among numerous other changes within the Enterprise Group. …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2013

HP snorage must wake up before biz bosses kick it out of bed

At the HP analyst day this week, enterprise group executive vice-president Dave Donatelli laid it on the line for subsidiary 3PAR and the StoreOnce team: you gotta help get us out of this place. This place being the rut HP's growth figures are stuck in, and CEO Meg Whitman has bet on 3PAR and StoreOnce in her turnaround plan for …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2012
All-flash array vendors in a 4-box space

Look out, Gartner: Behold the El Reg all-Flash Quadragon™ wonder map-o-graphic

There is a famous 4-box diagram, the one to end all 4-box diagrams; Gartner's Magic Quadrant. How would the all-flash array vendors; start-ups and mainstreamers alike, fare if located in a 4-box diagram space? The storage desk here at El Reg did just that, using its sophisticated lower abdominal sensing organ and its patent- …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2013

Looking closely at HP's object storage: Questions Answered

Looking closely at HP's StoreServ and StoreAll announcements at HP Discover we wondered if the object storage was simply an object access method layered on the base StoreAll file system. It isn't, being a real object deal as the Q and A session below shows. We talked to Patrick Osborne, the Director of Product Management in HP's …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2012

Computacenter signs 3PAR for utility play

Computacenter has signed a reseller and marketing agreement with US storage specialist 3PAR. The deal will see the two firms target financial and government organisations as well as UK SMEs. 3PAR offers consolidated on-demand storage and claims lower costs than traditional storage solutions. Simon Gay, consultancy practice …
John Oates, 27 Jul 2004
The HP 3PAR StorServ 7000 series arrays

HP: Flash is better in than out. Better for us, er, our customers

HP is going to implement its all-flash arrays inside the StoreServ (3PAR) architecture and operating environment. This sets it at odds with every other all-flash array supplier and other believers of external flash silos. Of course there's also the added benefit that this tactic may prevent HP's StoreServ customers from buying …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2013
The Register breaking news

All-flash Hitachi array grabs silver in benchmark race - by a whisker

An all-flash build of Hitachi's VSP array has claimed the second-highest SPC-1 benchmark, the highest for a traditional storage array. The SPC-1 benchmark tests the performance of storage arrays doing random read and write I/O operations typical of business-critical applications. An all-flash VSP, using Hitachi's Accelerated …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2013

HP gets smart on storage with workload-aware caching

HP says its Gen 8 ProLiant servers use real-time analysis to build "the future of converged storage". But what does it mean? Gen 8 ProLiant servers include workload-aware intelligent caching for virtualised and non-virtualised environments. The server's Smart Storage analyses different types of workload data and dynamically …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jun 2012
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HP assembles specialist storage sales squad

HP is setting up a channel-specific team to help resellers punt its storage on the back of triple-digit growth in 3PAR and rising demand. The tech titan acquired 3PAR last September and reckons it now needs to muster the forces after 3PAR posted at least 100 per cent growth for the quarter ending on 31 July, taking turnover to a …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2011