New/upgraded storage arrays
HP also announced a new storage system and upgrades to its current lineup.
Also part of HP's Converged Infrastructure portfolio, is the upgraded, midrange HP P6000 EVA (Enterprise Virtual Array). The P6000 represents HP's fifth-generation EVA.
"This is a complete update from top to bottom," Joyce said.
The P6000 storage array offers thin provisioning, or the ability to increase storage volumes on the fly, instead of overprovisioning capacity to avoid application service interruptions.
The P6000 also offers the ability to use solid state drives and serial SCSI (SAS) hard drives. The new drive bays for the P6000 will be available this September, Joyce said.
In conjunction with the new drive offerings, the P6000 array also offers logical unit number (LUN)-level tiering, or the ability to seamlessly, but manually, move data from various drive types based on performance requirements.
In addition, for the first time in HP's EVA product history, the P6000 offers native Internet SCSI capability. Previously, the boxes required a front-end iSCSI gateway controller.
Joyce said among the target customers for EVA are those "who've been loyal and have been waiting for this upgrade for a while. An existing customer with a service contract can get the new software capabilities through a firmware upgrade for free."
The X5000 G2 Network Storage System is an NAS (network-attached storage) gateway that follows HP's release of the E5000 earlier this year, which was built on two Windows XP server blades. The new X5000 uses the same hardware, but runs Windows Storage Server , creating a Windows NAS server. Because there are two boxes, the NAS server can boast active-active failover, meaning if one server goes down, the other is automatically activated for use so there is no disruption in service.
"This 5000 series box will also be used for other applications in the future. Later on this year, we'll announce another one," Joyce said. "It's a great example of what we've been doing, creating building blocks in hardware and software. That's where converged infrastructure is at the end of the day: the ability to take a building block approach and deliver solutions very quickly."
HP also announced the X9000 Ibrix Network Storage System , a scale-out NAS system that uses the software from HP's 2009 acquisition of Ibrix . The X9000 is HP's first NAS array with data snapshot capability, allowing for faster backups of data using only instances of data sets that have been changed.
The X9000 also incorporates policy management capabilities to automate the movement of data for content archiving for file applications such as email, SharePoint files, multimedia and data from medical picture archive communications systems. Along with snapshots, the box offers write-one, read-many capability for regulatory and legal discovery purposes, meaning once data is saved, it cannot be changed. The technology is similar to that of EMC's Centera content-addressed storage array, but it uses open source software to avoid vendor lock-in.
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