HP Overhauls Storage Grid Software

HP has overhauled its grid software for information lifecycle management (ILM), doubling its capacity and slashing the price by almost half.

The system, called StorageWorks Reference Information Storage System (RISS) 1.1, helps users locate specific files by facilitating full text indexes and original content across storage “smart cells,” a form of grid computing , said Paul O’Brien, director of ILM in the HP StorageWorks division.

The idea behind the grid is to have a number of commodity storage “cells,” or compartments, which can take on different identities, such as network-attached storage, block or content-addressed storage.

The cells are self-contained, with a dedicated processor, search engine, database, index and management layer. The grid runs on standard storage arrays.

O’Brien said RISS 2.1 increases smart cell capacity from 400 gigabytes (GB) to 850GB, with a base price that is nearly 50 percent less than the previous version, launched last May.

The system’s new price starts at $112,500 for a base of 1.8 terabytes, with RISS capacity and density upgrades of 850GB costing $52,000.

RISS is HP’s offering for a comprehensive archive and retrieval system for storing and retrieving data, helping e-mail and other documents find placement in low-cost storage when they are not accessed as much as more critical business data.

This is important for corporations, which are sometimes called upon to produce documents for legal reasons. IBM, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems and several other storage system vendors have been providing ILM solutions to help enterprises efficiently manage data from cradle to grave.

O’Brien, former CEO of Persist Technologies, which HP acquired in order to augment its ILM offerings, said RISS has had a number of significant customer wins since the software was issued last year, including NASDAQ.

“People are using the product to manage their e-mail infrastructure and to provide a quick response to a legal discovery or a compliance regulation,” O’Brien said.

HP Unveils Other ILM Offerings

To complement RISS, HP also unveiled the StorageWorks Reference Information Manager for Messaging (RIM) 1.1. RIM is an archiving application that reduces the cost of e-mail storage by shuttling specific messages from users’ mailboxes to a lower-cost archive pool.

IT staffers can use RIM to set policies for moving messages out of users’ Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Domino mailboxes and into HP RISS. O’Brien said that over the next year, the Palo Alto, Calif., concern will introduce new RIM functionality to databases. and customer relationship management (CRM) applications.

Lastly, StorageWorks File System Extender (FSE) 3.1 is new data movement software that automatically moves information between production storage media and secondary storage media. FSE makes sure the “information is in the right place at the right time through the application of user-defined rules,” O’Brien said.

FSE supports Windows and Linux operating systems, with support for the HP-UX platform and additional search and retrieval capabilities that will integrate with RISS.

Article courtesy of Internet News

Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton is an Enterprise Storage Forum contributor and a senior writer for CIO.com covering IT leadership, the CIO role, and digital transformation.

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