HP has done it again! They just started shipping a new breed of Windows Storage Servers and they demonstrated them on the show floor at TechEd Berlin on November 8th -12th. They have a sweet portfolio of Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 products now available; from the small-business X1000 G2 to the enterprise-grade and highly available X3000 G2 series. These beautiful pieces of machinery can serve up storage for thousands of users using all your favorite protocols like SMB2.1, iSCSI, NFS, HTTP, FTP, WebDAV and many more. Plus it comes with a bunch of hardware, software and data management capabilities that no previous storage offerings have put together in one package. I hear lots of people getting excited about using BranchCache and File Classification Infrastructure to save time and money.
HP StorageWorks X1000 G2 and X3000 G2 Network Storage Systems The new G2 products have nice little URLs so you can find them easier on their site. See www.hp.com/go/x1000-g2 and www.hp.com/go/x3000-g2
Here are new videos of the X1000 G2 and X3000 G2 running in the HP Labs done by Calvin Zito and Jim Hankins: http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Around-the-Storage-Block-Blog/Part-1-Updates-to-the-X1000-and-X3000-Network-Storage-families/ba-p/83177
If you want a ton of great features, high reliability and the best bang for your storage dollar, this is it. Checkout the overview blog I posted a few weeks ago to clearly see why Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 is a contender.