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HP's New High-End Disk Storage Array And Management Software, Services

HP has announced its latest addition to its StorageWorks line of disk storage systems,
the P9500 Disk Array, along with an enhanced HP-UX portfolio of
management software for Integrity system servers, HP-UX 11i-v3. In
addition, enhancements to HP's Serviceguard Solutions for maintaining
high availability of mission-critical systems are offered as part of the
tech giant's Converged Infrastructure strategy of selling customers HP
technology that works well together.

Central to the storage launch is the new StorageWorks array that, among
other features, standardizes on 2.5-inch disk drives, instead of the
previous generation 3.5-inch disks. Because the 2.5-inch disks are
smaller, more spindles can be built into the storage array and each
consumes less power than running 3.5-inch disks. A system with
2.5-inch disks can hold 2,012 disks, versus just 1,152 of the 3.5-inch
disks. Each of the smaller disks has less capacity than the larger
disks, but overall system capacity is larger. The P9500 system is
available now and prices start at $250,000 for a complete system.

HP argues that with Converged Infrastructure, instead of building IT
silos for different parts of an organization, it's better to build the
data center around software applications. "Ultimately it's applications
that power the business and it's what business owners care about," said
Katie Curtin-Mestre, director of software planning and marketing for HP
Business Critical Systems.

The HP-UX 11i v3 portfolio, combined with the Serviceguard Extensions
for Oracle's e-Business Suite, speeds the deployment of Oracle
applications on Integrity servers, Curtin-Mestre added. Setting up e-Business
applications can be complex, as there are more than 200 of them
available, but with the new extensions under Serviceguard, set-up
time can be reduced from as many as 30 days to as few as two days. The
new software portfolio also includes the HP Serviceguard Toolkit for
Oracle Data Guard, an application management tool for Oracle database
administrators.

HP, among many other tech companies, last week made joint product
announcements with Oracle at its Oracle Open World convention in San
Francisco. The HP-Oracle partnership remains strong despite recent
tensions between the companies over Oracle's hiring Mark Hurd as
co-president soon after Hurd's controversial departure from HP as its
CEO in August.