Getting ready for HPE Discover Las Vegas 2017
May30

Getting ready for HPE Discover Las Vegas 2017

Every year in June HPE organizes its biggest customer and partner event in America: HPE Discover. As last year, it will be held at the Sands Expo in The Venetian in Las Vegas. I am honored that I can attend this great event again as an instructor and blogger. But there are much more reasons why you should attend this event: Must do’s: Visit the Transformation Zone. The 3 main area’s from HPE (transform to hybrid IT – enable the...

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HPE boosts performance with 5th generation MSA 2050/2052
May30

HPE boosts performance with 5th generation MSA 2050/2052

Last year I wrote about the MSA 2042 being launched being a flash enabled performance model of the MSA 2040. Today HPE announced the 5th generation of its entry level storage platform: MSA 2050 and MSA 2052. So what’s new? What do you expect: faster CPU’s and double the cache compared to the previous generation enabling 200.000+ IOPS in an entry level low-cost solution. Feature set remains the same: MSA 2050 is Flash ready while MSA...

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Want to know more about HPE Nimble storage? Start here!
May25

Want to know more about HPE Nimble storage? Start here!

With the acquisition of Nimble some weeks ago, HPE adds an important stack of storage arrays into their storage portfolio. What does this mean for the existing solutions MSA, StoreVirtual and 3PAR? We’ll have to wait for that a little longer as the HPE storage management team sets the futures of the roadmap. While waiting, I want to start writing up about what HPE exactly acquired on hardware and software side, and so to be ready for...

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HPE doubles AFA All-Flash performance with new 3PAR 9450 and 20000 R2 models
May24

HPE doubles AFA All-Flash performance with new 3PAR 9450 and 20000 R2 models

HPE just announced a new series of 3PAR midrange and high-end storage arrays prior to HPE Discover next week in Las Vegas. The 9450 fills the gap between the 8000 and 20000 series, and the 20000 R2 platform got a performance improvement to the current 20000 models by adding better CPU’s (more cores) and more cache memory. HPE 3PAR 9450 Let it be clear, the 9450 is not replacing the 8000 series models, and so becomes more the bigger...

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How-To: enable Adaptive Optimization on HPE StoreVirtual 3200
Apr05

How-To: enable Adaptive Optimization on HPE StoreVirtual 3200

One of the nice features of the new StoreVirtual 3200 system is the support for performance tiering to SSD. HPE calls this, similar to 3PAR, Adaptive Optimization. In this article I will describe the process how to enable Adaptive Optimization. Know that for using this feature you will need the Advanced Data Services license and at least 4 SSD disks. Due to the active/active controller configuration 2 RAID 1 sets will be created. 6...

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HPE acquires Simplivity & Nimble: what’s next?
Mar13

HPE acquires Simplivity & Nimble: what’s next?

Probably you all heard already about the recent acquisitions of Simplivity and Nimble by HPE. Many articles are already written about this topic (here, here and here) so I am not gonna repeat the old news. However, there is 1 big question that remains (and where HPE is not (yet) showing its long-term vision yet) is: what’s next? Is MSA dead? StoreVirtual maybe? Is Nimble replacing 3PAR? What about the software-defined storage stack in...

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