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HP Bundles Up With MS

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) has become the first major storage vendor to bundle its wares with Microsoft Corp.s (Nasdaq: MSFT) Data Protection Manager (DPM) disk-based recovery software.

As part of a rollout at the Storage Networking World Europe tradeshow in Frankfurt today, HP said it will pack DPM with two of its Windows-based NAS boxes, the ProLiant DL 380 G4 Data Protection Storage Server and DL 100 G2 Data Protection Storage Server.

HP says the new ProLiant Storage Servers will be available Sept. 26, which is the week Microsoft will officially announce DPM.

The move is meant to showcase HP's efforts in data protection and archiving. But it also raises questions about how much CDP is enough. DPM takes snapshots every hour and allows users to restore files without intervention of an administrator (see Microsoft Backs Up on CDP Claim). Microsoft bills DPM as “near-continuous data protection (CDP),” because it doesn’t restore files from any point as CDP does. DPM also works only on files, while most CDP products back up and restore Exchange and databases.

Why isn't HP going the whole CDP hog? Apparently, the vendor believes mini-CDP is sufficient for NAS customers now, particularly if it's from Microsoft. “We are definitely looking at CDP, and we have it on the roadmap,” says Duncan Campbell, VP of marketing for HP StorageWorks. “While the whole CDP space is still emerging, we feel DPM is mainstream and will be a volume hit.”

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