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.
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.
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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.