HP announces enterprise-class deduplication appliance

The B6200 StoreOnce Backup System is HP's first use of Autonomy software

Hewlett-Packard today announced its first enterprise-class deduplication appliance that's capable of storing up to 768TB in a single chassis.

Additionally, HP announced a new network-attached storage (NAS) box based on the Windows Storage Server 2008 platform that can store up to 32TB in a 3U (4.75-in. high) rack mountable array.

HP's new deduplication appliance, the B6200 StoreOnce Backup System, can back up or restore data at speeds of as much as 28TB per hour, or seven times faster than HP's single-node deduplication appliance. The products are part of HP's Information Optimization portfolio announced today.

The HP B6200 StoreOnce scales from 48TB (raw), for one node with no expansion unit, and up to 768TB (raw) for a fully loaded four-node configuration. It offers a deduplication ratio of about 20:1.

"Deduplication varies depending on application data. We've seen north of 40:1 in real-world scenarios. Typically, though, we quote an average of 20:1, but sometimes you see 8:1 or 5:1," said Tom Joyce, a vice president of marketing in HP's Storage Division.

The B6200 StoreOnce appliance enables deduplication across the enterprise -- from remote sites to the core data center -- all manageable under a single console view, Joyce said.

The appliance can also automate the data backup of up to 384 remote sites and replicate data to a centralized data store managed from a single interface.

The HP X5000 G2 Network Storage System

HP's new X5000 G2 Network Storage System is its first Windows Server-powered NAS box, allowing the company to offer lower prices than they could with previous proprietary arrays.

The X5000, which runs NFS and CIFS file protocols, is aimed at the same midrange market as NetApp's FAS 3020 filer.

HP's new NAS offering is built on the same blade server architecture as its E5000 Exchange Messaging System announced earlier this year.

The X5000 G2 Network Storage System uses active-active controllers, meaning that if one fails, the other continues to operate and no data is lost.

A 3U-high array can use both 2.5-in. and 3.5-in. hard drives. A single unit can support up to 10,000 users, according to Joyce. The NAS array comes native with data replication, snapshots, deduplication and encryption capabilities.

Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and healthcare IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed . His e-mail address is lmearian@computerworld.com.

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