HP Debuts Tape Innovations Built for Convergence
New HP StoreEver Storage Portfolio Improves Simplicity, Reliability
and Security of Long-Term Data Protection and Retention
PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/30/13 -- HP (NYSE: HPQ) 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.(1)
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(2) 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.(3) 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
-- Reduce wear and enhance performance through the use of a larger roller
diameter and a dynamic tape lifter that minimizes unnecessary drag.
-- Improve reliability and performance with HP's data-rate matching
algorithm, which continuously adjusts the tape drive speed with the
data stream coming from the host.
-- Address issues proactively with HP StoreEver TapeAssure technology,
which monitors tape drives, libraries and media to ensure that each
element of the tape infrastructure is optimized for reliable writing
and reading of data.
-- Enhance media durability with HP's proprietary fabrication process
that coats the tape head with a protective layer.
Economically protect and retain rapidly growing data
At 2.5 cents per
gigabyte (GB)(4) 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:
-- Reduced energy costs via tape drives that, unlike spinning disk
drives, do not need to be constantly powered on and will default into
hibernation mode after short periods of inactivity.
-- An up to 93 percent reduction in total cost of ownership through
energy savings when used for long-term archiving compared to spinning
media, which requires as much as 238 times more energy than tape.(5)
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
Making offline storage as easy to use as online storage
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
-- Improve operational agility via drag-and-drop functionality that makes
it easier to locate and manage tape files.
-- Reduce administration time by simplifying the distribution and
exchange of files across organizations with heterogeneous platforms.
-- Minimize business risk with the ability to manage disk backup to HP
StoreOnce and offload data to tape directly from the backup
-- Decrease storage management costs by controlling all disk and tape
backup and replication functions through a single interface, enabled
by HP StoreOnce Catalyst integration with HP Data Protector and
third-party backup software.
-- Reduce complexity by centralizing management of libraries across the
world via a single interface with HP Command View Tape Library
"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
Enhancing security of long-term data retention and protection
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.(6)
An HP StoreEver infographic about the changing role of tape is
available at www.hp.com/go/storage/nextera.
HP's premier Americas client event, HP Discover, takes place June
10-12 in Las Vegas.
Pricing and availability(4)
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.
(1) When using 2.5:1 compression in combination with fundamental
technology advances, LTO-6 cartridge capacity is 6.25 TB, compared to
3 TB for LTO-5; LTO-6 performance is 1.44 TB/hr, compared to 1 TB/hr
(2) According to the IDC Branded Tape Tracker CQ2 2012,
HP is the market share leader in units and revenue for LTO tape
worldwide across individual tape drives and tape automation
(3) Using 2.5:1 compression and a fully populated 16 frame
ESL G3 tape library.
(4) Estimated U.S. list prices. Actual prices
(5) The Clipper Group, "In Search of the Long-Term
Archiving Solution - Tape Delivers Significant TCO Advantage over
Disk," David Reine and Mike Kahn, Dec. 23, 2010.
(6) Available for
LTO-6 in spring 2013.
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