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Adding to the Confusion at HPE- Yet Another Storage Platform
Thu, 20 Jun 2019
On Tuesday, June18, HPE announced a new high end storage platform called Primera. HPE’s current storage product lines – Nimble and 3PAR - are mostly positioned as midrange to the low -end of the High-end. Primera adds yet another product line into the mix and is positioned in the high-end. Similar to Dell, they have multiple product lines, with questionable futures. However, whereas Dell is trying to rationalize their multiple product lines, HPE seems to be going in the opposite direction and adding to the confusion.
Primera is a mix of various acquired technologies from 3PAR and Nimble. Some analysts speculate that Primera will replace 3PAR, which raises the question of, what is the transition plan for 3PAR? A post by Nick Triantos, HPE Global Field CTO, states that Primera is not a 3PAR HW refresh, and is a redesigned OS which does not exist in 3PAR systems. Nick defines a Tier 0 with special attributes that are associated with Mission Critical applications and positions Primera as a Tier 0 device.
Primera is not available today, but HPE claims that it will be orderable in August. There is a lack of real specs, to support their high-end positioning. HPE does mention their support of AI driven intelligence which comes from Infosight, a product that was acquired with Nimble storage. This could be similar to Hitachi’s Hitachi Infrastructure Analytics Advisor (HIAA) which we announced early last year. They also followed Hitachi’s lead in offering a 100% availability guarantee which differentiates Primera from Nimble and 3PAR storage systems.
Hitachi has one VSP storage platform that scales from low midrange to the largest high end system with one Storage Virtualization Operating System RF. This ensures that all platforms have the same enterprise capabilities and guarantees (except for mainframe support that is available only in the F/G 1000 and 1500 models). All models meet Nick’s definition of Tier 0. The only real difference in the low to high-end models is the packaging for scalability.
Hitachi Vantara is the only storage vendor with the R&D capability to develop their own integrated software and hardware stack to deliver one platform that can scale to meet different storage requirements from low - midrange to high – end, and adapt to new trends in storage requirements, like support for containers.
The Growing Demand for Object Storage
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
There has been a growing buzz from analysts and thought leaders on the growing role of object storage in the data center. A recent IDC InfoBrief, sponsored by Hitachi Vantara, titled “Object Storage: Foundational Technology for Top IT Initiatives,” shows that Object Storage has taken on a much more important role in supporting IT’s top initiatives.
Scott Baker, posted a blog IDC: Object Storage More Than A One Trick Pony, which expanded on this IDC report and showed how our Object Storage platform, Hitachi Content Platform, HCP, evolved from a true archival compliance tool to one fine-tuned for Big Data analytics. He also cites some of the recent enhancement that have been added to HCP. These include security enhancements(New AWS user agent String and Apache common vulnerabilities and exposures kernel upgrade),New high density, erasure coding storage nodes with over 1 PB in a 4U enclosure including controllers, Hitachi Content Intelligence enhancements, with many new enhancements to Workflow Designer, Content Search, and Content Monitor and a more streamlined user experience, and an all Flash G series Access node which delivers increased performance for applications requiring low latency and higher IOPS or for applications that require faster metadata indexing and searching.
The All Flash G Series Access node for HCP has unlocked new uses for object storage. Govanna Flores in her blog Hitachi Content Platform’s All-Flash Brings Speed and Agility to Massive Data Sets, cites user examples where high performance could be achieved for massive data stores. One case was that of a top ten Banking Institution achieving 200-300% performance improvement in a critical tier one, transaction heavy, core banking application that was serving 50 million consumer and small business clients worldwide. Some jobs were able to achieve 1200% performance improvement! The use of high performance flash in HCP access nodes has opened up a whole new set of application use cases which were not possible with standard object storage access nodes.
Krista Macomber of Storage Switzerland reviews our recent enhancement to HCP in Hitachi Vantara Updates it Content Platform. She prefaces her post with the following caution:
Object storage has long been viewed as an archive and long-term retention platform. But in the age of data-driven business intelligence, more frequent and more sophisticated cyberattacks, and data privacy regulations, its value is quickly expanding as it meshes scalable, low-cost storage capacity with data indexing and mining capabilities. However, simply migrating to any object store is not enough. IT professionals should be sure to look for an object storage platform that integrates with intelligent data tiering and integration capabilities.
For more of the latest information on HCP and our approach to high performance edge to cloud object storage go to ourHCP web page.