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Vol. 1 No. 5 July 2002

HPaq: the upshot for storage

Wondering which storage product the merged Compaq/HP will push? In the short run, both, says Mark Lewis, formerly of Compaq, and now head of the HP's Network Storage Solutions (NSS) group. But over the next 12 to 24 months, customers will slowly be encouraged to migrate to new products. For midrange and high-end disk storage, customers will have freedom of choice: The company will support both Compaq's modular Enterprise Virtual Array, or EVA, as well as HP's XP line, which it OEMs from Hitachi Data Systems. Compaq's MSA 1000 will become the company's default entry-level storage offering. With NAS, Compaq's S1000 device will provision the entry-level, while the midrange will be serviced by HP's SureStore NAS 8000 series. Enterprise NAS, meanwhile, is an area that HP will "spend time and energy to come up with a best-in-class product ... more of a [NAS/SAN] convergence product," says Mike Feinberg, CTO at HP's NSS. Tape libraries will come from Compaq's StorageWorks line, and will be outfitted to support LTO, of which HP is a ...

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