December 13, 2000, 2:54 PM — STORAGE ADMINISTRATORS FOR large corporate networks will be able to manage
stored data more easily and safely with software Hewlett-Packard announced Tuesday. The
company also expanded its program that lets quickly growing companies lease processing
power and storage capacity on an as-needed basis.
HP will make storage capacity on the XP256 disk array subsystem available to
customers who find it difficult to project their storage needs because they are growing
so quickly. HP also unveiled three software products for the XP256 and increased the
total capacity of the disk array. The XP256 is HP's highest-end disk storage system,
which is manufactured by Hitachi Data Systems. The box is capable of providing up to
11.5terabytes storage capacity.
HP's Instant Capacity on Demand (iCOD) service now lets users with rapidly growing
storage needs pay for storage capacity on XP256 disk arrays as they use it, instead of
spending money for capacity that may lay idle. HP will install additional disks into
the XP256 before customers need the storage and charge for disk usage only after it is
used. Storage utilization is monitored remotely, so billing can take effect when
Previously, HP's iCOD program was only available for users of HP 9000 L-, N- and V-
Brett Battles, vice president at Impresse, a business-to-business e-service for
commercial printer procurement in Sunnyvale, Calif., says his storage needs are
difficult to project from month to month, and the ability to have storage on reserve
helps his organization.
HP introduced several software packages for the XP256. Among them are Auto LUN XP,
SecureManager XP, and Continuous Access XP Extensions.
Auto LUN XP lets storage administrators manage data utilization and automatically
balance performance by moving data from heavily used to less-stressed partitions. The
software also lets administrators move data from high-capacity RAID-5 to higher-
performing RAID-1 environments, allowing greater, more economical performance for the
Secure Manager XP authenticates every I/O transaction taking place between the
server and the XP256 array, eliminating errors in data communication and storage.
Continuous Access XP Extensions allows data to be transported from one XP256
storage device to another safely and accurately, at optimal speed. For instance, in
physically separated data centers, data can be copied across T-1, T-3, or ATM links in
a variety of methods for disaster recovery. Copying can be performed in an
acknowledged, semi-acknowledged, or unacknowledged safe manner.