Thursday, February 14, 2013

Why the HP D2700 is the Perfect Valentine

When it comes to the HP D2000 disk enclosure family, the HP StorageWorks D2700 is the little sibling. Not that it’s a bad thing - its SFF can be just as much of an advantage to certain enterprise IT environments as its big sibling’s LFF. It just depends on what form factor the situation calls for, and both are popular options. But because we've got a soft spot for the little guy, we’re taking this week to review the HP D2700 disk enclosure.

Featuring 25 2.5 inch drive bays, the HP StorageWorks D2700 can scale to support up to 100 disk drives with your choice of drive types: SAS, SSDs, or SATA.  However, the advantages of the HP D2700 disk enclosure (alias part number AJ941A) extend way beyond the type and number of disk drives that it supports – in other words, there’s a lot more to the D2700 than meets the eye.

And just in case you were wondering, this isn’t like a blind date, where great-sounding descriptors like “full of personality” and “beautiful smile” get you all excited… and then you meet and you’re wondering if it was opposite day and no one told you.  When we say the D2700 offers high performance and fast bandwidth, it really does.

Assuming the blind date goes well, the best thing about the HP D2700 disk enclosure is that it offers an easy, commitment-free relationship. While the full move to a SAN or a NAS solution would require the rough equivalent of getting hitched, the HP D2700 is an on-again, off-again relationship that allows you to buy the storage capacity that you need when you need it.

This allows you to buy additional storage capacity only as it’s required in the future – requiring no commitment on your end for a future investment. And the only thing that an HP D2700 disk enclosure asks in return is that it gets used within an HP ProLiant server, HP Integrity server, or an HP Modular Smart Array (MSA) environment for their storage expansion needs.

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