by Lyle Smith

HP XP7 Storage Disk Array Announced

HP has announced XP7 Storage, an enterprise-class storage disk array that provides customers with lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for traditional storage workloads in mission-critical environments. HP XP7 Storage offers a combination of six 9s (i.e. 99.9999 percent) uptime, meaning less than 31.5 seconds of application downtime per year as well as always-on disaster recovery protection, increased system density and ultra-high, flash-driven performance. HP XP7 Storage is capable of delivering 3 million IOPS with submillisecond response times, which is the highest performing, full-featured, enterprise-class disk array on the market, delivering three times the performance of the previous generation of XP Storage.

The HP XP7’s next-generation hardware allows consumers to increase system density, reduce power consumption and achieve low-cost performance, all with the latest in-host connectivity options and wide range of flash and spinning media options, including XP Flash Modules, SSDs, and small/large form factor hard disk drives.

A single HP XP7 Storage system is capable of delivering more IOPS than three EMC Symmetrix VMAX 40K storage arrays due to its consolidation of up to 4.5 PB of internal storage onto a single array. Consolidating multiple EMC disk arrays onto a single HP XP7 Storage system reduces data center floor space requirements by a total of 130 square feet and storage-related energy costs by more than $100,000 per year.

It is very important for businesses to keep data protected and recoverable at all times as most critical data resides on enterprise-class storage platforms. HP XP7 Storage features a new disaster recovery capability using multiarray virtualization to prevent business disruption without measurable performance impacts during online data migrations. Data also remains protected using the customer’s local or remote strategy with 100 percent uptime.

With its new user authentication, access control functions, increase administrative and resource segregation, HP XP7 Storage enables customers to manage more data more securely. This is particularly important for large enterprise environments where a single system may be used to drive multiple lines of business, serve thousands of internal and external customers, and be managed by several administrators. To address this, HP XP7 Storage secures data with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 encryption readiness.

Pricing and Availability

HP XP7 Storage is slated for a May 2014 release, starting at $462,000.

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