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HP EVA to HP 3PAR Online Import

What is it?

Now this is really cool, at a high level these new announcements now give you the risk free incentive to move your current workloads residing on an HP EVA P6000 to HP 3PAR and benefit from a leading storage platform.


HP EVA to HP 3PAR Import

So if you are currently running an existing HP EVA box and love the new HP 3PAR platform. I introduce to Online Import!


Online Import migrates volumes from a HP P6000 EVA to an HP 3PAR StoreServ system

Volumes are migrated online, minimally disruptive or offline depending on host OS, and best of all you can migrate full to thin volumes (and back again)


Online Import from EVA to 3PAR directly from EVA Command View:















Seamlessly move from your legacy HP EVA array to the new 3PAR architecture, and reek the benefits that it has to offer virtual environments including:


Thin Conversion

Go thin on the fly! The migration will be performed enabling the reclamation of 128MB regions using the hardware based Gen4 ASIC magic, allowing in-line, wire-speed “fat-to-thin” conversions compatible with any host volume.

Zero Detection.

Stay thin! As data is written to new 3PAR LUN, provided you have zero detect on your existing thick LUNs will shed the weight and become thin!

Note: There are still some operating systems that do not support the automatic reclamation of space using the T10 UNMAP command. Have a read on my VMware-related post on this notion here.

Storage Tiering – LUN and Sub-LUN (Block)

Automatic data-driven and policy-driven response to data placement. Simply put – busy workloads reside on faster disk to service the IO queue, and less busy reside on cheaper disk. Just simple!


There is a 180 day time based Peer motion shipped free, this license time starts at installation time, so if the license is enabled at the factory then it will start to tick down.

The license will generate appropriate alerts once the 180 days is drawing close.

Alternatively there is a permanent license too!


What is the difference between the existing Peer Motion and Online Import

The fundamental difference between these two offerings is based on the source array:

  • Peer Motion deals with HP 3PAR to HP 3PAR arrays only whereas
  • Online import deals with HP EVA to HP 3PAR arrays.


The other difference that one is disruptive (associated outage for cutover) and one is non-disruptive.  I still recommend VMware Storage vMotion over disruptive methods if time is not an issue for obvious reasons.


Supportability – EVA to 3PAR Import roadmap


So what’s the catch?

Of course with any migration, there are pre-requisites and requirements some are obvious and some are not.  The main pre-requisites are

  • Current version of OI supports only EVA x400 series running min firmware XCS09534000 to EOS/P7000


  • Destination array: HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 or 10000 running HP 3PAR OS 3.1.2 (not 3.1.1!!)


  • So there is no Online Import license for F- and T-Class, meaning F- and T-Class cannot be target for Online Migration …. However we can use the Peer Motion license for F and T (associated costs).


  • vDisks that are larger than 16TB cannot be migrated (unsupported size on 3PAR presently)
  • All vDisks presented to a host are migrated (no subset selection possible…..yet)


  • No support for HPUX hosts and\or clusters


  • Does not support Linux or Solaris clusters (Windows and VMware ESXi clusters only)


  • Can only migrate one HP EVA and one host at a time


  • Access to a box with HP P6000 Command View 10.2 to facilitate the migration which also has FC connectivity to source P6000 EVA and has IP connectivity to destination HP 3PAR StoreServ system over TCP ports 5781 (3PAR Events) and 5783 (3PAR Secure CLI).


How do I get it?

Easy! Online Import is part of the “Typical” Install Set for HP P6000 Command View 10.2

3RD party array -> HP 3PAR

So what happens if you are running a 3rd Party Array and wish to transition to HP 3PAR?  No problem, get in touch with our storage consulting team who has a vast amount of experience in this solution.

Have a read of my HP MPX200 post to gain an insight on the method we use, fast, risk-free and best of all giving you the ability to go thin on conversion.


Need a hand? Sure! Try our Storage Consulting Migration Services.

Get in touch, we have start-up services and care packs to make the ordering part simple!


HP EVA to HP 3PAR StoreServ Acceleration Service

That’s its folks, Some REALLY cool stuff has just been announced, Move to an awesome new storage platform and use a risk-free way to transition from your current EVA to it.

My colleague Francis Scarfi did a good write up on this service


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Introducing the new kids on the block… HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000












Today, at HP Discover in Frankfurt, we announced a new line of HP 3PAR storage systems boasting smarter architecture, higher storage capacity and greater performance for customers.

Built for converged infrastructure, cloud and virtual environments

Without being bias, I believe the HP 3PAR architecture holds a cutting edge story like no other. With full mesh architecture and the ability to scale as your virtual environment grows, 3PAR simply rocks. OK, that does make me sound like I have drunk the cool aid a tad, but a lot of customers like converged infrastructure models -that’s why 3PAR is in synch with our server stack and VMware technologies through management plugins.


Take a read why I think 3PAR architecture is a great platform for VMware environments and also read about our VirtualSystem offering in this space. And also Learn about other HP converged storage announcements in HP Discover in Frankfurt this week.


So without further ado, lets introduce these new kids:


HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200

The new HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 series is the entry level 7000 series model in the family. This model offers a 2-node architecture, and up to 144 drives (SSD, SAS , NL) with a maximum capacity of 250TB raw. Perfect for the home offices of small to medium size businesses.

On the connectivity side of things, the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 offers up to 12 8GB FC ports and up to 4 x 10Gb ISCSI host ports with an additional 2 built-in ports dedicated for HP 3PAR remote copy replication use.

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400

Need more grunt than the 7200 model? Enter the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 model. This model offers up to 4-node architecture with up to 480 drives (SSD, SAS, NL) for simply awesome tiering capability through the use of our Dynamic Optimisation and Adaptive Optimisation automated tiering functionality. With a maximum capacity of 864TB of raw space, this puppy won’t see you running out of space anytime soon.

For connectivity, the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 offers up to 24 8GB FC ports and up to 8 x 10Gb ISCSI host ports with an additional 4 built-in ports dedicated for HP 3PAR remote copy replication use.
Stay tuned for SPC-1 benchmark results on this model.


What is the difference between the two 7000 series models?

Technically speaking, the number of drives supported, maximum capacity and port counts are the major differences, with the 7400 model offering more than the 7200 model across all accounts.

Both support RAID levels 0, 1, 5 and 6 giving you the flexibility to choose, and not locking you into just one.

Take a look at the back of one.










The good thing to remember is that both models have support for our HP 3PAR software packages, which means that you can get the most out of your environment.


Still the same cool architecture and guarantees you’ve known from before…


System wide striping for greater performance – Everything touches everything, full mesh performance, write-cache mirroring, smart I/O processing for mixed workloads.

Gen4 ASIC for hardware based thinning – Good for those Eager-zero thick VMDKs and removing the excess “fat” from thick LUNs .

But wait there’s more, these bad boys also support HP 3PAR Dynamic and Adaptive Optimisation – policy-based autonomic LUN and sub-LUN meaning it will put your virtual machines on the right storage tier at the right time resulting in a cost-effective way to store your data.


Double VM density – guaranteed!

With the unique system wide striping, and support for mixed workloads (whether virtual or not), we can guarantee you twice the density of VM’s over legacy arrays. We have such tight support with VAAI primitives such as atomic test and set that we can offer HW-assisted locking on VMFS volumes as well as superior performance through Adaptive optimization.


Learn more about HP 3PAR Get Virtual Guarantee Program


50% less capacity – guaranteed

The key is in the magic sauce – GEN4 ASIC offering Silicon-level integration with VMware VAAI primitives such as Write Same for thin conversion/detection and Space Reclamation to keep virtual environments thin!

Support for VMware stuff?

You bet! These new models have Remote Copy Integration for VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and Peer Persistence Integration with VMware MetroCluster.

HP 3PAR Management Plugin for vCenter

Given the recent announcements and developments released in vSphere 5.1 (read my post here on these), the plugin will be available via new Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter.   This will be the one stop management plug-in for all HP Storage and HP Servers. Calvin Zito did a really good overview on this plugin and its capabilities, be sure to take a read.

The HP Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter v.7.1 is available free from the HP Software depot – download it here


Technical Specifications


The HP 3PAR StoreServ models are supported on the following hosts:

  • Citrix XenServer
  • HP-UX
  • Microsoft Windows Server, including Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Oracle Linux (UEK and RHEL compatible kernels)
  • Oracle Solaris
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise
  • VMware vSphere

Need a hand? Sure!

HP Technology Services can assist in getting you up and running as well as any migration services you may require. Get in touch with myself or check out these pre-canned services.


HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage Installation and Startup Service:

This carepack service can help you plan and deploy the new HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 into operation with up to two hosts connected to the virtual volumes

A final oriental session ensures you are comfortable with the new platform.


HP 3PAR Best practices whitepaper for VMware vSphere 5.x

In closing, HP 3PAR is optimally built for virtual environments, if you have a VMware farm and looking to get more out of your environment –  take a look at the official BP document.


Download this whitepaper here.  Or get in contact with myself, as I am always happy to answer questions.


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Building the business case to choose HP 3PAR – The Ninja’s way.

One of the cool things I get to do in the HP storage consulting business is show customers the potential savings they may profit from simply by moving across to an HP 3PAR storage array. This assessment nicknamed the Capacity Savings Assessment is backed by HP’s Get Thin Guarantee and can really show what the move to 3PAR can do for your business.

This assessment can help you evaluate your data utilisation rates and provide reports on capacity, power, cooling and even floor space savings.

This can introduce a range of benefits to your business such as smaller footprint, smaller electricity bill, less management overhead etc.


Here is what some pages from the sample report looks like:

So how does it do this? it scans the host’a filesystem and reports allocated vs used vs freespace.  To report accurate potential thin savings, the environment must not be thin provisioned already (no point in thinning out an already thin environment right!)

Current support host sets are Windows (any flavour), Unix, Linux and VMware vSphere 4/5.

Key reporting includes Capacity Utilisation, Disk Space Usage, Summary of the 3PAR configuration and a comparison of a 3PAR configuration with the current environment.

From a VMware perspective, the newest release no longer uses VMware PowerCLI  to obtain the information, instead it utilised vSphere’s native SDK and can scan NFS datastores.





To help justify a business case of what this means in $ value, consider the following page:

Now I ran this on my home lab, so the statistics aren’t staggering but I hope you get the point.

The aim here is to by going thin will mean less storage which can mean less power and less datacentre costs!  which of course can mean cost savings.

So onto the technical stuff.

What network ports does it use?

Windows: port 135 (RCP/DCOM)

Linux: port 22 (SSH)

ESX: port 443 (HTTPS)


How much network traffic will there be?

Network traffic resulting from a capacity scan is marginal. Testing shows less than 4KB per scanned host.


What permissions does it require?

Windows: User account must have Read Security and Remote Enable permissions on WMI namespace root\cimv2

Linux/Unix: User Account must be enabled for SSH login and have permission to run the df and lshal commands.

ESX server: User account must have vCenter browse privilege.


Will it add overhead?

No, the discovery tool is a lightweight tool, the execution overhead is marginal, typically less than 5% CPU utilization.


Intrigued? Why not contact me and organise a free assessment on your storage and VMware environment. If you are not in my area, contact me anyway as we have ninja champions all over the world.