HP targets SMBs for storage

HP has announced new and enhanced storage offerings for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

HP has announced new and enhanced storage offerings for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

The portfolio is part of what will be called the HP Simply StorageWorks programme, which includes products, software and services. There will be a new virtual library system and tape library and improved software for HP ProLiant servers. 

HP says the products can help SMBs prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from unexpected events that can impact or even shut down their operations.

The StorageWorks Virtual Library System 1002i (VLS1002i) aims to provide unattended back-up and improved restore performance for SMBs, protecting data when offsite storage of data tapes is not required, and also supports current tape-back-up products. It stores up to 1.5Tbytes of data, or up to 3Tbytes when using an integrated data compression feature. 

The StorageWorks MSL4048 tape library is aimed at SMBs with multiple sites that do not have dedicated IT support at every location. It can store up to 19.2Tbytes of data in a 4U design.

Both products offer integrated web-based management for remote control and troubleshooting capabilities, eliminating the need for onsite IT resources in remote or branch offices.

Also the HP ProLiant Data Protection Storage Server (DPSS) family is now enhanced with an option for HP StorageWorks Data Protector Express. This offers online back-up of the DPSS replicas and system as well as an automated disaster recovery capability. Additionally, Data Protector Express is integrated with a one-button disaster recovery utility, which enables SMBs to restore a server's operating system, software applications and data.


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