HP Delivers Autonomy Dividend

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Although there's no shortage of criticism over how much money Hewlett-Packard spent to acquire Autonomy, no one really doubts that the combination of Autonomy's data management software and HP's server and storage technologies will yield some interesting IT dividends.

At the HP Discover 2012 conference today HP will show off one of those dividends in the form of data protection software from HP that utilizes the Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL) search technology created by Autonomy to identify all the data related to a particular topic that needs to be protected.


Rather than thinking in terms of protection bits of data on a server or even an entire application, Craig Nunes, vice president of marketing for HP storage, says HP Data Protector 7 software uses IDOL to make sure that all the information associated with any particular concept or idea gets backed up. That capability allows IT organizations to take a more business-centric approach to backing up an organization's most strategic data assets regardless of where they reside in the enterprise.

In effect, Nunes says HP is using Autonomy IDOL technology to provide the first truly federated approach to data protection that spans both servers and storage systems.

In addition to HP Data Protector 7, the company today is also rolling out HP StoreOnce Catalyst data deduplication software that HP says provides backup performance of up to 100 terabytes (TB) per hour and data recovery of up to 40 TB per hour when used in conjunction with the HP StoreOnce B6200 Backup system. The HP StoreOnce Catalyst software for HP StoreOnce Backup systems is unique because it allows customers to deduplicate data on application servers or backup servers before it is transferred to a centralized HP StoreOnce Backup system, says Nunes. That approach essentially eliminates the need to worry about backup windows, while at the same time providing an ability to recover large amounts of data that is three- to five-times faster than rivals, adds Nunes.

Finally, HP today also unveiled what it is describing as the world's first "flat storage area network" (SAN). A new HP Virtual Connect Direct-Attach Fibre Channel for HP 3PAR Storage allows a single 3PAR storage system to support thousands of virtual machines because as much as 55 percent of the latency is eliminated by attaching storage directly to a server. According to Nunes, this approach will reduce storage networking costs by 50 percent and enable 2.5 times faster provisioning than competitive offerings.

As the sheer volume of data that needs to be managed continues to grow, it's clear that data storage has become a primary area of focus for innovation. The new HP offerings are interesting because they show how much of the innovation is going to stem from an overdue convergence of data and storage management. Of course, that's how things used to be before the advent of distributed systems, so what's old in some ways really is new again.

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