HP Broadens Storage for E-Services

HP's storage announcements just keep coming. Now the company has announced two new products—HP SureStore E Command View XP and HP OpenView SPI for XP Disk Arrays. Command View XP deploys a platform-independent Web browser interface to give users a broader view of their storage resources. OpenView SPI for XP Disk Arrays, a storage device management extension for OpenView environments, allows customers to monitor their XP storage devices from a single console and integrate them into HP OpenView's service level management tools.

"On the business management side, the driving factor behind the type of storage HP is selling today is to allow businesses to deploy applications that generate revenue via e-services," says Dan Montesanto, HP product manager for the XP256 family of products. "The Internet is now part of every company's business, and that means the data presented to customers must be available all day every day. On the IT management side, we're presenting never-fail solutions, reliable data protection, single point of control, scalability, and manageability.

SureStore E Command View XP meets the need for single point of control by integrating into high-level SAN and enterprise management frameworks for SureStore E XP Disk Arrays. Command View XP, designed to provide an integrated GUI for XP Disk Array management applications (such as LUN Configuration Manager and Secure Manager XP) provides a window into device status and health, LUN management and monitoring, I/O statistics, and management of LUN security from any location. Command View XP can also be integrated with SureStore E SAN Manager Device Management (DM), which maps the Command View XP console in the storage environment for quick launch of the management GUI.

OpenView SPI for XP Disk Arrays provides a hierarchical view of a user's network from the enterprise to the component level and maps gathered intelligence into a single HP OpenView VantagePoint Operations console. The result, according to HP, is the first end-to-end enterprise management framework for OpenView environments.

Montesanto sums up the new products by claiming, "We're getting to the point of managing a SAN, the XP256, and the data center from a single view or single console."