How HP plans to cut admins' workloads with elastic backup pool

A federated backup feature that consolidates data stores into a pool of shared storage is among the announcements from Hewlett-Packard.
Written by Toby Wolpe, Contributor
New features for HP's StoreOnce Backup portfolio aim to simplify management. Image: HP

HP says new features announced this week for its StoreOnce Backup portfolio of appliances and software will simplify management by putting backup nodes into a pool of shared storage.

The new HP StoreOnce Federated Catalyst software is designed to cut the complexity and data protection issues caused by running numerous backup stores across multiple backup nodes.

"With this new capability, HP StoreOnce Backup reduces management overhead by 75 percent by eliminating physical mapping of backup jobs to individual backup appliances and freeing up administrators' time so they can focus on higher value IT projects," HP said in a statement.

StoreOnce Federated Catalyst can also help modernise siloed backup infrastructures, according to the company. It allows backup stores to be consolidated into an elastic pool of aggregated capacity across multiple nodes, consisting of more than 17 petabytes of protected data.

Features such as adaptive bidding and routing use workload-aware analytics to provide load-balancing, so that data ends up in the best physical location for maximum use, backup and restore

"The underlying federation technology is designed to support aggregation across devices and even hybrid cloud environments, supporting complex protection requirements without added administration," HP said.

Prices for Federated Catalyst start at $37,500 per couplet for the StoreOnce 6500 system, which starts at $375,000. Both are available in July.

Improvements to HP StoreOnce Backup improve efficiency by supporting non-deduplicating data types alongside deduplicated backup stores and increase scale for NAS-based backup, the company said.

There is also increased integration with HP Data Protector and third-party backup software, along with a set of features in the form of HP StoreOnce Integrity Plus to check that data can be restored as written without corruption. A new version of the software, HP Data Protector 9.0, starts at $1,238 and is expected in July.

HP StoreOnce Security Pack, available now, uses encryption to prevent unauthorised access to data in flight and at rest, and also ensures data is securely erased when deleted.

On top of the StoreOnce announcements, HP has updated the HP StoreEver ESL G3 Tape Library, allowing archiving of up to 268TB per hour and total of 75PB of data in a single library.

New features in the HP StoreEver Storage portfolio include data verification software and high-availability control path and data path failover for uninterrupted data protection.

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