HP adds low cost storage solutions to take on Lenovo

Enterprise IT vendor HP today announced low cost storage solutions. The strategy is to take on Lenovo which is acquiring IBM’s low priced storage business.

The price of HP MSA 1040 in 1 GbE iSCS will be $6,500, 8 Gb Fibre Channel for $7,500 and 10 GbE iSCSI for $8,500. These three models with dual-controller configurations will be available from 31 March, HP said.

New HP StoreEasy Storage is expected to be available on April 7 for a starting price of $4,490.

The HP StoreOnce 4500 48TB expansion shelf is expected to be available on March 31 for a starting price of $70,000. Existing HP StoreOnce 4500 customers can take advantage of the new scalability with a free firmware and software update.


Flexible investment solutions from HP Financial Services make it easy for SMBs to acquire the new HP MSA 1040 Storage system with payment options as low as $155 a month.

HP is tapping many small and midsize businesses (SMBs) which lack the financial and IT resources to implement the right storage to provide high availability for virtual infrastructure, manage rapid data growth and protect critical business information.

The enterprise networking vendor said the new HP MSA 1040 Storage system delivers up to 50 percent higher performance than its predecessor at a 25 percent lower starting price. The new HP MSA enables SMBs to access the resilient shared storage required for initiatives such as server virtualization.

At its Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas, HP also unveiled the next-generation HP StoreEasy Storage family and enhancements to HP StoreOnce Backup systems. These updates give SMBs affordable and scalable ways to store, manage and protect increasing amounts of data without the need for special IT skills.

HP channel partners can grow their total addressable market for entry-level storage from HP by 50 percent — providing working solutions for well under $10,000.

The HP StoreOnce 4500 Backup system now has tripled the scalability for the same entry-level price. This enhanced scalability offers midsize customers a cost-efficient solution to reduce risk with enhanced data protection featuring high-performance deduplication.

With this change, customers can make a lower initial investment while gaining the option to expand the system to a maximum 124 TB of usable capacity, or nearly 2.5 petabytes of backup data. The upgraded system will now support any mix of 2TB and 4TB drive shelves and a maximum of three shelves.

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