Tuesday, March 29, 2005

HP Enhances E-Mail Archiving Storage Array

Bolstering its information life-cycle management lineup, Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday made hardware and software enhancements to the HP StorageWorks Reference Information Storage System (RISS), an application-aware, content-based archiving array.

RISS, which shipped last May, is an integrated storage, search and retrieval appliance that originally was aimed at e-mail archiving, said Paul O'Brien, director of ILM for HP's StorageWorks Division. It uses what HP calls Smart Cells, which are connected on a storage grid and consist of a processor, storage and software. As pockets of data tied to an application, the Smart Cells can be physical or logical devices, and they can be assigned to specific users for read-and-write authorization, he said.

With the enhancements, Smart Cell capacity is now 850 Gbytes, up from the previous 400-Gbyte maximum, O'Brien said. As a result, the base capacity of a RISS increases to 1.8 Tbytes, from 1 Tbyte before. The list price for a RISS starts at $112,500, with extra 850-Gbyte mirrored Smart Cells available for $52,000.

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