HP introduces small business server suite

HP has announced today a new suite of products for small to medium business, including an entry-level server.

The “Just Right IT” portfolio includes the HP ProLiant MicroServer, a quiet, energy-efficient server that is aimed at businesses with 10 employees or less. It has an AMD Athlon II processor, 8GB of maximum memory, and comes with a one year warranty. It should retail for around $329.

HP is also introducing a number of affordable options for companies wanting to improve the use of their servers.

For monitoring and managing virtualised servers and storage, HP is offering HP Insight with Microsoft System Center Essential 2010, which comes with HP support.

For improving server bandwidth, there is the HP StorageWorks P2000 G3 Modular Smart Array, with 10GbE iSCSI capabilities. HP advertises a 10 time increase in bandwidth through the use of this product.

For moving to shared storage, HP is providing the P4000 Virutal SAN Appliance software, which it says is the only way for moving from virtualised servers to shared storage without buying physical storage area network infrastructure.

For server backups, HP is offering the Data Protector Express 5.0 software, which allows quick and easy backups of important information.

HP is also supplying new offerings in the VoIP and wireless market, with the V-M200 802.11n Access Point Series allowing up to 64 active mobile users on a single network at time, with added network security. There’s also the VCX 9.5 IP Telephony system with 350x IP Phones for conferencing, and the Virtualisation Smart Bundles with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, which offers a complete virtualisation environment with storage, servers, and networking technology.

Another product in the series is the Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One and Officeject 7500A Wide Format e-All-in-One printers, which come with ePrint and webc connectivity. HP says these printers can deliver the same quality printouts at up to 50 percent less cost than laser printers, which might make them very appealing to paper-heavy industries.

HP is also offering a new set of business desktop PCs, the 500B and 505B series, which come with Windows 7, configurable hard drives, and various ports for added connectivity.

HP says the “Just Right IT” range is aimed at providing just the right price to meet the needs of small to medium businesses, allowing them to upgrade without having to pay out for larger servers and services they don’t really need.