HP StorageWorks P9500 Disk Array Streamlines IT Consolidation

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HP expands its IT consolidation solutions through software enhancements to the UX 11i v3 and its Serviceguard Solutions portfolio.

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard announced integrated solutions designed to simplify operations and accelerate IT resource consolidation, including the StorageWorks P9500 Disk Array and enhancements to the HP-UX portfolio for Integrity systems. HP said the solutions help improve application service delivery by providing an open, integrated architecture for workloads from virtually anywhere.

The P9500 builds on five generations of StorageWorks XP Disk Array technology. With a new user-centric design and standards-based architecture, the P9500 is designed to increase the amount of data managed per administrator and double power efficiency while cutting data center floor space requirements in half (based on internal HP testing). The solution provides automated, non-disruptive movement of data between classes of storage capacity, including solid-state drives.

"Many enterprise clients are struggling with how to improve availability levels, automate disaster recovery and eliminate planned downtime," said Donna Scott, vice president and distinguished analyst at IT research firm Gartner. "Since failures do occur, the key is limiting the extent of the outage in order to provide consistently high service levels to applications enabling critical business processes."

Software enhancements to HP-UX 11i v3 and the HP Serviceguard Solutions portfolio for Integrity help simplify mission-critical computing and improve system resiliency for application workloads: The HP Serviceguard Extension for Oracle e-Business Suite is intended to provide automated configuration for more than 200 integrated applications, including financial services, customer relationship management applications and interrelated components such as storage and networking.

HP Financial Services, the company's leasing and life cycle asset management services division, can help businesses gain a better return on their technology investments through the company's Financial Solution Analysis. This diagnostic tool helps enable enterprise clients to analyze both direct and indirect costs associated with IT solutions. Financial Services offers a range of financing options, including sale-leaseback services, designed to make it easier for clients to upgrade to HP solutions from competitors' equipment.

"Enterprises need to simplify their technology environments and reduce overall costs, but cannot afford to sacrifice reliability, availability or security of mission-critical applications," said David Roberson, senior vice president and general manager of StorageWorks for HP. "The HP Converged Infrastructure breaks down costly and inefficient technology silos to reduce complexity and improve resiliency."