HP Puts Ibrix to Work

HP (NYSE: HPQ) is rolling out new data storage systems based on Ibrix technology just a few months after acquiring the clustered file system specialist.

The new HP StorageWorks X9000 network storage systems come in three models with choices of 1GbE or 10GbE and start as little as $1.50 a gigabyte.

HP says the NAS systems let customers virtualize their file storage to create a single pool of storage and create as much as a 16-petabyte single namespace, or virtual file system capacity.

The new systems are the X9300 10GbE gateway model, the X9320 storage systems with performance and capacity options, and the X9720 “extreme storage appliance,” which replaces HP’s Extreme Data Storage System, the ExDS9100.

Ibrix replaces HP’s PolyServe technology in the new X9720.

Lee Johns, HP’s unified storage marketing director, said the Ibrix software gives the system greater performance, scalability and capacity, along with replication and tiering features.

Johns said clustered file systems have grown in importance as users take advantage of advances in industry-standard x86 platforms. “You can do so much with them,” Johns said, and their commodity nature makes them an “economically more viable” choice.

HP has also upgraded its SAN virtualization Services Platform (SVSP). Version 3.0 doubles the capacity, scalability and performance of previous versions. The new version speeds setup time through a back-end logical unit number (LUN) provisioning service, which automatically creates SVSP storage pools from capacity provisioned across multiple HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Arrays (EVAs). Thin provisioning also improves capacity utilization.

Pricing for SVSP 3.0 starts at $31,032 for a 1 terabyte configuration, which includes hardware plus the SVSP VM license.

HP also announced that its Cluster Extension EVA software supports Microsoft Hyper-V Live Migration for protecting data in virtual server and storage environments. Pricing starts at $5280.

The news was part of an HP announcement on Converged Infrastructure Architecture that followed by a day the announcement of a partnership between EMC (NYSE: EMC), Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and VMware (NYSE: VMW).

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Paul Shread
Paul Shread
eSecurity Editor Paul Shread has covered nearly every aspect of enterprise technology in his 20+ years in IT journalism, including an award-winning series on software-defined data centers. He wrote a column on small business technology for Time.com, and covered financial markets for 10 years, from the dot-com boom and bust to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. He holds a market analyst certification.

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