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HP has layered its Ibrix-based X9300 scale-out file storage system on top of the 3PAR arrays giving customers file storage protocol access to the 3PAR T- and F-Series arrays and their thin provisioning, autonomic management and multi-tenant facilities.

3PAR did have a NAS head facility at one time, based on an Exanet offering, but never concentrated on the area. (Exanet collapsed and its assets were bought by Dell.) Supported protocols are CIFS, FTP, HTTP and NFS, and HP now has a unified storage offering for the cloud based on 3PAR.

HP has also announced a Storage Provisioning Manager tool for BladeSysytem Matrix. This can directly provision 3PAR storage for applications running on BladeSystem Matrix servers. HP says it can improve BladeSystem Matrix storage utilisation by up to 50 per cent.

HP also makes the point that, with this BladeSystem Matrix integration, 3PAR storage "can now be fully managed as part of HP CloudSystem, asserting that customers can "reduce cloud application deployment time from days to minutes, improve [the] operational efficiency of storage management tenfold [as well as cutting] storage costs by up to 50 per cent".

The company says HP-UX now fully supports 3PAR storage, and it has trained more than 10,000 sales and service staff, both its own and those employed by channel partners, in the 3PAR storage products since it bought the company some months ago.

HP is keen to show that it is driving ahead rapidly to integrate 3PAR storage into its existing offerings.

Other StorageWorks announcements today included a P48000 G2 SAN with SAN/IQ 9.0 which, HP says, supports six times more virtual machines (VMs) per volume. This is, HP claims, "the first SAN fully converged with the HP BladeSystem." It is built inside a BladeSystem c7000 enclosure and HP says that SAN/IQ 9.0 has enhanced VAAI support, and that offloading of functionality from ESX servers to the P4800 is why it can support up to six times more VMs.

HP's in-house StoreOnce deduplication product has a new high-end product, the D2D4324 which comes with 96TB of raw capacity but can hold up to 1.4PB of backup data, making assumptions about a practical dedupe ratio being 20:1. The D2D4324 has 66 per cent higher performance than the previous top-end D2D4312 product.

We're also told to expect a new P2000 G3 MSA soon as HP is investing at the low end of its storage product line as well.

Lastly, HP has announced an E5000 turnkey messaging system for Exchange Server 2010. It integrates servers, storage, O/S and configuration wizards for Exchange Server 2010 into an appliance. HP says it can speed up Exchange Server 2010 implementations by up to 75 per cent.

The HP P4800 G2 SAN starts at €99,500 and is available now. The HP D2D Backup System starts at €6,300 and is also available immediately. So too is the E5000.

An E5300 with 500 mailboxes starts at €26,930 while an E5500 with 1,000 mailboxes starts at €31,065. ®

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