HP Launches Family Of Entry-Level Disk Arrays

The HP MSA2000's storage capacity can be increased through any combination of SAS or SATA hard disk drives.
Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday introduced a family of entry-level disk arrays designed for virtualized server environments.

The HP StorageWorks 2000 Modular Smart Array family comes with Fibre Channel or iSCSI arrays. The new products are targeted at small and midsize businesses, or for departmental or remote office use by large corporations.

The HP announcement followed by two days Dell's unveiling of an iSCSI disk array product line called the PS5000 Series. Dell's new products are designed to support virtualized server environments in midsize businesses.

The HP MSA2000's storage capacity can be increased through any combination of SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) or SATA (serial ATA) hard disk drives. To reduce chances of business downtime due to a product failure, the new array features dual power supplies, optional dual controllers and redundant hardware with automatic failover, HP said.

To further prevent the chances of a business interruption, the MSA2000 is available with optional software for backup and recovery.

The new product family has a built-in management console to set up and configure storage. For HP BladeSystem customers, the MSA2000 can plug in to their current management software.

The MSA2000 has a maximum storage of 36 TB, and supports either 4-GB Fibre Channel or 1-GB iSCSI connectivity to data-hosting systems. The arrays can be configured with up to 48 SAS or SATA drives.

Pricing for the new product family starts at $4,999. The systems are scheduled to ship in March. Detailed specifications are available on HP's Web site.

Dell's PS5000 Series is the company's first product stemming from the $1.4 billion EqualLogic acquisition, which Dell recently completed. The iSCSI disk array can be scaled out from 16 TB to 192 TB. Pricing starts at $19,000.

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