LAS VEGAS: HP has introduced three additions to its storage lines, and a rebranding of its StorageWorks range to HP Storage, with the emphasis on convergence.
The update delivers appliances designed for virtualised storage and data archiving for large enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses.
Highlighting the update is the P6000 enterprise virtual array system, which now supports up to 480TB of storage, 10Gbit ethernet and 8Gbit fibre channel connections.
The addition of dynamic Logical Unit Number migration will allow the appliance to shift data without affecting application performance, according to HP.
The company also announced an update for its IBRIX storage brand, which now has a starting capacity of 40TB and runs the new IBRIX 6 software.
The IBRIX systems are designed to handle large collections of unstructured data, and can carry up to one million system snapshots. They also support write-once-read-many permissions to improve security and compliance.
HP has extended its partnership with Microsoft, meanwhile, by announcing the X5000 Windows Storage Server appliance. Based on the E5000 Exchange server, the system combines HP's hardware and management tools with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2.
Bundling the hardware and software package as a single appliance allows companies to lower power consumption and reduce the required physical footprint for servers, HP said.
Additionally, the appliance will boost security and performance by supporting traditional anti-virus software, rather than needing an additional specialised appliance.
HP said that the updates reflect a larger change in the market, which will lead businesses away from a traditional silo approach in favour of systems that better integrate hardware, software and services.
David Scott, senior vice president and general manager of converged storage at HP, believes that this approach provides significant advantages over traditional storage platforms.
"Storage architectures designed 16 to 20 years ago are ill-adapted to face the new challenges of virtualisation, cloud computing and big everything data environments," he said. "The fundamental truth is that they were designed for a different era."
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