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Vol. 5 No. 9 November 2006

HP unveils storage blade

Hewlett-Packard (HP) made a splash at the Storage Networking World show in Orlando with its new StorageWorks SB40c storage blade that tucks into the company's c-Class BladeSystem. "It's the first blade truly for storage," says Jed Scaramella, research analyst for servers at IDC. IBM offers a storage expansion blade with up to three drives, "but it's usually used as a hot-plug for boot and swap, not data," he says. The SB40c storage blade supports up to six serial-attached SCSI (SAS) or SATA hot-swappable 146GB drives for a total of 876GB of storage per blade. SAS and SATA blades can be mixed in the same enclosure, although HP advises keeping them in different physical RAID sets. The c-Class BladeSystem has room for 16 blades total, eight of each. The storage blade uses HP's Smart Array P400 controller that supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 6, and provides 256MB of cache. It can be attached to external storage via Fibre Channel (FC) or iSCSI. Configuration and setup is wizard driven using HP's Array Configuration Utility and the blade is...

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Features in this issue

  • Rough going for Exchange replication

    by  Trina MacDonald, Trends associate editor

    Replicating databases for disaster recovery isn't easy, and Microsoft Exchange is no exception.

  • New frameworks give users more choices

  • Automate data migration

    Moving seldom-accessed data from primary storage to less-costly storage not only saves money, but can also improve the performance of applications. Hierarchical storage management (HSM) software can help automate the migration of files, but HSM products vary in the way they approach the task. So it's important to identify the requirements of an HSM product before making a choice.

Columns in this issue

  • Tape encryption strategies

    by  Jon Oltsik

    Companies need to take a more strategic approach to tape encryption by building a services-based architecture that can meet today's needs and scale to accommodate future needs.

  • A new startup promises recordless e-mail

    Storage Bin: A new startup promises recordless e-mail. Is this a stroke of genius that will reward the company with billions of Internet bucks, or is it the end of the world as we know it?

  • How to better connect storage to the business

    by  James Damoulakis

    We can learn from manufacturing processes and use a supply chain to storage to better align it with strategic business goals. To implement this model, a storage services plan needs to be multidimensional and encompass performance, availability, data protection, data movement and migration, and data retention.