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HP StoreOnce 6500

The HP StoreOnce 6500 backup and deduplication appliance takes gold in Storage magazine's annual Products of the Year awards.

Gold winner in the Storage magazine/ 2014 Products of the Year Backup Hardware category.

The Hewlett-Packard StoreOnce 6500 is a high-end, disk-to-disk backup appliance with deduplication that offers a scale-out, pay-as-you-grow architecture. The system can scale to 1.7 PB and, according to the vendor, can grow to 34 PB using inline deduplication. The latest version has a clustered, dual-controller configuration for true high availability -- if a controller fails, the backup or restore job will be automatically shifted to the coupled controller transparently.

The system runs Hewlett-Packard (HP) StoreOnce Catalyst software, which can perform deduplication at the application source, backup server or target appliance. The software also offers various disaster recovery (DR) configurations. For example, one-to-many DR moves data simultaneously from one location to many remote recovery sites, while cascaded DR moves data sequentially from one site to other sites. Backups are managed from a central location, but up to 384 backup streams can be fanned out to a single 6500 target device.

The HP StoreOnce 6500 supports Ethernet and Fibre Channel (FC). Supported backup apps include EMC NetWorker, HP Data Protector 8.11, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, Symantec Backup Exec, Symantec NetBackup and Veeam.

The 6500, which is based on HP ProLiant x86 hardware, can scale up to four pairs or eight nodes and ingest more than 100 TB per hour in a maximum of eight nodes. It also does virtual tape library (VTL) emulation over iSCSI and FC, and allows IT administrators to select non-deduplication NAS and VTL shares for data that doesn't handle deduplication very well or for source-side deduplication in backup software. HP offers a smaller StoreOnce VSA virtual appliance that has most of the same features as the hardware systems. The virtual appliance can be configured up to 4 TB, and supports Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware.

HP StoreOnce 6500 POY 2014

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