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HP looks to entice SMBs, hypes Hyper-V bundles

HP made some storage updates today as part of a larger announcement aimed at SMBs looking to cut costs, including new Hyper-V bundles.

Storage-related updates include:

  • New application-integrated snapshot option for LeftHand iSCSI SANs. LeftHand already had application-integrated snapshots that supported VSS for snapping the LeftHand SAN, but not with the ability to run inside and quiesce an application. This update fills that gap; competitors like Dell EqualLogic and NetApp already offer this capability.
  • New NAS interface for D2D data deduplication products. SMBs no longer need to license virtual tape drives to use HP’s low-end data deduplication product.
  • New DAT 320 tape drive. SMBs still using tape, on the other hand, have the option of doubling the capacity on DAT tape drives to 320GB. HP claims the new drives also offer up to a 75% performance increase with a 50% lower power draw. Tape, especially for SMBs, is frequently declared dead, but there are still pockets of tape use in this market, particularly in remote and branch offices.
  • Six new HP Virtualization Smart Bundles for Microsoft Hyper-V. Full specs on the bundles, which range from an entry-level tower server form factor to rackmount servers with networked storage, are available at HP’s website. These bundles are similar to the ones HP previously rolled out this year for VMware environments.

LeftHand product marketing manager Chris McCall says the Hyper-V bundles are not a counter strike against the new joint venture between VMware, Cisco and EMC. He says HP is supporting both hypervisors, even though VMware is deeply aligned wiht HP HP competitors Cisco and EMC. “We’ve done bundles for VMware already because we’ve targeted market size — we did VMware first because they’re the market leader,” he said. “If Microsoft was, we would’ve done Hyper-V first. There’s nothing to read into there.”

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