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HP's Storage & Security Blitz

HP has taken the wraps off a slew of storage products at its Tech Forum event in Las Vegas, unveiling thin provisioning technology, EVA products, and a host of security offerings. (See HP Intros Secure Advantage and HP Cuts Power & Cooling.)

The vendor bulked up its EVA family today with the launch of the 4100, 6100, and 8100 arrays, which it claims offer a 24 percent performance boost compared to previous EVA offerings. (See HP Plans HW/SW Upgrades.)

As well as hardware enhancements, HP execs on a conference call last night also touted a form of Windows-based thin provisioning called Dynamic Capacity Management (DCM), which they are pushing as a way for firms to get more out of their EVAs. "What we're announcing is a technology that recognizes how much data you have inside the LUNs," said Mark Gonzalez, HP's vice president of enterprise storage and server sales. "You don't have to buy as much storage as you had to before."

Thin provisioning, which aims to ensure that physical disk capacity is used only as it is needed, is a hot topic for many storage vendors. (See 3PAR Debuts 'Thin Provisioning', Pillar Pushes Provisioning, Capacity, Thin Is Definitely In, and A Data Reduction Dossier.) Patrick Eitenbichler, director of marketing at HP's StorageWorks division told Byte and Switch that DCM could also slash firms' disk costs. "Disk prices decrease between 5 and 8 percent on a quarterly basis, so, if you can push disk purchases out by six months, you could save about 16 percent [in costs]," he contends.

At least one analyst was less than impressed by HP's EVA hype. "Ok, so we have a slight performance enhancement, but where is the 4-Gig back end? Where is the enhanced cache?" asks Greg Schulz of the StorageIO Group. "The EVA has been a good product for HP, but how much longer can they stretch it before they really refresh it?"

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