Hewlett-Packard is rolling out new storage offerings aimed at helping enterprise customers consolidate, virtualize, and secure their storage environments.
At the HP Asia Pacific StorageWorks Conference on Monday, the tech titan unveiled several new products, including enhancements to the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array, the first embedded switch from Cisco for HP BladeSystem, a new network-attached storage (NAS) gateway, and advanced encryption for HP Data Protector Software.
Data Server Growth
HP said its new storage lineup -- part of its portfolio of infrastructure hardware, software, and services -- addresses the increased need for unifying and managing direct-attach, NAS, and storage-area network (SAN) resources that have become key elements of the significant growth in corporate datacenters.
Analysts confirmed HP's assessment of the market. "In the past 10 years, businesses have experienced an exponential growth of data, and the trend is expected to continue for years to come," said Phillip Sargeant, managing vice-president of storage research at Gartner Dataquest.
End users are increasingly relying on consolidation and virtualization to maintain the most cost-effective and manageable storage environments, he added.
Looking at the Lineup
With the market growth in mind, HP is positioning its StorageWorks EVA File Services as a way to help companies consolidate their storage with an integrated, virtualized solution. Also in the lineup is the HP ProLiant DL585 G2 Storage Server, a plug-and-play NAS gateway designed for mission-critical network storage environments.
In addition, HP is delivering embedded 4-Gbps performance with the new Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch for HP C-Class BladeSystem. The integrated unit is designed to free up rack space and use shared power and cooling.
This offering, the first Cisco embedded fabric switch for HP BladeSystem, allows customers to consolidate SAN environments with a Fibre Channel switch. HP said the product will boost performance, lower the cost of management, and improve use of existing storage and BladeSystem assets.
Finally, HP is enhancing its HP Data Protector Software 6.0 to provide 256-bit AES encryption. AES, which stands for Advanced Encryption Standard, is designed to protect data from unauthorized access and allows backups to meet all compliance and regulatory requirements for government agencies and financial institutions.
According to HP, this solution is ideal for businesses where network backup is not secure or the cost of a dedicated encryption appliance is too high. HP Data Protector Software completes backup encryption on the client level, so data is secure during transmission and at rest.