Nth Generation's Molina said there is some overlap between the HP StoreVirtual 4335 and recent entry-level HP 3PAR storage solutions.
"3PAR has been getting tremendous momentum," he said. "There is some overlap with the StoreVirtual 4335. But HP is smart. The StoreVirtual line starts at the small business level and works up to the midrange. 3PAR starts at the enterprise and comes down to the midrange."
The StoreVirtual 4335, which is currently shipping, has a list price of $41,000 for a fixed configuration including seven 900-GB 10,000-rpm hard drives and three 400-GB SSDs. Like all StoreVirtual appliances, up to 16 nodes can be configured in a cluster, or up to 32 nodes can be connected in a management group, HP's Katz said.
The HP StoreVirtual line is based on storage virtualization technology HP got with its 2008 acquisition of LeftHand.
HP StoreVirtual storage technology is available only via HP's indirect sales channels, HP's Mulchand said.
PUBLISHED JAN. 22, 2014