Low cost fibre channel hard drives from HP

HP is to release a new generation of low cost fibre channel hard drives in a bid to combine high performance with cost effectiveness and broaden the appeal of Storage Area Networking.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  April 25, 2004

HP will release what it claims are the industry's first low cost-per-gigabyte, high-capacity fibre channel hard drives. The new fibre attached technology adapted drives will cost roughly 50% less per gigabyte than conventional fibre channel drives according to HP’s estimates. The drives, which will be manufactured by Seagate, will offer capacity up to 250GB with a dual-port, 2GB/second, fibre channel interface. The drives, expected to launch in July, will be compatible with the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) family. The company is combining higher capacity, lower cost drive drives with higher cost fibre channel interfaces. HP hopes this will provide an attractive pay-off between cost effectiveness and performance. The new hard drives are designed to help customers drive down storage area network (SAN) cost and simplify SAN integration and management based on industry standards. "HP is broadening the appeal of storage area networks by eliminating some of the barriers to entry," said Bob Schultz, senior vice president and general manager, Network Storage Solutions, HP. "For instance, the ability to offer tiered storage within a single storage system and enable simplified integration through support of industry standards lowers the price for SAN implementations - making them more attractive to a broader range of customers." "Fibre channel drives and technology are traditionally deployed in the high-end enterprise space where having the highest levels of performance and reliability are critical elements in a system," said Brian Dexheimer, executive vice president, worldwide global marketing, Seagate. "By using more cost-effective fibre channel drives, IT managers will have the capability to run their mission-critical data together with their basic reference data and use the same common fibre channel infrastructure. This enables easier system management along with added flexibility and scalability." HP has also announced the HP StorageWorks B-series 128-port SAN director switch, which is designed to provide the high-availability, high-performance features required for mission-critical SAN deployments. It has also released the second-generation HP StorageWorks IP Storage Router 2122-2, which supports fibre channel Internet Protocol along with the iSCSI protocol, which helps customers cost-effectively and efficiently link disparate servers to storage networks.

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