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HP Transforms Data Protection With New Data Deduplication Solutions

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 23, 2008

HP today announced new disk-based backup systems with data deduplication technology that increases disk utilization by up to 50 times(1) to deliver scalable solutions that reduce storage costs and protect business critical data.

Data deduplication technology eliminates redundant data from a disk storage device to lower storage space requirements. The technology enables customers to reduce floor space and lower energy consumption by decreasing storage capacity requirements. It also helps them minimize administrative overhead by retaining data on disk for longer periods of time.

HP provides two distinct methods of data deduplication to address the demands of customers of different sizes. For small and midsize (SMB) customers, HP has integrated this functionality into the HP StorageWorks D2D Backup Systems (D2D). For enterprise customers, HP offers deduplication with the HP StorageWorks Virtual Library Systems (VLS).

Forty-five percent(2) more affordable than similar systems, “dynamic” deduplication in the HP D2D 2500 and 4000 systems change the economics of data protection for SMBs. Easy to deploy and simple to manage, these solutions provide SMBs and businesses with branch sites the assurance that their data is protected and can be quickly recovered.

“Accelerated” deduplication in the HP VLS offers fast data backups. Enterprise customers can improve business productivity with market-leading(3) scalability and performance by easily adding disks and nodes as needed. These capabilities, coupled with reliable data recovery features, allow customers to create a data center environment that delivers 24/7 availability.

“Disk-based backup systems can enhance data protection for a business of any size. Integrating deduplication technologies allows customers to leverage up to 50 times more capacity to ensure their business has faster and reliable access to stored data,” said Dave Russell, vice president, Gartner. “Deduplication technology is poised to transform the backup and recovery marketplace.”

HP data deduplication technology for the VLS and D2D enables customers to automate and remotely manage the systems with low-bandwidth replication. This provides data center managers the ability to back up data remotely without manual intervention, thereby reducing staffing costs. Utilizing disk-based backup for remote locations reduces overhead by consolidating tape hardware into a single site.

“The ability to scale capacity and performance, coupled with affordability, provides customers of all sizes a capacity-efficient, disk-based backup system to meet their needs,” said Bob Wilson, vice president and general manager, Storage Platforms Division, HP StorageWorks. “HP continues to set new industry standards by investing in technology that delivers an ideal balance of price and performance for each customer segment.”

To provide data protection for micro and small businesses, HP also introduced the new HP StorageWorks RDX Removable Disk Backup Systems (RDX160 and RDX320). These disk backup solutions are easy to use and affordable, and they allow small businesses to store data off-site as part of their disaster recovery plan.

Store more for less

HP D2D Backup Systems emulate up to 16 LTO tape autoloaders or libraries and consolidate backup of up to 16 servers onto a single network-connected device.

Key benefits of D2D dynamic deduplication:

  • Maximizes disk space via synchronous backup operations that deduplicate data as it is stored to the disk.
  • Reduces the amount of disk and memory required to deduplicate data by leveraging proprietary technology created by HP Labs, the company’s central research and development arm.
  • Improves productivity and eliminates the need for training with a fully functional graphical user interface that does not require complex command lines for configuration.
  • Optimizes investment of primary backup system through compatibility with new versions of software and applications.

High performance, scalable protection

HP VLS emulates multiple tape libraries or drives for data centers to reliably back up large amounts of data with quick data restores in the event of a disaster.

Key benefits of VLS accelerated deduplication:

  • Improves performance by deduplicating data after the backup has completed writing to the disk.
  • Ensures scalability of performance and capacity by easily adding nodes, while providing a single backup location for data contained on multiple servers.
  • Accelerates data restores by maintaining only the most recent copy of backup data while eliminating duplicate data from previous backups.
  • Simplifies management with a user interface that automatically monitors itself, configures storage, load balances performance and conducts diagnostics.

More information about deduplication for HP D2D and VLS is available at www.hp.com/go/deduplication; more information on HP RDX Removable Disk Backup Systems is available at www.hp.com/go/RDX.

Pricing and availability(4)

The HP StorageWorks D2D 2500 and 4000 systems are available now starting at a U.S. list price of $6,499.

Accelerated deduplication is available for license with the HP StorageWorks VLS6600 and VLS9000 series and will be available in July. Licensing for the VLS6200 and VLS12000 models will be available in September. Pricing is based on physical capacity.

The HP StorageWorks RDX Removable Disk Backup System is available now starting at a U.S. list price of $299.

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $110.4 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

(1) Assumes standard business data mix, actual results will vary with data type, backup methodology and length of time data is retained.

(2) Compared to Data Domain and the cost per terabyte of effective backup capacities.

(3) Compared to EMC/Quantum, Data Domain and IBM/Diligent, the VLS leads in performance and capacity with 4,800 megabytes per sec (with eight nodes) and 1.3 petabytes of storage capacity.

(4) Estimated U.S. list prices. Actual prices may vary.

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