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Detail"> The new HP products released May 24 are as follows:
The HP StorageWorks VLS (Virtual Library System) 1002i provides unattended backup and improved restore performance for SMBs as well as remote or branch offices of large enterprises. It helps businesses protect their data when offsite storage of data tapes is not required, and it improves backup performance to help customers enhance their current tape backup solutions.
The new high-density, midrange HP StorageWorks MSL4048 tape library is aimed at businesses with multiple sites that do not have dedicated IT support at every location. The MSL4048 stores up to 19.2TB of data in a compact, 4U design.
Both the VLS1002i and the MSL4048 offer integrated Web-based management, which provides remote control and troubleshooting capabilities that eliminate the need for onsite IT resources in remote offices.
The HP ProLiant DPSS (Data Protection Storage Server) family is now enhanced with an option for HP StorageWorks Data Protector Express. The software now offers online backup of the DPSS replicas and system as well as an automated disaster recovery capability.
Additionally, Data Protector Express is integrated with the HP tape drives OBDR (One-Button Disaster Recovery) utility, which enables customers to restore a servers operating system, software applications and data simply by pressing a button and following the onscreen instructions.
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Data Protector Express, in conjunction with OBDR, can provide system recovery in less than one hour, Thew said.
All of HPs tape drives and tape autoloaders now ship with Data Protector Express Single Server Edition software. Customers can also download Data Protector Express ProLiant Edition at zero incremental cost to protect any new or installed HP ProLiant server, Thew said.
IDC storage analyst Robert Amatruda told eWEEK that "HP is basically taking [virtual tape] technology that has been used on mainframes for some time and making it available for open systems users.
"That way, the medium-size business owner gets the look, feel, smell and performance of a high-end tape storage system for much less cost. HP really understands the customers needs here and is supplying some excellent products to fill that need," Amatruda said.
McAdam said she thought HP has packaged the new offerings well for the SMB owner, who normally dont have a lot of infrastructure already in place.
"All storage vendors realize that the SMB market is growing at a much larger rate than the enterprise market," McAdam wrote eWEEK via e-mail. "What is unique about HPs offerings is that they package everything together in a nice bundle.
By way of example, McAdam mentioned that HP has put together three tape storage media kits to ensure that small and midsize companies have all the storage media products they need. Each media kit contains a full complement of HP storage media, a storage media case to transport or store cartridges, a cleaning cartridge, tape labels, an evaluation copy of Data Protector Express, and a guide to creating successful tape backups.
McAdam also confirmed that the data protection market for SMBs is rapidly growing.
"Large enterprises customers have always understood that they must be able to quickly back up and restore their data. SMB customers also knew this, but there were not that many choices before. Now, with offerings such as these from HP, SMB customers have more, and very affordable, options," McAdam said.
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The VLS1002i stores up to 1.5TB of data, or up to 3TB when using the integrated data compression feature. This allows customers to restore files in minutes rather than hours, Thew said.