An array of servers

October 2004
Management Services;Oct2004, Vol. 48 Issue 10, p30
Academic Journal
This article reports on the launch of a new line-up of ProLiant Servers and StorageWorks Arrays dual-processor servers from Hewlett-Packard (HP) in October 2004. The new line-up represents a complete line of dual-processor servers based on the Intel Xeon processor with Intel Extended Memory 64-bit Technology (EM64T). The new array, StorageWorks Modular Smart Array 1500, is for more simplified and flexible storage management and is the industry's first storage array to support either small computer systems interface (SCSI) or serial advanced technology attachments (SATA) disk enclosures behind a single controller shelf, and the MSA20, a low-cost, high-capacity SATA disk drive storage enclosure. Coming out with the latest Intel Xeon processors allows HP to offer customers more choice of the latest technology. Intel EM64T transparently extends x86 computing to 64 bits, allowing customers to mix 32-bit and 64-bit applications on the same platform. The latest Intel Xeon processors feature 1.5 times system bus speed, faster memory technology, and PCI Express input/output (I/O) technology. By integrating low-cost SATA hard drives and enclosures with existing SCSI drive enclosures and Smart Array controller technology, the MSA1500 offers customers the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of a low-cost tiered storage solution while protecting existing hardware investments. The MSA20 offers a SATA disk drive storage enclosure with Ultra320 SCSI host connectivity. This delivers an ideal mix of low cost and high capacity for minimum I/0 workloads such as reference data, archival and disk-to-disk backup. The HP StorageWorks family also is the only portfolio in the industry that allows customers to migrate SCSI disks and associated data directly out of an HP ProLiant environment to a StorageWorks MSA disk array.


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