When new products release, I look for elements that stir me. In the tech realm, components perpetually grow bigger and faster, but without innovation, that can become a liability. What transforms upgrades from mere change to worthy innovation is intelligence. Is the new product smarter than it was in the last revision/model/version?
The HP 3PAR StoreServ 20800 series easily checks the boxes for bigger and faster, but the aspects that jump out as smarter are Asynchronous Streaming Replication and the near-atomic scalability, particularly focusing on the minimal instantiation size. I’ll explain what I mean on this latter point farther down.