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HP Hoists New Storage Products

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) unveiled a raft of new products at it StorageWorks Conference in Las Vegas today. The company is touting it as the largest storage launch in its history (see HP Expands StorageWorks Portfolio).

Hyperbole is hardly out of place in Sin City, although there is some serious method in HPs madness. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based vendor’s storage revenues have taken a hammering recently, hence the need to overhaul its product line (see HP Stays Hopeful on Storage).

This includes three new high-performance additions (the 4000, 6000, and 8000) to its Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) series, as well as a new Clustered Gateway offering, HP’s first file-sharing product for the high-end network attached storage (NAS) market (see HP Plans EVA Facelift).

Bob Schultz, senior vice president of HP’s network storage solutions division, explains that the Clustered Gateway can support up to 512 file systems, offering a total capacity of 8.2 petabytes. The device can also scale up to 16 nodes.

NAS file sharing is quickly emerging as a hot technology area where the major vendors are jostling for pole position (see Acopia Hitched to HP's Grid}.

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