Nimble Storage says flash, currently all the rage in enterprises, is best used in moderation. But just to be safe, the company’s giving customers a way to use a lot more of it.
On Monday at its Discover conference in Las Vegas, HP announced updates to the all-flash HP 3Par StoreServ 7450 Storage array that can push its cost below $2 per usable gigabyte, according to the company.
Hewlett-Packard today said it will significantly lower the cost of its 3PAR StoreServ 7450 all-flash array with new higher capacity, low-cost commercial MLC drives and hardware-assisted inline deduplication.
A hyper-converged infrastructure tightly integrates storage, compute, networking and server virtualization resources in the same box, and now products are starting to offer more points of differentiation.
Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst at Taneja Group in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, surveyed the hyper-converged product landscape in this podcast interview. He explained the distinction between hyper-converged and converged systems, updated the list of products that meet his definition of hyper-convergence, discussed the latest choices users will find for hypervisors and hardware, and offered his predictions on the direction hyper-converged storage products could take.
IBM this week went public with its plans to stop rebranding NetApp FAS arrays as the IBM N Series, although it will continue to sell NetApp E Series storage.
The simplicity of all-in-one data center offerings makes hyperconvergence popular with smaller businesses. After spending more than a decade selling IT shops on the benefits of separate server and storage environments, IT infrastructure vendors are starting to take a different tack, bundling servers and storage—and in some cases, networking—into Lego-like modules. The big plus is, they scale for capacity and performance, and they’re managed as a single system.