Where does a product like this fit?
While I think all flash is nifty, where's the value in array's today?
Distributed file systems far out scale and outperform arrays in every category. Even with custom ASICs, unless an array has 100Gb/S physical access per server, it will be a gigantic bottleneck feeding data to the servers.
Oracle and MS SQL have supported sharding for a long time. GlusterFS, ReFS as well as many others also have sharding now. Add data teiring for near-line on a hybrid array and HP's new product isn't just obsolete before even shipping, it's also far more expensive and less efficient than "hyper-converged".
A few NVMe drives on each server combined with a 160Gb/sec network will far out perform arrays with centralized storage.
I am training a major British corporation this week in precisely this topic. Shared drives and centralized storage just can't compete with distributed data. The interconnect is too slow, the lack of application support make backup unintelligent. The disk latency is too high. The scalability is nearly non-existent.
Better to spend money on good, solid, cheap, non-proprietary storage.
Let me guess... The system is super nifty 32gb/s fibre channel? That's ridiculously slow.