HP launches SMB storage products

HP launched a low-priced, disk-based backup system, competing with Dell and EMC for SMB users

HP has launched a low-priced, disk-based backup and recovery system as it battles with Dell for small business users who need to back up their data.

The HP StorageWorks D2D Backup System will automatically save the data from as many as four servers, with total capacity of either 750GB or 1.5TB.

Users can restore lost files within minutes, compared to a process of several hours for a tape-based system, HP said.

Most users say that tape-based systems are the most cost-effective method of backing up data, but as new accounting laws demand greater storage regulations, that could soon change, marketing director for HP's StorageWorks division, Adam Thew, said.

Compared to connecting a direct-attached tape storage device to every server in a business, HP's new disk-to-disk product could reduce the cost of ownership and chance of human error, Thew said during a webcast. The D2D system is designed for small business owners with little IT management experience, offering a simple setup wizard interface, Web-based monitoring, and standard Ethernet cables with Internet Small Computer Systems Interface.

Still, HP said tape-based storage was important for a complete backup system. "D2D will not replace tapes entirely. We do recommend that customers keep a single tape-based system offsite for disaster recovery," Thew said.

Dell and its partner, EMC, launched a similar backup system on February 20, offering the disk-based CX3-10 storage area network array for small and medium businesses. Like HP, Dell claimed its system worked best in concert with tape-based storage, and also launched two new products in its tape library line, the PowerVault TL2000 and PowerVault TL4000.

Dell's systems are intended for buyers with larger storage needs and hardware budgets than HP's; the CX3-10 starts at $US22,000 and the PowerVault libraries at $US9300.

HP sells the 1TB D2D110 model (with 750GB useable storage capacity) from AUD$2848, and the 2TB D2D120 model (with 1.5TB) from AUD$4272. HP charges AUD$1424 more to bundle its Data Protector Express software with the products.

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