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HP Expands Storage Portfolio with New Data Protection and Archiving OfferingsFRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 6, 2005
Today at Storage Networking World Europe, HP introduced new products and services for data protection and archiving - two critical components in managing information throughout its lifecycle.
Unlike competitors such as EMC and Network Appliance that can only offer point solutions in these areas, HP offers the industry's most extensive, integrated portfolio of hardware, software and services to meet customers' needs and help them move and protect their information in an efficient, cost-effective way.
"HP has been a sleeping giant for a while but quietly they have been assembling ingredients for some powerful solutions in the data protection and Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) space," said Arun Taneja, president and consulting analyst, The Taneja Group. "With these new product announcements, HP can now engage head-on with the best in the marketplace."
In the area of data protection, HP introduced new HP ProLiant servers that allow backup at fixed intervals, protecting critical data at all times and reducing the risk of file data loss and business downtime by 96 percent.(1)
The company also extended the HP Virtual Library System to accelerate backup and recovery and introduced HP Electronic Vaulting Services to provide customers with secure, remote storage and retrieval of the information vital to their businesses.
Highlighting the new archiving offerings, the HP StorageWorks File Migration Agent is a flexible storage software solution designed to automate and simplify the management of enterprise Windows® file server environments.
"As data management needs grow unabated, HP is helping customers lower IT costs and, most importantly, put their information to work," said Bob Schultz, senior vice president and general manager, StorageWorks Division, HP. "With today's new and enhanced storage offerings, our momentum-building efforts are paying off. Customers continue to turn to HP for the industry's best solutions to capture, manage, retain and deliver information."
New data protection solutions
Human error, software glitches, power failures and intrusions such as worms and viruses have turned data protection into a complex process. New HP ProLiant DL 100 G2 and HP ProLiant DL 380 G4 Data Protection Storage Servers (DPSSs) help eliminate complexity for customers with one-click data protection that is easier to use and deploy than competitive offerings. The network-attached storage appliances are built around Microsoft® Data Protection Manager and Windows Storage Server 2003.
Fully configured and optimized out of the box for disk-based protection of Windows file server environments, DPSSs provide near continuous data protection for Windows file servers, coupled with simple end-user file recovery. These servers can be configured for small and mid-size businesses as well as for enterprises that need data protection for corporate and branch office file servers. Branch office backup can be further expedited using the HP StorageWorks EFS WAN Accelerator.
Extending the capacity and performance of the HP 6000 Virtual Library System family, the new HP StorageWorks 6840 Virtual Library System (VLS) accelerates backup and recovery of slow servers in storage area network environments and integrates seamlessly into existing backup applications and processes.
The HP VLS improves performance and reliability of the data protection process with backup and recovery that is up to 10 times faster than existing tape solutions.(3) Because VLS emulates popular tape drives and libraries, there is no need to change backup software or monitoring policies, and by emulating multiple tape drives simultaneously, more backup jobs can be done in parallel.
The new HP Electronic Vaulting Services provide highly secure, scalable, automated remote backup, enabling companies to restore vital business data from anywhere across an enterprise, at any time - even after a disaster. The services give customers off-site data protection and retention, multiple backup file versions, and the ability to consolidate remote locations to a single data repository.
Additionally, aged or less utilized versions of data may be removed from the vault to tape storage, helping to contain costs while providing easy long-term access. The services are available independently or as part of a managed storage environment and provide highly secure, automated disk backup with up to 900 percent data compression.
The HP Electronic Vaulting Services include:
Archiving for cost-effective ILM
HP's new archiving solutions help customers take control of information through every stage of its lifecycle to maximize business advantage.
The HP StorageWorks File Migration Agent (FMA) reduces online storage requirements by providing flexible migration and archiving and it helps create a multi-tiered framework necessary for a comprehensive ILM strategy.
Using HP FMA, customers can create information policies for maintaining active files on high-performance storage and migrate inactive files to more cost-effective storage such as tape, NAS (network-attached storage) and HP Storage Works File System Extender, as well as HP's active archive for content addressable storage, HP StorageWorks Reference Information Storage System.
The HP StorageWorks Reference Information Manager (RIM) for Database Archiving is an active archiving solution that dramatically reduces the cost of data storage and boosts application performance. HP RIM for Database Archiving automates data retention policies and greatly streamlines management of large, complex databases used in business.
Because less data is maintained in the production data base, query response time is improved, operating costs are lower, and management is more efficient and cost effective. In addition, HP RIM prevents the alteration of archived data through the use of read-only access, thus facilitating audit/legal requests while maintaining operational efficiency.
Newly enhanced components of HP's data protection and archiving portfolio include:
More information about the new HP StorageWorks offerings is available at http://www.hp.com/go/storageworks.
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(1) One hour of backup every 24 hours - 23/24 = 96 percent
(2) Figure based on comparison of 10 servers backing up Microsoft Windows file systems to a two-drive StorageTek DLT 8000 library.
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