Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has refreshed its 3PAR StoreServ flash-optimised data storage arrays with higher capacity flash components, persistent storage support for applications running in Docker containers, and enhanced backup and data protection options.
The updates to the HPE 3PAR StoreServ flash portfolio were announced at HPE's Discover event in Las Vegas, and make them the world's highest density all-flash storage arrays, according to the firm.
This comes in the shape of support for the latest 7.68TB and 15.36TB 3D Nand solid state drives (SSDs) across the 3PAR StoreServ family, HPE said, enabling the arrays to be configured with up to 24PB of usable flash storage in a single system.
The 7.68TB SSDs are available now worldwide, but customers will have to wait until later in 2016 for the 15.36TB version.
HPE said that support for these large capacity SSDs is enhanced by 3PAR Adaptive Sparing and 3PAR Express Layout. The first is a patented technology that means any drive can be used, regardless of size, and which prolongs media endurance, while 3PAR Express Layout provides concurrent access from the 3PAR storage controllers to the SSDs for higher throughput.
Meanwhile, HPE has become the latest vendor to deliver persistent storage for cloud-native applications and services operating in clusters of containers, following similar announcements from EMC and CoreOS.
HPE said it already provides Docker-OpenStack drivers through collaboration with ClusterHQ but has now released an official Docker-Integrated Volume Plugin for its 3PAR StoreServ Storage arrays.
This driver integrates with the Docker Engine and enables the use of 3PAR arrays as the underlying storage for containers, with access to features such as data encryption, quality of service, snapshots, replication and deduplication.
On the data backup and protection side, HPE has expanded its Recovery Manager Central (RMC) applications to include support for Oracle Databases, SAP HANA and 3PAR File Persona.
Integrating with the applications allows RMC to directly move snapshots from 3PAR flash storage to secondary protection storage much faster than with other backup methods, reducing risk and applying HPE StoreOnce deduplication to reduce capacity requirements.
RMC with support for SAP HANA and 3PAR File Persona is available worldwide at no additional charge for organisations with existing RMC licences and a valid support contract.
RMC for Oracle will be available in July, and customers with an existing 3PAR Recovery Manager for Oracle licence and a valid support contract can similarly upgrade at no additional charge.
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