HP Improves Data Protection for Small Businesses with Entry-level Backup Solutions
Posted Jun 28, 2005

HP has announced several new tape backup offerings for its HP Business Protection portfolio to provide small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) with affordable data protection.

Chief among these are DAT USB tape drives, which combine the reliability and cost-effectiveness of digital audio tape (DAT) with the plug-and-play capabilities of the USB 2 interface. HP also introduced half-height LTO Ultrium 1 tape drives and additional tape drive support for the HP StorageWorks 1/8 tape autoloader.

According to AMI Partners, data protection is among the highest priorities for SMBs, and tape is still the most commonly used backup medium.

By supporting the HP One-Button Disaster Recovery feature, the new tape drives allow users to recover not only their data but, in the event of a catastrophic disaster, their complete system configuration with the push of a single button.

Additionally, all of the new tape drives and autoloaders come with HP StorageWorks Library and Tape Tools, a comprehensive set of utilities that aid in installation, management, and troubleshooting.

The tape drives are compatible with a wide range of servers, operating systems, and backup software. In addition, the cost of DAT media is reduced by eliminating the need for the additional purchase of SCSI host bus adapters. Furthermore, these DAT USB drives provide the added investment protection of a simple upgrade path through future generations of the HP DAT technology roadmap.

The HP StorageWorks DAT 72 USB delivers a capacity of 72GB on a single data cartridge and a transfer rate of 23GB/hour (assuming a 2:1 compression ratio). The DAT 72 USB is expected to be available July 4 starting at $749.

The HP StorageWorks DAT 40 USB is a DDS-4 tape drive that stores 40GB of compressed data on a single cartridge at a rate of 23GB/hour (assuming 2:1 data compression). The DAT 40 USB is expected to be available July 4 starting at $599.

HP also is bringing to market the new HP StorageWorks Ultrium 232 tape drive. The Ultrium 232 features a 200GB capacity per cartridge and a backup speed of 115GB/hour (assuming 2:1 data compression).

The HP StorageWorks Ultrium 232 is the lowest priced LTO drive from HP. The HP StorageWorks Ultrium 232 starts at $1,799 and is expected to be available July 11. HP also now offers two new versions of its HP StorageWorks 1/8 Tape Autoloader: an Ultrium 960 model and an Ultrium 448 model. These 2U tape autoloaders are rackmountable for space-saving and provide a backup solution without the need for an IT technician to manually change tapes.

Extending support to these two new Ultrium tape drives increases the autoloader's maximum capacity to 6.4TB with an Ultrium 960 drive or to 3.2TB with Ultrium 448 (assuming 2:1 data compression). The Ultrium 960 model boosts the autoloader's performance to 576GB/hour (compressed).

The HP StorageWorks 1/8 Ultrium 960 Tape Autoloader starts at $7,499. The HP StorageWorks 1/8 Ultrium 448 Tape Autoloader starts at $5,299. Both are available now.