HP is kicking the storage wars into high gear with a new system that pushes maximum capacity to nearly a petabyte.
The StorageWorks 9100 Extreme Data Storage System (ExDS9100) holds up to 820 TB, but offers a management system that cuts costs to about $2 per GB, according to the company.
The system brings together up to 16 Linux-based HP BL460 blade servers capable of 3.2 Gbps of throughput, a set of storage components that provide up to 12 TB per rack, plus the management system, which is based on the Clustered File System acquired through PolyServe last year.
Deliveries are expected by this fall, with service providers and Web 2.0 firms the most likely customers.
Word has it that EMC is planning a similar system.