HP serves up storage gear

HP serves up storage gear

Server blades weren't the only thing on Hewlett-Packard's mind as the company also rolled out a bevy of storage hardware and software aimed at helping customers build large, manageable, fault-tolerant storage-area networks and network-attached storage systems.

The company introduced one of the first 2G bit/sec Fibre Channel storage arrays, disaster recovery and back-up software for HP's high-end XP storage arrays and two mid- to high-end NAS devices.

The HP SureStore Virtual Array 7400 is a midrange array with up to 7.7 terabytes of storage space and up to 105 Fibre Channel disks that connects into 2G bit/sec Fibre Channel SANs.

Its rack-mounted configuration lets customers deploy it in space-constrained environments, consolidate storage resources or use it for transaction processing or data warehousing environments.

HP also announced its SureStore NAS XP and NAS Virtual Array for high-performance environments that need failover capability. The NAS XP supports up to 37 terabytes of data capacity and consists of an HP 9000 NAS file server that attaches to the Ethernet network, which is attached to XP disk arrays.

The smaller NAS Virtual Array is for departments and workgroups that share large amounts of file data. It consists of the HP VA 7100 disk array, front ended with an HP J6000 server. It works in HP-UX, Sun Solaris, AIX and Windows 2000 environments, and connects to the network with an Ethernet connection.

HP also rolled out disaster-recovery software called Continuous Access XP for HP SureStore XP disk arrays that lets network managers mirror the data from one disk array to another.

The company is also offering failover software for Win 2000 called Cluster Extension XP - it works over metropolitan-area networks for Win 2000 Microsoft Cluster Services environments.

The HP SureStore VA 7400, NAS XP, NAS VA, OpenView Omniback II Version 4, Cluster Extension XP and Continuous Access XP will be available this month in the US. Pricing was not given.

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