HP boosts storage virtualization with system enhancements
HP has announced enhancements to its HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array, the first embedded switch from Cisco for HP BladeSystem, a new network-attached storage (NAS) gateway and advanced encryption for HP Data Protector Software. The product enhancements, aimed at helping enterprises consolidate, virtualize and secure their storage environments, were made at the HP Asia Pacific StorageWorks Conference this week in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Both products help unify and manage direct-attached, NAS and storage-area network (SAN) resources. The need for such capabilities has climbed steadily due to increases in the amount of data kept in corporate servers, HP said.
HP storage consolidation and virtualization products have been designed to help customers to have a flexible storage architecture that also reduces complexity and cost,” said Anthony Chan, vice president and general manager, StorageWorks Division, HP Asia Pacific and Japan. “We’re helping customers build easy-to-manage next-generation data centers with our broad portfolio of Adaptive Infrastructure hardware, software and services.”
HP StorageWorks EVA File Services allow customers to consolidate their storage with an integrated, virtualized system that serves both application (block) and file data at the same time. The system adds file services to any new EVA4000, EVA6000 or EVA8000 in Microsoft Windows or Linux environments, the company said.
EVA-File Services provides a single, shared pool of storage designed to exceed the capabilities of traditional NAS appliances or file servers. It also offers a centralized single point of control.
The HP ProLiant DL585 G2 Storage Server is a “plug-and-play” NAS gateway designed for mission-critical network storage environments, HP said. It provides a multi-protocol file and print serving and iSCSI connectivity for both enterprise and workgroup SAN environments.
Also announced, HP is bringing embedded 4-gigabit Fibre Channel performance to the table with the new Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem. The integrated design is constructed to free up rack space, reduce components and uses shared power and cooling within the enclosure. This offering, the first Cisco embedded fabric switch for HP BladeSystem, allows customers to consolidate SAN environments with a Fibre Channel switch and improve use of existing storage and BladeSystem assets, the company said. 
Additionally, HP is enhancing its HP Data Protector Software 6.0 to provide 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption. AES helps to protect data from unauthorized access and allows backups to meet all compliance and regulatory requirements for government agencies and financial institutions.