HPE Dominates Flash Storage
According to Gartner, Hewlett Packard Enterprise is leading in a very competitive race among tech giants to become the premier solid-state storage drive provider in the world.
“Solid-state arrays have matured beyond performance-oriented workloads, and the benefits are now compelling for all primary storage plus old and new unexpected workloads,” Gartner explained. In other words, the technology behind solid-state drives is no longer news; SSDs are tried-and-true, and both average consumers and major enterprises stand to benefit from them. That said, there are now a variety of SSD products to choose from, and when deciding which drive to buy, the provider is perhaps the most important feature to keep in mind.
Gartner says that HPE is a leader in solid-state drive production because the company has demonstrated “a clear understanding of market needs; they are innovators and thought leaders; and they have well-articulated plans that customers and prospects can use when designing their storage infrastructures and strategies.”
In fact, HPE has been delivering enterprise-class storage solutions for some time now, and it understands the many factors that come into play when a person decides to choose a new storage drive. They know that speed, or low latency, in a flash drive is what allows for those improved drive response times that companies are willing to shell out for. Latency is largely caused by the way in which an array is architectured as well as a drive’s physical flash storage media. HPE has managed to avoid critical amounts of latency with its 2PAR flash arrays, which are designed to optimize performance at a multi-petabyte scale and provide distinct advantages over any storage arrays that involve flash capabilities being simply added to an architecture that was originally built for drives with spinning disks.
HPE also understands that high quality drive experiences involve more than quick speeds. A flash array must provide enterprise-class data services like high availability and replications features as well if the goal is to maintain consistent data availability. That same 3PAR array enables customers to benefit from quad-controller scalability along with a fire-tested set of replication options that make it possible for synchronous/asynchronous replication to occur. 3PAR also provides 3-site replication with zero data loss and active-active failover.
Then there’s the extensive Tier-1 data services that HPE’s 3PAR offers to enterprise customers. These include business app integration, seamless data mobility between storage assets, end-to-end persistent checksum for the preservation of data integrity, and the industry’s most robust QoS, all of which make the delicate process of supporting multiple workloads a piece of cake. All in all, HPE’s 3PAR cements the company’s status as a major leader in terms of delivering drives with enterprise-class performance and resilience.
In an economy of ideas, data plays a central role. Businesses with the technology to accelerate their rates of data storage, analysis, protection and use become more competitive. HPE knows that flash storage makes that acceleration possible, and they know the value of creating opportunities for businesses to be one step ahead of the game.
Take for example the fact that flash drives make it possible to reduce backup times by as much as 90 percent. If admins are spending less time tuning their databases and more time on value-adding activities, companies can enjoy a major boost for their business on multiple fronts as a result of simply integrating flash drives into their data storage systems.
And HPE customers have been taking note of these improvements; in the last two years, HPE is the only major vendor to have actively gained share. Their all-flash, software-defined data fabric has made it possible for businesses to transform their images and find new business opportunities that would have been otherwise impossible to attain.