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HP Announces New Products, Enhancements Across Storage Portfolio

Company Strengthens Foundation of Adaptive Storage Infrastructure to Simplify Storage Management
PHOENIX, HP National Storage Days, Nov. 19, 2002

Expanding the industry's broadest storage portfolio, HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced new products and announced upgrades that simplify management of multi-vendor storage and reduce costs associated with today's heterogeneous environments.

The introductions and enhancements include numerous products across HP's comprehensive portfolio of tape, network storage, disk arrays and software. Each product is a part of ENSAextended, HP's strategy to enable customers to anticipate and rapidly respond to changing business needs through an adaptive storage infrastructure.

"Customers are clear about their storage needs: they need to manage burgeoning, heterogeneous systems through the most cost-efficient and powerful means possible," said Bob Schultz, vice president marketing, HP Network Storage Solutions. "HP stands above the industry as a leading solution provider, and today's announcement reflects our focus on delivering controllable, resilient and extensible storage."

In the "superdrive" tape market, HP unveiled the HP StorageWorks Ultrium 460 tape drive -- the industry's first commercially available Generation 2 Ultrium tape drive and an ideal choice for enterprise-class data protection needs, particularly where the backup window is shrinking.

The tape drive sets new standards for performance, capacity and reliability with the lowest cost of ownership of any product in its class. Fully read- and write-compatible with previous generations, the Ultrium 460 delivers a compressed capacity of 400 GB on a single cartridge and a transfer rate of 60 MB/sec. HP also announced the HP Ultrium 400 GB data cartridge. The new tape drive and media minimize network interruption by protecting nearly 216 GB per hour of data and storing up to 400 GB on one piece of media, or double the capacity of Ultrium 1 tapes.

Network Storage Enhancements

HP StorageWorks NAS 8000 solutions provide easily managed network-attached storage (NAS) solutions in dedicated storage and storage area network (SAN) configurations for customers who require file-sharing flexibility. With an operating system optimized for file serving, the high-performance NAS 8000 solutions attach directly to Ethernet networks, providing easy installation, low maintenance, and high uptime.

HP StorageWorks NAS 8000 now supports HP StorageWorks Enterprise Modular Arrays (EMA) in a SAN configuration. In addition, HP has added Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) for interoperability with major backup software, improved management with new lights-out functionality and enhanced performance.

HP expanded its SAN portfolio with the HP StorageWorks SAN Switch 2/32 Power Pak. This 32-port, 2 Gb fabric edge switch comes equipped with a full suite of intelligent fabric software features to configure, manage and extend SAN fabrics. The SAN Switch 2/32 Power Pak delivers high performance, high reliability and zoning for enhanced security.

HP also introduced the HP StorageWorks Fabric Manager v3.0.2 management station software for SAN-wide fabric management. Fabric Manager assists SAN administrators with configuration, monitoring, dynamic provisioning and daily management of multiple switches and up to eight multiple fabrics in real time.

HP OpenView Storage Management Appliance is an appliance-based monitoring and management interface for the open SAN that enables authorized users to organize, configure, visualize, monitor and provision via the Web. The appliance is the strategic deployment platform for HP's storage management software solutions. Enhancements deliver increased security, manageability and usability.

Array Software and Hardware

HP unveiled several hardware and software enhancements to its array line, delivering greater management control, functionality and integration. The HP StorageWorks Application Policy Manager XP is a performance allocation tool for XP disk arrays. It lets customers align IT priorities with storage performance capacity by allowing this capacity to be intelligently allocated to hosts.

Application Policy Manager v3.0 adds logical device (LDEV)-level policy assignments capability when used with the HP StorageWorks Disk Array xp1024 and xp128, allowing customers to assign policies to specific array LDEVs to more precisely align performance resources with host applications.

Also part of the XP software family, HP StorageWorks Command View XP provides centralized, Web-based management for HP's disk arrays. It reduces the total cost of XP ownership with intuitive tools for lights-out storage management and increased storage administrator efficiency. Command View XP's Web-based architecture also enables collaboration among global team members and provides graphical mapping and diagnostic capabilities, plus the ability to manage globally distributed XP disk arrays from a single console.

New features include support for HP OpenView Storage Area Manager 3.0 host agent deployment and HP StorageWorks Data Integrity Check for Oracle databases, as well as e-copy function from within the Command View XP interface.

HP StorageWorks Secure Path is a family of multi-pathing software products providing high availability through continuous data access from StorageWorks RAID arrays to host servers running Windows® 2000, Windows NT®, Sun Solaris, Novell NetWare, IBM AIX, and HP-UX operating systems. Secure Path v3.0C for NetWare Workgroup Edition now supports the HP StorageWorks Modular SAN Array 1000 (msa1000) v2.

New array hardware highlights include:

  • HP StorageWorks FCA2355 host bus adapter;
  • HP StorageWorks A7298A for Windows Advanced Server and Linux host bus adapter;
  • HP StorageWorks EVA NetWare and Linux solution kits; and
  • HP Virtual Controller Software VCS v2.0, a kit and license for dual controllers.

Improved Integration with Leading Applications

HP extended the application awareness of its storage with two advanced application solutions for Microsoft® environments. The HP StorageWorks Rapid Restore Solution for Exchange 2000 allows customers to instantaneously restore their Exchange environments using the HSG80/MA family of RAID arrays. HP StorageWorks Rapid Restore Solution for SQL Server 2000 enables customers to quickly restore databases on both the HSV/EVA and the HSG80/MA families of RAID arrays.

Both solutions use StorageWorks Enterprise Volume Manager to save hours of downtime over tape-based restore. They are integrated, pre-tested, include a script kit and are engineered to Microsoft's guidelines.

The Datasafe for mySAP.com solution is integrated and tested in a mySAP.com environment with Windows 2000 and Oracle® and supports the HSG80. Used with HP StorageWorks Data Replication Manager, Datasafe for mySAP.com provides cost-effective disaster recovery and data movement capabilities to enhance mySAP.com configurations. In the event of a scheduled or unscheduled disruption at the production site, customers are able to fail over to an alternate site containing an exact copy of the data used in the mySAP.com application.

More information on all the products listed above is available at http://www.hp.com/go/storage.

About HP

HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP completed its merger transaction involving Compaq Computer Corporation on May 3, 2002. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.


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