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White Paper

Stepping Up to the Next Generation:


The Business Value of Upgrading from
HP EVA Storage to 3PAR StoreServ
Storage

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Copyright 2012 Edison Group, Inc. New York. Edison Group offers no warranty either
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resulting from its use.
All products are trademarks of their respective owners.
First Publication: October 2012
Produced by: Craig Norris, Sr Analyst; Barry Cohen, Editor-in-Chief; Manny Frishberg, Editor

Table of Contents
Executive Summary ..................................................................................................................... 1
3PAR StoreServ Storage the Next Step in Modernizing Data Center Storage ................. 3
HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage Improves EVA Strengths and Challenges......................... 4

Architecture ...................................................................................................................... 4

Efficiency ........................................................................................................................... 5

Management ..................................................................................................................... 7

Federation ......................................................................................................................... 8

HP EVA to 3PAR Online Import .......................................................................................... 9


TCO Scenarios: The Financial Returns .................................................................................. 10
Small Storage Environment ................................................................................................ 10
Medium Storage Environment ........................................................................................... 11
Large Storage Environment ................................................................................................ 11
Conclusions ................................................................................................................................. 13

Executive Summary
This white paper addresses HP EVA Storage users who face tradeoffs between
performance and scalability. The paper demonstrates how HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage
provides best-in-class efficiency and simplicity through a more advanced mesh
architecture with system wide striping. As data centers accommodate an explosion of
new data types and data, 3PAR StoreServ is the only platform that offers the
performance required to double virtual machine (VM) density on physical servers, and
can scale capacity automatically.
Increasingly, storage technologies and architectures that served an organization well for
the past decade have come up against limitations in scale and efficiency. Todays datacentric and fast changing environments lead to unpredictable workloads. The rapidly
evolving IT world blurs the lines between internal and external workloads, making
capacity requirements and workload demands difficult to forecast accurately.
In larger enterprises, unpredictable application workloads result from highly
virtualized, cloud-ready, and IT as a Service (ITaaS) environments. Capacity growth and
workload demands become indeterminate, resistant to forecast. Peaks and troughs occur
without warning. Relying on legacy storage infrastructures that were never built for
these types of workloads can lead to performance bottlenecks, scalability issues, and
unwelcome complexity.
With legacy storage, including HP EVA Storage, the solution for continually growing
workloads is to "scale up" by adding more hardware at more cost. Even though EVA has
been a mainstay for over a decade, it was not designed for next-gen workloads.
EVA storage offers the solid storage efficiency of a virtualized single-array to singlearray architecture model. However, like all dual-controller architectures, EVA does not
scale linearly, often forcing a tradeoff between performance and capacity. The older
architectures advantages break down when a data center is managing hundreds of
virtual servers. Meanwhile, more physical arrays mean more floor space, energy use,
hardware, and software maintenance, while adding to complexity data management. All
this increases capital and operating expenses (CAPEX and OPEX).
As a result, many have begun implementing a future-ready solution like HP 3PAR
StoreServ Storage. In contrast to the EVA, 3PAR StoreServ was designed to provide costeffective, single-system scalability from the ground up. 3PAR StoreServ relies on a
cache-coherent, multi-node, clustered implementation. It offers one architecture and a
single software stack, from midrange to high-end. With it, HP delivers performance,
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scalability, and Tier 1 resiliency, along with unique technology benefits unavailable from
legacy storage.
3PAR StoreServs advanced capabilities are:

High capacity utilization and high performance levels are delivered simultaneously,
thanks to its system-wide striping and highly granular virtualization capabilities.

Industry-leading thin technologies, based on the HP 3PAR Gen4 Thin Built In ASIC,
allow organizations to start thin, get thin, and stay thin.

Simple and automated management eliminates repetitive, error-prone manual


administrative tasks.

Storage tiering technologies requiring no user intervention balance cost and


performance, meeting service-level requirements at the lowest cost, while also
mitigating risk.

Nondisruptive data mobility across 3PAR StoreServ Storage ensures at-will loadbalancing, seamless technology refresh, and reduced asset lifecycle-management
costs.

Simple and easy EVA to 3PAR StoreServ data migration using familiar Command
View management tools.

EVA customers interested in upgrading their current storage to 3PAR StoreServ


typically experience the following benefits:

Simplicity

Reduce administration time by as much as 90 percent.

Easy migration from EVA to 3PAR StoreServ reduces complexity and saves
CAPEX on a technology refresh.

Performance

Process mission-critical workloads as much as five times faster.

Support mixed workloads to achieve higher service levels in the face of


unpredictable and changing demands.

Triple backup speed without impacting performance.

Efficiency

Slash storage capacity requirements by 50 percent or more (guaranteed by HP).

Cut SAN, energy, and floor space requirements by up to 75 percent.

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Reduce storage equipment costs as much as 30 percent by migrating data to the


most efficient cost/performance resources without manual intervention.

Double Virtual Machine density on existing physical servers with no


performance tradeoffs. The boost in server virtualization ROI is guaranteed by
HP.

Whether an upgrade involves migration of a single EVA to 3PAR StoreServ Storage or


multiple EVAs into a single 3PAR StoreServ array, the savings are significant. Applying
standardized, statistic-informed TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) calculators to a move
from EVA to 3PAR StoreServ Storage, Edison arrived at 5-year cumulative savings for
small, medium, and large storage environments.
Small

Medium

Large

57.6

194.4

583.2

5-Year cumulative savings for


power, cooling, and rack space

$164,821

$705,461

$214,6559

5-Year cumulative Management


Savings

$131,250

$225,000

$450,000

5-Year cumulative total

$296,070

$930,461

$2,596,558

Starting raw capacity (TBs)

3PAR StoreServ Storage Represents the Next Step in


Modernizing Data Center Storage
The last major generational phase in IT storage took place 15-20 years ago, with the
advent of Storage Area Networks. SANs allowed storage capacity to be pooled
independently of any direct attachment to a specific hardware server system. Most
storage systems available today are designed for the IT requirements of that time.
Today, many data centers are poised on the brink of a sea change. Converged
ecosystems, end-to-end virtualized infrastructures within ITaaS-driven cloud
environments, and Big Data demand truly different storage solutions. 3PAR StoreServ
has been designed from the ground up for these next-gen workloads. Its distinct
architectural advantages, thin hardware capabilities, uncompromised availability, and
superior performance revolutionize storage, making it ideal for modern data centers.

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HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage Improves on EVA Strengths and Addresses


EVA Challenges
HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage is the natural next step when updating an existing HP EVA
Storage-based data center.

Architecture
HP EVA is based on a dual-controller architecture, which limits its scalability to 450
drives, with system performance constraints. 3PAR StoreServ Storage allows linear
performance scaling by introducing additional nodes. Its seemingly limitless scalability
can offer a 180 percent increased scalability over EVA, providing a single standardized
technology platform with a single management suite, for anywhere from eight to 1,920
HDDs, and two to eight controllers.
HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage features a unique Mesh-Active controller design as part of
an architecture purpose-built for single-system scalability through a cache-coherent,
multi-node, clustered implementation. Unlike legacy active-active controller
architectures like the EVAwhere each volume is active on only a single controller
this Mesh-Active design allows each volume to be active on every mesh controller in the
system. This design delivers robust, load-balanced performance and greater headroom
for cost effective scalability.
HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage features fourth-generation HP 3PAR Thin Built-In ASICs in
each clustered Controller Node. This gives HP 3PAR StoreServ the power to remove
allocated but unused space without impacting performancenot the case with legacy
storage. For example, EMC recommends that LUNS requiring high performance should
not be thin provisioned. HP 3PAR StoreServ does not face the same performance issues
as with EMC. Every LUN can be thinned regardless of performance, because the
capability is built into the HP 3PAR StoreServ ASIC, which also delivers mixed
workload support to alleviate performance concerns and cut traditional array costs.
Transaction- and throughput-intensive workloads run on the same storage resources
without contention, cutting array purchases in half.
Another considerable architectural advantage for 3PAR StoreServ is system-wide data
striping, where data writes are striped widely across all storage system resources
(controllers, cache, disks, and loops). This is critical in highly virtualized environments
since most storage cannot keep up with VM requests. With 3PAR StoreServs systems
performance advantages, organizations can place more VMs on the physical servers in
an existing VMware vSphere environment, without compromising performance or
reliability. Higher VM density means greater consolidation and accelerated server
virtualization ROI. In fact, HP is so confident they can double VM density on physical

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servers with HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, they guarantee it through the HP Get Virtual
Guarantee program.
In summary, HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage takes the virtualized architecture of EVA
Storage to the next level. It transcends what could be achieved by merely replacing
nodes with more powerful versions or adding ever more arrays and dealing with the
resultant management complexity and maintenance costs.

Efficiency
3PAR StoreServ Storage includes advanced features that vastly increase efficiency, such
as thin technology that goes far beyond standard thin provisioning, and policy driven
storage tiering requiring no user intervention.
Advanced Thin Technologies to start thin, get thin, and stay thin
HP 3PAR thin technologies provide superior thin provisioning functionality that enables
organizations to meet their performance and service level objectives with at least 50
percent fewer disks. An organization saves on the cost of a storage technology refresh.
Then, it maximizes storage ROI over time by keeping incremental purchases,
administration, and operating costs to a minimum. In fact, the HP Get Thin Guarantee
promises new HP 3PAR StoreServ customers a minimum 50 percent reduction in
capacity requirements by replacing legacy storage.
HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage makes these savings possible by offering the industrys
most comprehensive approach to thin storage. This approach is built on thin
technologies that combine both software and hardware innovations unique to HP 3PAR
StoreServ Storage. With these innovations in place your organization can not only start
thin, but get thin and stay thin. When combined with the HP 3PAR Gen4 ASIC, HP
3PAR StoreServ Storage has the power to remove allocated but unused space without
impacting performance.
Start Thin: HP 3PAR Thin Provisioning Software
3PAR StoreServ Storage cuts storage area network (SAN) costs, floor space
requirements, and energy expenses by up to 50 percent. It does away with
dedicating resources for each application or service level, and eliminates paying to
house, power, and cool disks that may never be needed.
Get Thin: HP 3PAR Thin Conversion Software
HP 3PAR leverages the Thin Built In ASIC to eliminate up to 50 percent of legacy
capacity by allowing the simple and rapid conversion of fully provisioned storage to
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thin provisioned storage. EVA customers can take advantage through the simple and
rapid conversion of inefficient, fat volumes on EVA Storage to more efficient,
higher-utilization thin volumes on the HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage.
Stay Thin: HP 3PAR Thin Persistence and Thin Copy Reclamation Software
3PAR Thin Persistence and Thin Copy Reclamation software claims space from
deleted volumes so storage stays thin over timesimply, quickly, and without
disruption. It supports both the Oracle ASRU (ASM Storage Reclamation Utility) for
eliminating stranded capacity within Oracle databases, and the Symantec Thin
Reclamation API allowing a host file system to communicate intelligently with the
array, to reclaim space associated with file deletions.
Policy Driven Tiering to simply and efficiently deliver the right QoS
3PAR handles key storage functionsprovisioning, change management, and tiering
in a self-regulating manner without requiring administrator intervention. The result is
highly reliable, non-disruptive, tiered storage that delivers the right QoS to the right
data at the right time, so you can meet service level targets for up to 30 percent less.
Adaptive Optimization
HP 3PAR Adaptive Optimization Software lets storage administrators move
volumes to different RAID levels and/or drive types, and also to redistribute
volumes after adding additional drives to an array. It operates on the principle of I/O
access density. For most applications, a very small amount of the total user data
receives most of the I/O accesses. By configuring only the very active data blocks on
Tier 0 storage and the rest of their application data on SAS or midline SAS storage,
administrators who have configured a HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage system with a
small number of solid state disks (SSDs) can deliver higher performance at lower
cost than by using traditional storage platforms.
Dynamic Optimization
HP 3PAR Dynamic Optimization Software also operates on the principle of I/O
access density. By configuring only the most active data blocks on Tier 0 storage and
the rest of their application data on SAS or midline SAS storage, administrators
using the HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage system configured with a small number of
solid state disks (SSDs) can deliver higher performance at lower cost than by using
traditional storage platforms
HP 3PAR Dynamic Optimization realigns application requirements with data QoS
levels on demand by nondisruptively redistributing application volumes across tiers.
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Dynamic Optimization analyzes how volumes use physical disks, and automatically
makes intelligent, nondisruptive adjustments to help ensure optimal volume
performance and capacity utilization.

Management
EVAs Command View is well known for efficiency and ease of use. Managing HP
3PAR StoreServ Storage using its Management Console is even easier and more efficient.
HP EVA Storage depends upon scripts beyond a certain number of VMs, which demand
the time of skilled administrators.
3PAR StoreServ handles storage provisioning, tiering, and change management at a subsystem level, without intervention from an administrator. 3PARs self-regulating storage
infrastructure quickly adapts to change. Customer case studies and analyst reports show
increased storage management efficiency of up to 10 times, or up to 90 percent savings
in administrator costs.
HP 3PAR Rapid Provisioning up and running in minutes
HP 3PAR Rapid Provisioning eliminates array planning by delivering instant,
application-tailored provisioning with HP 3PARs advanced virtualized architecture.
Provisioning is simple and requires no user intervention, while the systemwide data
striping provides high and predictable service levels for all workload types.
HP 3PAR Autonomic Groups make traditional planning redundant
HP 3PAR Autonomic Groups gives organizations the flexibility to create host, volume,
and domain groups to further automate and expedite storage provisioning, simplifying
storage provisioning for clustered and virtual server environments now, and in the
future. Three clicks and 60 seconds are all that is required to fully create and provision
multiple volumes to multiple servers. These volumes can be configured in mere seconds,
without disruption and without compromise. Reducing manual repetition of tedious
commands greatly lessens the chance of human error, making the provisioning process
simpler and more reliable.
HP 3PAR Management Console one console does it all
Management Console has a point-and-click interface that simplifies administration and
supports all HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage models. It's robust instrumentation and
customizable reporting capabilities make diagnosis and troubleshooting software tools
and consulting services unnecessary. Open administration support is provided via the
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Storage Management Initiative
Specification (SMI-S), and Web Services API.

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HP 3PAR Management Console is fully integrated with signature HP 3PAR applications


such as HP 3PAR Thin Provisioning, Virtual Copy, Dynamic Optimization, Virtual
Domains, and Remote Copy Software. It consolidates all the tools that administrators
need to provision, manage, optimize, and protect their entire utility storage deployment
from a single console. With this console administrators achieve unified management of
all arrays (local and remoteall storage system models, including mid-range and highend arrays), multi-site replication set up and tested in just minutes (even using multiple
replication modes and system models), and automates disaster recovery configuration.

Federation
Megabytes of data can be moved efficiently using server virtualization and hypervisorbased tools within an EVA environment. However, the movement of application data
can prove significantly more difficult. Existing server or hypervisor-based tools cannot
scale to meet the needs of organizations with large centralized storage, while moving
several gigabytes or even terabytes of data is impractical with them.
3PAR StoreServ Storage eliminates storage boundaries by moving workloads between
arrays without impact to applications, users, or services. Data can shift simply and
nondisruptively between any model HP 3PAR Storage system, without additional
management layers or appliances. Nondisruptive data mobility across systems enables
at-will load-balancing, seamless refreshing of technology, a reduction in asset lifecycle
management costs, and lower technology-refresh CAPEX. This mobility eliminates
capacity silos and virtualizes the entire data center storage infrastructure; capacity can
be pooled and used wherever it is available. The same architecture applies from the
small-midrange end to Tier 1, with unmatched IOPSup to 450,000+ at the top end
eliminating performance bottlenecks.
Peer Motion nondisruptive data mobility
To facilitate the participation and federation of HP storage in cloud-based, converged IT
ecosystems, HP developed Peer Motion software. Peer Motion software enables the free
movement of data, absent of physical limitations, while at the same time maintaining
continuous availability and access. Peer Motion simplifies managing data movement by
eliminating the need for multiple products or additional management layers while
delivering improvements in scalability and availability, HP developed Peer Motion as a
way to add capacity without disrupting applications, and to balance workloads
efficiently and across the data center.
Employing a peer-based federation of arrays, HP Peer Motion supports movement of
data between similar systems on HP 3PAR StoreServ and HP StoreVirtual P4000

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platforms. This feature reduces the cost and complexity of array migrations. One study 1
found that the time to provision new arrays averaged five months, and that array
migration costs exceeded $50,000 per migration. For a typical array this represents
additional costs, above the original hardware and software expenditures, consisting of:

Loss on buying earlier than required....... ~13%

Loss on lease payments......................... ~13%

Cost of array migration......................... ~17%

Total cost............................................. ~43% of acquisition cost

Another area of advantage is providing the equivalent of a VMware Storage vMotion for
high performance applications. By offloading the entire process to the arrays, the data
from more mission-critical applications can be moved in both bare-metal and virtualized
environments. The bottom line is that running the process through the server exacts
high performance and management overhead, with significant complexity and failure
rates. This makes it unsuitable for high performance, high value applications. The Peer
Motion, on the other hand, is completely transparent to the host.

HP EVA to 3PAR Online Import: Minimizing the Risk of Disruption in Migration


Organizations rightly worry that migration between an older and newer storage array
might cause major disruption, or seriously impact system performance, during
production hours. In the case of moving between HP EVA Storage and HP 3PAR
StoreServ Storage, HP minimizes data disruptions using 3PARs federated data
functionality and ability to move data seamlessly between nodes.
HP EVA to 3PAR Online Import software lets administrators move data quickly and
easily from HP EVA to 3PAR StoreServ Storage using Command View EVA. Even
administrators with no 3PAR experience have little difficulty with the process since it
leverages familiar Command View management tools.
Online Import is the preferred method to migrate from EVA to 3PAR StoreServ Storage.
It has the capability to rapidly manage a technology refresh cost-effectively. Unlike
VMware Storage vMotiona popular means of moving data in virtualized
environmentsOnline Import operates in a an array-to-array fashion. vMotion moves
data by copying it from an array to a server and then to another array. The bottom line is
that the performance and management overhead of running the process through the
server is high, with significant complexity and failure rate.
1

Wikibon; cited in HP Peer Motion: a Must-have Feature for HP 3PAR and HP LeftHand Arrays, David Floyer
Aug 24, 2011

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TCO Scenarios: The Financial Returns


To show the tangible TCO savings possible by moving from EVA to 3PAR StoreServ
Storage, Edison envisioned before-and-after configurations for small, medium, and large
storage environments. The relevant specifications were fed into a standard TCO/ROI
calculator that factors in a host of assumptions, which are based on statistical data
provided by established market intelligence, advisory sources such as IDC, and bestpractice research data. Estimates for savings on power, cooling, and rack space are based
on publically available data on power usage and costs, and growth rate assumptions.
Any variables requested by the calculator tool (such as region, affecting average
administrator salaries) were identical for all configurations. Variables were as follows:
Capacity growth per year (%)

30%

Over-provisioning ratio on HP 3PAR StoreServ

150%

Cost of rack space per year

$12,000

Power cost as of today (cost per KW/h)

0.12

Data center power efficiency (PUE)

2.5

Rack size (in rack U's)

42

Yearly power inflation ratio

5%

Calculations were run out to a five-year projection for each configuration. The tables
below present the savings summaries.

Small Storage Environment


This scenario calculates comparative savings achieved by moving from a single EVA
4400 to a single 3PAR 7200. The following table presents key configurations for the
systems, along with capacity savings gained immediately upon migration.

EVA 4400 (x1)

3PAR 7200 (x1)

96

44

600 GB 15K LFF

900 GB 10K SFF

Raw Capacity (TB)

57.6

39.6

Number of FTE

1.0

1.0

$125

$125

Number of Drives
Drive Types

FTE Salary (100 K)

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3PAR Capacity
Savings

45.5%
50%

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The cumulative total power, cooling, rackspace, and management savings that can be
realized, projected out over a five-year period, are $296,070.67.

Medium Storage Environment


The next table presents key configurations for migration from the EVA 8400, along with
capacity savings gained immediately upon migration.

Number of Drives
Drive Types
Raw Capacity (TB)
Number of FTE
FTE Salary (100 K)

EVA 8400 (x1)

3PAR 7400
2-Node (x1)

324

148

600 GB 15K LFF

900 GB 10K SFF

194.4

133.2

$125

$125

3PAR Capacity
Savings

45.9%

50%

The cumulative total power, cooling, rackspace, and management savings that can be
realized, projected out over a five-year period, are $930,461.42.

Large Storage Environment


This scenario calculates comparative savings that can be achieved by consolidating three
EVA 8400s to a single 3PAR 7400 four-node system. The following table presents key
configurations for the systems, along with capacity savings gained immediately upon
migration.

Number of Drives
Drive Types
Raw Capacity (TB)
Number of FTE
FTE Salary (100 K)

EVA 8400 (x3)

3PAR 7400
four-node (x1)

972

440

600 GB 15K LFF

900 GB 10K SFF

583.2

396

$125

$125

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3PAR Capacity
Savings

47.3%

50%

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The cumulative total power, cooling, rackspace, and management savings that can be
realized, projected out over a five-year period, are $2,596,558.65.
Infrastructure TCO
The efficiency, scalability, and performance enhancements that the HP B-Series 16 Gb
switches bring to 3PAR StoreServ Storage results in further cost savings over using the
3PAR solution with the 4 Gb switches standard in EVA installments.
In order to present TCO savings for upgrading infrastructure, Edison envisioned the
before-and-after configurations of typical 4 Gb and 16 Gb B-series Fibre Channel
switches associated with the above small, medium, and large storage environments. A
similar TCO/ROI calculator was used which factors in a host of assumptions based on
statistical data provided by established market intelligence and advisory sources such as
IDC as well as best-practice research data. Any variables requested by the calculator tool
were kept identical throughout all configurations. Such variables were as follows:

Switch ports growth per year (%)

50%

16Gb vs. 4Gb Port Savings due to increased bandwidth

60%

Management Savings

50%

Cost of rack space per year

$12,000

Power cost as of today (cost per KW/h)

0.12

Data center power efficiency (PUE)

2.5

Rack size (in rack U's)

42

Yearly power inflation ratio

5%

The switches used in the comparisons were as follows:

Common EVA Switches


(4 Gb/s)

New 3PAR StoreServ Switches


(16 Gb/s)

Small

4/16 SAN Switch

SN3000B

Medium

4/32 SAN Switch

SN6000B

Large

4/64 SAN Switch

SN8000B 4-slot

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Savings were projected out over a 5-year period. The summarized savings are presented
in the tables that follow:
Small

Medium

Large

5-Year savings for power,


cooling, and rack space

$114,542

$287,716

$490,580

5-Year management savings

$43,750

$75,000

$150,000

5-Year Cumulative Total

$227,042

$493,966

$909,338

As can be seen by these comparison tables, considerable savings can be realized beyond
those realized simply by switching from EVA to HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, by
upgrading the 4 Gb switches standard with EVA to HP B-Series 16 Gb switches.

Conclusions
Edison recommends data center administrators currently relying on EVA storage and
coping with exponential data growth, increasing management complexity, and
unpredictable workloads to strongly consider upgrading to 3PAR StoreServ Storage and
HP B-series Storage Networking infrastructure. The HP B-Series 16 Gb switches improve
efficiency, scalability, and performance in the 3PAR StoreServ Storage over using the
3PAR solution with the 4 Gb switches standard in EVA installments, for further cost
savings.
Whether a data center wishes to move from a single EVA to a single 3PAR system, or is
consolidating multiple EVAs into one 3PAR system, 3PAR is the logical path for the
quickest pain-free upgrade and the greatest return on investment.
The benefits EVA users can expect to see with a move to 3PAR StoreServ Storage:

Simplicity

Administration time reduced by up to 90 percent.

Uses familiar Command View management tools to simplify data migration


from EVA to 3PAR StoreServ.

Performance

Process mission-critical workloads running as much as five times faster.

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Support for mixed workloads to achieve higher service levels in the face of
unpredictable and changing demands.

Tripling of backup speed, with an impact on performance.

Efficiency

Slash storage capacity requirements by 50 percent or more (guaranteed by HP).

Cut SAN, energy, and floor space requirements by up to 75 percent.

Reduce storage equipment costs by up to 30 percent; data migrates to the most


efficient cost/performance resources automatically.

Twice the Virtual Machine density on existing physical servers, with no


performance tradeoffs to boost server virtualization ROI (guaranteed by HP).

HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage offers a single modular architecture and a single stack
scalable from the midrange to the very high end. An organization can begin to
dramatically increase storage capacity usage on a modest budget while reducing
operating expenses. With 3PAR StoreServ Storage, it can move as desired into massive
data center consolidation and virtualization, ITaaS, and cloud-based platforms without
having to restructure its IT storage environment.
HP designed EVA to 3PAR Online Import software to let administrators move data
quickly and easily from HP EVA to 3PAR Systems with negligible disruption, using the
Command View interface that EVA users are accustomed to. Even administrators with
no 3PAR experience have little difficulty with the process.

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