HP ProLiant High Availability Storage Server

HP Updated: 2009-02-24 RSS
HP ProLiant High Availability Storage Server

You have better things to do than worry about file storage in your business. Are you juggling multiple interfaces, security concerns, and shrinking backup windows - all while your users demand more storage space? You need scalable, highly available file storage that's affordable and easy to install.

The HP ProLiant High Availability Storage Server is the fast and easy way to add clustered networked file storage to your environment. The Microsoft Windows-powered operating system is pre-installed, including Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Management Console (MMC), giving you the only tools you'll need to manage your solution. This eliminates the need to juggle multiple interfaces. By consolidating and offloading your storage off of application servers, backup times are reduced significantly by allowing backups to run at any time of the day.

Features and Benefits

Enterprise functionality without the complexity or high price
* Uninterrupted file serving: Redundancy in servers, cables, and controllers allows clients to continue to work if these individual components fail.
* Be up and serving files in hours, not days: All hardware and software components are included, and with optional factory integration, it's a quick, secure, and easy way to add clustered file serving to your network.
* Pre-installed with Microsoft Windows clustering: The operating system is pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows clustering, meaning no time is wasted trying to find and install the appropriate software.
* No "nickel-and-diming" Everything you need to get started for high availability file serving at one price. No additional costs for different protocols or extra software costs for adding a node.

Windows-powered network attached storage (NAS)
* Multi-protocol file serving: Install in wide range of heterogeneous file serving environments with support for SMB/CIFS, NFS, HTTP, FTP, WebDAV, AppleTalk, and NetWare protocols.
* Spend less time and effort managing files: A consolidated and networked solution means you have one storage target to manage, scale, and protect.
* Familiar management look and feel: If you've used Microsoft Management Console (MMC) to manage a Windows server, you're probably already familiar with how to manage a ProLiant Storage Server.
* A single, centralized file server: Consolidate islands of direct-attached storage to one platform or create a scalable disk-based backup or replication target.
* Print server support: Don't forget that an HP ProLiant High Availability Storage Server is a Windows print server too, offering consolidation benefits to your Windows print environment.

Industry-standard hardware and software
* HP ProLiant server hardware: Relax - your investment is protected because you're not locked into a proprietary platform. And you can take advantage of built-in functionality like Integrated Lights-out 2 (iLO2) that lets you manage and troubleshoot remotely.
* Seamless integration into your environment: You are running Windows, so it integrates natively into your Active Directory and DFS environments, and runs your favorite antivirus, backup, and storage management applications.
* High-performance platform: The scalable 6U rack mount platform supports 2 quad-core processors per server, up to 8 internal small form factor (SFF) drives per server, up to 48 external large form factor (LFF) drives, and redundant storage controllers, power and cooling.

Intelligent storage management features
* Optimized for file serving: Up to 20% faster file serving performance than a Windows Server 2003 R2 installation.
* Gain more space using file de-duplication: Single Instance Storage (SIS) recovers up to 35% of disk space by reducing the amount of redundant data.
* Storage-specific tools and features included: Reap the benefits of optimized Indexed Search, SharePoint® Services support, Quotas, File Screening, Storage Reporting, Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) snapshots, and Distributed File System (DFS) Replication - all at no extra charge.
* Microsoft iSCSI Software Target support: Lower your total cost of ownership even more by hosting application (block) storage on your storage server. The Gateway model features the Microsoft Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 O/S (which includes iSCSI software target), while other models can be upgraded with optional software.