HP Unveils Storage for Mixed Networks

SAN MATEO (03/22/2000) - Recognizing the need for companies to add storage capacity quickly and seamlessly to their existing networks, Hewlett-Packard Co. on Tuesday announced several NAS (Network Attached Storage) solutions.

The new HP NetStorage 6000 adds raw storage capacities ranging from 72GB to 360GB, and attaches without disrupting the operation of the current network, according to Mike Beech, marketing manager for new business creation at HP's Bristol, England, location.

Compatible with mixed network environments such as Windows NT, Unix, and Windows, the installation, configuration, and management of the NetStorage 6000 are all handled through a Web-based administration tool that can be accessed remotely with a browser from any workstation on the network, according to Beech.

Rising to just five rack units, or about nine inches, the NetStorage 6000 sports the industry-standard, hot-swappable RAID 5 technology for failure protection, and is compatible with a variety of different backup solutions, including the HP DLT Autoloader 818 Tape Library and the Veritas Backup Exec.

"HP believes that the general data infrastructure must be centrally accessible any time the data is needed, independent of where you are located and independent of the machine you're using," Beech said.

Available this May, prices for the NetStorage 6000 will range from $25,500 to $52,000.

Also announced Tuesday were the HP AutoBackup PC25 and PC100 products. These NAS appliances are for specifically backing up PCs and laptop computers that house data that is not backed up on the central network, according to Beech.

Both the PC25 and PC100 systems back up data automatically, either through a LAN or modem, identifying only the changes in data being backed up to keep additional storage usage to a minimum.

Also slated to be available in May, estimated pricing will be $4,950 for the PC25 and $9,950 for the PC100.

Answering customer demand for a smaller Fibre Channel switch than its current 16-port offering, HP Tuesday also announced an eight-port switch in conjunction with Brokade, an on-going technology partner of HP's.

Also announced Tuesday from HP, the HP SureStore and SureStore E families of MO (magneto-optical) jukeboxes. These products are the first to support MO, a high-speed method of storage interconnectivity, according to Beech.

Hewlett-Packard, based in Palo Alto, Calif., is at www.hp.com.

Dan Neel is an InfoWorld reporter.

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