Hewlett-Packard and Hitachi have announced joint technology and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreements for enterprise-storage subsystems designed to target the enterprise-storage and storage area network (SAN) markets. HP had previously relied on EMC for its high-end storage products.
Under the terms of the joint technology agreement, HP and Hitachi will continue to cooperate on the design, development, and enhancement of enterprise-storage projects. HP's SureStore E Disk Array MC256 are early results of this agreement. It is also planned to cover a broad range of storage, SAN, and storage-management products, which may be manufactured by HP or Hitachi.
Under the terms of the three-year OEM agreement, HP will market Hitachi high-end array technology products enhancing them with HP firmware and Fibre Channel technology. HP will also OEM several storage-management applications to enable local and remote data mirroring, interoperating system data transfers, and centralised array management.
Managing director of Hitachi Data Systems Australia, Tim Ward claimed that the HDS storage products have in recent times been winning more favour than EMC's offerings. According to Ward: "HP is one of the pre-eminent IT suppliers in the world, and this deal will put more Hitachi / HDS into the marketplace, creating a more fertile market for potential value-added resellers."