HP Expands Desktop, Enterprise Storage Lines
Hewlett-Packard yesterday flooded the red-hot storagemarket, seeking to maintain technical parity with its hard-
charging competitors. HP unveiled a series of modular tape
libraries, its first-ever hard-disk-based network-attached
storage appliances, and new management software that will
improve the data recovery process. All of the products will
be available Nov. 1.
HP's expanded storage lineup includes a magneto-optical
jukebox, the HP SureStore 125ex. The company says the
electronic document archiving and storage system has 50%
more capacity than its SureStore 80ex line, but at the same
price--$7,990 for a single-drive system. HP also introduced
DLT tape libraries built on an architecture that can scale,
allowing customers to buy more capacity as needed. The
company will also provide automated management software for
the recovery of data and the operating system.
HP added hard-disk products to its NAS line. The single-task
HP SureStore HD Server 4000 products, designed for disparate
workgroups, connect directly to Ethernet LANs, allowing
systems managers to provide storage outside of a file
server. With capacity ranging from 18 Gbytes to 90 Gbytes of
RAID 5 Storage, the appliances feature integrated backup and
15-minute installation, and can be managed remotely from
anywhere on the network with HP Server Admin. Prices range
from $5,000 to $8,900, depending on capacity.
In the area of NAS in particular, HP expects simplicity to
prevail. "It's early, so IS executives still want to install
[NAS devices] inside the data center," says Mike Matson, VP
and general manager of HP's network storage group. "But
eventually, users will install them the way they do printers
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