Windows IT Pro Storage UPDATE-- HP Refreshes Its SMB Backup Solutions--June 5, 2006

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==== 1. Commentary: HP Refreshes Its SMB Backup Solutions ====
by David Chernicoff, [email protected]

HP's May 24 release of a reasonably priced virtual tape library (VTL) marks the latest in a series of HP announcements geared toward making enterprise storage technologies and capabilities available to SMB buyers. With an entry price of just over $6000, the HP StorageWorks Virtual Library System 1002i (VLS1002i) marks the first entry, by a top-tier storage vendor, into this market for SMBs.

VTLs appear to backup applications as tape-drive backup devices but are composed of high-performance, low-cost hard-disk drives. The VTL can be used either as a very fast intermediate backup point for tape drive users or as a dedicated backup solution of its own, with no additional backup of the data stored on the VTL. The VLS1002i, which is targeted at SMBs and branch offices or remote sites that need a high-performance backup solution, can store up to 1.5TB of data (or up to 3TB when compression is used).

The VLS1002i provides additional benefits to branch offices and offsite users because it offers a completely integrated Web-based management interface, which eliminates the need for local IT staff to perform standard management tasks. To accommodate SMBs' IT support constraints, HP focused on making the VLS1002i easy to use and set up, in part by using an industry-standard Adaptec RAID card and supporting iSCSI connectivity in the device.

HP also announced the HP StorageWorks MSL4048 Tape Library, which can store up to 19.2TB of data in a 4U rack-mount space. Like the VLS1002i, the MSL4048 can be completely managed through a built-in Web interface, making it suitable as an SMB's primary backup device or for branch offices and remote offices.

According to the May 24 announcement, all HP tape drives and tape autoloaders will ship with a copy of the HP StorageWorks Data Protector Express Single Server Edition software (which HP/Compaq customers can also download at no additional cost for use on new or existing HP servers). The bundling of Data Protector Express is important because the software is integrated with the HP StorageWorks One-Button Disaster Recovery utility provided with the HP tape-drive devices. This technology provides an easy-to-use method to restore the OS, applications, and data stored on a protected server. A user need only push a single button, then follow the onscreen instructions to walk through the restoration process. HP claims that this process can restore an entire server back to operation in less than one hour.

HP is continuing to bring innovative technologies not only to its enterprise customers but also to SMBs. Additionally, products that work well for SMBs work equally well, if not better, for departments and groups within larger enterprises. By focusing on the needs of its SMB customers, HP also finds itself in a position to improve its offerings to enterprise customers.

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==== 3. New and Improved ====
by Anne Grubb, [email protected]

Kano Launches iSCSI SAN Appliance for SMBs

Kano Technologies announced X-SPAND IP, an iSCSI-based network storage appliance for the small-to-midsized business (SMB) market that provides more than 860 MB/sec bandwidth and up to more than 12TB of protected RAID storage capacity. The base X-SPAND IP model has four SATA II 1.2TB hard disks and is expandable to 16 drives. The product comes in a 3U rackmount form factor and supports four or eight 1 Gb Ethernet ports and an optional 10 Gb Ethernet connection. X-SPAND IP also features redundant power supplies, fans, battery-protected cache, and failure notification. X-SPAND IP is available through Kano Technologies' reseller partners, with pricing starting at MSRP $5999. For more information, contact Kano Technologies on the Web:

Samsung Debuts 400GB ATA and SATA Drives

Samsung Electronics introduced the 400GB SpinPoint T133 series of hard drives, geared toward business and home users who need large storage capacity--such as for digital media--coupled with fast, reliable data transmission. The SpinPoint T133 series includes the ATA HD400LD and Serial ATA (SATA) HD400LJ, The HD400LD features an Ultra ATA-133 interface, fluid dynamic bearing spindle motor technology, ATA security mode, ATA host-protected area, and an ATA streaming feature. The SATA HD400LJ offers a 3.0 Gbps transmission rate and features native command queuing (NCQ), device-initiated SATA power management, staggered spin-up support, and an optional ATA streaming feature set. Both drives also feature a 7200-rpm spindle speed, an 8.9ms average seek time, and an optional 16MB cache buffer and are priced at around $195. For more information, contact Samsung on the Web:

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