HP simplifies data backup for SMBs

Company unveils new system that it says will help SMBs consolidate and automate their daily backup operations.

SINGAPORE--Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday unveiled a new data backup system that it said would simplify data protection and disaster recovery for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Dubbed HP StorageWorks D2D Backup System, the disk-based system will automate and centralize daily data backup operations, said Ashwini Bhatnagar, marketing manager at HP StorageWorks in Asia-Pacific and Japan, during a media briefing yesterday.

Bhatnagar added that the D2D backup system, which supports up to four Windows-based servers, is similar to the HP StorageWorks All-in-One (AIO) Storage Systems and features an iSCSI interface that plugs into a standard Ethernet network.

However, the D2D backup system only does data backup, while the AIO systems do both data backup as well as block-and-file storage, he said.

According to HP, the D2D backup system can be integrated into existing network-based IT environments and configured and managed in three steps. In addition, users can monitor their D2D backup system from anywhere on the network and via the Web, using the browser-based management, the company said.

Immediately available in the market, the D2D backup system is sold in two storage configurations--1TB and 2TB--through the company's network of over 145,000 resellers worldwide, and priced at US$1,999 and US$2,999, respectively.

Both configurations are also available with licensing bundles, for up to four servers, for HP's data backup application Data Protector Express, at an additional US$1,000--a 60 percent discount for the software, if purchased separately.

"The HP StorageWorks D2D Backup virtually eliminates the main causes of failed backups and slow restores to help protect our customers' most valuable asset--[which is] their data," Anthony Chan, vice president and general manager of StorageWorks Division at HP Asia Pacific and Japan, said in a statement.

Chan added: "Like our HP StorageWorks All-in-One, we designed it with the SMB in mind to deliver the most simplicity, reliability and affordability in one intuitive, integrated package."

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