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HP turns StoreOnce into virtual storage appliance

Hewlett-Packard delivers virtual software appliance version of its StoreOnce deduplication technology and a scalable midrange tape library.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) today added to its disk and tape backup portfolios with a virtual appliance version of its StoreOnce deduplication technology and a midrange tape library.

The StoreOnce Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) is a software appliance system that runs as a virtual machine (VM) on industry standard hardware. The StoreOnce VSA runs the same software as HP's StoreOnce disk-based dedicated backup hardware appliances, so it includes federated deduplication and cross-family replication.

HP slapped the software-defined storage tag on the VSA.

"When we say software-defined storage, we mean it's just software," said Craig Nunes, HP Storage's vice president of marketing. "You buy the software and run it on any server, any hypervisor out there, to tap underused capacity you already own."

Nunes said he considers the StoreOnce VSA a good fit for branch or remote offices where dedicated backup hardware is cost-prohibitive. Remote offices can deploy the StoreOnce VSA and backup to StoreOnce appliances in central locations.

HP prices the StoreOnce VSA in 10 TB blocks of capacity at $3,500 per block. The VSA is expected to be available in July.

Modular mid-range tape library provides room to grow

The HP StoreEver MSL6480 Tape Library scales from 240 TB to 3.5 PB in a single library, holding from one 80-cartridge drive to 42 drives and 560 cartridges. It supports LTO-6 tape and holds 81 TB per 1U rack space

"It's for the kind of business that's feeling the need for large, high-end libraries, but has a pay-as-you-go midsized budget," Nunes said.

The StoreEver MSL6480 is available now starting at $30,000.

New tape libraries are not causes for great celebration these days, but Mark Peters, senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group, said tape still has a place in data protection even in era of technologies such as dedupe and flash.

"We [now] have greater ability to put data where it should be in the first place, whether that's up into flash or down onto tape," he said. "Both are very relevant. I actually see a resurgence of tape over the next few years."

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