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HP Launches ILM Blitz

Hewlett-Packard, in an attempt to convince customers it has more ILM pieces than the competition, today rolled out a package of products spanning archiving, continuous data protection (CDP), and virtualization.

Though the products fall into different categories, HP is lumping them into a single ILM strategy. And it will be placing a lot more products into that lump.

"Our feeling is that ILM is much bigger than just storage," says HP vice president of ILM and storage software Frank Harbist. He adds that products such as imaging and handheld devices also fit into ILM.

But today's launch is focused on storage, including mostly products that fit with HP's recent strategy of gaining technology through acquisition or partners. HP is upgrading the Reference Information Storage System (RISS) archiving system it acquired from Persist Technologies in 2003 and the database archiving product it picked up by acquiring OuterBay. The vendor also is unveiling its enterprise continuous data protection (CDP) product from an OEM deal struck with Mendocino Software last year. (See HP Buys Archive Guys, HP Picks Mendocino , and HP Hops on OuterBay.)

Here's a closer look:

  • HP increased the capacity of RISS smart cells from 850 Gbytes to 1.4 Tbytes and added single-instancing -- the ability to store attachments sent in multiple emails only once to save storage capacity. Smart cells comprise a processor and storage and are the key components to the RISS system. The RISS upgrade will be available in late June.
  • In the first update to Reference Information (RIM) for Databases since HP acquired OuterBay, the application will migrate and covert tables within an operational database into open XML format. The upgrade will be available May 8.
  • HP also says it will upgrade its Data Protector backup product and roll out a RIM for files product in the fall.
  • HP will brand its CDP product as Continuous Information Capture (CIC). It is expected to be available by June with a list price beginning at $31,200.
  • HP is also bringing out a virtualization appliance in June called the Storage Virtualization System 200 (SVS 200) to compete with EMC's Invista and IBM's Storage Volume Controller (SVC). HP's appliance is an OEM version of Hitachi Data Systems' NSC55 midrange controller. (See Hitachi Plans Midrange Rollout.) Hitachi and HP previously sold the controller only with disk attached. Now they are making it available in a diskless version to manage storage from EMC, IBM, Hitachi, HP, and Sun.
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