Not be outdone by a raft of new products from archrival EMC,
Hewlett-Packard has made its own slew of storage software announcements and
On Monday, in what it dubbed "the largest new storage announcement in years,"
HP released four new products and three enhanced ones.
One key part of the lineup is an update to the StorageWorks Reference
Information Storage System (RISS), a storage server for archiving large amounts
of data. Version 1.5 stores 1.4 terabytes and uses single block instancing
(SBI), a technique that can dramatically reduce the amount of space required for
any given set of data.
New hardware includes the StorageWorks 200 virtualization system, which is
effectively an HP XP storage array without the disk storage. It offers companies
a diskless, virtualized storage array that can be used with storage hardware
from other companies such as IBM, EMC and Hitachi Data Systems.
HP is facing stiff competition in the storage market after EMC came out with
its own raft of product announcements earlier in the year, including a new high-end
storage array, which EMC claims is the biggest general purpose storage array in
the world. This was followed by new low-end products from Hitachi Data Systems,
and now Network Appliance says it will be launching its first high-end storage
products in May.
Not that business is bad for HP. Like most storage vendors, the company is
finding that its business is driven by issues such as compliance and by the
never-ending expansion of storage capacity. "We see three key drivers: the
phenomenal growth in storage (capacity)...the issues around compliance, and the
need to use information for business leverage," said Frank Harbist, HP's general
manager of information lifecycle management (ILM) and storage software.
Harbist said the latest announcements complete HP's ILM strategy, which is
"the most complete in the industry" when it comes to helping customers "capture,
manage, retain and deliver information according to its business value."
The StorageWorks RISS is an active-archiving product that stores, indexes and
retrieves reference data. According to HP, the latest version lowers the cost
per terabyte "by up to 75 percent by offering higher-capacity smart cells and
delivering three to five times more compression through block single
Another product is StorageWorks for Continuous Information Capture, which
continuously captures enterprise database and application information for