HP storage blade breaks new ground

HP has unveiled a blade-format direct attached storage module offering up to 876Gb of RAID capacity.

HP has unveiled a blade-format direct attached storage module offering up to 876Gb of RAID capacity.

HP is the first vendor to come up with such a device in this format, although IBM is expected to launch one soon and Sun Microsystems has a NAS blade module. The module – the SB40c storage blade – fits inside HP's c-Class blade chassis system, unveiled earlier this year.

Blade systems offer increased server density over current rack-based server systems and allow users to easily change processing and storage components inside one chassis.

HP is targeting the SB40c at demanding applications such as file and print servers as well as messaging, video streaming, databases and distributed systems.

“HP’s continued innovation and investment in its StorageWorks portfolio are providing customers with greater choice and more affordable options to meet their storage needs,” said Bob Schultz, senior vice-president and general manager of HP’s StorageWorks division. “New offerings like the SB40c are helping HP lead the way for customers that want to simplify their IT infrastructures.”

HP has also introduced two offerings within the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) family to accelerate backup and recovery and make storage area networks (SANs) simpler to manage.

The HP StorageWorks VLS300 EVA Gateway accelerates SAN backup and recovery times. It scales beyond 500tbytes of capacity and provides throughput of more than 8tbytes/hour.

The HP StorageWorks EVA4000 SAN Starter Kit is a SAN storage solution aimed at small and medium sized businesses. The starter kit is an out-of-the box solution providing comprehensive SAN management and a flexible environment. Management tasks are automated and use a central interface for provisioning.

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