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The hardware maker updated its storage line with everything from new storage cabinets to switches and software. The slew of products could bolster Compaq's position in the storage market as it attempts to capitalise on the trend toward storage area networks (SAN) and network attached storage (NAS) architectures.
Both SAN and NAS technology give companies more management options for shuffling data between servers, storage systems and users. Companies are beginning to rely on switching systems and IP to funnel data between hardware.
The releases completes another part of Compaq's Enterprise Network Storage Architecture (ENSA), which was first released in 1998 and extended to ENSA-2 in 2001. Compaq did not release pricing on the new products.
The new products announced are:
- The StorageWorks SAN Switch 2/16 is designed to transfer data at up to 2Gbps over Fibre Channel networks. The switch has better transfer speeds than its predecessor and can be installed in pairs to create a backbone for linking SAN systems.
- Two Enterprise Virtual Array Expansion Cabinets allow customers to increase their disk capacity by cabling the "sidecar" cabinets to existing arrays.
- Compaq also updated its Array Controller Software by adding several patches to existing products. In addition, Compaq released version 1.02 of its SANworks Virtual Controller Software for managing the HSV110 Array Controller.
- The company brought out the FC2257c Fibre Channel host bus adapter for Solaris.
- The MSL5052SL Tape Library is also available as a new tape storage product. The unit comes with hot plug drives, redundant power supplies and five cPCI I/O slots.
Compaq also launched the AIT 100Gbyte Tape Drive for data archiving. The product can consistently transfer data at 12Mbps, making it possible to back up large amounts of information.
A new SDLT 110/220GB maintenance kit contains tools for lowering system downtime and works with Compaq's existing tape products.