Helping HP to deliver their new baby

I’m sure, if you are reading this post, you have heard the happy news about a new baby on the way. No, not Will and Kate’s impending prince or princess – rather HP’s announcement of two new versions of their 3PAR StoreServ array aimed at the mid market, and priced from €20k for the dual controller version and €30k for the quad controller.

We were absolutely delighted to be part of the launch, over in Frankfurt just before HP’s annual Discover tech show. I joined in a customer panel at the official unveiling for the press the day before Discover started. I talked about our experiences in using 3PAR as the storage platform four our CloudSoftcat infrastructure as a service platform, which has rapidly scaled to more than 200 customers, including all of our own IT. I also presented a breakout session entitled ‘From Zero to Cloud’ later on in the event.

It’s great news that customers with serious IT needs but less serious budgets can now get access to this technology, which is in use at four of the top five largest hosting providers. Of course if you deploy 3PAR in your primary infrastructure, but don’t want to spend CAPEX on a DR site, you could replicate to our 3PAR-powered CloudSoftcat platform.

If you are interested to hear more about Softcat and HP at Discover 2012, I have collected together the following links:

Main launch site for HP 3PAR StoreServ: http://h17007.www1.hp.com/us/en/storage/nextera/index.aspx

Launch presentation from Dave Donatelli and David Scott of HP, and customer panel featuring yours truly: http://h17007.www1.hp.com/us/en/storage/nextera/live.aspx

Me being interviewed live on http://siliconangle.tv with John Furrier and David Vellante of Wikibon:
http://siliconangle.com/blog/2012/12/06/softcats-sam-routledge-gives-the-service-provider-some-cloud-perspective/

My podcast recorded with the legendary @HPStorageGuy Calvin Zito on the floor at Discover: http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Around-the-Storage-Block-Blog/Softcat-utilizing-HP-3PAR-to-provide-managed-services/ba-p/128777

The Softcat tech team have a demo unit of the new HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 on order, so if you want to learn more, give us a shout!

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