Press Release:

HP Expands Connectivity, Improves Performance of HP OpenView CASA Replication Software

Company Marks Another Milestone in Network-based Virtualization Strategy
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 31, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) has enhanced the HP OpenView Continuous Access Storage Appliance (CASA), improving the performance and scalability of the company's cost-effective, heterogeneous data replication and migration services.

The enhancements to CASA advance HP's ENSAextended strategy for network-based virtualization, which provides the foundation for an adaptive infrastructure for the storage needs of businesses.

The fifth-generation release of HP OpenView CASA offers customers scalable support for larger environments than previously possible as well as improved performance and availability over the prior generation. Higher speed processors, a faster internal bus architecture and increased port connectivity contribute to decreasing the price-per-port of CASA by 36 percent.

Additionally, integration with HP OpenView Storage Area Manager (SAM) provides centralized management of virtualized environments through a single console.

"Virtualization is becoming a core feature of storage environments and infrastructure management, and can provide heterogeneous data services to aid customers in the continuity of business operations and to support IT consolidation initiatives today," said Jamie Gruener, senior analyst, the Yankee Group. "With CASA for replication and migration and VersaStor for network-based virtualization, HP is making progress on its roadmap to harmonize two architectural approaches and deliver these capabilities on a enterprise scale."

"OpenView CASA with HP OpenView SAM gives customers a powerful tool in creating an adaptive infrastructure that enables rapid response to changing business and technology conditions," said Mark Sorenson, vice president for software, HP Network Storage Solutions. "CASA's virtualization brings customers closer to the vision of storage as a utility. With CASA, customers can extract maximum utilization and efficiency out of existing storage resources regardless of vendor or operating system."

Fifth-generation Enhancements

Enabled by virtualization technology, CASA pools together enterprise-wide storage assets to cost-effectively deliver local and long distance data replication, point-in-time images and data migration services throughout multi-vendor environments. The performance of CASA increases to 1 GB per second and connectivity expands from 16 to 24 ports, providing support for larger network storage environments.

CASA features device plug-ins to integrate with OpenView SAM for centralized management of virtualized storage environments through one console. With HP OpenView SAM, customers can increase return on IT by automating manual processes, increasing IT staff productivity, eliminating downtime attributed to human error and efficiently reallocating unused storage capacity.

CASA allows customers to integrate with four of the modules within OpenView SAM: HP OpenView Storage Node Manager for device management; HP OpenView Storage Builder for capacity management; HP OpenView Storage Allocator for access control and LUN assignment; and HP OpenView Storage Accountant for metering and billing. This integration makes CASA resilient, controllable and extensible.

HP was the first vendor to bring to market a virtual-enabled product in 1998. With more than 100 virtualization patents and 500-plus network-based storage appliances shipped, HP offers the industry's broadest portfolio of virtualization solutions. HP has shipped more than 8,000 storage virtualization products, including HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array and Virtual Array systems, as well as CASA.

The HP OpenView CASA field-rackable model includes: SANOS 5.5 loaded on a two-node cluster , a shared storage array for mapping, host bus adapters to provide two private ports for shared storage and 22 Fibre Channel ports plus two Ethernet cards. Estimated U.S. list pricing is $122,500.(1) A cabinet option also is available.

CASA supports HP StorageWorks arrays as well as those from EMC, Hitachi and Dell. Supported operating systems include HP-UX, Microsoft® Windows® NT and Windows 2000, Sun Solaris, Linux, IBM AIX and Novell NetWare.

HP OpenView CASA 5.5U is expected be available in May.

More information about HP's virtualization offerings and HP OpenView CASA is available at http://www.hp.com/storage/virtualization.

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 acquisition of Compaq Computer Corporation on May 3, 2002. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.


(1) Actual prices may vary.

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