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THE EVOLUTION OF TECHNOLOGY

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

With the HPE 3PAR storage system now reaching end of life, we decided to take a look back through some other examples of trusted, iconic technology. Exploring why they were innovative for their time - and how they evolved into even more exciting, groundbreaking solutions.

Scroll on to see more - or skip to the bottom for an introduction to the next generation of storage systems: HPE Nimble, HPE Primera and HPE Alletra.

 

TYPEWRITER

Date of Release: 1870s
Headline Innovation: A faster, more legible way of writing

FEATURES:

  • QWERTY keyboard layout, designed to slow down typing and prevent jamming.
  • An array of keys which, when pressed, strike a ribbon coated in ink, to reproduce characters on paper.
  • Sometimes credited with helping women enter the clerical workplace.

PHONOGRAPH RECORD

Date of Release: 1897
Headline Innovation: Standardised Playing Speed

FEATURES:

  • 78 rpm speed
  • Acoustic recording
  • Made from shellac
  • Easier to store than phonograph cylinders.

POCKET WATCH

Date of Release: 17th century
Headline Innovation: The first pocket-sized wearable timepiece

FEATURES:

  • Designed to fit in waistcoat pockets, after the clothing was introduced by Charles II of England in 1675
  • Rounded and flattened in shape, unlike the heavy, cylindrical ‘clock watches’ that preceded it
  • An expensive, luxury item

35mm SLR CAMERA

Date of Release: 1930s onwards
Headline Innovation: The most advanced photographic preview system available

FEATURES:

  • Single lens reflex (SLR) system, which uses mirrors and prisms to allow the photographer to look through the camera lens, and view the image to be captured.
  • When the shutter button is pressed, the mirror moves out of the way, allowing light to pass through to the film.
  • Records images onto 35mm film.

COLOUR CRT TELEVISION

Date of Release: 1950s onwards
Headline Innovation: Colour TV

FEATURES:

  • Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) screen.
  • Analogue programme transmission, using signals transmitted over radio, satellite, and cable.
  • Programmes could be recorded onto video cassette, using a separate VCR.

ROTARY PHONE

Date of Release: 1890s onwards
Headline Innovation: User-controlled for quicker connection

FEATURES:

  • Rather than picking up the receiver and telling the operator who you wanted to contact, rotary phones could be controlled and connected by the user.
  • Digits arranged in a circular layout.
  • Initially made from metal, but often plastic after the 1930s.

HPE 3PAR

Date of Release: 2002
Headline Innovation: "Utility Storage"

FEATURES:

  • Improved scalability, with up to 300TB in a single array
  • Lower total cost of ownership due to efficient resource allocation and built-in management features
  • "Carrier class" system, incorporating fault tolerance for both hardware and software components
  • Multi-tenancy: multiple applications share a common storage pool

HPE 3PAR

Date of Release: 2002
Headline Innovation: "Utility Storage"

FEATURES:

  • Improved scalability, with up to 300TB in a single array
  • Lower total cost of ownership due to efficient resource allocation and built-in management features
  • "Carrier class" system, incorporating fault tolerance for both hardware and software components
  • Multi-tenancy: multiple applications share a common storage pool

HPE 3PAR

Date of Release: 2002
Headline Innovation: "Utility Storage"

FEATURES:

  • Improved scalability, with up to 300TB in a single array
  • Lower total cost of ownership due to efficient resource allocation and built-in management features
  • "Carrier class" system, incorporating fault tolerance for both hardware and software components
  • Multi-tenancy: multiple applications share a common storage pool

EMBRACE THE NEXT GENERATION OF STORAGE

The above examples show that beyond all else, innovation is exciting. It makes technology go faster. Perform better. And connect more widely than ever before.

That’s why it’s time to help your clients leave their old 3PAR storage behind. Accelerate their migration to HPE Primera, HPE Nimble or HPE Alletra. And embrace the new.

At Tech Data, our experts can help with that. From recommending the right migration route for your customers’ needs, to providing exclusive partner resources to help you skill up on the latest innovations.

Simply get in touch today to get started.

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LAPTOP

Date of Release: 1980s onwards
Headline Innovation: Portable computing

FEATURES:

  • QWERTY keyboard layout, which has persisted for nearly 150 years.
  • Thin, flat, ‘clamshell’ design, which can be opened and closed for portability.
  • Battery powered, with wireless internet connectivity to enable mobile use, anywhere.
  • Used today not just for writing, but for work, education, gaming, internet browsing, social media, and much more.

COMPACT DISC

Date of Release: 1982
Headline Innovation: "The Next Best Thing To Live Music"

FEATURES:

  • Originally designed to hold up to an hour / 650MiB of uncompressed stereo digital audio
  • At the time of introduction, could store around 65x more data than a PC hard disk drive
  • Potential for applications beyond the music industry, such as CD-ROM and Video CD (a precursor to the DVD)

SMART WATCH

Date of Release: 2010s
Headline Innovation: Wearable computers with smartphone-level functionality

FEATURES:

  • Touchscreen interface
  • Compatible with smartphones, with WiFi, Bluetooth and sometimes cellular connectivity
  • Mobile operating system and specialised applications
  • An expensive, luxury item

DIGITAL SLR CAMERA

Date of Release: 1990s onwards
Headline Innovation: Combining the mechanism of an SLR with a digital imaging sensor

FEATURES:

  • Single lens reflex (SLR) viewing system, as well as a ‘live preview’ shown on a digital LCD display.
  • Faster, more responsive performance than other digital cameras: less shutter lag, faster autofocus, and higher frame rates.
  • Records high-resolution images onto digital memory card.

SMART TV

Date of Release: 2007 onwards
Headline Innovation: TV with internet connectivity

FEATURES:

  • Liquid crystal display (LCD) screen.
  • A mix of analogue and digital transmission, using radio, satellite, wired, and online streaming.
  • Programmes can be recorded digitally, using an in-built memory card or separate DVR.
  • Users can access software applications to stream programmes, browse the internet, play games, listen to music and more. 

SMART PHONE

Date of Release: 2000s onwards
Headline Innovation: Phone with computer functionality

FEATURES:

  • Mobile operating system and specialist software applications to enable photography, music, gaming, and more, on top of calls and messaging.
  • Cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Inputs arranged in a QWERTY layout.
  • Typically made from metal, with designs centred around a large LCD touchscreen.

HPE NIMBLE

Headline Innovation: "Intelligent, self-managing storage"

FEATURES:

  • Familiar 3-tier architecture with built in AI and predictive analytics
  • 99.9999% guaranteed availability: ideal for business-critical applications
  • 86% of issues resolved automatically thanks to built-in InfoSight Predictive Analytics
  • 79% lower storage operational expenses, with easily scalable compute and storage

HPE PRIMERA

Headline Innovation: "The world's most intelligent storage"

FEATURES:

  • 100% availability guaranteed with all-active architecture and low latency
  • 93% time savings thanks to autonomous, on-demand IT and instant data access
  • The most advanced AI for infrastructure: predicts and prevents 86% of issues from storage to apps and automates 85% of support calls
  • Unique, services-centric OS: self-installs and self-upgrades in minutes with extreme resiliency and no disruption

HPE Alletra

Headline Innovation: "The storage that performs 3x faster”

FEATURES:

  • The only storage that can use HPE Data Service Cloud Console
  • 99.9999% guaranteed availability as a standard, for unrivalled resilience
  • Delivers up to 3x faster performance than previous storage
  • Consume data as-a-service via HPE GreenLake

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