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Vol. 4 No. 5 July 2005

HP reassures the faithful

Dogged for the last year or so by a shrinking storage market share, a widely held perception that the company had lost its storage focus, high-level executive defections and rumblings within the ranks, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. picked its annual user conference in Las Vegas last May to roll out a slew of new and enhanced products it hoped would silence critics and allay customer concerns. But even the big rollout went awry, with reports about the new HP offerings appearing in the computer and business press more than a week before the planned announcements. While the drama of the moment might have been lost, the sheer breadth of the rollouts was enough to salvage the firm's much-needed momentum. Lacking a single jaw-dropping product introduction as a centerpiece, HP instead opted for quantity, rolling out a half-dozen not-so-major products and services intended to nudge the firm into emerging markets and address users' immediate needs. "It's not the celebrity product; it's really the system solution that HP can bring," says Bob ...

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Features in this issue

  • Data classification: Getting started

    by  Karl Langdon and John Merryman

    Classifying data and knowing how its value changes over time will improve service levels, create a better working relationship with business units and reduce costs. (This tip is part of our Storage 101 tip series.)

  • How DBAs view storage

    Storage magazine's exclusive poll gives you the lowdown on how DBAs and storage pros view storage. We detail each group's areas of concern, spotlight their differences and find some common ground.

  • Clustering comes to NAS

    by  Alex Barrett

    Fed up with monolithic NAS boxes that don't scale? Clustering provides a way out of the management headache that's being perpetuated by some industry players.

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