HP Adds Two More Storage Products to SMB Line

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-12-05 Print this article Print

New direct-attached storage products are aimed at businesses that want to get started organizing data with an entry-level storage system—and are priced accordingly.

IT infrastructure giant Hewlett Packard contributed to a growing industry trend Dec. 4 when it introduced two new direct-attached storage products aimed at businesses that want to organize their data with an entry-level storage system.

According to researchers IDC, Enterprise Strategy Group and Gartner/Dataquest, more and more data storage companies are taking enterprise-level storage, archiving and data management functionality and moving it down the product line into smaller, less-expensive packages to attract small and midsize businesses and new business owners.
Entry-level storage systems priced below $15,000 make up the fastest-growing segment in the storage market, IDC has reported.
The new HP StorageWorks MSA60 and HP StorageWorks MSA70 use SAS (serial-attached SCSI) connectivity to augment the Palo Alto, Calif. companys entry-level MSA (Modular Smart Array) family. The two systems offer flexible, tiered storage by supporting SAS and SATA (serial ATA) drives in the same enclosure. They also offer advanced data protection with a range of fail-safe configurations, including RAID 6 with Advanced Data Guarding to prevent downtime or data loss during upgrades or in the event of drive failure, HP product manager Charles Vallhonrat told eWEEK. "The key goal for these products: First, make them easy to do; second, make them work well within a small form factor," Vallhonrat said. "And we believe they are very affordable." HP is marketing the MSA60 and MSA70 at from $2,999 to $3,250 per enclosure, depending upon the functionality required, Vallhonrat said. The MSA60 is a 2U disk drive enclosure designed to support 3.5-inch universal SAS or SATA drives for a maximum capacity of up to 3.6TB with 12 SAS drives or 9TB with 12 SATA drives. It supports direct attach to HP ProLiant and Integrity servers and the cascading of enclosures in a 1+3 configuration, which allows customers to increase capacity as their storage needs grow, Vallhonrat said. Click here to read more about how HP is rolling out storage systems for SMBs. The MSA70 is a 2U disk drive storage enclosure supporting 2.5-inch SAS or SATA small form-factor drives for a maximum capacity of up to 3.6TB with 25 SAS drives or 1.5TB with 25 SATA drives. It supports direct attach to ProLiant and Integrity servers and the cascading of enclosures in a 1+1 configuration. HP recently shipped its 100,000th MSA unit—more entry-level disk arrays than any other vendor, Vallhonrat said. The HP StorageWorks MSA60 is available now, while the MSA70 is expected to be available in the first half of 2007, Vallhonrat said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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