HP is no where near NetApp, The NetApp storage OS OnTap runs on all of the FAS line, all have the same storage system functionality granted you pony up for the licensing. That's inclusive of DeDupe, Compression, Snapshots, Snap Manager, MultiProtocol, Snap Vault. Oh one managment interface OnCommand SysManger, storage tiering, QoS, cluster mode for scalability. and many more features
To do the same thing with HP storage you need almost a device for each of those functions and at least need a D2D or VTL for backup. Each device requiring a different management interface, and no common Storage OS. Is there even an HP storage solution that offers bot SAN and NAS based protocols? What about scaling or offering pNFS?
Thanks for validating my point that in order for HP to be competitive they need to streamline their storage offerings.
>>I work for a large VAR and have deployed HP, EMC, NetApp, Hitachi over the last few years. So I would like to think I am somewhat in tune with Vendors product offerings. We stopped selling HP gear due to margin being higher with other Vendors we partner with, like say Cisco, EMC, NetApp.