HP refreshes mid-range arrays

Posted on September 08, 2010 By Dave Simpson

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As part of its “Just Right IT” initiative, HP today made a slew of product announcements across its server, networking, desktop, printer and storage lines, all of which are targeted at the SMB market.

On the storage front, HP introduced the StorageWorks P2000 G3 Modular Smart Array (MSA), software-only StorageWorks P4000 Virtual SAN Appliance (VSA) for Hyper-V, and Data Protector Express 5.0 software.

HP’s StorageWorks P2000 G3 MSA now includes support for 10GbE iSCSI, in addition to 8Gbps Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel and iSCSI, or iSCSI and 6Gbps SAS. Support for Gigabit Ethernet on the P2000 G3 is expected later this year, according to Lee Johns, director of marketing in HP’s StorageWorks division. (HP’s P2000 G2 MSA already supports Gigabit Ethernet).

The P2000 G3 MSA array can be configured with up to 192TB of SATA capacity, with options for up to 96 3.5-inch SAS/SATA drives or 149 2.5-inch SAS/SATA drives. Pricing starts at $11,750 for a diskless configuration with dual controllers. The arrays support 64 snapshots, or optionally as many as 512 snapshots. Shipments are slated for later this month.

The HP StorageWorks P4000 VSA is a software-only solution that enables users to build a shared-storage, iSCSI-based SAN for virtual servers without purchasing physical disk arrays (although users can upgrade to HP’s P4000 hardware array or any vendor’s array that is certified by Microsoft or VMware). In addition to VMware, the P4000 now supports Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtual server platform. The P4000 VSA software runs in a VM as a virtual appliance, and can be deployed on any vendor’s servers, according to Johns.

Features of the StorageWorks P4000 VSA include integrated thin provisioning, HP’s “Network RAID,” and snapshots.

The P4000 VSA is priced at $4,300 per license, with support for up to 10TB of capacity. Users can run the P4000 VSA in mixed VMware/Hyper-V environments. A free trial version is available at www.hp.com/go/tryvsa.

Also today, HP introduced the 5.0 version of its Data Protector Express backup-and-recovery software. According to Johns, the key enhancement is a simplified licensing structure that only requires one license per server, which includes all features such as data encryption, disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and online application backup. 

Previously, Data Protector Express required multiple licenses depending on the required feature set.

Data Protector Express is priced at $799 for one license, $1,799 for three licenses, and $3,499 for a 10-pack license.

Related article: “HP to get 3PAR for $2.4 billion”

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