HP expands data protection and archiving

By Ann Silverthorn

—At the Storage Networking World Europe trade show today, Hewlett-Packard announced five new data-protection and archiving products and services.

Duncan Campbell, vice president of marketing at HP, says the company wants to set itself apart from vendors such as EMC and Network Appliance by presenting an integrated portfolio of hardware, software, and services. The five new product introductions include three in data protection and two in archiving.

The HP ProLiant DL 100 G2 and DL 380 G4 Data Protection Storage Server (DPSS) NAS appliances will be available on September 26 and are powered by Microsoft's Data Protection Manager (DPM) and Windows Storage Server 2003 software. Microsoft's DPM is referred to as "near continuous data protection" (see Microsoft enters D2D backup market). HP claims that these disk-based backup platforms can reduce the risk of data loss by 96% over traditional tape-based approaches. The products are designed to reduce deployment time and data risk and provide file restore speeds up to 90% faster.

HP also announced the StorageWorks 6840 Virtual Library System (VLS), also available on September 26, which extends the capacity and performance of the HP 6000 VLS family. The 6840 VLS provides a capacity of 40TB, compared to 10TB previously, and boosts performance by 40% to 575MBps.

Not available until the fourth quarter is HP's Electronic Vaulting Services for Enterprises. "We're introducing a highly secure, automated disk backup system...into HP recovery centers that are used as vaults," says Thomas Goepel, HP's worldwide business strategy and portfolio manager. The solution is agent-less, but requires an appliance in the customer's production environment that collects data based on customer policies and uses single instance store to avoid duplication of data. It then compresses, encrypts, and ships the data to one of 70 HP recovery centers worldwide. The HP Electronic Vaulting Services for Enterprises supports multi-vendor environments, including Windows, Linux, Unix, NetWare, and AS400 platforms.

Another archiving product due in the fourth quarter is the HP StorageWorks File Migration Agent (FMA). FMA allows users to move inactive data to a choice of cost-effective storage targets, including HP's Reference Information Storage System (RISS), File System Extender (FSE), NAS, or tape devices. HP claims that customers using information life-cycle management (ILM) policies can move files back and forth from tier to tier as needed.

HP also announced the StorageWorks Reference Information Manager (RIM) for Database Archiving solution, which integrates OuterBay Technologies' Application Data Management (ADM) software and uses ILM policies to automatically move database information to and from archived databases. Targeted databases include Oracle and SAP, but other databases are on the road map as well.

Other enhancements and upgrades designed to bolster HP's data-protection and archiving portfolio include HP Enterprise Backup Solution (EBS), OpenView Storage Data Protector 5.5, StorageWorks Exchange 2003 Replication for HP EVA, StorageWorks Rapid Backup and Restore for the mySAP Business Suite, StorageWorks Replication Solutions Manager, and the Medical Archiving Solution.

Commenting on HP's decision to launch a slew of products at once, instead of rolling them out one by one, Arun Taneja, consulting analyst and founder of the Taneja Group, says, "HP has lost momentum in storage for the past two years against EMC and Network Appliance, and it needs to do something drastic to send a message that it's back in the game. Announcing one or two products at a time won't work.

"HP has been filling in many gaping holes in areas such as e-mail archiving," Taneja continues. "It has a solid platform in RISS, which is now being presented more as a direct competitor to EMC's Centera. For structured data, HP has the OuterBay solution, which is also solid. And the company has a strong solution for HIPAA compliance. HP can now start competing effectively against IBM and EMC."

This article was originally published on September 06, 2005