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HP expands virtual storage offerings

Stephen Lawson | March 10, 2009
HP introduced new virtual storage arrays and software aimed at helping enterprises cut costs.

Also on Tuesday, HP is updating its Data Protector Software. Through a virtual backup feature, the new software can reduce the space needed for a backup by as much as 95 percent, according to HP. In addition, the updated product now provides eight different methods for automating protection of VMware environments and makes it easier to use all those methods, the company said.

Storage virtualization can help enterprises realize the efficiency they seek from server virtualization, said Gartner analyst David Russell.

"The server virtualization activity is something of a juggernaut," with a majority of enterprises probably having done some of this, Russell said. But fewer have consolidated their storage capacity into a pool and virtualized it, he said. Some have used storage virtualization on a few arrays but not across the board.

To get the full flexibility promised by virtualization, it helps to implement both technologies from end to end, something that few vendors -- chiefly HP and IBM -- can do, Russell said.

"These domains aren't so discrete anymore," Russell said. "If you're going to make a major initiative in this area, then to make those benefits, you have to think it through end to end."

The EVA6400 and EVA8400 are available now, with U.S. list prices starting at $24,240 and $61,456, respectively. SVSP 2.1 is also available now, with a U.S. list price of $37,180.


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