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HP Thinks Small

HP turned its focus to SMB storage today, reshuffling key execs, and taking the wraps off of a bulked-up disk-to-disk backup device for small firms. (See HP Intros All-in-One for SMBs and HP Builds SANs for SMBs.)

With vendors scrambling to gain a share of the small business dollar, HP fleshed out its line of All-in-One (AIO) storage systems, unveiling the 1200, a 2U device containing up to 9 Tbytes of SATA drives or 3.6 Tbytes of SAS. (See NetApp Certifies VMware, SMC Announces NAS, Marvell, Seagate Team, and EMC Takes CDP Downmarket .)

HP launched its first AIO systems, based on ProLiant servers with Microsoft's Storage Server and the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target, last year. (See HP Fills In SMB Storage.) The first of these, the AIO 400, came with just 1 Tbyte of SATA-based storage, and the AIO 600 offered up to 3 Tbytes of SATA or 876 Gbytes of SAS. (See HP Rethinks Storage Plays.)

Pricing for the AIO 1200, which is available now, starts at $8,759 for a basic 3-Tbyte configuration.

The AIO systems are up against SMB storage products such as EMC's AX 150 and NetApp's StoreVault S500, which have maximum capacities of 6 Tbytes. (See EMC Eyes SMB Push.)

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