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Published: 22 Oct 2012

HP'S STORAGEWORKS 8Gb Simple SAN Connection Kit is the first 8Gb/sec Fibre Channel (FC) SAN aimed at remote offices and small- and medium-sized businesses. The FC SAN can support up to four hosts and, if you don't add in the cost of the storage, pricing comes to a little more than $1,000 a port. "A fairly aggressive price considering the newness of the [8Gb/sec FC] technology," says Greg Schulz, founder and senior analyst at StorageIO Group, Stillwater, MN. For $8,199, you receive an 8/20q FC Switch (eight ports enabled; upgradeable to 12, 16 or 20 ports), Simple SAN Connection Manager software, four PCI-e FC host bus adapters (HBAs), cables, 10 8Gb/sec Short Wave SFP+ optical transceivers for the HBAs, and wizard-driven software to install/manage the SAN and to provision the array. But don't expect 8Gb/sec throughput from the switch to storage. HP's Simple SAN Connection Kit only works with its 4Gb/sec Enterprise Virtual Arrays (EVAs) and 2Gb/sec and 4Gb/sec Modular Smart Arrays (MSAs), which means self-configuring ports must slow down to accommodate the ... Access >>>

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