HP assembles FSAM pieces

Posted on July 01, 2001

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BY HEIDI BIGGAR

In its first significant multi-product announcement since the introduction of its Federated Storage Area Management (FSAM) strategy last February, Hewlett-Packard last month unveiled several new hardware and software components. HP defines FSAM as a network of modular storage appliances, which when integrated with storage area network (SAN) management software, systems, and services, creates a scalable environment of federated, or networked, storage resources (see "HP sharpens storage vision," InfoStor, April 2001, p. 1).

Among the new products introduced are a 2GBps virtual disk array, disaster recovery-and-backup software for the XP family of disk arrays, and two network-attached storage (NAS) devices.

In addition to 2GBps Fibre Channel connectivity, the Virtual Array 7400 features up to 7.7TB of capacity when six HP DS 2400 disk systems are daisy-chained, which compares to 1TB (15 73GB drives) for its low-end VA 7100 array. Target applications include online transaction processing (OLTP), high-end data warehousing, system consolidation, and data analysis and simulation.

The array, which HP expects to begin shipping early next month, supports HP-UX, Windows 2000, Linux, and Solaris. Other features include double-parity RAID 5 and SureStore Enterprise Management Plug-ins for integration into HP OpenView NNM, HP Toptools, CA Unicenter TNG, and Tivoli NetView Patrol. Pricing for the array starts at $76,000.

Building on the management capabilities of its XP family of disk arrays, HP this month began shipping Command View XP, Continuous Access XP over Fibre Channel, Consolidation for Linux, Instant Capacity on Demand upgrades, and Zero Downtime software.

  • Command View XP-A GUI-based management environment that plugs into OpenView Storage Node Manager. Features include Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security, which HP claims eliminates the possibility of having rogue servers, and integrated server, SAN, and array path diagnostics.
  • Continuous Access XP-Enables remote mirroring over Fibre Channel and supports high-availability clustering in AIX, Solaris, and Windows 2000 environments.
  • Consolidation for Linux-Allows XP disk arrays to play in Linux environments. The software provides integrated SAN support, high availability, integrated device and SAN management from a single console, and consulting services.
  • Instant Capacity on Demand-Part of the Instant Capacity On Demand (iCOD-S) program. Allows users to pre-install reserve capacity with no up-front cost. Users pay for the added capacity when they use it.
  • Zero Downtime-An integrated backup-and-restore product for e-services. Ties into SureStore Business Copy XP, OpenView Omniback II, and Veritas NetBackup for zero-impact backup of Oracle and SAP applications.

On the NAS front, HP unveiled the SureStore NAS XP and SureStore NAS VA. The NAS XP uses XP disk arrays and a 9000 NAS server. It features full disaster recovery (storage, server, and application) for Windows 2000 environments, as well as fail-over in distributed environments. The NAS VA is based on the 7100 disk array and J6000 server. Both NAS servers support HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, and Windows. The NAS XP is priced from $300,000.


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