HPE has announced a new platform for mission-critical storage called Primera due to be launched August 2019.
The company claims the new offering will bring ‘superior simplicity, availability and performance for mission critical applications and large-scale consolidation for enterprises.’ Using HPE’s AI Platform, InfoSight, Primera’s key selling points include spending significantly less time managing storage, predicting and preventing issues, as well as accelerating application performance.
HPE Primera was designed to eliminate these compromises by blending advances from across HPE’s storage portfolio.
Primera is designed around NVMe and storage-class memory. Key features, according to HPE, include an “all-active” multi-node parallel architecture for resilience and scaling with instant failover capability, plus a services-centric operating system. This thing is modular, and the data services have been decoupled so they can be deployed and restarted independently of each other, making them user-upgradable without reboots, the manufacturer claimed.
HPE Primera delivers instant access to data with storage that sets up in less than 20 minutes, tunes itself and upgrades transparently without any hassle. It delivers an on-demand experience with the agility of the cloud and promises to deploy, manage & scale your storage in 93% less time.
Customers will also have the choice to deploy HPE Primera as a service with a fully managed experience where they only pay for what they use through HPE GreenLake.
However, the most interesting news from the company’s announcement is the fact that HPE Primera will come standard with HPE Proactive Care and 100% data availability guarantee without requiring any special contracts or onerous terms.
This new platform is partly based on technology drawn from existing platforms, combining the mission-critical heritage of 3PAR (with some enhancements), Nimble Storage tech, and AI-driven InfoSight. InfoSight came with HPE’s acquisition of Nimble, and it has since extended this to 3PAR, but the firm said that AI-driven optimisation is now the only way to deliver the performance needed for emerging applications.
Built from the ground up for NVMe and storage class memory, HPE Primera features a unique, massively parallel, multinode and all-active platform.
Primera offers an embedded AI engine that predicts and resolves issues in real time.
SVP and general manager at HPE Storage, Milan Shetti explained how leveraging AI will make it easier for companies to harness their data, saying: “Intelligence changes everything. Today’s organizations need a fundamentally new approach to infrastructure operations with an intelligent data strategy. HPE Primera leverages HPE’s unique Intelligent Data Platform to deliver unmatched simplicity, availability, and performance for mission-critical applications, so businesses can focus on harnessing data to drive their business forward.”
HPE Primera is backed by a 100% availability guarantee as standard as the offering is built for high availability with multi-node design, business continuity with HPE Peer Persistence and data replication; promising to credit customers with “up to” 20 per cent of the value of their Primera assets in the event of an outage.
HPE Primera will initially be available in three different models: HPE Primera 630, HPE Primera 650, and HPE Primera 670.
The new offering should be available in August this year, although we’re still in the dark regarding pricing.