Re: Is this the future?
Disk isn't going anywhere, not until the cost of flash goes below that of disk. How many exabytes of disk are shipped each year? Just think of the explosion in "big data", the bulk of that is not highly active so will remain on spinning rust for some time to come.
Flash may certainly put rust out to pasture for highly transactional workloads, as long as the cost continues to drop.
BTW I'd guesstimate 3PAR 7450 SPC-1 at ~410,000
HP built the 7450 as an "optimized SSD" platform -- they don't consider the VSP to be optimized (nor do they consider their own V800 to be optimized for the same reasons) - it's too big. Just look it takes 2 cabinets for the SPC-1 config(not only that they are "short stroking" their SSDs, storage utilization is terrible on the VSP SPC-1).
The 7450 takes 4U. For that same reason HP doesn't support spinning rust on the 7450, even though technically there is nothing stopping spinning rust from working, it's the same hardware and software as a 7400 just beefed up CPU and memory.
HP claims that even with the 7450 they are still CPU limited for more IOPS. The form factor limits the number and wattage of CPUs that they can use.
I suspect they won't rev their V-class platform with the newer CPUs and more ram, they will probably stick with the 7450 and if you need more than that single box can provide then just get more of em. There can't be too many single workloads out there that really need to drive 400k SPC-1, so the strategy makes sense to me.