HP 3PAR License

HPE 3PAR License

3PAR Inc. was a manufacturer of systems and software for data storage and information management headquartered in Fremont, California, USA. HP 3PAR License produced computer data storage products, including hardware disk arrays and storage management software. It became a wholly owned subsidiary of Hewlett Packard Enterprise after an acquisition in 2010. 

HP 3PAR License was founded in mid-1998 or 1999, originally called 3PARdata.The founders included Jeffrey Price and Ashok Singhal, the P and A in the company’s name. The R stands for a third partner, Robert Rogers, who left the company in 2001. David Scott became president and CEO in January 2001.3PAR first shipped the InServ storage server in September 2002. 3PAR’s primary competitors in the enterprise storage market are Dell EMC, Pure Storage, NetApp, Hitachi Data Systems and IBM. 3PAR called itself a pioneer of thin provisioning, a mechanism to improve the utilization efficiency of storage capacity deployment.[3][4] 3PAR first announced this capability in June 2002 and shipped it to customers in 2003. 

An investment round of almost $33 million was disclosed in February 2004. Investors included Mayfield Fund, Menlo Ventures and Worldview Technology Partners. In September 2007, 3PAR opened a second research and development office in Belfast, Northern Ireland.The company completed an initial public offering in November 2007and was initially listed on the NYSE Arca exchange under the symbol PAR.In the same month, 3PAR introduced Virtual Domains, which allow for secure application data isolation on a consolidated multi-tenant storage platform. In December 2008, 3PAR moved to the NYSE Big Board. One year later, 3PAR opened an Indian subsidiary in Bangalore focused on providing logistical and administrative support for its Global Services and Support operations. In March 2010, the company introduced 3PAR Adaptive Optimization, the industry’s first implementation of autonomic storage tiering for cost optimization in high-end storage systems, targeted at enterprises and service providers. In April 2010, the company was recognized by Forbes magazine as the fourth fastest growing technology company in its Tech25 list. 

Products 

3PAR promoted what it called “utility storage”, designed to be the storage foundation for utility computing architectures. Utility computing architectures provide a multi-tenant platform on which service providers can deliver both virtualized and scalable enterprise IT as a utility service. The emergence of software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and social networking business models deployed via the internet and cloud computing are examples of this trend. Enterprises and government organizations that are turning their IT organizations into internal service bureaus by building shared virtualized infrastructures for flexible workload consolidation are another. 

In 2005, 3PAR’s InServ storage server was marketed for business data centers. It included the models T400 and T800 which compete with high-end monolithic storage arrays like the EMC DMX and HDS USP, and the models F200 and F400 which compete with modular storage arrays like the EMC CX and HP EVA. 

The current range of HPE 3PAR products consists of the 8000, 9000, and 20,000 series. The 8000 series was introduced in 2015 as a mid- range offering, available in both flash and hybrid variations. The high end 20,000 series was also introduced in 2015 and scales to 8 nodes, this can be scaled even further by using a federation.[19] Most recently the 9000 series was introduced in 2017 which sits in between the 8000 and 20,000 series, scaling up to 4 nodes.   

Common across all 3PAR models is the architecture based around the ASIC. The current ASIC version is Gen5 and enables functionality such as compression, thin provisioning and parity calculations. Also common across all 3PAR models is the 3PAR OS software, 3PAR OS 3.3.1 enhanced data reduction capabilities with the introduction of compression and enhancements to dedupe .

 

Hp 3par (HP 3PAR Storage Monitoring) 

The HP 3PAR License Storage Monitoring (hp_3par) probe enables you to monitor the following aspects of the HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage systems. 

  • Performance and Scalability 

 for the total number of storage transactions being processed every second and the latency of the storage system. 

  • Statistical Data  

for all objects of the storage system as a whole. For example, the configured used and free space information for the storage system 

You can obtain performance and storage utilization statistics on the following storage objects: 

  • Controller Nodes: Controller Nodes are the high-performance data movement engines of the HP 3PAR StoreServ Architecture. 
  • Common Provisioning Groups (CPGs): Virtual pools of logical disk space. 
  • Disk Cages: Structural units within the server that allow you to strategically use the disks. Each cage has independent interfaces, power supplies, and fans. 
  • Physical Disks: A physical disk is a hard drive divided into chunklets. A chunklet is the most basic element of data storage of the HP 3PAR StoreServ. 
  • Logical Disks: A logical disk is a collection of physical disk chunklets arranged as rows of RAID sets. 
  • Ports: System controller nodes use different ports such as Gigabit Ethernet to connect the HP 3PAR storage system to your system. 
  • Virtual Volumes: Virtual Volumes use storage space provided by CPGs and are exported as logical unit numbers (LUNs) to hosts. 

Data Collection Protocols 

The hp_3par probe collects monitoring information either through standard SMI-S CIM API or through 3PAR command line (CLI) option. You must start the Common Information Model (CIM) server on your system to enable communication between the probe and the HP 3PAR storage system cisco using the SMI-S provider. For running the CLI commands, the probe makes ssh connection with the 3PAR system. Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) is an industry standard supported by multiple storage vendors and uses an object-oriented model based on the Common Information Model (CIM) to define objects and services which comprise a Storage Area Network (SAN). CIM API uses HTTP or HTTPS protocol with dedicated TCP ports (5988/5989 by default).  

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