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HP, 3PAR Tout Virtual Storage

As summer slowly winds to a close and the fall tradeshows loom on the horizon, vendors are ramping up their storage virtualization efforts. Clustered NAS and silicon-based thin provisioning are firmly in their crosshairs as they flesh out their virtual storage strategies.

First up is HP,which made a slew of virtualization announcements today, including a clustered NAS offering built on software from last years PolyServe acquisition.

HP is essentially using PolyServe’s file serving software at the heart of a NAS gateway bundle, which includes the vendor’s Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) hardware.

Dubbed the NAS 4400, HP is touting the hardware/software combo as a way for users to take the complexity out of their file servers.

“It’s an integrated NAS system based on EVA 4400,” says Ian Duncan, director of marketing for HP’s NAS products. “When you think about how customers deal with file serving traditionally; they buy more file servers [and] you end up with server sprawl.”

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