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HP slashes MFP prices; unveils NAS array

HP slashes MFP prices; unveils NAS array

HP has slashed prices across its all-in-one product range, with price drops of up to a third on some models. It has also unveiled new all-in-one products as well as a low-end NAS server.

The prices of the PSC 1210, 2110 and 2210 — which are now $199, $299 and $499 respectively — have all been dropped by $100. The OfficeJet 5110 is knocked down $150 to $399, while the 6110 model is reduced by $100 to $599.

HP also announced three new all-in-one products — the $299 OfficeJet 4110 and the network-ready OfficeJet 7130 and 7140 ($999 and $1299 respectively).

In the US meanwhile, HP has announced it is shipping a new network attached storage (NAS) server that will cost $US5000 less than the least expensive Windows-powered NAS array in its current product line.

The StorageWorks NAS 1000 will list at $US2999, including a number of features already available in HP’s more expensive StorageWorks products, such as the ability to replace storage drives without stopping the machine, and a “quick restore” mechanism that lets users return the machine to its original “factory install” state within 15 minutes.

“Our goal here is to deliver an enterprise level device at an entry level cost, ”HP’s director of product marketing for infrastructure and network storage solutions, Mark Nagitis, said.

“One of our target markets for this device is the enterprise branch office,” he said.

The storage servers will be based on 2.8GHz Pentium 4 processor machines with 512MB of RAM. They will contain four ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) hard disks that will vary in size from 80GB to 250GB, depending on the machine.

The $US2999 model will use 80GB disks; a $US4999 model will contain 160GB components; and a $US6999 model will ship with 250GB drives, giving it a total storage capacity of 1TB.

The main differences between the 1000 and HP’s next model up, the StorageWorks NAS b2000, will be that the b2000 is based on Proliant, rather than Quanta, architecture, uses higher performing SCSI (small computer serial interconnect) rather than ATA drives, and that the more expensive b2000 will have specialised hardware to handles the redundant array of independent disks (RAID) processing. RAID on the 1000s will be done by software running on the system’s microprocessor.

The new systems will run Windows-powered OS, a customised version of Windows that is optimised for file serving.


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