HP Upgrades Entry-Level SAN for SMBs

HP hopes its MSA2000 product line will prompt customers to upgrade from older storage technologies. 

Hewlett-Packard will introduce an update to its entry-level storage area network products that the vendor hopes will spur customers to upgrade from older storage technology.

The new MSA2000 line will replace HP's MSA1000 line and will include Fibre Channel or iSCSI disk arrays, said an HP spokesperson. The line is targeted at SMBs (small and midsize businesses) migrating to shared storage for the first time, said Charles Vallhonrat, MSA product manager with HP StorageWorks. Vallhonrat said the entry-level product line could also be of interest to enterprise customers that need SAN technology at branch offices, in small application deployments or in testing environments, he said.

"We didn't make any design decisions that would limit the product's use by either SMB or the enterprise customers," he said, adding that the MSA2000 line could be a valuable product line addition to HP partners selling to any size customers.

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