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HP dumps EVA Cluster, SVSP storage virtualization

Hewlett-Packard has scrapped the StorageWorks SAN Virtualization Services Platform (SVSP) that it sold through an OEM deal with LSI, as well as the EVA Cluster SAN system that used the SVSP to cluster two EVAs.

According to an email statement from director of HP storage marketing Craig Nunes, HP notified customers last November that it would discontinue development of the SVSP and it stopped selling the EVA Cluster at the end of last year. Nunes said HP would support SVSP customers’ service contracts for five years.

HP was LSI’s only major customer for the SVSP, and last week LSI closed the Israel office where SVSP was developed (LSI acquired the technology from StorAge Networking in 2006). As EMC has found with Invista, no market ever developed for switch-based storage virtualization software.

HP launched EVA Cluster last June, months before it acquired 3PAR for $2.35 billion. Nunes said 3PAR’s storage platform will replace EVA Cluster on the market, but he insisted that the standard EVA platform is alive and well.

“The EVA Cluster was a stand-alone product and its discontinuation has no bearing on future EVA investment and roadmap,” Nunes said in the statement. “The EVA Cluster previously filled a need in our portfolio for Fibre Channel clustered storage arrays that we now address with our newly-acquired 3PAR Utility Arrays.”

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, storage is one area – along with software and networking — that new HP CEO Leo Apotheker wants to focus on. There have also been whispers in the industry that HP will cut all of its storage OEM deals and concentrate on developing all of its storage in-house or through acquisitions. Other OEM partners include Hitachi for HP’s HP StorageWorks P9500 Disk Array enterprise storage system and Sepaton for its virtual tape libraries (VTLs).

Nunes would not comment on HP’s other OEM deals.

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