HP Adds New Servers, Storage, Software to SMB Catalog
With little fanfare, Hewlett-Packard used the first day of summer in
the Northern Hemisphere on June 21 to roll out some fresh additions to
its small- and medium-size business data center catalog.
The new products include servers, storage arrays, a networking switch and software upgrades. None of these products is particularly ground-breaking in their IT, but they are designed for smaller businesses that do not require high-end enterprise functionality. Naturally, they are also priced accordingly.
Key offerings announced June 21 in HP's newly expanded SMB portfolio include:
- ProLiant ML110 G7 and HP ProLiant DL120 G7 application servers.
Although these servers include enterprise-class management software, HP
has installed Intel's Xeon i3 Core chips for them, which are not
optimized for virtualization. These are basic-use app servers intended for dedicated
applications for small and medium businesses.
- A standards-based HP V1810-48G switch and the HP V1410 switch
series: These feature energy-saving attributes and are engineered for
reliability in networking. The V1810-48G is a 48-port Web-managed switch
that is limited to the 100Mb/s standard and not the 1GbE Ethernet,
which is the most popular on retail switches. The V1410 follows the
newest IEEE Energy Efficient Ethernet standard that helps to lower power
usage based on usage. The V1410 can detect the length of the attached
networking cables and then "decide" how much electricity it needs to
- The P2000 G3 Modular Smart Array: HP said that this is among the
industry's first entry-level storage packages to support the VMware API
for Array Integration (VAAI) in addition to HP Insight Control Storage
Module Manager for VMware vCenter.
- HP PC Backup Services (PCBS): This is a new service designed to
ensure that midsize businesses and large enterprises have access to
important data in the event of an outage, corrupted data or a lost or
- HP Business Risk Mitigation (BRM) and HP Branch Office Consolidation
(BOC) also help SMBs reduce the risks of business disruptions.
- HP Business Decision Appliance and HP Business Data Warehouse
Appliance: These are enhanced business intelligence software packages
aimed at midsize organizations that need to mine customer data.
Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP also said it has added 40 new training
centers to its global HP Learning Initiative For Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE)
program. The initiative helps coach micro-enterprises and SMBs to
create new revenue streams, the company said.
All of the new products can be ordered now and will be available for delivery in the next few weeks.