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HP's New High-performance Disk Arrays Address Business Intelligence Needs of Enterprises

HP Surestore XP Disk Arrays and Management Software Dramatically Increase Customers' Storage Efficiency

HP (NYSE: HPQ) today introduced two high-end disk arrays and management software that dramatically increase customers' storage efficiency within data warehousing infrastructures by optimizing storage performance, availability and scalability.

The HP Surestore Disk Arrays xp1024 and xp128 and management software fortify HP's combination of HP Superdome servers and HP Surestore XP disk array storage for business intelligence, the process by which customers can turn raw data into useful information that helps maximize business productivity, profitability and quality.

HP, partnering with leading business intelligence solutions providers, provides infrastructure solutions that streamline the way customer information, including new customer acquisitions, is accessed, analyzed and reported. These solutions can result in increased customer loyalty and retention as well as improved business efficiency and agility -- all key elements of enterprise business intelligence initiatives.

HP Command View software for XP allows central, Web-based management and path connectivity diagnostics to increase the efficiency of IT administration. In addition, HP OpenView smart plug-ins for XP, integrated with HP OpenView Vantage Point Operations software, enable users to make fast and accurate decisions. Customers can now extend service level agreements to the arrays as well as servers and applications. HP system consolidation and business continuity solutions also are available for HP Surestore XP arrays.

"The HP Surestore Disk Arrays xp1024 and xp128 are high-impact, high-performance solutions that deliver on a key element of our customers' business intelligence needs: fast and reliable delivery of information," said Neal Clapper, general manager, Online Storage, HP. "With these powerful devices and software we make progress in our strategy to provide customers the ability to scale storage capacity without adding resources."

"The data warehouse, with its rapid growth of data volumes and usage, presents one of the most formidable challenges in today's data center," said Richard Winter, president, Winter Corp., a database consultant group. "HP has a clear vision of what it takes to tackle this challenge efficiently. The new HP xp1024 disk array, with its 15 GB/sec backplane, is engineered to provide remarkable high performance for the data warehouse."

"Our goal is to bring integrated, end-to-end business solutions to our customers and ensure they have continued access to reliable data from their applications down to their data management and storage infrastructures," said Doug Kennedy, vice president, Platform Partnerships, Platform Technologies Division, Oracle Corp. "HP's XP disk array platform provides the sustainable performance required for large-scale loads placed upon the data warehouse. Giving our customers reliable access to their data enables them to make timely decisions about their markets and competitive environments."

"Informatica PowerCenter and HP's new high-end storage devices, particularly the xp1024 and HP enterprise servers, can help customers meet the challenge of managing uncontrollable information growth and the real-time demands for information access," said Girish Pancha, senior vice president and general manager, platform technologies, Informatica Corp. "The combination of these powerful solutions can help our customers dramatically scale their data integration implementations and maximize the analytic capabilities of their data environment -- now and in the future."

The HP Surestore Disk Array xp1024 provides:

  • industry-leading 3.2 GB/sec sequential and 500 K IOPS performance from cache;
  • up to 64 terabytes (TB) of useable capacity, 128 GB cache and 64 FC ports;
  • HP Performance Advisor XP and AutoPath software for performance management;
  • HP Cluster Extention XP software for remote disaster recovery solutions;
  • heterogeneous connectivity, including HP-UX, Windows®, Solaris, AIX and Linux.

The HP Surestore Disk Array xp128 provides:

  • the same architecture, software and solutions as the xp1024 above but in a smaller footprint;
  • industry-leading 2.4 GB/sec sequential and 375 K IOPS performance from cache;
  • up to 8.1 TB useable capacity, 32 GB cache and 48 FC ports in a single data center rack, saving customer space on the data center floor.

In addition to the software introduced above, HP's storage management software enhancements include:

  • HP Application Policy Manager for XP, which aligns business priorities with array resources to increase performance, optimizing the performance of the data warehouse environment, and
  • HP Surestore Instant Recovery, part of the HP Zero Downtime Backup Solution for XP, which is now extended to include accessibility for other applications such as Oracle and SAP enabling data recovery in minutes.

The HP Surestore disk systems are complemented by HP service and support for storage. HP Premier Critical Support Service with 100 percent data availability guarantee and HP's consulting infrastructure services for business intelligence also are available.

The HP Surestore Disk Arrays xp1024 and xp128 are available now. Estimated U.S. pricing for the HP Surestore xp1024 starts at $180,000 and for the HP Surestore xp128 at $105,000.(1)

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(1) Actual prices may vary. HP-UX Release 10.20 and later and HP-UX Release 11.00 and later (in both 32? and 64-bit configurations) on all HP 9000 computers are Open Group UNIX 95 branded products. UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Group. Windows is a U.S. registered trademark of Microsoft Corp.

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