Hewlett-Packard (HP) has unveiled a range of disk array and disk systems that will put the final nail in the coffin to its OEM relationship with Data General.
At HP World in San Francisco HP launched two home grown additions to its Surestore E family of disk array and disk systems that will support SCSI and fibre channel technologies.
According to Bob McGraw, worldwide market development manager for HP's enterprise storage business unit, the Surestore E Disk Array FC60 and Surestore E Disk System SC10, will replace the existing models 20 and 30 that it OEMs from Data General.
HP had begun phasing out Data General's array products 18 months ago when it began building its own devices. At one stage, HP had represented around 50 per cent of Data General's Clariion business.
Ironically in May HP also ended an OEM relationship for high end products with EMC, Data General's new parent, slamming EMC's products as ageing and proprietary technology (see Newswire, 10 May, 1999). Instead it has turned to Hitachi Data Systems for open storage management devices.
An HP insider was critical of EMC's acquisition of Data General claiming that it would be difficult for any company to manage such two diverse product lines as EMC's Symmetrix high end systems and Data General's low end and midrange Clariion devices.
He said: "We see this as a move by EMC into the low end and an attempt to change technologies. Clariion is the opposite of Symmetrix - they are two very different architectures. It is very difficult for any companies to manage more than one architecture."
The Disk Array FC60 is a native fibre channel Raid array product that can be configured with between four and 60 disks, and boasts and maximum capacity of 1Tbyte. The FC60 uses fibre channel technology which offers sequential throughput of between 130Mbytes per second and 170Mbytes per second.
The FC60 sits below HP's existing XP256 that claims 'five nines' reliability. The difference is that the FC60 is aimed at sites that do not require 100 per cent availability but want the performance of fibre channel. It is best suited for data warehouse and online transaction processing environments, explained McGraw.
The SC10 is a SCSI system aimed at small to medium sized Internet Service Providers, ecommerce applications and file and print operations for Unix systems. It can be configured with between four and 10 Ultra2 SCSI disks with a maxium capacity per enclosure of 182Gbytes. It works with Logical Volume Manager and Mirrordisk/UX software to protect against data loss.
Also announced at the show is a new family of tape libraries. The Surestore and the Surestore E tape libraries are based on a common architecture with a one or two drive 20 slot configuration; a two or four drive 40 slot configuration; and a two, four, or six drive 60 slot version.
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