It was obvious that, after the release of the 3PAR 20000 systems based on the new Gen5 ASIC and delivering more than 3M IOPS, now it is the 7000 series that gets equipped with this new ASIC. I assumed HP would wait until HP Discover in Londen (December 1-3), but sooner as expected the announcement is already there.

A new system means a new numbering as well, so bye bye 7000 welcome HP 3PAR 8000 series!

So what is new?

  • The 8200 is the 2-node replacement of the current 7200
  • The 8400 is the 4-node replacement (indeed) of the 7400
  • The 8440 is the converged flash system, giving you all-flash performance in a hybrid system, replacing the 7440. This system has the same controllers as the 8450, but supports also SAS drives.
  • The 8450 is the all-flash array replacing the 7450.
  • Together with the 8000 release there is also a 20450 system announced which is the little 4-node brother of the 20850.


Like the 20000 series these systems have now all native 16Gb FC ports, 12Gb SAS backend and more cache per controller. Maximum number of drives remain the same (240, 576 and 960).


These are the new specifications of the new 8000 systems:


On hardware side it looks all quite similar to the 7000 series. Only the 12Gb SAS backend ports look a little different.


Also the additional drive enclosures look the same except for the faster interconnectivity. Also the backend connectivity with 4 data paths remain the same.


All the software updates announced for the 20000 (3PAR OS 3.2.2) like Thin Deduplication, Express Indexing, Thin Clones, Adaptive Flash Cache, Persistent Checksum, Priority Optimization and so on are off course also applicable on this new 8000 systems.


An important picture to keep in mind are the minimums and maximums of a 3PAR configuration:


Some other numbers to take into account:

There seems to be an entry all-flash system 8200 starting at 19K $ offering a usable capacity as low as 1.50$/GB with the new 3,84TB drives. I will post an article on this one once I get more practical information on this.

Performance-wise the 8000 can deliver over 1M IOPS at 0,387 ms latency

Storage Federation is also supported, like the 20000 series, up to 4 systems. This allows 1-click transparent data movement between systems that you manage as one single system.


More information you can find here soon ;-), on or on the HP Storage Blog pages from Calvin Zito.


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