Technical white paper

HPE 3PAR Thin Technologies

Introduction

Compaction technologies such as thin provisioning, Thin Deduplication, and thin reclamation offer efficiency benefits for primary storage that can significantly reduce both capital and operational costs. Thin provisioning has achieved widespread adoption as it dramatically increases capacity efficiencies. It has become a data center "must have" for its ability to break the connection between logical and physical capacity. Deduplication is also an essential consideration when looking into deploying workloads onto a flash tier or an all-flash array. Thin technologies can vary widely in how they are implemented; some are complex to deploy, while others use coarse allocation units and cannot deliver the required space savings. HPE 3PAR Thin Technologies including HPE 3PAR Thin Deduplication, Thin Provisioning, Thin Conversion, Thin Persistence, and Thin Copy Reclamation achieve advanced data compaction through leveraging built-in hardware capabilities and Express Indexing technology.
Thin provisioning allows a volume to be created and made available as a logical unit number (LUN) to a host without the need to dedicate physical storage until it is actually needed. HPE 3PAR Thin Provisioning software has long been considered the gold standard in thin provisioning for its simplicity and efficiency. Unlike other "bolt-on" implementations, HPE 3PAR Thin Provisioning software is simple and efficient, helps your organization start new projects more quickly and on demand, and saves millions of dollars. HPE 3PAR Thin Provisioning leverages the dedicate-on-write approach of HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage, allowing enterprises like yours to purchase only the disk capacity you actually need. HPE 3PAR Thin Provisioning integrates seamlessly with VMware vSphere, Windows Server 2012, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and Symantec Storage Foundation - greatly enhancing the operative and administrative efficiency of these platforms.
While HPE 3PAR Thin Technologies software is extremely simple to deploy and use, a certain amount of planning is advantageous to help maximize its benefits. This paper documents best practices on thin provisioning on HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage and is intended for administrators looking to get the most out of their HPE 3PAR StoreServ deployment. In addition, it describes other HPE 3PAR Thin Technologies that you can use in conjunction with HPE 3PAR Thin Provisioning software to help maximize its effectiveness. Unique to HPE 3PAR StoreServ, HPE 3PAR Thin Conversion software enables you to reduce capacity requirements by 50 percent or more by deploying HPE 3PAR StoreServ in place of legacy storage.