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HP SAN-Blasts Email

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) and email server vendor Mirapoint Inc. are claiming they've captured the record for high-scale email delivery, with the ability to process the equivalent of 17 million email messages per day (see HP, Mirapoint Claim Email Record).

The companies tested their configuration with the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC)'s SPECmail test, which showed a message capacity and performance of 1.25 million SPECmail users -- almost 25 percent higher than the previous record, held by Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW).

"Customers are frantic because they need a way to keep up with the email volume that they have, and they need the ability to recall those email messages," says Rusty Smith, director of HP's StorageWorks Life Cycle Data Management group.

The test bed comprised HP's StorageWorks XP128 disk array with 16 Gbytes of storage cache, connected to a 16-port, 1-Gbit/s Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) SilkWorm 2800 switch, along with five of Mirapoint's message servers running dual Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) 1.4-GHz Pentium III processors.

That's all well and good -- but 17 million messages per day? It would seem that only service providers and very large enterprises need a system that can handle that volume. But Smith says it's more of a proof of concept that the system can scale: "Is any individual enterprise customer going to send 17 million email messages a day? Probably not. But it's a validation of the solution."

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