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HP to release fibre channel disc drives

Hewlett-Packard is working with disc drive maker Seagate to produce a new class of disc drives called Fibre Attached Technology Adapted. According to HP, the drives will provide similar performance to low-cost ATA disc drives, but have better reliability as they are based on fibre channel.

Reliability and resilience are supported via the fibre channel protocol's native data integrity and error event handling capability.

HP said the drive will also be the first in the industry to offer users a way to segment reference data, such as archived e-mail, as well as mission-critical data, such as financial transactions, between lower-cost-per-gigabyte drives and high-performance drives within a single storage system, based on application performance and availability requirements.

Brian Dexheimer, executive vice-president for worldwide global marketing at Seagate, said, "By using more cost-effective fibre channel drives, IT managers will have the capability to run their mission-critical data with their basic reference data and use the same common fibre channel infrastructure."

HP plans to offer fibre-attached technology adapted drives with a capacity of up to 250Gbytes using a dual-port, 2gbps fibre channel interface in a family of its Storageworks EVA products due to launch in July.

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This was first published in April 2004

 

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