HP yesterday introduced an easy-to-manage virtual storage disk array designed specifically for midsize customers who need to reduce the costs and complexity of implementing a storage-area network (SAN).

The HP StorageWorks 4400 Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA4400) offers a combination of high-performance and availability features, virtualisation capabilities and advanced provisioning software that makes it ideal for midsize businesses that want to cost-effectively manage large amounts of data in a SAN environment without investing in deep storage experience.
Third-party testing has shown that IT managers spend up to 75% less time managing the EVA due to its superior ease of use when compared to competing arrays from EMC and NetApp. Midsize customers who adopt server virtualisation can further reduce their storage costs and simplify consolidation by using the EVA4400.
In a recent survey of current and planned virtualisation users by analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group, 28% said they plan to implement server virtualisation in the next six months and 42 percent plan to deploy within the next year.
The EVA4400 has key virtualisation features previously available only on high-end arrays, but now at a price designed for midsize businesses. Specifically, the EVA4400 features a dual-redundant hardware architecture that supports local and remote replication software. This eliminates single points of failure and helps ensure maximum uptime.
Storage provisioning also is available with HP StorageWorks EVA Dynamic Capacity Management (DCM) software to help efficiently manage resources and improve overall productivity.
“HP continues to invest in and expand its portfolio of entry-level storage solutions to address the specific customer business requirements of all market segments,” says Yesh Surjoodeen, business development manager: StorageWorks Division at HP. “Other SAN environments typically create significant management overhead, but the powerfully simple EVA4400 is the better solution for midsize businesses since it is easier to configure and automates storage provisioning to improve capacity utilisation. Plus, it is approximately 20% more affordable than higher end systems.”
The benefits of a complete virtualised storage and server environment can add to a company’s bottom line by using technology more efficiently. Ideal for use with HP BladeSystem, HP ProLiant and HP Integrity servers, the EVA4400 provides customers a complete solution in which storage and servers are managed together. Integrated management tools make the infrastructure easier to manage and faster to deploy and decrease overall management costs.
Simple management and resource solutions also are available with the EVA4400 and include pre-tested “blueprints” that combine the right server, storage and application components to reduce time and effort by both customers and channel partners. The solutions enable integration with the most popular midsize business applications, including Microsoft Exchange, SQL, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle E-Business Suite, SAP, VMware and HP PolyServe Scalable NAS.
HP also announced the HP StorageWorks 8Gb Simple SAN Connection for customers planning for large SAN growth. It offers the latest in Fibre Channel technology for the EVA4400 at the same price as 4Gb FC.
The Simple SAN Connection portfolio includes software to simplify management, a 20-port capable 8Gb switch and a PCI Express FC host bus adapter (HBA). The single-port 8Gb HBA offers twice the throughput of 4Gb HBAs and includes new advanced features to support virtualisation and adaptive power management.