HP Overhauls SMB Storage Portfolio
As part of its Just Right IT initiative, HP refreshed products across its server, networking, desktop, printer and storage lines, all of which are targeted at the SMB market. The new hardware and software offerings include the HP (NYSE: HPQ) StorageWorks P2000 G3 MSA, the software-only P4000 VSA for Hyper-V, and Data Protector Express 5.0 software. InfoStor has the story.
HPs 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 HPs StorageWorks division. (HPs P2000 G2 MSA already supports Gigabit Ethernet).
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 HPs P4000 hardware array or any vendors array that is certified by Microsoft or VMware). In addition to VMware, the P4000 now supports Microsofts Hyper-V virtual server platform. The P4000 VSA software runs in a VM as a virtual appliance, and can be deployed on any vendors servers, according to Johns.
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