Feeds

HP and Hitachi to stay friends through 2008

Storage buddies

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

HP and Hitachi will continue scratching each others' backs through 2008 in the high end storage market.

The two companies have extended their reselling pact that sees HP sell the Hitachi Lighting array under the StorageWorks XP brand. Their partnership began in 1999 and was due to expire in 2005, but now their shared love shall go on.

HP and Sun Microsystems both rely on Hitachi for high end kit. This should come as no surprise with EMC and IBM being the other high end options. Hitachi makes for a more neutral partner here, and its Lighting box has more than kept up with those of rivals.

HP likes to differentiate itself from Sun, Hitachi and Hitachi Data Systems with various software and services packages for the StorageWorks XP box. Funny enough, HP prepped a new disaster recovery deal to go along with its Hitachi partnership announcement.

Should a hurricane, explosion or other disaster come along, HP says it can help customers make a full recovery in less than an hour for two sites less than 100km apart. HP mirrors data across the XP systems, allowing application processing to pick up right where it left off. HP offers third site back-up as well.

"HP software uses the underlying remote copy capabilities of the XP arrays for local, synchronous mirroring and long distance, asynchronous mirroring to create redundancy and failover capabilities," HP said. "The software allows administrators to coordinate and automate synchronizing data transfers across the three sites."

Sun's deal with Hitachi runs out next year, so expect another announcement in the near future. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway
Combine Blu-ray and M-DISC and you get this monster
US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux
OAM takes wireless signals to 32 Gbps
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks
Millions of 4chan users howl with laughter as Cupertino slams stable door
Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time
The most comprehensive coverage the world has ever seen. Ever
Run little spreadsheet, run! IBM's Watson is coming to gobble you up
Big Blue's big super's big appetite for big data in big clouds for big analytics
Seagate's triple-headed Cerberus could SAVE the DISK WORLD
... and possibly bring us even more HAMR time. Yay!
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.