Virtual storage is making its way to the mid-market as an ever-expanding roster of systems push down not only the acquisition costs, but those for management and operation as well.
HP pushed the envelope a little further this week with the introduction of the StorageWorks 4400 Enterprise Virtual Array, which offers up to 96 TB of storage for about 20 percent less than comparable virtual arrays.
The array features a dual-redundant hardware architecture that eliminates single points of failure by supporting local and remote replication. It also comes with the StorageWorks EVA Dynamic Capacity Management software to guide storage provisioning and manage resources.
HP will also ship the system with a new 8 Gbps Fibre Channel SAN portfolio for the same price as existing 4 Gbps FC equipment. The package includes management software, a 20-port 8 Gb switch and a PCIe Fibre Channel host bus adapter.