HP Moves Server, Storage, Networking to Single Data Center Unit
April 30, 2010
HP is readying a three-layer storage product as part of its converged infrastructure strategy to collapse multiple server, storage and networking products. According to The Register, the product is heavily virtualized and integrates server, storage and networking technology in the same fashion as the Cisco, EMC and VMware offering.
"Garry Veale, EMEA StorageWorks VP, said an announcement will come in the second half of this year. We should envisage a three-layer offering with a storage drive enclosure, a "3U mount unit" as the base. Above this is a set of storage processor blades and topping this tasty filling is the storage management software. The 3U mount unit contains SAS or SATA or, presumably, solid state drives (SSD), and an active:active pair of controllers for high-availability. The supported interfaces will be iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), as well as Fibre Channel and InfiniBand."