HP has topped off its line of 3Par storage arrays with new hardware offering double the capacity, as well as debuting Peer Motion software designed to transparently move workloads between disk systems and simplify enterprise storage management.
The HP P10000 3Par Storage System, also known as the 3Par V-Class, is the first new hardware in the 3Par storage line since HP acquired the firm nearly a year ago, and is set to ship from September.
However, despite the new branding, HP said it recognised the importance of the 3Par name among customers, and will continue to use the brand and the yellow colour scheme characteristic of 3Par kit.
The two new models in the line-up, the V800 and V400, replace the current high-end arrays, offering improved performance and raw storage capacities up to 800TB and 1,600TB respectively.
But HP Peer Motion could prove the most significant feature, if this lives up to the company's claims.
The software provides storage federation capabilities, enabling arrays to seamlessly move data around if necessary, without causing interruption to applications accessing the data, according to the firm.
HP is positioning the technology as an alternative to storage virtualisation based on tiering, and as reducing cost by making storage management simpler.
"Virtualisation is a bit of a sticking plaster of a solution, as it puts a layer over the top of existing array solutions and thereby tends to add cost and complexity, as you end up having to manage both the storage and the virtualisation layer," said Catherine Campbell, storage chief technology officer for HP UK.
With storage federation, multiple arrays are arranged in a peer-to-peer relationship, making it easier for storage to scale beyond a single array, she said, while Peer Motion is the first implementation of this on 3Par hardware.
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