HP Launches Faster Storageworks Appliance

Hewlett-Packard this week is launching its revamped Storage-Works Scalable File Share appliance, which supports a host of performance and scaling improvements on Linux clusters.

Hewlett-Packard this week is launching its revamped Storage-Works Scalable File Share appliance, which supports a host of performance and scaling improvements on Linux clusters.

Based on HPs StorageWorks Grid Architecture and due for re-lease next month, HP SFS 2.0 is three times faster than the previous version; offers triple the bandwidth, to more than 35G bps; and doubles the capacity of the 1-year-old previous version to 512TB, company officials said.

The upgrade includes a new entry-level HP SFS system at half the price of the original, made possible by reducing hardware components. Pricing starts at $44,000.

HP SFS 2.0 scales bandwidth by distributing files in parallel across as many as thousands of clustered Linux servers and storage devices. Data storage then becomes a shared network re-source managed as a single image.