HP is claiming to be the first vendor to ship storage systems based on Windows Storage Server 2008 R2, the latest release of Microsoft's server platform designed for network-attached storage appliances.
Available immediately, the HP StorageWorks X1000 G2 and X3000 G2 Network Storage Systems are aimed at bringing shared storage to small or medium sized IT environments.
The systems offer improved file-serving performance when compared to standard Windows servers, according to HP, while preserving the operational ease of use in IT departments where Windows is already used.
The X1000 G2 is a self-contained storage appliance supporting a mixture of Sata drives for high capacity and SAS drives for higher performance.
The X3000 G2 is a unified storage gateway connecting up to a storage area network to access centralised storage arrays.
Benefits of the new storage systems include simplified operation through new deployment wizards that do not call for specialised expertise to configure the products, HP said.
The two systems also ship with Microsoft iSCSI Software that lets the drives function as iSCSI targets.
Unlike Window Server 2008, the appliances include an unlimited client access licence (CAL) so that customers do not need to purchase additional CALs as their business grows.
Prices start at $3,572 (£2,235) for the HP StorageWorks X1000 G2 models, and $5,344 (£3,340) for the HP StorageWorks X3000 G2 models.
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