The latest generation of the X1000 allows for double the capacity of previous versions in half the space, according to HP. Enhanced HP Automated Storage Manager software allows companies to enable file sharing between client systems in 20 minutes or less, compared with 60 minutes in the previous generation, HP said. The StorageWorks P2000 adds 6G bps SAS capability, as well as software that can replicate snapshots of data to a different set of disks in the array.
HP also rolled out the StorageWorks X310 Data Vault, a system for SMBs with limited IT staff. Its user interface is based on Microsoft Windows Home Server, for ease of installation and management, HP said. The X310 can accommodate as much as 15T bytes of storage when external drives are attached via eSATA and USB ports. It can perform automated daily backup for as many as 10 client PCs or Macs.
The X310 Data Vault carries a starting list price of $549. The X1000 Network Storage Systems begin at $3,152 and the P2000 series starts at $8,970. All are available now.
Also on Wednesday, HP announced it is working with Microsoft to help channel partners configure HP hardware platforms with Microsoft collaboration software such as Exchange Server, Communications Server and SharePoint. Together, the companies will advise channel partners on the best configurations and will jointly market the hardware and software for collaboration within and between small businesses, said Duncan Campbell, vice president of converged infrastructure and SMB marketing at HP.
HP also pointed to increased use of online support resources as well as purchasing for SMBs. The company plans to increase the offerings available through its direct online sales site for "micro offices" of less than 10 people, to include storage, networking and mobile products. It currently offers PCs, printers and ProLiant servers.
The company also plans to tap into cloud-based SMB support through 48Upper, an online platform through which people with IT responsibilities in small businesses can share expertise with their peers through social networking. It is coming later this year, Campbell said.