In accordance with its plan to offer a more complete portfolio for
information lifecycle management (ILM), HP
rolled out new storage devices and management
Company officials said new products from the company’s StorageWorks
a management software refresh, a new array, HP’s first third-generation
drive and an optical storage system.
ILM is the practice of managing stored data, such as e-mail files and
spreadsheets, from the time they are created until they are ready to be
destroyed. ILM is attractive to customers because it proposes to match
with the appropriate mode of storage.
For example, seldom used documents may be shunted off to low-cost
high-performing fibre channel arrays.
ILM is attractive to companies like HP and rivals IBMs
because it gives them a holistic way to sell more
products to cost-wary clients.
Rick Luttrall, chief technology strategist for the Nearline Storage
at HP, said StorageWorks Data Protector version 5.5 has more than 200
features to help shuttle data across various storage tiers.
Advanced media perks in the software obviate the need to restore an
tape or disk during back-up practices, saving time and effort.
consolidation from disk to tape and between different tape types is
New backup to disk technology provides transaction log file backup and
client backup, allowing tape virtualization with easy backup resource
sharing. Finally, new backup technology mirrors media sets over
distances, improving disaster recovery.
Frank Harbist, vice president and general manager, storage, software
ILM, said the new StorageWorks Modular Smart Array (MSA) 1500 cs
tiered storage within a single system, supporting SCSI
serial ATA (SATA) disk enclosures behind a single controller.
Harbist said integrating low-cost, SATA hard drives and enclosures with
drive enclosures offers clients multi-tiered storage in one system,
one pane of glass. Clients can split up data between classes of storage
according to performance and reliability.
The MSA1500 supports up to eight attached SATA enclosures and supports
terabytes of raw capacity. The HP StorageWorks MSA 1500 cs is available
starting at $8,995.
Next, HP has finished its third-generation Linear Tape-Open (LTO)
which will compete with LTO drives from IBM. StorageWorks Ultrium 960
Drive features Write-Once Read-Many (WORM)
compliance regulations. The drive offers 800 gigabytes (GB) of storage
with a 160 megabyte per second data transfer rate.
The Ultrium 960 also offers one-button disaster recovery (OBDR) to
recovery time. The new Ultrium 960 will begin shipping December 13 with
estimated starting price of $5,549.
Lastly, HP is sprucing up its optical storage offerings with the new
StorageWorks Optical 700ux and 1100ux Jukeboxes Optical Jukeboxes,
for storing files for long retention periods, satisfying compliance
regulations. The systems offer direct attach or fibre connectivity for
archival storage from 720 GB to 1.1 terabytes in either WORM or
The new HP StorageWorks Optical Jukeboxes are available now, starting