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HP Delivers Software for Industry-standard, Automated Management of Multi-vendor Storage

Storage Software Offerings Increase Business' Responsiveness to Change, Company Details Standards-compliant Roadmap
PHOENIX, HP National Storage Days, Nov. 19, 2002

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today strengthened its HP OpenView storage management software family, enabling dramatically improved levels of management simplicity and automation.

HP OpenView Storage Provisioner, HP OpenView Continuous Access Storage Appliance and HP OpenView Storage Media Operations each advance ENSAextended, HP's storage strategy for increasing business' ability to respond rapidly to change. In addition, the company unveiled its roadmap for driving industry-standard storage management via the Storage Networking Industry Association's emerging Storage Management Interface Specification.

Corporate data growth has given rise to complex, chaotic storage infrastructures. With the right storage software, administrators can ensure continuous access to application data and adapt quickly to business change by adding storage on demand. HP simplifies management of heterogeneous storage with integrated, open software tools, delivering cost-effective utilization and providing support for standard interfaces.

"HP leads the market with industry-standard, integrated and modular software solutions that automate and simplify storage management," said Mark Sorenson, vice president Storage Software, HP Network Storage Solutions. "We are first to market with management tools that empower our customers to get ahead of storage growth today and respond to business change tomorrow."

Available as of Nov. 5, HP OpenView Storage Provisioner is a storage area management tool that enables administrators to manage storage as a utility. With Storage Provisioner, IT departments can establish multiple storage offerings based on service levels and business-based attributes. These offerings can then be made available to customers using a secure "self-service" model.

Storage Provisioner minimizes the complexity and time involved in manual storage provisioning, improving system availability and allowing administrators to focus on higher-level tasks. By providing an accurate view of available storage, Storage Provisioner keeps storage purchasing and allocation aligned with business needs.

HP OpenView Continuous Access Storage Appliance (CASA) delivers cost-effective data replication and data migration across heterogeneous storage systems through virtualization technology. CASA increases productivity by enabling more online recovery of data, ensuring greater scalability and centralized management capabilities through the cascading appliance. HP has enhanced CASA with asynchronous write ordering for improved availability and data integrity, expanded operating system support for NetWare 5.1 and 6 and clustering support with HP MC/Serviceguard for HP-UX.

HP OpenView Storage Media Operations is designed for the many companies faced with overwhelming amounts of removable media. The first heterogeneous media management tool from a major systems vendor, it automates removable storage media tracking and enforces policies to increase data availability and maximize the effectiveness of media operations.

Unlike other media management products, Storage Media Operations maximizes the effectiveness of media procedures by creating daily task lists, organizing tapes for logical data center walkthroughs and enabling operator control of tape libraries, barcode scanners and media label printers. Storage Media Operations expands on the media management features of HP OpenView Storage Data Protector and supports XML integration with third-party backup/recovery software.

The tool is currently deployed by HP Operations for managing nearly 900,000 tapes in HP data centers worldwide. Storage Media Operations is integrated with most midrange and enterprise tape library systems from leading vendors, including the HP StorageWorks MSL and ESL tape libraries.

"Storage as a utility is appealing to IT because it will optimize availability and efficiency," said Bill North, director of storage software research, IDC. "These introductions indicate that HP is serious about delivering on ENSAextended and paving the way toward customers being able to use storage as a utility."

Standards-compliant Product Roadmap

At Storage Networking World last month, HP participated in a SAN prototype with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) that showcased management of multi-vendor storage through open interfaces, rather than proprietary means. As part of its efforts to enable storage control over heterogeneous systems, HP is planning to release products that map to the forthcoming Storage Management Interface Specification (SMIS). Sponsored by SNIA, SMIS is based on Common Information Model (CIM) and Web-based Enterprise Management (WBEM) technologies.

HP today ships HP StorageWorks xp1024 and HP StorageWorks VA 7400 disk arrays using interfaces compatible with an early draft of the CIM specification, enabling vendor-neutral management of HP's arrays. HP plans to expand the interfaces to support its full line of disk arrays as well as the HP OpenView Storage Area Manager suite and OpenView Data Protector applications soon after the release of the final SMIS specification from SNIA, expected in the second quarter of 2003.

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

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