Hewlett Packard has unveiled a family of low-cost storage products and server-storage packages aimed primarily at small and medium businesses (SMBs).
The HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array (MSA) family and ProLiant servers form part of HP's Smart Office initiative for SMBs, and includes equipment packages designed for easy purchase and installation.
"The aim is helping customers move their systems to what they want more easily," said David Smith, HP UK enterprise storage product marketing manager.
"Then the disks can be reused if they move to networked storage later."
The MSA family comprises three products:
- MSA30 direct attached storage (Das) enclosure for workgroups (from £2,109)
- MSA500 Das for storage consolidation with data protection aimed at remote sites and distributed clustered environments (from £3,795)
- MSA1000 entry level storage area network (San) array to simplify Das to San migration (from £6,442).
The packages consist of two HP ProLiant DL380 clustered servers and one of the following:
- MSA500 enclosure, two host bus adapters (HBAs), direct attached SCSI storage starter kit and cables with limited online support for remote and branch offices
- MSA1000 enclosure, two HBAs, eight-port fibre channel switch, entry-level San starter kit, and cables to support multiple clusters and up to 20 servers.
"HP's marketing strategy is to move everyone to Sans. But that is a big step for SMBs that have built their infrastructure on Das which has no upgrade path," David Drennan, storage specialist at Repton Computers, told vnunet.com.
"But this is giving a little push to SMBs. They have the ability to move without a forklift, and once in the San they can start scaling."
Smith said that, as the server-storage packages have been certified, there was reassurance that they would hang together. In addition, the Das enclosures could connect by fibre channel to a San using the MSA1000.
Starter kits can be replaced by high availability kits to add full redundancy. Packages are delivered complete in a single box with Windows, Linux or NetWare operating systems supported.
"SMBs don't have much resource to look after their infrastructure, so the [bundled] common management suite is particularly helpful," said Smith.
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