The EVA P6000, which was available for early release to some customers in May, offers thin provisioning along with 8 Gigabit Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet and, for the first time ever in the EVA line, 10-Gbit iSCSI connectivity support.
HP touts improved capacity, performance, ease of use, energy efficiency and other advances over previous-generation EVAs, which HP first introduced 10 years ago.
HP sees new EVA opportunities in emerging geographic markets--in places like Brazil, Malaysia and elsewhere in the Far East--by customers who want storage that is simple, general-purpose and reliable, says Tom Joyce, VP of marketing, strategy and operations in HP’s storage business unit.
“We expect over the next couple of years that we’re going to get a very significant bump in our revenue with EVA because ... we see a lot of customers around the world that are buying a lot of infrastructure for the first time and think that this would be a perfect fit for them,” Joyce says. The EVA P6000 carries a starting list price of $18,993.
HP is also introducing this fall the X5000 G2 Network Storage System, targeted at midsize business customers, that was co-developed with Microsoft to run on Windows Storage Server software for network-attached storage (NAS) environments. The list price for the X9000 starts at $32,000. The E5000 introduced earlier this year supports Microsoft Exchange.