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Today 3PAR is doing its bit to solve the storage obesity problem with new T-class InServ storage servers featuring a third-generation ASIC and hardware-assisted fat-to-thin volume transformation. Currently 3PAR offers two S-class storage servers, the S400 scaling to 300TB with Fibre Channel SATA drives and S800 scaling to 600TB …

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only 6 nodes

The SPC-1 test only has 6 nodes, imagine what the box can do with all 8! Seems to be roughly 74k IOPS per pair of nodes, so another 2 nodes would put it up in the 300k IOPS range, whew.

Can't wait to get my T400 eval!

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My array is NOT better than yours...

How can you seriously compare a 3Par T800 with an HP XP24000? They are not in the same league. The 3Par is a Tier 2 device running only SATA drives and the XP is a top end Tier 1 solution running FC drives and with significantly more scalability without even going into the other factors that make a real Tier 1 array. To compare $/IOPS on these is like comparing a Mini with a Ferrari or Accrington Stanley with Real Madrid.

SPC benchmarks are notourisouly dubious anyway as the configurations used to gain these numbers in no way compare to real-life scenarios or configurations. They are just marketing hype that no one in the real world takes seriously.

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Minis and Ferraris

M'lud, may I respectfully beg to differ? The 3PAR Mini went faster than the HP XP2400 Ferrari. In the SPC-1 summary the 3PAR box is listed as having 146GB 15K FC drives. So, at face value, one Fibre channel drive array went faster than another Fibre Channel drive array. 3PAR sells against DS6000/DS8000 from IBM, Symmetrix and high-end Clariion from EMC and XP/high-end EVA from HP. It is an enterprise drive array supplier in my view. I've seen an IBM XIV in-house training doc and IBM reckons that 3PAR is the XIV's main competitive focus with the XIV being positioned as a sell into cloud storage/storage as a service customers where the DS8000 has been rejected. This InServ array of 3PAR's is, I'd suggest, a bit more appealing to enterprises than you might give it credit for.

I am, respectfully y'r honour, y'r obedient servant, etc. etc.

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