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HP Announces Hybrid Flash Array, MSA Storage, NAS and Backup Products

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HP has announced several new products during the HP Global Partner Conference 2015 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. The new products are designed to address the needs of entry-level storage for mid-sized companies and also offer new flash options to boost performance. Early SSD-based products were designed for bleeding-edge data center applications, but HP's expansion of flash products to entry-level SAN and hybrid arrays is yet another sign of increasing SSD penetration into the storage realm at large.

HP has the lead position (26.8 percent Q4 2014) in the server market and continues to gain share, but white box vendors have begun to absorb market share, and mainstream server incumbents are under fire. ODM Direct sales, which represent white box manufacturers, are on the rise, according to IDC.

White box solutions are growing quickly in the hyperscale space, but most midsized businesses aren't capable of moving to these no-frills solutions. IDC noted that midrange system demand increased 21.2 percent in Q414, making it the fastest growing segment. HP is offering new systems with full-fledged features and lower prices for mid-sized businesses, which should help solidify HP's position in the lucrative midsize business segment. 

The HP MSA 2040 SAN offers more performance and functionality in comparison to previous models, along with a read-caching SSD upgrade path. The MSA can be outfitted with SAS SSDs in 200 GB, 400 GB, 800 GB, and 1.6 TB capacities. The SAN also supports Snap and Volume Copy, replication, and SED support. The price of the entry-level base configuration is 25 percent lower than previous models, and SSD options start at $1,599. 

HP also unveiled the StoreVirtual 4335 hybrid flash array that leverages the latest SSDs and offers an adaptive optimization tiering function. The two-node scale-out storage platform is based on the LeftHand operating system and offers from 7.5 TB to 240 TB of capacity. It connects via 4 x 1 Gbe iSCSI ports, or 2 x 10 Gbe ports.

The StoreVirtual 4335 boasts 12 times the performance and 90 percent power savings in comparison to a traditional 2-node cluster with spinning disks. The StoreVirtual is heavy on features and performance, but light on price. The 4335 bundle will be offered at a 30 percent savings through HP Channel Partners. The StoreVirtual 4335 Hybrid SAN Solution 2-node bundle with 12.4 TB of usable capacity is available now for $59,000.

HP upgraded the StoreEasy Storage line with 1450, 1650 and 1850 models based on HP ProLiant Gen9 servers. The StoreEasy line brings a vast assortment of features and capabilities to the entry-level NAS space at a surprisingly low starting price, under $5,500. The NAS provide 56 percent more capacity and supports nearline and high-performance SAS drives. HP also focused on expanding management functionality. The StoreEasy Dashboard combines all system alerts, provisioning and consumption controls into one easy-to-manage interface.

HP also rolled in support for HP LiveVault TurboRestore technology for archiving and disaster recovery by mirroring data between multiple geographic locations. The StorEasy products support VMware vSphere, Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and Windows Server, along with multiple compliance initiatives (HIPPA, PCI DSS, etc.). The StoreEasy 1450 with 4 TB starts at $5,497, and the 1450, 1650 and 1850 will be available March 30.

HP rounds out its entry-level refresh with the HP StoreOnce 2900 backup appliance. This appliance is based on the same design as the flagship StoreOnce 6500 and sports up to 31.5 TB of useable capacity in a slim 2U package. HP indicated the system offers twice as much effective capacity, 30 percent better performance, and 23 percent lower cost than competing models.

The StoreOnce 2900 is compatible with the hyper-visor managed HP StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central to offer easy protection for StoreServ Storage arrays. The HP StoreOnce 2900 Backup Appliance is available in late March for $26,000, along with a 16 TB capacity expansion kit for an additional $15,000.