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HP Redefines Storage Simplicity with Single Architecture Solutions
By Sharmine Ishak - on 18 Jan 2013, 12:34pm

HP Redefines Storage Simplicity with Single Architecture Solutions

Yesterday, HP announced a range of new solutions for its Converged Storage portfolio, designed for virtualized, cloud and big data retention environments. These industry-first innovations include the new HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP StoreAll Storage and HP StoreOnce Backup product offerings, which will help break through complexities and inefficiencies with its single architecture for all sizes of client deployments.

From L-R: Janice Chang, Product Manager, HP Storage Division - Enterprise Servers, Storage & Networking; and Justin Yeap, Solutions Architect, Product Manager for Enterprise Storage, HP Storage Division - Enterprise Servers, Storage, Network & Technology Services at the briefing of HP's new single architecture storage solutions

This is in line with the company's announcement of polymorphic simplicity for Converged Storage in 2011, which seeks to address legacy storage limitations exposed by the growth of human information, infrastructure convergence and the emergence of IT-as-a-Service data centers. Through polymorphic simplicity, HP's new storage concept enables a single-system architecture to exist in all shapes and sizes for block, object and file applications - optimizing performance for both hard disk drives (HDD) and solid state disks (SDD).

“Legacy storage vendors are simply not equipped to help organizations respond to new workloads, and bolting on new features to old architectures has created a nightmare,” said Janice Chang, Product Manager, Storage Division. “HP’s unique set of Converged Storage innovations helps clients simplify infrastructure and reduce costs with a common architecture across storage segments and categories.”

For block and file data services, there's the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 storage, the industry's only mid-range quad-controller platform that offers Tier 1 storage availability and quality-of-service features at an easy entry price point for organizations. Available with HDD and SSD or as an all-SSD configuration capable of performing more than 320,000 input/output operations per second, it is touted to be 2.4 times faster than a similarly priced competitive array.

The HP StoreAll Storage also provides a simplified environment for big data retention and cloud storage that reduces the need for additional administrators or hardware. A highly scalable platform for object and file data access, it has features like HP StoreAll Express Query, a metadata database that can conduct search queries 100,000 times faster than previous file system search methods and HP Autonomy Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL) that offloads processing tasks to HP StoreAll for performing rapid analytics with more current data, while using less hardware. Additional integration with HP StoreAll and HP Autonomy Consolidated Archive, as well as certification of other independent software vendor applications also provide safe, long-term retention of digital assets.

Last but not least is the HP StoreOnce 2000 and 4000 Backup, which provides efficient data movement and high-performance deduplication to reduce data protection costs in remote sites and data centers. With support for HP StoreOnce Catalyst software, this new model is said to be able to perform backup operations of up to three times faster at a 35 percent lower cost than the closest competitive system.

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