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NPI Day Part 2

By Calvin Zito 

In my previous post, I talked a little bit about our New Product Introduction (NPI) process and gave some pointers to a number of things that came from the latest NPI.  Here are a few more things to highlight:

  • We announced the HP StorageWorks SAN Virtualization Platform a couple of weeks ago - you can see the product page at   

  • We also had publicly announced updates to the StorageWorks Secure Key Manager at SNW Dallas back in mid-October.  You can learn more about the enhancements at or on the product page

  • We also announced new functionality on our XP24000 and XP20000 Disk Array family.  You can learn about the XP enhancements on the XP Disk Array product page.  Jim Hankins is writing a blog about External Storage Disaster Recovery with details so I won't spoil his fun.  Also new with the XP is support for Solid State Storage Technology.  One of our competitors predicted that we wouldn't have solid state storage technology until 2009.  I think we beat that by a bit.  Now we have solid state for both our BladeSystem and XP disk array with more to come.  No hype, just keeping it real!

  • Utility Ready Storage is an interesting solution that we've offered for a while and I'm guessing will get more interesting for customers with the looming economic situation.  There are some new services with Utility Ready Storage and a very good feature article describing it.  Here's a link to the article: Aligning storage costs and usage with Utility Ready Storage.

I've only touched on some of the NPI enhancements today but hopefully I've given you a small glimpse into what is going on. 

Calvin Zito

Anonymous | ‎11-20-2008 04:38 AM

I have to say Calvin after talking to Brian about the SVSP last week I am truely excited.  I think there is potential for this to transform storage like vmware has servers.  The question is will it be highly available and be able to perform/scale.  Only time and real world testing will say for sure, but if it can you guys will have a real winner on your hands.

Think about it, imagine building a N+1 "storage farm" using whatever arrays you have on hand.  Being able to truely failover a server from one array to another without downtime or a blip on the client.  Now if we could also stripe data across multiple arrays for maximum performance or even add an intelligence engine into the box that automigrates data from array to array....that would be cool.

I'm anxiously awaiting more details and a chance to start testing with one.

Mike B.

| ‎11-20-2008 08:30 AM

Hi Mike,

Great to hear from you and thanks for the comment.  On paper SVSP sounds very cool.  I'm not sure it will transform storage in the same way VMware has servers but I have used that exact comparison to explain to others what SVSP does for a SAN.  

I had asked the product manager for SVSP to write a post for the blog - I'll pass your comments on to him and we'll hopefully have more from him shortly.  With the product just getting launched, he's been busy.

I've heard some of the future plans for SVSP and it is indeed very exciting stuff.

Thanks again!


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