The first Windows Storage Server 2008- based products have just released from HP this week, here is an excerpt from their blog:
“The new HP StorageWorks X1000 and X3000 Network Storage Systems enable customers to easily manage and optimize their storage capacity by consolidating file and block data into a unified storage solution. These new solutions increase performance by up to 30 percent over previous HP file and unified storage solutions. As a result, companies can reduce costs and simplify data management by improving capacity optimization of storage resources.”
The business-value tagline: “Delivers Windows-powered unified network storage that is easy to install, easy to manage, and easy to expand to your small, medium, or workgroup IT environment.“
HP has done a good job articulating the key benefits of their solution:
Get more for your money
Microsoft iSCSI Software Target included
Storage-specific tools and features included
Print server support
Do more with fewer resources
HP X1000 Automated Storage Manager (HP ASM)
Spend less time and effort managing files
Familiar management look and feel
Protect and optimize your investment
Industry-standard components and interconnects
Seamless integration into your environment
Optional data services that integrate with HP ASM
All I have to say is WOW!
They have done a great job with this new product and I think it will be a big hit. Having the iSCSI Software Target standard on every box is a game-changer! We did a research study around NAS appliances and most people (over 80%) bought a unified storage device when they purchased a NAS device, so in reality NAS = unified now and it is part of the standard offering for most appliances. When I talk about Network Attached Storage (NAS), I can finally free my mind from thinking about “File” vs. “Block” storage.
We are going to see a bunch of solutions coming out with this new NAS platform and I will post links as soon as they are available. If you know of a solution that just came out, drop me a line and I’ll post it!
Thanks, Scott M. Johnson Program Manager Windows Storage Server NAS Appliances