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HP beefs up convergence, solid state storage with partners

After two days of trumpeting its own new product launches at HP TechForum, Hewlett-Packard today disclosed new deals with storage and networking partners. Besides its sworn enemy Cisco, all the major storage networking players had HP news to share.

Both Emulex and QLogic have ASICs involved with HP’s FlexFabric 10-Gigabit Ethernet adapters. The adapters are part of HP’s Virtual Connect platform for a converged network-storage infrastructure.

HP is using Emulex’s OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adpater (UCNA) in the ProLiant G7 server blades inside the HP NC551i Dual Port FlexFabric 10Gb Adapter. This includes the LAN on motherboard (LOM) that Emulex recently acquired from ServerEngines. Emulex UCNAs support hardware protocol offload support for TCP/IP, iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).

HP is also using QLogic’s new Bullet switching ASIC on its Virtual Connect FlexFabric 24-port 10-GigE BladeSystem module. QLogic’s Bullet supports Ethernet, Fibre Channel and iSCI, and lets administrators change protocol support on the fly.

While Brocade isn’t part of HP’s FlexFabric yet, HP launched several 8 Gbps Fibre Channel products from Brocade today. They include the 804 FC HBA for HP c-Class BladeSystem mezzanine card, the HP StorageWorks P2000 G3 MSA Virtualization SAN starter kit with six HBAs and two FC switches from Brocade, and the 64-port StorageWorks B-series Data Center SAN Director Blade. The Director Blade is based on a DCX Backbone blade Brocade launched earlier this month.

HP also added flash SSD products from Fusion-io and Samsung to its ProLiant servers. HP extended its OEM deal with Fusion-io, adding IO Accelerators for ProLiant DL and ML servers. The new PCIe form factor IO Accelerator will be available with ProLiant servers in 160 GB and 320 GB SLC capacities and 320 GB and 640 GB MLC capacities. The Fusion-io IO Accelerator was previously available for ProLiant server blades.

HP is also selling Samsung Enterprise SSDs with the ProLiant G6 and G7 servers. The Samsung SLC SSDs scale to 512 GB.

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