Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:34

HP releases new servers and storage for SMEs


HP's latest server and storage announcements cover the SME spectrum from genuinely small businesses to the fringes of the midrange market.

HP has followed up yesterday's Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud announcements with the announcement of new server and storage products for SMEs that like to own their own infrastructure.

The latest additions to the HP ProLiant Gen9 server range are the ML10 v2 and ML110 Gen 9 models.

Said to be suited to budget-conscious small businesses as well as remote or branch offices, the ML10 v2 is "an ideal server to run general purpose applications" while the ML110 Gen9 provides "optimised compute for SMB physical and virtual workloads and applications" with more memory, hard drives and I/O expansion.

"Small businesses not only need to solve immediate business challenges, but also lay the groundwork for accelerating business growth," said HP South Pacific enterprise group director and general manager of servers and converged systems Raj Thakur.

"Together, with HP ProLiant Gen9 servers and the services and support expertise from our channel partners, we can help small businesses enhance competitiveness and achieve better business outcomes."

Orders will be accepted from 1 April, though prices have yet to be announced.

HP is using these new servers in some of its JustRight preconfigured systems.

On the storage side, HP's new StoreVirtual 4335 hybrid flash array (pictured) uses SSDs and adaptive optimisation to deliver 12 times the performance with more than 90% power and footprint savings per two-node cluster than a hard disk configuration, the company said.

HP also announced SSD options for its MSA Storage. With SSD prices starting at $1,599, this is the "most affordable" SSD read-caching system from a major vendor, the company claimed.

Backup is an important aspect of storage. HP's new entry-level StoreOnce 2900 backup appliance can back up as much as 70TB of data in 12 hours and restore up to 41TB in the same amount of time.

HP says the 2900 provides twice the backup capacity and 30% better performance at 23% lower cost than competing products.

Prices start at $35,845.

For organisations that prefer software appliances, a free version of the HP StoreOnce Virtual Storage Appliance will be available from 23 March.

The free version is fully functional except that it is limited to 1TB of data. Paid versions handle up to 50TB of data.

HP also updated its StoreEasy 1450, 1650 and 1850 models, which are now based on ProLiant Gen9 servers. With prices starting at $9,174, the new configurations are said to provide 56% greater capacity at 20% lower cost.

"The demand for rapid response to changing conditions is crucial for businesses of all sizes, but for midsized companies, access to required storage capabilities can be just out of reach," said HP South Pacific enterprise storage general manager Paul Shaw.

"At HP, we're working with channel partners to simplify storage infrastructure and accelerate growth for customers by bringing hot technologies such as flash storage down into the entry segment."

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