HP unveils all-in-one for SMBs

Firm claims systems will drive down cost and complexity

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By  Published  October 20, 2006

HP Middle East has introduced what it claims are the industry’s first easy-to-use storage systems that drive down cost and complexity for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

The vendor said its new HP StorageWorks All-in-One (AiO) storage systems deliver simple, application-centric storage management, reliable data protection and affordable data storage.

The systems are designed to enable SMBs with limited or no storage expertise to store, share, manage, backup and protect their application and file data in a network storage environment.

“With these systems, HP is now the benchmark for storage solutions for SMBs,” said Ashraf Helmy, product marketing manager of the Storageworks division at HP Middle East.

“Developed from the ground up to address the specific problems SMBs face, the HP All-in-One storage systems deliver functionality without the complexity of competing offerings.”

The HP AiO storage systems handle all storage tasks and are accessed via a graphical interface, which HP said would save administrators time and provide an increased level of control.

The systems are specifically designed for managing storage in Microsoft environments, including point-and-click tools for working with Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server.

In fewer than ten clicks customers can fully set up shared storage for an Exchange mailstore, the vendor said.

“We’re excited to work with HP, a strategic partner with deep expertise in Windows and networked storage technology, to deliver a breakthrough storage innovation,” said Desmond Nair, business group manager for server and tools at Microsoft.

“HP All-in-One Storage Systems bring together HP’s unique design with Microsoft’s Storage Server software to provide an extremely compelling offering for SMBs.”

“Microsoft is committed to making universal distributed storage a reality, by reducing storage costs and providing customers with high-end functionality on industry-standard hardware,” he added.

A full version of HP StorageWorks Data Protector Express software is integrated into HP All-in-One storage systems to enable data back up and recovery from tape, virtual tape, optical or external disk on the network.

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