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HP bought 3PAR several years ago and as I expected the recently announced HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 series are intended to replace HP EVA. There is even a data migration solution to make the migration as easy as possible. Of course I looked at what 3PAR has to offer in terms of features in Windows Server 2012 and integration with Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012.
The 3PAR StoreServ 7000 datasheet tells us this:
In Windows® Server 2012 environments, built-in, fine-grained virtualization, system-wide striping, and support for multi-tenancy give you the ability to consolidate mixed workloads onto a single HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 system. With Windows Server 2012 Offload Data Transfer (ODX) and the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000, you can migrate large files—such as databases or video files—up to seven times faster with near-zero network impact due to zerodetection capability integrated into the HP 3PAR ASIC. HP 3PAR Thin Technologies and Windows Server 2012 automatic reclamation of storage automate storage growth and shrinkage, while HP 3PAR Adaptive Optimization Software delivers the right QoS to the right data at the right time in Windows Server 2012 environments.
Not only does the new 3PAR StoreServ 7000 support Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) but also Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) and a new Web Services API. SMI-S is what Microsoft has promoted vigorously and nobody seemed to believe in. At the end of the day most storage vendors finally comply with this SNIA standard. In our Microsoft Private Cloud Computing book, a good part of the storage fabric chapter is devoted to SMI-S integration in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012.
Lower end and non-comparable storage systems such as Dell’s EqualLogic only promise 2x improvement on file copy with ODX. The 7x promise with 3PAR’s ODX capability sounds good but of course we have to verify this in practice. At TechEd we were shown video’s comparing a 10GB regular copy (in about 3 minutes at 80-90MB/sec) versus a 10 second copy with ODX. I’m not sure if Microsoft used NetApp or EMC for the demo.
HP’s P4500 requires SANiQ v10.0 which is finally available and at a minimum will support Windows Server 2012. Many customers who invested in this platform and plan to upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V will no doubt be very disappointed to learn that there is no ODX, no SMI-S, no UNMAP, no Dedupe. At least I cannot find any references to these important integrations for Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V and System Center. A 60-day trial for HP StoreVirtual VSA and documentation can be obtained here:
@WorkingHardInIT pointed out that the Dell EqualLogic number for ODX might even be 5x the speed of a regular non-offloaded copy. I based my number on a demo I had seen. In a Dell Techcenter blog on Windows Server 2012 and EqualLogic an increase in copy time of 5x is mentioned. As I stated for the 3PAR number, it is always best to verify these numbers in your own practice.