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HP Discover Product Blitz Features Major Storage, Deduplication News

LAS VEGAS--While Hewlett-Packard may be the world's largest IT vendor and a top-five storage vendor, it has barely a third of the disk sales of storage leader EMC, and virtually nothing in the deduplication market. At least, that was the case prior to day one of its annual customer event Monday, when the company made major pushes into both markets with several announcements.

"We are in the middle of transforming the storage industry," said Dave Donatelli, executive VP and general manager of HP's enterprise group, during a press conference at HP Discover 2012. He said the company is uniquely positioned, as it's the only vendor to design servers, networks and storage. Then he announced several new storage offerings:

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HP StoreOnce: HP claims its deduplication offerings are the first to deliver up to 100 Tbytes per hour backup performance and data recovery of up to 40 Tbytes per hour in a single system. HP's new StoreOnce Catalyst software reportedly reduces recovery time, capacity needs and bandwidth costs, and features an "autonomic restart" capability to ensure that backup jobs complete even in the event of hardware failure, reducing the risk of data loss. The StoreOnce B6200 48TB Backup system is available immediately, starting at $250,000. The Catalyst software is also shipping, starting at $37,500.

HP Data Protector 7 (DP7): The new release of the software, built around the Autonomy Intelligent Data Operating Layer, features contextual backup and recovery. DP7 combines cloud-based backup with on-premise physical and virtual information protection. It's available now, with the cloud-based option offered separately via a monthly subscription agreement. Integration with Catalyst and Symantec NetBackup is available now, and Symantec Backup Exec integration will be added in August.

The company also announced a new Flat SAN offering that will reduce complexity and improve server and storage connectivity, eliminating the need for multitier SANs. The Virtual Connect Direct-Attach Fibre Channel for 3Par Storage can reduce storage networking costs by 50% and connections by 80% to 90%. According to the company, it also enables 2.5 times faster provisioning compared with Cisco's VCE offering and reduces storage protocol layers, cutting latency by 55% and speeding operations such as virtual machine I/O and consolidation density. Currently available in limited quantities, Virtual Connect will be offered in volume later this year at no additional charge as part of a BladeSystem Virtual Connect FlexFabric Module.

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