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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Hewlett-Packard (HP) made a splash at the Storage Networking World show in Orlando with its new StorageWorks SB40c storage blade that tucks into the company's c-Class BladeSystem. "It's the first blade truly for storage," says Jed Scaramella, research analyst for servers at IDC. IBM offers a storage expansion blade with up to three drives, "but it's usually used as a hot-plug for boot and swap, not data," he says. The SB40c storage blade supports up to six serial-attached SCSI (SAS) or SATA hot-swappable 146GB drives for a total of 876GB of storage per blade. SAS and SATA blades can be mixed in the same enclosure, although HP advises keeping them in different physical RAID sets. The c-Class BladeSystem has room for 16 blades total, eight of each. The storage blade uses HP's Smart Array P400 controller that supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 6, and provides 256MB of cache. It can be attached to external storage via Fibre Channel (FC) or iSCSI. Configuration and setup is wizard driven using HP's Array Configuration Utility and the blade is managed using Systems Insight... Access >>>

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