New HP 3PAR Brings All-Flash Storage To About $19,000

Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday expanded its 3PAR storage line with a complete refresh of its midrange systems and the addition of a new lower-cost model and a new starter bundle for its higher-end versions. The new HP 3PAR solutions, which are slated to be unveiled to the public at next week's VMworld conference in San Francisco, demonstrate HP's commitment to pushing the storage price and performance envelope, said Vish Mulchand, senior director of products for HP storage.

HP is replacing its midrange 3PAR 7000 series, which have been the backbone of HP's storage business, with a new 3PAR 8000 series, Mulchand said.The 3PAR 8000 series differs from the 7000 series primarily in the use of 16-Gbit Fibre Channel and 12-Gbit SAS connectivity as well as new processors, compared with the 7000 family's use of 8-Gbit Fibre Channel and 6-Gbit SAS. The result is a 30 percent to 40 percent performance boost, he said.

HP also doubled the bandwidth of the 8000 series over that of the 7000 series, and cut latency by about 44 percent, he said.

New to the lineup is the 3PAR 8200, a new all-flash storage array that features a starting net street price of $19,497 with dual controllers and 6 TBs of usable capacity.

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