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HP Targets SMB Backup

HP, which is currently refocusing its StorageWorks division, is setting its sights on the SMB market with the launch of its low-end backup strategy today. (See HP Releases D2D for SMBs.)

The vendor took the wraps off two disk-to-disk backup devices during a press conference this morning. Both boxes, the D2D 110 and D2D 120, are iSCSI-based and, according to HP, each can connect to four Windows servers. The 110 has a raw capacity of 1 Tbyte, of which 750 Gbytes are usable, compared to 2 Tbytes and 1.5 Tbytes, respectively, on the 120.

The products, both available now, are part of HP's push to get its storage story back on track. (See HP Storage Sneaks Up, HP's New Unit Meant to Spur Storage, and HP Reshuffles More Software.) But it's not clear how much they'll actually help the cause.

HP is looking to prey on users' worries about tape, which has played a key role in some high-profile storage snafus. (See On the Brink of Storage Disaster, Chase Trashes Tapes, A Tale of Lost Tapes, and Top Tips for Compliance .) "There's the overhead of [tape] management, the challenge of lost tapes, and the cost of implementing the technology," said Adam Thew, director of nearline product marketing at HP during this morning's press conference.

HP claims that by assigning the backup of up to four servers to each D2D box, users avoid the hassle of connecting tape libraries and autoloaders to each server. "Multiple individual [tape] devices increase the backup costs and the risk of human error," said Thew.

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