HP bulks up storage portfolio

Hewlett-Packard last week introduced a mix of hardware and software designed to help customers align the value of their data with the resources used to store it.

The company is playing catch-up in this area of information life-cycle management to supporters of the concept such as EMC, IBM and Veritas Software. HP is fitting together its existing storage and management products, new homegrown products such as those unveiled last week and technologies from partners.

HP's latest round of offerings includes a new version of its data protection and disaster-recovery software, OpenView Data Protector 5.5. It now includes the ability to back up disk to disk, rather than just disk to tape.

"With storage increasing as it is today, people want a lot of data for analysis, and I have to keep more storage online," says Devin York, director of financial systems for Continental Airlines. "What Data Protector's disk-to-disk backup capability allows me to do is abstract my tape library from the end-users and push my backups directly to disk."

York says that acquiring disk is typically very inexpensive when compared with the cost of a new tape library or tape drive. "Disk-to-disk backup is really a pretty simple financial argument to sell to management," he says.

Further, OpenView Data Protector 5.5 lets media be mirrored over unlimited distances. The software starts at US$1,200 for Windows servers and US$5,600 for Unix servers.

On the hardware side, HP aired the Storage Works Modular Smart Array 1500 cs, a midrange storage system that allows the concurrent attachment of relatively fast and expensive SCSI and slower and less expensive Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA_ drives. The 2G bit/sec Fibre Channel SAN controller, which starts at US$9,000, supports as much as 24T bytes of Serial ATA storage and up to 16T bytes of SCSI disks.

HP also rolled out the StorageWorks Ultrium 960 Tape Drive, which provides write once, read many capability for archival purposes. The Linear Tape-Open format drive starts at US$5,540.

Also new is the StorageWorks Optical Jukebox for archival storage of data that needs to be retained to adhere to government regulations. The box, designed for small and midsize businesses, starts at US$8,000.

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