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HP unveils network, storage gear to feed SMB demand

Stephen Lawson | June 3, 2010
Increasingly lean small businesses need greater capabilities with easier management, the company said

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. 


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