January 30, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 30 – HP today introduced the new HP StoreEver Storage tape portfolio featuring sixth-generation Linear Tape-open (LTO-6) technology that delivers twice the capacity and 44 percent faster performance than LTO-5 in the same footprint.
A fragmented approach to data retention and protection can open organizations to legal and financial risks. From a technology perspective it can also result in high costs and management complexities. Converged data centers reduce costs and complexities, but require a comprehensive approach to data protection that spans software, disk and tape technologies in order to mitigate risk.
HP StoreEver Storage, the industry's broadest tape storage portfolio, integrates HP's market-leading tape products and technologies with HP Converged Storage, HP Data Protector and leading third-party backup software. This seamless integration, coupled with new LTO-6 capabilities, enables HP StoreEver Storage to deliver reliable long-term data protection and retention in a format that meets the needs of nearly any environment.
"Tape storage is experiencing a resurgence as companies struggling with big data archives realize that a fragmented approach to protection and retention can result in added cost and risk," said David Scott, senior vice president and general manager, Storage Division, HP. "With HP StoreEver's capacity and resiliency, HP's Converged Storage portfolio delivers the industry's most comprehensive and integrated approach to storing, optimizing and protecting data, enabling clients to better simplify infrastructure and reduce costs."
The HP StoreEver Storage portfolio supports tape media, standalone tape drives and tape libraries to accommodate more than 44 petabytes (PB) of data in a single system. HP StoreEver libraries feature removable drives and media to accommodate virtually limitless capacity, enabling clients to support the scalability requirements of their digital archives.
HP innovations on the LTO-6 standard enhance the resilience of tape
HP StoreEver Storage provides significantly improved longevity for data held offline by leveraging LTO-6 tape media cartridges that offer a shelf life of up to 30 years. To reduce the risk of media failure, HP has increased tape media durability and extended tape-head life by moving beyond the LTO-6 standard with several innovations that:
Economically protect and retain rapidly growing data
At 2.5 cents per gigabyte (GB) and a maximum capacity of 6.25 terabytes (TB) per cartridge, HP StoreEver Storage with LTO-6 offers cost- and energy-efficient storage, making it ideal for long-term protection and archiving of business-critical data for organizations of all sizes. Client benefits include:
In fact, an independently funded study by The Clipper Group on the total cost of ownership (TCO) of long-term archiving of digital data concluded that "the cost of energy alone for the average disk-based solution exceeds the entire TCO for the average tape-based solution."
Making offline storage as easy to use as online storage
HP StoreOpen file system management software with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) functionality makes HP StoreEver Storage tape as easy to manage as disk, which lowers costs and improves productivity. This enables clients to:
"As a production company with multiple hit TV shows, our storage capacity requirements rapidly increased, resulting in the need for a low-cost, easy-to-manage solution with virtually infinite scalability," said Will Pisnieski, vice president, Post Production, Authentic Entertainment. "The combination of HP StoreEver Storage and StorageDNA's DNA Evolution software is the most efficient and cost-effective archiving solution we've used, enabling us to dedicate more resources toward production quality by reducing storage administration and minimizing our need for future hardware investment."
Enhancing security of long-term data retention and protection
When paired with HP StoreOnce Backup for information protection or HP StoreAll Storage for information retention, HP StoreEver enables clients to reduce risk by placing data on offline, portable media so it is firewalled from online threats such as viruses.
Further strengthening security, HP StoreEver Storage features both hardware-based data encryption and write once, read many (WORM) protection to prevent accidental overwrites.
HP's premier Americas client event, HP Discover, takes place June 10-12 in Las Vegas.
Pricing and availability
The HP StoreEver Storage portfolio of LTO-6 tape media, tape drives and tape automation products is available now at a starting price of $3,999 for an HP StoreEver LTO-6 tape drive and $8,600 for an HP StoreEver LTO-6 tape library.
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