Press Release:

HP Broadens Access to Enterprise-class Business Continuity and Virtualization with Lower Price Disk Array

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 11, 2005

HP today introduced a high-end disk array at an entry-level price for computing environments that need 24 x 7 business continuity with zero downtime.

The HP StorageWorks XP10000 Disk Array offers enterprise-class business continuity and advanced virtualization technology to businesses of all sizes. Additionally, new software for the HP StorageWorks XP family streamlines storage management, improves efficiencies and reduces costs.

"Today, mid-sized companies often face the same storage challenges as large organizations and require highly available, scalable and manageable storage systems that deliver cost-effective solutions without sacrificing functionality," said Natalya Yezhkova, senior research analyst, IDC. "With the HP StorageWorks XP10000, HP brings a level of performance, availability and functionality previously available only on the higher-end XP12000, thus targeting a broader range of customers from mid-sized to large enterprises."

Advanced virtualization technology within the XP10000 enables the implementation of tiered storage applications using internal and external storage capacity and flexible partitioning to simplify provisioning, which allows customers to adapt in real time to changing business needs. In addition, the disk array is completely heterogeneous, offering support for multiple operating systems including HP-UX, Windows®, Linux, OpenVMS, NonStop, Mainframe, Tru64, AIX and Solaris.

"The XP10000 was designed for enterprise customers with no tolerance for downtime and who require robust storage management and provisioning capabilities to cost-effectively adapt to real-time changes and business needs," said Bob Schultz, senior vice president and general manager, StorageWorks Division, HP. "With the newest addition to the StorageWorks XP family, HP is helping customers put their information to work, enabling better storage consolidation and giving a broader range of customers more solutions for secure data storage and business continuity in mission-critical environments."

Additional benefits and features of the XP10000 include:

  • Value - The XP10000 offers an excellent price/performance ratio, increased productivity via higher throughput speeds and virtually zero downtime, and a compact footprint to conserve floor space.

  • Availability - Fully redundant, hot-swappable components, robust local and remote replication capabilities and advanced disaster recovery solutions maintain data availability and integrity for demanding, mission-critical environments.

  • Functionality - Supports the same industry-leading functionality as the high-end HP StorageWorks XP12000, such as external storage XP and disk/cache partitioning, to help customers optimize storage resources and meet their service-level agreements.

  • Performance - Advanced crossbar, fault-tolerant architecture allows for outstanding levels of random and sequential I/O operations for database, OLTP, Oracle, SAP and Exchange workloads.

  • Scalability - Customers can scale from as few as five disks up to 240 disks with 48 host ports enabling 69 terabytes of internal capacity.(1) External storage device support enables tiered storage environments that support up to 16 petabytes of total capacity.

"We see HP's new XP offering as a strong indicator of their continued innovation and commitment to providing customers with the broadest range of network storage solutions," said Pat Burke, manager, IT Services, Psion Teklogix. "As we expand our storage and data management capacity, we feel secure that the XP12000 will allow us to meet our rapidly changing business needs."

HP software and storage services for business continuity and availability

HP StorageWorks Command View XP Advanced Edition software is the new full-featured strategic device manager for HP's XP family. The software is a powerful tool for cost-effective, simplified management of multiple disk arrays from a single console. It enables IT administrators to monitor storage resources and automate storage management processes for better utilization and control across distributed enterprise storage. In addition, the software easily integrates with the HP Storage Essentials suite as well as third-party storage resource management products.

HP StorageWorks Snapshot XP provides cost-effective, space-efficient local replication of data for XP10000 and XP12000 disk arrays. It replicates data to create multiple, real-time, online local copies to space-efficient secondary volumes. Snapshot XP is ideal for environments where the I/O to the secondary volume is read-intensive or relatively infrequent. Snapshot XP creates copies that only replicate data from the primary volume that has been rewritten, reducing storage requirements and costs.

In addition to HP StorageWorks XP disk arrays, HP offers a comprehensive range of servers and services to help customers protect their confidential information and address a variety of risks - from day-to-day interruptions or outages to large-scale natural disasters.

More information about the HP StorageWorks offerings is available at

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