HP 3PAR: Get Thin – Get Efficient – Guaranteed
Not many companies stand behind claims with a guarantee, but that is just what HP does with their new 3PAR line of storage systems. Their “Get Thin” with 3PAR guarantee refers to Thin Provisioning, and effectively offers twice the storage capacity by doubling its spinning platters.
I bet we’ve all had a similar experience. You grab a box of cereal or a bag of chips at the store. Most often, you select the product you need based on the size of the container. Presumably, a big bag means more of those tasty chips or sugary treat to help power through those early morning meetings.
The reality is the box is only about 60% full and the rest is just air space. Some consumers might complain that this is deceptive packaging. Most manufacturers would counter that the air space is necessary to maintain product integrity. In other words, the air space acts as a safety cushion to lessen the product breakage. We all prefer the big, whole chips, not the little crumbs we find at the bottom of the bag.
For whatever the reason - I’m often disappointed that the box isn’t full. I feel like I didn’t get what I paid for. I know that I really paid by the ounce, but why then DO they put so much air space in there, especially with products that don’t need it? The only reason is to make you think you are getting more for your dollar.
Legacy Storage Systems vs. HP 3PAR
Legacy storage systems have for years been sold to customers that are only going to use about half the capacity it states on the spec sheet. And not only that, but the lucky people that run the storage in the data center will be required to spend quite a bit of time managing that 50 or 60% usable storage area. This is called “fat provisioning”.
Problem with Legacy Storage System is Upfront Space Allocation
The problem with fat provisioning is that you need to manually allocate, or set aside, storage space for applications. And in order to make sure they always have enough storage, you over-allocate to provide a safety cushion. You might have an app that needs 500 GB of storage, but to be safe, you need to set aside sometimes twice as much space. Plus, the system admin has to manually oversee this allocation.
Wasted storage space plus wasted admin time results in an inefficient storage environment.
HP 3PAR uses Thin Provisioning for Space Allocation
HP 3PAR technology eliminates this waste by implementing Thin Provisioning. While other storage vendors utilize this technology, HP incorporates Thin Provisioning from the onset of design – not just as an add-on.
HP’s Get Thin Guarantee
HP guarantees 50% savings on your total raw capacity when migrating from traditional “fat” storage to “Thin” storage through any HP 3PAR Storage System.
For more information on the Get Thin Guarantee with HP 3PAR, please send an email to email@example.com.