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HP snips Sans costs for SMEs

Antony Savaas

Hewlett-Packard is aiming to make it easier and cheaper for SMEs to adopt storage area networks (SANs), to enable them to easily share their data around their companies.

“The market opportunity for network storage solutions for small businesses will continue to grow as lower prices and easier-to-implement solutions attract new customers,” said John McArthur, analyst at IDC.

He said, “Products such as HP’s new entry-level network storage solution should be a compelling offering for SME customers and channel partners serving the lower end of the market.” 

Available direct through HP and its channel partners, the HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array (MSA) 1000 Small Business SAN Kit is a complete package that costs about £5,395.

HP claimed this package can be deployed by SMEs with little technical expertise “in just minutes”.

Each kit includes HP StorageWorks MSA1000, a Fibre Channel disc array with two QLogic SANblade host bus adapters, and an eight-port Fibre Channel QLogic SANbox Switch, all in a single box.

An included installation CD simplifies set up and configuration. Based on the QLogic SANsurfer Small Business SAN Wizard, the installation software enables customers to get the entire SAN up and running in a matter of minutes, said HP.

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