HP refreshes entry-level, LeftHand SANs

By Kevin Komiega

-- Hewlett-Packard (HP) is slapping a new naming scheme on its entry-level Modular Smart Array (MSA) and midrange LeftHand SANs in conjunction with a round of hardware and software upgrades that improve performance, scalability and capacity utilization.

Previously known as the MSA 2000 family, the new StorageWorks P2000 G3 MSA systems feature 8Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity and a Fibre Channel/iSCSI Combo controller option for users in need of both 8Gbps Fibre Channel and 1Gbps iSCSI connectivity in the same box.

The P2000 G3 MSA also features a new replication capability called Remote Snap, which lets users replicate data between P2000 G3 systems at different locations. In addition, new Volume Copy software automatically captures local copies of stored data.

The P2000 G3 MSA can support up to 57.6TB of capacity in SAS-based configurations, or 192TB using SATA drives. 

Charles Vallhonrat, product marketing manager for HP StorageWorks, says customers can upgrade the controllers and/or connectivity of existing MSA 2000 G1 or G2 Fibre Channel SAS or iSCSI model MSA systems in-place by simply swapping out controllers.

Pricing for the P2000 G3 MSA Fibre Channel Dual Controller large form factor (LFF) Array System starts at $9,950, while the P2000 G3 MSA Fibre Channel Dual Controller small form factor (SFF) Array System starts at $10,350 and the Fibre Channel/iSCSI Dual Combo Controller LFF Array System costs $12,350.

For the midrange, HP is rebranding its LeftHand SANs as the HP StorageWorks P4000 G2 SAN Solutions family. Aimed at virtual server deployments, the new P4000 G2 SANs offer improved capacity utilization by up to 50% through the systems' Network RAID feature, according to Chris McCall, product marketing manager for HP StorageWorks.

McCall says the P4000 G2 SANs, running the latest version of the company's SAN/iQ software, include new integrated snapshot, remote copy, and clone capabilities along with a new tool called Best Practice Analyzer, which sends alerts regarding SAN optimization.

The P4000 G2 SANs start with 60TB of storage capacity and are capable of scaling in 12TB increments using 7,200rpm SAS drives. HP refers to its 7,200rpm SAS drives as "midline SAS" and claims they are on par with SATA drives of the same capacity in terms of cost.

HP is also offering a new P4000 Unified NAS Gateway that allows users to store and manage both file- and block-based data.

List prices for the StorageWorks P4000 G2 SAN family start at $30,000. The new SAN/iQ software will ship with all P4000 G2 SAN systems and will be available to existing P4000 and LeftHand Networks customers for download at the end of March.

The P4000 Unified NAS Gateway is expected to begin shipping in early April.

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This article was originally published on February 17, 2010