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HP goes after EMC with launch of 3Par migration utility

May 2, 2014  

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HP yesterday introduced HP 3PAR Online Import support, which it says allows for the migration of data from first-generation EMC VNX and EMC CLARiiON CX4 arrays to HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage. The move, the company adds, will enable organizations to “modernize” their legacy storage infrastructure.

“The introduction of virtualization, cloud and IT-as-a-Service workloads into the data centre adds unpredictable demands on legacy storage, compromising an organization’s ability to be agile and efficient,” the company said in a release. “Additionally, moving to a new storage system often requires resource-intensive planning, change management and data migration.”

HP 3PAR is a migration utility that allows upgrades from legacy EMC arrays to HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage without requiring the use of host resources, specialized host software or additional hardware appliances.

“IT managers are challenged to increase business agility and efficiency but are constantly held back by gaps in fragmented and complex legacy storage systems,” said David Scott, senior vice president and general manager, HP Storage.

According to industry analysts and the professional IT community at The Wikibon Project, data migration has traditionally been a source of pain for customers. A Wikibon study states that the time to provision new arrays averages five months and migration costs exceed one-half of the initial array cost itself.