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HP gets blade and simplifies its SAN

Technology seen as huge value-add to storage giant’s product line-up

HP HAS EXPANDED its storage portfolio with additions to its blade server and enterprise virtual array line-ups.

The company said the StorageWorks SB40c was its first dedicated storage blade, providing customers with quick and efficient storage expansion to enable greater flexibility within IT infrastructures.

It has also introduced two offerings within the HP Storage- Works Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) family, which the vendor said accelerate backup and recovery, reduce costs and make storage area networks (SANs) simpler to manage.

“HP’s continued innovation and investment in its Storage- Works portfolio are providing customers with greater choice and more affordable options to meet their storage needs,” said Bob Schultz, senior vice president and general manager of HP’s StorageWorks division.

“New offerings like the SB40c are helping HP lead the way for customers that want to simplify their IT infrastructures.”

The SB40c storage blade can add up to 876Gbytes of direct attached RAID storage capacity to each blade within an HP BladeSystem c-Class enclosure.

HP said storage blades are a key enabler of HP’s Adaptive Infrastructure portfolio, helping companies improve their IT organisations by speeding change and delivering improved cost efficiencies and quality of service.

Based on industry-standard components, including small form factor serial attached SCSI drives and an embedded SmartArray P400 controller, the vendor said the SB40c’s density and power efficiency accommodate the space and power constraints of data centres.

The StorageWorks VLS300 EVA Gateway scales beyond 500Tbytes of capacity, provides throughput in excess of 8Tbytes per hour and can emulate up to 1,024 tape drives and 128 libraries.

HP claimed the VLS300 EVA Gateway allowed customers to integrate disk into their existing enterprise data protection processes, reducing complexity and improving performance.

The firm said its other offering in the EVA space, the StorageWorks EVA4000 SAN Starter Kit, delivered a complete out-of-the box solution for customers who were ready for a SAN but had been concerned about SAN complexities.

Designated by Microsoft as a Simple SAN solution, the EVA4000 SAN Starter Kit provides SAN management and a flexible environment with management tasks automated with an interface for provisioning on Windows 2003 hosts.

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