HP taps Microsoft software for SMB storage wares

HP is using Microsoft software for a new line of storage systems aimed at SMBs.

HP is leveraging Microsoft software in a new portfolio of storage products aimed at taking on EMC in the SMB market.

HP's StorageWorks All-in-One (AiO) Storage Systems came in two models for a range of capacity needs, and could be installed in less than 10 clicks of a mouse, the company said.

The systems provide storage, sharing, management, back-up and protection for SMB applications and file data.

The HP StorageWorks AiO400 has four drive bays with serial ATA (SATA) ports and capacity of 1TB of networked storage for $US5000. For SMBs that have bigger storage needs, the HP StorageWorks AiO600 has six drive bays in a rack or tower and can provide 1.5TB of SATA capacity for $US6700; 3TB of SATA capacity for $US9000 or 876GB of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) capacity for $US9250.

The systems were based on Microsoft's Windows Storage Server and were specifically designed or Microsoft environments, HP said. The new AiO systems included point-and-click tools for working with both Microsoft Exchange messaging server and the SQL Server database.

HP first announced it was planning networked storages for SMBs in July, saying it wanted to take on EMC in that market as well as capitalise on what IDC predicts will be a $US5.7 billion market opportunity by 2010.

The company designed the new offerings to be simple so SMBs could install and maintain them without a full-time IT department, HP said.

HP plans to sell the AiO systems mainly through its channel partners, which the company said number more than 145,000 worldwide.