Hewlett-Packard Co. will announce two storage management products and details of its future interoperability plans this week, officials said.
HP will unveil OpenView CASA (Continuous Access Storage Appliance), a renamed upgrade to the StorageApps sv3000 virtualization product, and OpenView SMO (Storage Media Operations), which automates removable media management, according to officials in Palo Alto, Calif.
OpenView CASA includes asynchronous write ordering, which speeds replication by eliminating the need to wait for a confirmation each time data is transferred, an HP spokesman said. It also supports sharing data across appliances, as well as NetWare Versions 5.1 and 6 and clustering for HP-UX.
"Now [users] can go extended distances ... from local to remote with no performance delay," said Dianne McAdam, an analyst with Data Mobility Group LLC, in Nashua, N.H. Asynchronous writing works by time-stamping transferred data so that it can be assembled in the right order.
OpenView CASA is available now, starting at $122,500 for up to 20 hosts and four midrange storage systems. In addition, "beta is imminent" for HPs other virtualization product, VersaStor, the spokesman said. VersaStor availability was planned for this year but will be delayed until next year.
OpenView SMO, available now, is policy-based software for managing tapes. Users can make daily task lists and control tape libraries, bar-code scanners and media label printers, officials said. It works alone or with OpenView Storage Data Protector and starts at $8,400 per server, with unlimited clients.
Early next year, OpenView SMO will use XML to integrate with backup software from Veritas Software Corp. and Legato Systems Inc.