HP debuts iSCSI SAN, SAS for blades

By Kevin Komiega

Hewlett-Packard has advanced its iSCSI SAN products acquired from LeftHand Networks last year with the launch of the P4000 series of IP SANs and a virtual appliance that creates shared storage inside blade server enclosures.

Ben Bolles, HP's product manager for the LeftHand family, says the P4000 series SANs feature a scale-out architecture and all-inclusive software that provides data replication and automatically balances data volumes across storage resources.

The P4000 SANs are available in a variety of configurations. A two-node P4300 configuration with 16 drives and roughly 10TB of SATA-based capacity costs approximately $30,000.

HP is also using the LeftHand software to put SANs inside virtualized blade server infrastructures with the new StorageWorks SB40c and P4000 Virtual SAN Appliance (VSA) software bundle. The resulting SAN can be deployed within an HP BladeSystem infrastructure and dynamically expanded across multiple blade enclosures.

The P4000 SANs and VSA software work with VMware's vStorage, integrate with VMware Site Recovery Manager, and are VMware Ready Certified.

In addition to the P4000 family and VSA software bundle, HP announced HP Direct Connect SAS storage for HP BladeSystems is now available in the form of the new StorageWorks 600 Modular Disk System (MDS600).

Lenore Adam, product manager for HP’s bladed storage solutions, says the MDS600 is a "giant JBOD," boasting 70 drives in a 5U form factor. "It connects to SAS systems on the back of a BladeSystem enclosure," says Adam. "The MDS600 systems appear as though they were direct-attached storage [DAS], but allow users to zone or group drives like you would in a SAN."

She adds that a single BladeSystem can attach to as many as six MDS600 arrays, and the system can scale up to 420TB allocated across 16 BladeSystem servers.

Pricing for the direct-connect SAS system with the MDS600 starts at $10,000.

This article was originally published on June 01, 2009