HP announces new Converged Storage innovations

HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP StoreAll Storage and HP StoreOnce Backup are designed to simplify storage

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HP announces new Converged Storage innovations Eyad Shihabi from HP says that legacy storage vendors are not equipped to help organisations respond to new workloads.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  December 4, 2012

HP has announced innovations for its Converged Storage portfolio that are designed to break through complexities and inefficiencies with a single architecture for all sizes of client deployments.

Created for virtualised, cloud and big data retention environments, these solutions include new HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP StoreAll Storage and HP StoreOnce Backup product offerings.

According to HP. many organisations waste as much as 70% of their budgets on capacity that is not actually storing data, while administrators struggle to manage dozens of disparate storage architectures.

"Legacy storage vendors are simply not equipped to help organisations respond to new workloads, and bolting on new features to old architectures has created a nightmare," said Eyad Shihabi, managing director, HP Middle East. "HP's unique set of Converged Storage innovations helps clients simplify infrastructure and reduce costs with a common architecture across storage segments and categories."

Today, HP is expanding its Converged Storage portfolio to include HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage, HP StoreAll Storage and HP StoreOnce Backup.

The HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage is a midrange quad-controller platform offering Tier 1 storage availability and quality-of-service features.

Supporting both block and file data services, the system is available with HDD and SSD or as an all-SSD configuration designed to perform more than 320,000 input/output operations per second, two point four times that of a similarly priced competitive array, according to HP.

The Converged Storage portfolio will also include HP StoreAll Storage, a highly scalable platform for object and file data access, designed to provide a simplified environment for big data retention and cloud storage that reduces the need for additional administrators or hardware. HP StoreAll Express Query was created by HP Labs, the company's central research arm, and is a metadata database that is designed to allow clients to conduct search queries 100,000 times faster than its previous file system search methods.

Integration with HP Autonomy Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL) offloads processing tasks to HP StoreAll so that analytics can be rapidly performed with more current data and using less compute hardware. Additional integration with HP StoreAll and HP Autonomy Consolidated Archive, as well as certification of other independent software vendor applications, is designed to provide safe, long-term retention of digital assets.

HP StoreOnce 2000 and 4000 Backup, with support for HP StoreOnce Catalyst software, is designed to provide efficient data movement and high-performance deduplication to reduce data protection costs in remote sites and data centres. The new models perform backup operations up to three times faster at a 35% lower cost than the closest competitive system, according to HP.

HP has also announced new services designed to help clients optimise their investment and create the right environment for their businesses. They include:

Technology services that help optimise HP StoreOnce performance and speed transition from HP Enterprise Virtual Array to HP 3PAR Storage.

The HP Financial Services Capacity on Demand program, which helps clients respond to unpredictable needs and instantly acquire storage beyond baseline capacity.

HP Storage Management Services integrate HP 3PAR StoreServ, HP StoreAll and HP StoreOnce Storage to offer HP's new storage technology to enterprise clients with systems management expertise and operational best practices.

The HP StoreServ 7200 is available globally immediately starting at $20,000. HP StoreServ 7400 starts at $32,000. HP Priority Optimisation will be available in 2013.

HP StoreAll Storage is expected to be available globally on Dec. 20, with pricing as low as $0.91 per GB.

HP StoreOnce 6200 Backup systems are available worldwide immediately for a starting price of $250,000. HP StoreOnce 2000 Backup systems start at $10,000 and HP StoreOnce 4000 Backup systems start at $30,000. Both systems are available immediately worldwide. HP StoreOnce Catalyst Software licenses start at $500.

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