Press Release: April 16, 2003

HP Advances Storage Management and Storage Networking Interoperability with SNW Demonstrations

Also this week at SNW, HP is showcasing the interoperability of its StorageWorks disk arrays and Fibre Channel switches with storage devices and storage networking products from eight different vendors. With these interoperability demonstrations, HP adds to a wide range of standards-based solutions that further its ability to deliver storage management and networking interoperability to customers.

"At SNW this year, there should be no doubt that HP is at the forefront of delivering standards-based, interoperable storage solutions to the market as soon as they are ready," said Bob Schultz, vice president of marketing, HP Network Storage Solutions. "We continue to devote countless hours and resources to this effort because we understand that solving storage management challenges through industry cooperation, not proprietary fixes, is ultimately in the best interest of our customers."

Interoperability Conformance Testing Program

HP's software compliance suite, accepted by the SNIA, enables the specification to rigorously exercise management applications in heterogeneous storage-networking environments and supports the direction of the Interoperability Conformance Testing Program, announced by the SNIA yesterday.

"HP's software test suite is the earliest example of interoperability testing for storage management and is forwarding the SMI," said Roger Reich, SMI committee chair. "The interoperable conformance test has enabled the products participating in CIM-SAN-2 to realize greater compatibility and thus, accelerated multi-vendor integration."

CIM-SAN-2 Developers Demonstration Program

CIM-SAN-2 at SNW is the second demonstration of the potential implementation of SMI-S. HP has contributed the following SMI-S based solutions to the latest demonstration:

  • HP OpenView Storage Area Manager software suite, offering customers a unified perspective on device, capacity, usage, cost, growth and performance of heterogeneous devices across multi-vendor products;
  • HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array and HP
  • StorageWorks VA 7400, providing both high-end and midrange array capabilities for the demonstration; and
  • HP StorageWorks Ultrium tape library, providing backup, restore and archival capabilities for this multi-vendor, multi-OS environment.

The SNIA's six-month-long CIM-SAN program includes a series of plugfests and demonstrations that focus on fine-tuning the technical progress of the SMI-S. The SNIA this week reached a milestone with the availability of SMI-S Version 1.0 for public review.

HP is currently shipping pre-release 1.0 SMI-S interfaces with the HP StorageWorks XP and Virtual Array product families. HP plans to add storage platforms and software when the SMI-S reaches expected ratification this summer. Longer term, HP is committed to enabling its entire StorageWorks line of hardware and OpenView storage software solutions with SMI-S for complete management interoperability.

Supported Solutions Forum

Also at SNW, the SNIA Supported Solutions Forum (SSF) is demonstrating a mixed switch fabric with four major disk vendors and several switch companies. HP has contributed its StorageWorks arrays and Fibre Channel switches to the interoperable configuration. The SSF's mission is to test and certify multi-vendor storage networking interoperability solutions and ensure they are mutually supported among the participating vendors.

The availability of multi-vendor SAN switch solution sets is expected to follow the SSF's demonstration at SNW by summer. HP has participated with the SSF since its establishment in 2001.

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