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will announce another expansion to its network-attached storage (NAS) line this week at Microsoft's Tech-Ed 2003, where it will unveil the StorageWorks NAS 1000 product for remote offices and small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
The news reinforces HP's longstanding partnership with Microsoft
. The Palo Alto, Calif. vendor's NAS device is tailored to run on Windows operating environments, the dominant platform in the industry.
HP's product expansion also illustrates the growing trend among vendors to sell enterprise-strength product lines to entry-level markets, providing the capacity of higher-end products at prices for smaller business budgets.
HP StorageWorks boxes such as the NAS 1000 play a key part in HP's ENSAextended strategy of providing storage hardware that carries out the elements of HP's broader "Adaptive Enterprise," where business needs are met by more intuitive computer systems that are automated, intelligent, and have the ability to operate on the fly.
StorageWorks NAS 1000 offers multi-protocol file support and remote storage management for workgroups, small businesses, and remote locations. Its software provides snapshot capability, replication, and volume expansion to help systems administrators manage and view data flow more easily.
HP Global Services provides continuous availability support for those who purchase the NAS 1000, which is important for companies who need remote office deployments involving many StorageWorks NAS 1000 devices replicating to a single NAS head at a central office. NAS 1000 will also be supported by HP's partner network.
The NAS 1000 is available for $2,999 with 320GB, $4,999 with 640GB, and $6,999 for the 1TB model. HP StorageWorks products and solutions will be showcased in the HP booth at TechEd in Dallas, which will include a demonstration of NAS/SAN fusion with Microsoft Exchange 2000, showing how HP integrates NAS and SAN infrastructures into a seamless IT environment.
In related news, HP also completed the North American leg of an international road show with Microsoft to launch its StorageWorks NAS b3000 machine, which enables customers to consolidate their Microsoft Exchange server environment by fusing storage area networks (SANs) and NAS into one storage pool.
This story originally appeared on internetnews.com.
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