This product has been replaced by the 20000 series covered in HPE 3PAR StoreServ.
The HP 3PAR StoreServ 10000 Systems are high-end enterprise scale-out storage systems. In addition to the 3PAR 10000 family, HP also offers HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 systems for the mid-tier with the same underlying architecture and embedded system software and the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 all solid-state storage systems with high performance targeted at demanding tier one applications. All models run HP 3PAR InForm Operating System and additional add-on software modules.
The high-end 3PAR StoreServ 10000 includes the 10400 and 10800 models, which compete against the EMC Symmetrix VMAX³, HDS VSP G1000, and IBM DS8870 and XIV arrays.
Typically, array architectures are monolithic, dual controller or scale-out. Monolithic architectures provide high availability and performance with a high price, but due to their design, do not scale down to smaller more affordable configurations easily. This is due to their reliance on large components such as host controllers, cache and disk controllers, each of which must be deployed in pairs for redundancy. Thus, the smallest configuration for a monolithic system requires six elements, two for each of three functions.
In a dual controller architecture, the host controller, disk controller and cache are all integrated together. The combination of these functions is called a “Controller”. In traditional dual controller architectures, there are two of these multifunction controllers. Scaling out is not possible for these systems due to their design limitations.