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HP Unveils Updated Storage and Backup Solutions for SMBs

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

HP has announced new entry-level storage solutions for the SMB market that the company says will be more affordable and might accelerate sales through its channel partners. With HP currently at its Global Partner Conference 2014 in Las Vegas this week, the company is looking to show some possible business opportunities to its channel partners.

HP revealed the next generation of the StoreEasy storage family yesterday along with some enhancements to the StoreOnce Backup systems. Part of the company's "Just Right IT" portfolio of products and services, the offerings are meant to help HP channel partners deploy solutions to SMBs and gain some additional revenue.HP MSA 1040 Storage. Image courtesy of HP.HP MSA 1040 Storage. Image courtesy of HP.The first storage solution is SAN technology to support storage consolidation, virtualization, and application hosting. The fourth generation MSA 1040 storage technology will also have a reduced footprint in the data center as well as lower energy costs. The MSA 1040 has up to 50 percent more performance than its MSA P2000 G3 predecessor, according to HP. Each MSA 1040 has 2 ports per controller for a total of 4 ports and has twice the controller cache and faster processors than the P2000. It is a factory configured dual controller array with either 1GbE iSCSI, 10 GbE iSCSI or 8GB Fibre Channel; pricing is estimated to start at $6,500, $7,500 and $8,500, respectively.

The HP StoreEasy entry level NAS platform comes with enhancements that provide administrative control, enhanced file access, security and improved application performance. HP's new StoreEasy storage solutions are expected to be available around April 7, with an estimated starting price of $4,490.

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Specific enhancements to the HP StoreEasy Storage solution include:

  • Single dashboard to make it easier to monitor capacity utilization, performance and system health.
  • Automated setup tools that speed up network configuration and installation.
  • SMB protocol bandwidth management and Storage Quality of Service features to load-balance Windows Server with Hyper-V applications.

HP StoreOnce 4500 Backup System. Image courtesy of HP.HP StoreOnce 4500 Backup System. Image courtesy of HP.For backup and recovery, the HP StoreOnce 4500 Backup system has triple the scalability for the same entry-level price. The HP StoreOnce 4500 48TB expansion shelf is expected to be available on March 31 for a starting price of $70,000. For additional storage requirements, the system can be expanded to a maximum of 124TB of usable capacity and nearly 2.5 petabytes of backup data. Existing HP StoreOnce 4500 customers can take advantage of the new scalability with a free firmware and software update.