HP reinforces NAS product range

HP has released its StorageWorks b2000, b3000 and e7000 machines boasting 20% performance increases and 42% price reductions.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  March 10, 2003

HP has reinforced its network attached storage (NAS) product portfolio with the release of a new batch of NAS boxes and price points. HP has released its StorageWorks b2000, b3000 and e7000 machines boasting 20% performance increases and 42% price reductions.

“Customers desire to extend their SAN investment for broader uses in their enterprise,” says Martin Regli, director of enterprise product marketing, HP Network Storage Solutions, EMEA.

“In particular, enhancements to our NAS solutions and services help customers fuse their NAS and [storage area network] environments into a singularly managed pool of storage resources while maximising return on their IT investments,” he adds.

HP is also claiming improved SAN and NAS manageability with the launch of its NAS Data Path Manager—a multi-pathing software loaded on HP’s StorageWorks NAS 8000 machine. The software improves connectivity into SAN environments by allowing path failover between host bus adaptors and by providing load balancing and performance-monitoring support.

HP’s revamp of its NAS product range comes at a time of fierce competition in the storage market. According to recent IDC statistics, the global disk storage systems market revenue grew 12% in Q4 2002.

“The fourth quarter’s results were similar to what we have seen in the server market," says John McArthur, group vice president of Storage Research at IDC.

“We expect to see a return to more normal seasonal changes as companies have already made their major adjustments to storage spending,” he adds.

In the fourth quarter, HP and IBM statistically tied for the number one position, each with 25% revenue share. In addition, there was a three-way statistical tie for the number four spot between Sun Microsystems, Dell and Hitachi. However, Sun posted the strongest growth among the three with 17% sequential growth from Q3 2002.

HP maintained its number one position with 21% revenue market share. IBM and EMC, tied for second, each with 17% revenue share. There was a similar scenario in the total external RAID market, where HP and EMC tied for the number one spot each with 19% of the revenue share.

“In 2003, vendors will continue to bring to market more compelling business and product strategies, including the introduction of new components and storage network technologies," predicts Charlotte Rancourt, research director in IDC’s Disk Storage Systems program.

“As a consequence, we expect to see further fluctuation in vendor market share in 2003,” she adds.

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