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HPE  StoreVirtual 3200 scales up and out with latest enhancements
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HPE StoreVirtual 3200 scales up and out with latest enhancements 

Earlier this month, HPE announced new enhancements which are aimed at making StoreVirtual 3200 more enticing to SMB and startup customers.

Brad Parks

“Back in August, our new release brought down StoreVirtual capabilities from the US$10,000 price point to $6,000,” Brad Parks, director of product solutions for storage and big data told IT in Canada Online. “This month’s enhancements the StoreVirtual 3200 storage platform enables our customers not only to scale up but scale out, as well.”

Parks also said the enhancement also expands the capabilities of StoreVirtual 3200 to handle structured and unstructured data.

Brad Parks

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“This array can grow in multiple dimensions. It’s a great solution to accelerate access to big data,” he said.  “With the addition of the file controller, the system can now also serve unstructured data needs. Partners can have that conversation about scale-out and scale-up, but can now also talk about unstructured data problems, and very seamlessly add that to the deal.”

HPE StoreVirtual 3200 storage systems are available now. Prices start at $USD 6,055 for the 1GbE iSCSI configuration and $USD 6,475 for the 10G Base-T configuration.

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When StoreVirtual 3200 was introduced a few months back its dual-controller system based on 64-bit ARM technology, allowed users to scale up.

But as Parks explained, “this was really nothing brand new.”

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Traditionally storage arrays had two controller heads for redundancy. These controllers connect to the storage area network and provide storage to compute servers. Disk arrays are connected to the controllers. In order to increase capacity and performance of the arrays, more shelves of disks are added to the same controllers in order to expand upwards or scale up.

It works well. However, if you keep on doing this, eventually the controllers will become saturated. Adding too many disks to overloaded controllers causes overload and results in a bottleneck.

The typical solutions are to buy a new array with its own pair of controllers and migrating some of the workloads to the new array.

HPE’s game plan could be described as a “two-act play,” according to Parks.

“The second act involves enabling customers to either add an incremental drive or to add a second StoreVirtual and scale it out,” he said. “They can group multiple controller pairs into a single cluster, or they can scale across and federate multiple clusters of 3200s and move data across them.”

He said scaling up is a less expensive option. It involves simply adding more disk drives. But this solution tends to introduce bottlenecks as a business grows and usage increases.

The scale-out model uses groups of servers to form a storage cluster. When customers add nodes of disks to a scale-out array, they also add another server to the cluster. In so doing more network ports, CPU and RAM are added. As capacity is increased, performance is also bumped up.

“When you scale out, you get a linear increase in capacity and performance improvement as you add nodes to the cluster,” said Parks.

With this new enhancement to the StoreVirtual 3200, “you get the best of both worlds. You grow in whatever way you want,” he said.

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