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HP Announces Virtual Disk Array and Software to Increase Storage Efficiency

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PALO ALTO, Calif., June 4, 2001-Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today announced storage solutions and software to help customers build highly scalable and manageable storage infrastructures and optimize the use of their storage resources. Included in today's announcement are the industry's first 2.0 GB fibre channel virtual disk array, network attached storage (NAS) solutions, and software for the company's XP disk array family. The storage solutions are based on HP's Federated Storage Area Management (FSAM) strategy, which, when fully implemented, is intended to enable organizations to use all of the storage resources in a given domain to manage the unpredictability of capacity demand, staffing availability and business continuance. "HP's 2.0 GB fibre channel disk array and software allow users to easily and cost-effectively manage data by scaling their storage environments up and out -- a key element of FSAM," said Nora Denzel, vice president and general manager, HP Networked Storage Solutions Organization. HP Surestore Virtual Array 7400 The HP Surestore Virtual Array 7400 is the highest capacity mid-range array from HP, with up to 7.7 terabytes of storage space. Storage can be scaled up to 105 fibre channel disks with the HP DS 2400 disk expansion system and scaled out by connecting the high-performance array to a storage area network (SAN). The small size of the high-density system helps maximize customer space resources for lower overhead costs. The HP Surestore Virtual Array 7400 was designed for mid-range and high-end online transaction processing, high-end data warehousing and decision support systems, system consolidation, data analysis and simulation. The disk array supports solutions in shared multi-operating environments and the following software: * HP Command View SDM -- which simplifies local and remote management of the arrays and integrates into HP OpenView storage area management applications, and * HP Surestore Business Copy for Virtual Arrays -- which enables customers to make near instantaneous business copies and perform online restores without interrupting work flow. Also available are HP Secure Manager software for control of server access and HP Auto Path for VA for fail-over protection. HP Surestore NAS XP and HP Surestore NAS VA The HP Surestore NAS XP and HP Surestore NAS VA are cost-effective solutions for file serving across multiple operating systems. The solutions increase information technology productivity by improving the efficiency of network and application servers through the NAS. The solutions are pre-configured and rack-mounted for minimal set-up time. HP XP Disk Array Software Several software-based programs are now available for the high-end HP XP disk array family: * HP Instant Capacity on Demand (iCOD) manages storage growth and protects storage investments by having inactive extra capacity pre-installed on the HP XP data system. The extra capacity can be quickly activated to cover unexpected growth and requires no initial investment. * HP Continuous Access over Fibre Channel software provides high bandwidth connectivity, resulting in fewer remote links and lower costs. This optional functionality maximizes the use of array resources and simplifies management through high-performance remote mirroring. * Linux users benefit from consolidated solutions for the HP XP disk array line. SAN infrastructure support, integration into management tools, heterogeneous server/storage consolidation, consulting and support help meet requirements for an always-on e-business. Linux applications can be deployed on existing storage and SANs using existing management processes and staff resources. Additional enhancements to the HP XP line include: HP OpenView SPI, a troubleshooting tool to map and allocate data; the HP Surestore Command View XP, to monitor and manage XP resources from one location; and, the HP Port Control Resource Manager, which allows the customer to prioritize performance of the HP XP disk array by customers or group. Availability The HP Surestore Virtual Array 7400 is expected to be available July 1. Additional information about the solutions announced here is available at: http://www.wswinteractive.com/hp/nsso.

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