HP Targets SMB Storage Needs -- Again

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It's almost getting to be routine: another week, another major product announcement from one of the top vendors targeting the SMB market.


This week saw another release from HP, which unveiled a new branch of the StorageWorks family with the All-in-One (AiO) 1200. This makes at least four SMB storage systems from HP, and follows closely on the heels of the Proliant ML 115 server, aimed at the south Asian SMB market.


As the name implies, the All-in-One system is designed as a one-stop shop because it brings together storage, migration/replication, management and protection under one roof. Mixed drive support lets you tie low-cost SATA drives with speedier SAS environments. And you can provision iSCSI storage one either 32- or 64-bit Windows Server 2003.


The new StorageWorks product is just one facet of what looks to be a broad SMB push by HP's newly refurbished small and mid-sized business team. Now headed by Swiss-native Urs Renggli, the group is set to launch a series of coordinated outreach programs with names like the ProLiant Business Advantage initiative and the Simple and Affordable Computing initiative. The group is also taking on a number of vendor and channel partnerships to foster a wide range of configurations to suit a variety of enterprise needs.


One of the more intriguing is a partnership with LeftHand Networks aimed at packaging the ProLiant DL320 with the SAN/iQ software stack. Some folks are already salivating at the prospect of running a 100 TB SAS SAN/iQ configuration on a Proliant equipped with a 10 GbE card.


About the only thing still unknown at this point is how Dell and EMC plan to respond to all this.