HPs Systems Advantage over

By eweek  |  Posted 2006-02-21 Print this article Print

Pure Storage"> Solutions Manager software tools make managing the EVA simpler than any other midrange array on the market. In addition, we increased the performance of the XP12000 by doubling the cache size to 256GB and also reduced the entry-level cost of an XP12000 array by offering an 8-port CHIP pair—which means a customer can start with as few as 8 ports and scale to over 224. No other array has this level of scalability. How does HPs existence as a systems vendor pose an advantage over its pure-storage competitors?
More and more customers are looking to reduce the number of vendors they do business with. They realize that the benefits of unifying their server and storage infrastructure, high availability, and simplified vendor interaction outweigh getting "the latest and greatest widget" from competitors with narrow offerings.
Read more here about HPs plan to revive its storage line. Weve received strong positive feedback from customers who have implemented Storage Essentials with Systems Insight Manager to manage both their server and storage environments using a well-integrated tool. In addition, HP customers greatly appreciate the high-availability benefits achieved by implementing metro and continental clusters across their HP servers and storage. What is Mark Hurds vision for HPs storage business unit? How is that strategy currently being executed? As the recent acquisitions of both AppIQ and OuterBay demonstrate, Mark Hurd is committed to HPs storage business and wants to see it grow faster than the market. He views StorageWorks as a key component to help customers realize the promise of the Adaptive Enterprise—and to provide SMB (small and midsize business) customers with easy-to-use, worry-free storage. For standards such as SMI-S to be successful, what needs to occur? Why does storage interoperability still dog customers? More than ever, HP is committed to working closely with SNIA to make the SMI-S standard pervasive. Unfortunately, given the breadth and complexity of todays storage products, the effort is taking longer than all of us would like—although customers can already see concrete benefits through HPs Storage Essentials Storage Resource Management software, which is leveraging this standard. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.


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