HP debuts rapid multi-tiered hybrid storage solution for SMBs

HP has released a new software-defined hybrid storage system that is designed to bring down the cost and speed up performance for small and medium businesses [SMBs].

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The HP StoreVirtual 4335 Storage solution offers the chance to quickly transfer data between both hard-disk drives [HDDs] and solid state drives [SDDs] without the traditionally high costs incurred.

“The StoreVirtual 4335 gives our SMB customers a way to break through their performance challenge and drive greater server virtualization performance at lower costs,” said David Scott, senior vice president and general manager, Storage, HP.

HP’s hybrid storage system offers a unique Adaptive Optimisation feature to move data intelligently between hard disk drives [HDDs] and solid state drives [SSDs]. The feature’s auto-tiering capacity allows application performance to be accelerated when compared to HDDs and provides a 59 per cent lower cost than using just SSDs.

The Adaptive Optimisation software maintains almost 100 per cent utilisation of SSDs and also increases SSD efficiency by allocating top tier capacity for business critical application data and storing replicated or parity data on more economical SAS disks. It also monitors data access patterns at 256KB granularity and only moves the data that has high access patterns to SSD storage, leaving the rest where it is.

It is based on HP LeftHand OS version 11, which also means that integration with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager via SMI-S and VMware vCenter Server via the HP Insight Control plug-in.

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StoreVisual 4335 is available now with prices starting at $41,000 and the standard configuration includes seven 900GB small-form factor SAS drives, three 400GB enterprise mainstream SSDs, and HP LeftHand OS 11.0 with an all-inclusive feature set.