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HP Continuous Access EVA Software: New Enhanced Asynchronous Replication capability buffers outstanding writes to disk, allowing longer recovery point objectives.
New interoperability for storage essentials
HPs new Storage Essentials 5.1 software will now provide improved out-of-box integration with HP OpenView software and HP NAS (network-attached storage).It also provides new NAS functionality by adding discovery, topology, reporting and management capabilities to NAS devices. It also will support other storage hardware/software configurations including: NetApp Qtree; Microsoft Storport; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0; 64-bit Windows; SUSE Linux; SMI-S-based Brocade SAN switch and directors; Microsoft SQL Server 2005 on Integrity servers; and Brocade 48000 Director switch. Is this so-called "out-of-the-box" storage server integration and installation really that simple for a non-IT small business owner? "Yes, it is. It usually installs with a few mouse clicks," McAdam said. "You may not have lots of options to choose fromas opposed to products that run in large enterprise environmentsbut SMB customers want something easy to install and may not need lots of options." HP, Bull join forces Bull SA, Frances largest computer maker, will now offer HPs StorageAuthority Technology Suite under its own Bull StoreWay Maestro Management brand. With this agreement, Bull now has many more options to deliver integrated SRM and SAN management technology to customers worldwide through HPs sales channels. The two companies also will collaborate on standards-based instrumentation for other products in Bulls storage portfolio. Oracle, HP connect on data warehouse design roadmaps The HP-Oracle agreement on new data warehouse reference implementations is aimed at helping customers make decisions on a database, server and storage product mix, an Oracle spokesperson said. These configurations, specifying HP Integrity or ProLiant servers and HP StorageWorks disk arrays running Linux or HP-UX11i and Oracle 10g databases, use a sliding scale to optimize data warehouse solutions for either raw performance or price performance. This approach can help cut weeks out of the buying cycle and speed up time to implementation, the spokesperson said. To avoid typical bottlenecks, each configuration defines a matched set of servers and storage that balances I/O throughput across all components for complex queries running against large data warehouses, the spokesperson said. Click here to read about HPs tiny wireless data chip. The configurations cover data warehouses ranging in size from 250GB to 10TB. More sales channels may be needed What else does HP have to do to break into IBMs and EMCs storage lead in the SMB area? "EMCs partnership with Dell has been very successful. Dell has sold a lot of EMC products," McAdam said. "Storage vendors sell to large enterprise customers through a direct sales force. But you cannot be successful selling to SMB customers with a large direct sales force; you need strong partners that will sell your products for you. McAdam added that these days all of the storage vendors have partners that sell their product into the SMB market. "HP needs to continue to maintain the partners that they have and find and nurture new partners," she said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.