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HPE StoreVirtual 3200 – Product Brief

Last updated December 28th, 2018 for annual review and updates. Concise 7-page overview of HPE StoreVirtual 3200. Covers highlights, use cases, and potential. Product Brief includes EvaluScale Reviewing Methodology. Download the free Product Brief now!

Overview

The HPE StoreVirtual 3200 is a dual, active-active controller entry-level storage system based on the StoreVirtual software also used in the StoreVirtual 4000 and StoreVirtual VSA.  The major differences are in the $6055 starting price, achieved by using ARM processors and packaged as a dual controller system in 2U rather than a scale-out storage with single nodes as with the 4000 series.   Advanced features from the 4000 continue from earlier models.  Scale-out capabilities are planned for the next software release.  The system has 16GB of DRAM and 8GB NVRAM with battery backup per controller.  16 Gb/s Fibre Channel and 10 Gb/s Ethernet are available currently for host interfaces and 12 Gb/s SAS available in the near future.  Peer motion for data mobility is supported between StoreVirtual systems and 3PAR systems in an upcoming release.

HP StoreVirtual can be thought of as a family of storage systems created by integrated software named StoreVirtual OS software running on HP hardware platforms with disk or solid-state storage attached.   The StoreVirtual 3200 uses ARM processors while other StoreVirtual products use x86 hardware.  A version of the StoreVirtual System called the Virtual Storage Appliance or VSA is offered that connects existing customer storage to provide the same functionality while protecting the customer hardware investment.

Adding StoreVirtual 3200 File Controller gives file access to the StoreVirtual 3200 system.  The File Controller is another server running Windows Storage Server with the StoreVirtual 3200 providing the attached storage.

Usage

HP StoreVirtual 3200 is a general purpose block storage system for usage in entry-level environments that want to have shared storage.  StoreVirtual 3200 enables scaling of capacity and performance by the addition of nodes and is targeted at entry environments.  The ability to scale out allows the StoreVirtual system to have the performance and capacity to be applicable to the mid-tier market. Because of the cost and simplicity of installation and scaling, StoreVirtual 3200 should appeal to SME customers and remote offices.

  • Characteristics
    • Performance – As an entry storage system, the StoreVirtual 3200 has excellent performance and scale with the addition of nodes.
    • Availability – Dual controllers offer availability in case of node failure or during updating. System can scale out feature to multiple nodes, increasing performance, capacity, and availability.  The StoreVirtual software allows data to be distributed across nodes (called Network RAID) to enable selectable availability versus cost.
    • Replication for BC/DR – Both asynchronous and synchronous remote replication is available.
    • Notable – There is a centralized management console to manage all the nodes and allow administrators to migrate data between nodes.
    • Stretched clusters are supported.
  • Applications
    • The StoreVirtual 3200 is targeted at applications that use block I/O, but with the File Controller added, is capable of supporting file access as a Windows file server.
    • The features of snapshots (integrated with Windows applications using VSS) and remote replication give customers high-end system capabilities in a product targeted at the midrange. The performance and features allow applications to be deployed in a high availability environment.
  • System environments
    • The StoreVirtual 3200 is a block storage system accessed using Fibre Channel or iSCSI with standard iSCSI drivers on host systems.
  • Deployment and Administration
    • The StoreVirtual 3200 is meant to be installed and management by an IT generalist with basic knowledge of networking. For those customers without the required knowledge, the reseller services should be utilized.
    • The management is through a web GUI for multiple nodes across data centers.
    • A REST API is available for management software
    • StoreFront cloud-based analytics

Evaluator Group EvaluScale: HPE StoreVirtual 3200 – SAN Storage

Evaluator Group product review methodology “EvaluScale” assesses each product within a specific technology area.  The definitions of the criteria and explanations of how products are reviewed can be found in the  Evaluator Series Evaluation Guide. Download the product brief now to view the Evaluscale for this product.

Evaluator Group Opinion: Differentiating elements for HPE StoreVirtual

The HPE StoreVirtual system is based on mature software that has continued to be enhanced.  The StoreVirtual 3200 represents a departure from other current storage systems in that it uses ARM processors.  This allows a lower entry price than x86-based controllers.  The uniqueness is not an issue with limitations however because of the use of the StoreVirtual software and its many features.  The scale-out capability that StoreVirtual has made effective use in other models is now available with the 3200 and gives the system capacity and performance needed in mid-tier environments.

A concern is always raised when a vendor has multiple products that overlap and that is certainly the case with the StoreVirtual overlapping the MSA and the 3PAR systems and even the earlier StoreVirtual 4000.  HPE must manage the offerings and not give the impression to customers that one product line will not be continued.  The StoreVirtual software has so many advanced features, features expected of products offered in the mid-tier and higher, that they may not carry the weight or value at the entry market.  Evaluator Group believes the StoreVirtual not only is applicable in the entry space but also could be an exceptional offering in many mid-tier usages.


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