By Kevin Komiega
-- HP (NYSE:HPQ) is bringing its Converged Infrastructure pitch to SMBs with new set of StorageWorks SAN, NAS and disk-based backup systems for entry-level customers.
HP bills its Converged Infrastructure strategy as a blueprint for SMBs looking to deploy an IT environment at a reduced total cost through the convergence of servers, storage, networking and management.
As part of that strategy, HP rolled out new versions of its StorageWorks X1000 Network Storage System, StorageWorks P2000 G3 SAS Modular Smart Array (MSA), StorageWorks X310 Data Vault, and a P V1410 plug- and-play switch that connects client PCs, servers and storage devices.
For SAN customers, HP is set to ship the StorageWorks P2000 G3 SAS MSA, a 6Gbps SAS-based version of the Fibre Channel G3 disk array that began shipping last April (see "HP refreshes entry-level, LeftHand SANs").
The system's software automatically replicates snapshots of data to a different set of disks within the array and includes the HP Volume Copy license for disaster recovery.
A dual-controller version of the StorageWorks P2000 G3 SAS MSA supports large and small form factor (SFF) disk drives and starts at $8,970.
Additionally, first time SAN customers have a choice of two new HP StorageWorks P2000 G3 MSA Fibre Channel SAN Starter Kits. The Fibre Channel kits feature pre-packaged hardware and software components with 8Gbps Fibre Channel technology and scale to nearly 200TB at a starting price of $16,500.
On the file storage front, HP announced the StorageWorks X1000 Network Storage System, based on Windows and e HP ProLiant servers..
The StorageWorks X1000 includes HP's Automated Storage Manager (ASM) file sharing and migration software and doubles the capacity in half the footprint of previous generations. File deduplication technology frees up storage space by eliminating redundant copies of data across desktops and servers.
Lee Johns, director of marketing, unified storage, HP StorageWorks Division, says the X1000 was made for customers moving from direct-attached to networked storage.
List pricing for the X1000 starts at $3,512.
Rounding out the storage launch is the HP StorageWorks X310 Data Vault, an appliance based on the Microsoft Windows Home Server operating system and designed to store, protect and share data in SMB environments.
The X310 Data Vault supports internal expansion of up to 7TB (up to 15TB by connecting to external disk drives via four USB and one eSATA port) and automatically backs up as many as 10 PC clients or Macs while providing local and remote file access for up to 10 employees.
The Data Vault also features file replication and carries a starting price of $549.
The new storage lineup comes as part of an overarching HP SMB product blitz that also includes communication, collaboration and networking products. Specifically, HP launched the HP and Microsoft Unified Communication & Collaboration solution, HP Virtual Rooms, an SMB LinkedIn community (Small Biz Nation) sponsored by HP and Intel, and HP 48Upper, an online service that helps IT pros through project planning, operations and service management.