HP upgrades converged storage portfolio

By , Computerworld |  Storage, HP

Kinney said there are no immediate plans to discontinue the EVA array line, but added, "We're strongly encouraging our EVA customers to move to 3Par. That way, you get all the ease of use with the advanced data services of 3Par."

Additionally, HP said it will release its Priority Optimization software in 2013. HP Priority Optimization software allows users to set up service level agreements for a tenant (a business unit, for example) or an application, meaning certain performance and capacity metrics can be pre-set on its converged architecture.

HP StoreOnce

HP also released upgrades to two backup appliances, the StoreOnce 2000 series and StoreOnce 4000 series.

The StoreOnce line of backup appliances were launched in 2010. The line included the 2000, 4000 and 6000 series.

Previously, the StoreOnce 6000 was the only model to come with HP StoreOnce Catalyst software, which enables data deduplication on application servers or backup servers. The deduplication occurs before data is replicated to a centralized HP StoreOnce Backup system, greatly reducing the amount of data that needs to go over a WAN.

The HP StoreOnce 2000 and 4000 series have also been given hardware tuneups that offer users up to two times the performance over previous models in native mode and up to three times the performance when used with StoreOnce Catalyst. They also cost up to 25% less than the previous generation models, Kinney said.

HP's StoreOnce Replication Manager is also now available as a free download, which allows multiple StoreOnce appliances to be managed as they replicate data from branch and remote offices to a central data center.

The HP StoreOnce 2000 Backup system starts at $10,000 and HP StoreOnce 4000 Backup system starts at $25,000.

HP StoreOnce Catalyst Software licenses are now available starting at $500 on the StoreOnce 2600.

The StoreOnce line of backup appliances now all offer deduplication

HP StoreAll Storage

HP also introduced the StoreAll object and file archive system.

The StoreAll archive disk array is based on the same hardware as the StoreOnce appliance, but instead of data deduplication, it is a scale-out storage system that can grow to 1,000 nodes with up to 16 petabytes of capacity under a single domain name space, according to Kinney.

Along with the scalable architecture, the HP StoreAll comes with Express Query, an application created by HP Labs that when used in conjunction with map reduce technology, greatly improves big data search query performance.

Express Query essentially creates a metadata database that allows clients to conduct search queries 100,000 times faster than previous file system search methods, Kinney said.


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