HP unveils new solutions

The company announces new information lifecycle management solutions to assist customers put their information to work.

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By  Shankar Sharma Published  March 31, 2005

Hewlett Packard (HP) has launched a series of up-to-date products and services to help customers reduce operational costs and protect existing investments as they automate the capture, management, retention and delivery of information. Forming part of the company’s information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy, these solutions include a new HP StorageWorks Reference Information Storage System (RISS) and open Application Programming Interface (API). These integrate storage, archiving, filing, search, databases and servers, so users are able to work with a single vendor rather than numerous ones, resulting in reduced costs and services issues. HP has also expanded its independent software vendor (ISV) support and partner program; introduced complementary solutions, services and upgrades for its RISS offering. It has also rounded out the ILM lineup with a new product that simplifies the long-term storage of file-system-based data. Ashraf Helmy, StorageWorks product marketing manager for HP Middle East is excited about the announcements, heralding them as “yet another milestone in our strategy to automate the information lifecycle from end-to-end and allow our customers to adapt to constantly changing business environments.” Based on open standards, the HP StorageWorks RISS API drives the rapid deployment of multiple ILM applications without significant customer investment. This is achieved by bringing together all of the components of the information lifecycle under one vendor. Functionality of RISS API will expand over the nest 12 months to include web services, common internet and network file systems (CIFS and NFS) and extra connectors for key vertical markets. The vendor is also offering a new version of the HP StorageWorks RISS that delivers increased capacity and an enhanced archiving feature. RISS v1.1 increases the capacity of smart cells from 400 GB to 850 GB while reducing the base price by nearly 50 percent from the previous version. RISS v1.1 accelerates data retrieval by evenly distributing full-text indexes and original content across many storage ‘smart cells’.

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