HP releases new StorageWorks systems

Company launches new range of product offerings which it said will help customers consolidate storage resources.
Written by Lynn Tan @ Redhat, Contributor

SINGAPORE--Hewlett-Packard today unveiled a line of storage systems that it said will enable customers to manage storage resources in a single environment.

Coined HP StorageWorks EVA (Enterprise Virtual Array) File Services, the new systems are an enhanced versions of the HP StorageWorks EVA and include file-servicing capabilities, said Jason Treu, worldwide storage PR at HP's Technology Solutions Group. He said the file-servicing capability was previously available as a separate feature, but has now been added to the EVA systems.

The EVA File Services will be available in the market from Mar. 1 in three configurations--EVA4000, 6000 and 8000.

According to Ashwini Bhatnagar, marketing manager at HP StorageWorks in Asia-Pacific and Japan, the EVA File Services line offer similar capabilities found in the HP StorageWorks All-in-One (AIO) Storage Systems targeted at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

He told ZDNet Asia that the EVA File Services has the same block and file servicing capabilities and "similar kinds of deliverables", but noted that it is in "a totally different kind of environment".

Bhatnagar explained: "This EVA [File Services] environment is for richer and bigger applications… It scales much higher and has much higher throughput, but it does essentially the same thing [as the AIO systems in terms of streaming] block and file data.

He noted, however, that the EVA File Services performs such tasks differently--through a clustered gateway, allowing users to stream both block and file data. It acts like a gateway that brings both functions together, while the AIO system performs this task at the operating system level, he said.

Bhatnagar added that the AIO systems are entry-level offerings aimed at companies concerned about keeping complexity and cost low. Larger enterprises, however, are faced with the challenge of maintaining heterogeneous environments.

"They have many things out there which they now want to consolidate into one, [while keeping] costs low [but maintaining] the scalability and simplicity," he said.

Today's product announcements also included the HP ProLiant DL585 G2 Storage Server, the Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch for the HP c-Class BladeSystem, as well as an enhanced HP Data Protector Software 6.0 release with 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption.

According to HP, these new releases are expected to address growing "need for unifying and managing DAS (direct attached storage), NAS (network attached storage) and SAN (storage area network) that accompany the significant growth in corporate data servers".

Anthony Chan, vice president and general manager of StorageWorks for HP Asia-Pacific and Japan, said in a statement that these storage products and services will let customers "remain flexible, reduce complexity and lower the total cost of ownership in their IT environments".

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