HP announced new virtualized storage offerings for SMBs.
The company rolled out StoreVirtual Storage, which relies on ProLiant Gen8 servers on the hardware side, as well as the LeftHand operating system on the software side.
According to the manufacturer, this new LeftHand storage technology enables IT departments to easily manage hundreds of storage nodes, while remaining business efficient with a LeftHand controller and making it "a perfect fit for small environments with virtual servers and client virtualization." The servers can scale linearly in capacity and performance HP said, and provide low-cost disaster recovery via multi-site stretch clusters, seamless data federation and, as a result, a SAN "with no single point of failure."
The hardware ranges from the P4300, 7.2TB "Starter SAN", to the P4500, 14.4 TB "Virtualization SAN" and the P4500, 28.8 TB "Multi-Site SAN". The P4300 tops out at 115.2 TB, while the P4500 can be scaled to 230.4 TB. HP said that the architecture supports all major operating systems and hyper visors.
Noteworthy is the application of the LeftHand OS in these servers. HP acquired iSCSI software vendor LeftHand Networks for $360 million in 2008, shortly after Dell had shelled out $1.4 billion for Equallogic.
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