Press Release: June 17, 2003

HP Broadens Storage Platform for the Adaptive Enterprise

HP StorageWorks Solutions Deliver Increased Business Continuity, Partner Integration and Connectivity
PALO ALTO, CALIF., JUNE 17, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today expanded its StorageWorks portfolio with new and enhanced storage systems, software, solutions and tools that increase application uptime, data recovery speeds and customer choice. The expansion strengthens HP's ENSAextended strategy by continuing to deliver controllable, resilient and extensible storage solutions.

"HP is executing against a well-articulated roadmap, providing our customers with the foundation of an adaptive enterprise that is responsive to business and IT changes," said Frank Harbist, vice president and general manager, HP Nearline Storage Division. "In particular, our software and tape library solutions announced today help companies achieve new levels of business continuity and application-awareness with storage."

Business Continuity: Extending Customer Agility

New features in HP OpenView Storage Data Protector benefit small- and medium-sized businesses as well as large enterprises seeking to improve the availability of their data and ability to recover from outages. The modular, single data protection solution is compatible with multi-vendor platforms, applications, operating systems, topologies, disks and libraries. Highlights include:

  • Single backup and restore for all Microsoft® Exchange Mailbox users or individual mailboxes;
  • Full integration with Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service to streamline backup of open files, databases and applications incorporating support for Microsoft Automated System Recovery and Microsoft Windows® Server 2003 backup features;
  • New "group by devices" and "group by hosts" views in the storage area network (SAN) auto-configuration wizard for optimized shared device access;
  • Elimination of backup windows for HP StorageWorks EVA Array customers with a completely integrated, out-of-the-box Zero Downtime Backup (ZDB) solution;
  • Extended protection to emerging IA-64 platforms, including Windows Server 2003, HP-UX and Linux, as well as DB2 online backup for IBM AIX and HP-UX; Open VMS backup; Windows Server 2003 online backup of Oracle 9i, SQL Server 2000; ZDB Backup on Windows Server 2003 for Oracle, Exchange, SQL and SAP.

The HP StorageWorks Enterprise Backup Solution (EBS) enables businesses to consolidate their data protection schemes across heterogeneous environments with a multi-tier strategy based on different quality of service levels. Enhanced EBS now offers greater customer flexibility and choice with additional support of LTO Ultrium 460 in MSL and ESL tape libraries, Windows 2003, SDLT and LTO support in same tape library, VERITAS Backup Exec for HP StorageWorks Modular SAN Array (msa1000), Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) and Modular Array(MA)/Enterprise Modular Array (EMA) systems using software snap.

HP StorageWorks esl9000 tape libraries offer highly reliable backup and restore solutions to meet mission-critical data storage requirements. Enhancements to the tape libraries deliver greater investment protection with extended mixed-drive support for HP StorageWorks Ultrium 230, Ultrium 460, SDLT 320 and SDLT 220; scalability up to 64 drives and 2,278 cartridges; and integrated intelligent controllers in front of drives in the tape library. The extended esl9000 features device-level security, caching, intelligent handling of network conflicts and events and broader event reporting.

The new HP StorageWorks DAT72h Hot Plug Tape Drives extends the value of existing DDS backup solutions with greater scalability. It stores 72 GB of compressed data within 3.5 hours with an MTBF of more than 400,000 hours and includes HP's One-Button Disaster Recovery feature for fast, automated, one-step system restoration. With hot plug capability on HP ProLiant and AlphaServers equipped with the universal drive bay as well as backward read and write compatibility, it offers customers a balance of cost, capacity and performance.

To reduce time and costs dedicated to administrative tasks, HP offers customers two easy-to-use solutions for hassle-free bar code labeling. HP Pre-Labeled Media for Ultrium, DLTtape IV and Super DLTtape offer custom sequences, secure, clean assembly and tamperproof repackaging. HP Bar Code Label Packs, compatible with all HP StorageWorks ESL and MSL tape libraries and autoloaders, are fully tested to guarantee performance in demanding automation environments.

Extended Partner Collaboration: More Customer Choice

In order to further open standards and vendor interoperability, HP introduced new and expanded solutions for SAP and Microsoft Windows environments to empower customers with the flexibility and choice of some of the industry's best operating system and applications.

HP offers two tested and integrated solutions for SAP customers that allow for high information accessibility of mySAP Business Suite. HP StorageWorks Rapid Backup for mySAP Business Suite minimizes downtime and performance degradation for SAP environments. The solution reduces the time the database has to be in backup mode during online backup as well as the time the application has to be shut down during offline mode to less than 30 minutes, independent of the application's size.

HP StorageWorks Disaster Tolerant Solution for mySAP Business Suite offers business continuance for SAP environments. The solution integrates the EVA and HP StorageWorks Continuous Access EVA v3.0 software in a Windows 2000 and Oracle environment to provide a failover/recovery time at a remote computing site that is measurable in minutes versus days.

HP StorageWorks Secure Path V. 4 -- multi-path, high-availability software for no single point of failure in a SAN and external storage solutions - now supports Windows 2003 for use with msa1000, EVA and EMA/MA storage.

Increased Connectivity: IT Investment Protection

HP has expanded support connectivity of its high-availability entry-level, midrange and director-class switches.

New versions of the HP StorageWorks Director 2/64 and 2/140 and HP StorageWorks Edge Switch 2/32 include the latest releases of HA-Fabric Manager software and extended support for HP-UX, Windows NT/Windows 2000, Linux and Solaris operating systems supported by HP, as well as HP StorageWorks EVA, XP, msa1000, Virtual Array and MA 8000.

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

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