HP to offer low-cost Fibre Channel drives

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HP to offer low-cost Fibre Channel drives

Hewlett-Packard is to offer low-cost Fibre Channel discs in July which, it claims, will cost about half the price of existing Fibre Channel storage.

The drives, which will be manufactured by Seagate Technology and sold as an option for HP's StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array family of storage arrays, will use many of the same components as inexpensive advanced technology attachment drives, but will also include firmware and components that allow them to support the Fibre Channel interface.

Fibre Channel has been widely used to carry data between servers and storage devices in storage area networks, but its relatively high cost has largely confined it to the data centre. HP hoped to broaden the appeal of Sans by selling these lower-cost Fibre Channel drives within its arrays.

HP did not have pricing information on the new drives, but said they would be provided as an option for their StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array 3000 and Enterprise Virtual Array 5000 devices. Customers will be able to mix the new Fibre Channel drives with HP's existing Fibre Channel discs.

The company is also selling a 128-port StorageWorks B-series San director switch, manufactured by Brocade Communications Systems.

Meanwhile, HP has updated its IP Storage Router 2122. The new router, called the 2122-2, supports the iSCSI (Internet Small Computer System Interface) and FCIP (Fibre Channel Internet Protocol) protocols.

Both the switch and the router are available immediately. The 2122-2 is priced at $12,000. Pricing for the San director switch was not available.

Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service

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