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HP steps up SANs and Management Software

HP SANNot wanting to be outdone or left behind when it comes to its small and medium business customers, HP has announced an array of new products and upgrades aimed at those customers. HP is trying to help their customers in these markets, many of whom have been hit hard by the tough economic times. The products are designed to offer buyers a long-term value with lower implementation costs than many other options available.

One of the most notable additions is the option of a 10 Gbit/sec. Ethernet for its P2000 modular storage array. It would utilize a new iSCSI network card to help create a converged network environment in which both storage and server traffic share the same pipe. This will, of course, greatly cut down on the TCO when it comes to the SAN.

Currently, the P2000 is an entry-level SAN array that features a number of network card choices and other options. You can purchase the P2000 with Fibre Channel, for example, and there are options ranging from 64 point-in-time day copies to 128 full-volume copies.

The P4000 Virtual SAN has also been given an upgrade. It will now be able to include the HyperV Microsoft product. This will allow users to be able to manage their virtual servers with either VMware’s hypervisor or Microsoft’s, and to do it as a single storage area network.

This appliance is tremendously versatile, making it perfect for small and medium business. IT can run on any physical server, and it combines the internal drive capacity from as many as 16 virtual servers. You can use it to combine servers in order to manage that storage as a single pool with a single UI.

There are two new storage management software options from HP, as well. HP Data Protector Express 5.0 adds backup and recovery functionality for both SQL and Exchange, and HP has also simplified its licensing model. Insight Control, which manages and monitors hardware via Microsoft’s System Essentials 2010, has also been updated.

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