By Zachary Shess
This month, Hewlett-Packard expanded its on-demand storage services, and announced software upgrades for its SureStore E Disk Array XP256. HP's instant Capacity On Demand (iCOD) services offer pay-as-you-go storage capacity planning and installation for companies with rampant and unpredictable storage growth.
iCOD adds to HP's on-demand storage services introduced last Fall. In September, HP and Qwest Communications announced a three-year agreement to provide on-demand services through Qwest's nationwide Web hosting facilities. Customer data at Qwest's CyberCenters is stored and managed with HP's XP256 arrays and software (see INFOSTOR, November 1999, p. 1). In contrast, iCOD is tailored for customers who prefer to have storage on site, whether owned or leased through an HP channel partner.
In early March, HP added storage management features to improve XP256 performance and to lower management costs. SureStore E Auto LUN XP performance monitoring software migrates data between high-capacity drives and smaller, faster-rotating drives, such as data movement between RAID 5 and RAID 1 volumes.
Next month, HP will ship two software products to improve XP256 data security and integrity. Secure Manager XP validates hosts and authenticates transactions. In transaction-heavy environments, Continuous Access XP is designed to ensure data concurrency between primary and remote storage devices without slowing application performance, even when remote devices are kilometers away.