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Storage is perhaps the most fiendishly complex part of enterprise IT, as the storage infrastructure has to meet the demands of a range of workloads with differing requirements for performance, all while ensuring reliability. This is particularly so for storage that supports mission-critical applications where high availability is an essential requirement.

Add to the mix the need to accelerate the speed of their business and become more agile, and it is clear that organizations need to have a strategy for managing their data, one that takes a more intelligent approach. This in turn calls for more intelligent platforms to support the whole process and avoid being tied down with the complexity that mission-critical storage often entails.

These are the challenges that HPE set out to address with its Intelligent Data Platform and the HPE Primera mission-critical storage arrays that are based on it.

Although HPE Primera builds on the 3PAR heritage, HPE has taken the opportunity to effectively start with a clean sheet and build a next-generation solution that addresses customer challenges, Matthew Morrissey, senior product marketing manager for HPE Primera and 3PAR, says.null

“The roots of the platform really started when we were talking with our customers and prospective customers about their specific pain points in this mission critical space. What we were finding is that a lot of these organizations were just spending too much time managing, supporting and tuning their infrastructure, and it was holding both IT and the business back, because their time was consumed with just keeping the lights on versus driving innovation.”

Part of the problem is that the basic architecture for mission-critical storage is little changed from when SAN systems were introduced around 20 years ago, yet the workloads that organizations are running today have evolved drastically. Storage arrays have gained numerous enterprise grade features, such as snapshots and remote replication, but these have arguably contributed to the increased complexity of configuring and managing the storage infrastructure.

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