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Metropolitan Museum of Art Selects HP Storage Software to Support Virtual Art Collection

HP OpenView Software Makes Managing Digital Images Easier

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that its storage software has been implemented at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) for business continuity and, eventually, to catalogue its entire collection digitally.

HP OpenView Continuous Access Storage Appliance (CASA) has enabled the Met to optimize its storage resources and increase usable storage by 30 percent by employing virtualization to enable heterogeneous data services.

"We needed a system that would offer manageability and storage management intelligence to leave us more time to focus on our business goals," said Michael Belkin, chief technology officer at the Met. "A raw storage box or other virtualization solution would have created more work with less availability. In addition to ensuring business continuity, CASA enables us to extract high utilization and efficiency from existing storage investments and to free our employees from management duties."

"With HP OpenView CASA, the Met is not only handling its data storage challenges today, but it is laying a foundation to adapt for the future," said Mark Sorenson, vice president of software, HP Network Storage Solutions. "With its fifth-generation CASA product, HP is delivering a robust, mature virtualization offering today that other vendors are just beginning to talk about, and that helps keep our customers ahead as well."

The Met Web site,, features numerous digital profiles and pictures of objects in its collection. Storage for the site is managed by virtualization software on an earlier generation of CASA, which will soon be working with a second, recently purchased CASA for local and remote mirroring to ensure 24x7 availability. "One of our primary business objectives is making our collection as available to the public as possible, so our Web site and its digital images are an important part of our strategy," said Belkin.

Overall, the Met currently manages 3.3 terabytes of data in a storage area network that includes an HP StorageWorks Virtual Array 7410. HP OpenView CASA has increased the museum's usable storage by a full terabyte. Every byte counts, as a digital version of a typical painting takes up anywhere from 25 megabytes to 125 megabytes of storage and the museum sees no slowdown in demand.

A heterogeneous replication appliance, CASA leverages virtualization technology to deliver cost-effective data services such as data migration, synchronous and asynchronous mirroring, and point-in-time images ("snap copies"). CASA increases data availability and, through simplified management, maximizes utilization of storage assets while reducing application downtime. CASA is part of HP's ENSA extended strategy to deliver storage as the foundation of an adaptive enterprise that responds quickly to business and technology changes.

CASA puts customers on the path to begin moving intelligence into the network, unburdening servers and storage arrays. The software allows the Met to replicate and allocate storage using a single interface today, regardless of array vendor or host operating system. Later this year, HP plans to enable the data services of CASA on an enterprise-wide scale by deploying its VersaStor technology on intelligent SAN switches.

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