HP Launches Windows-Powered NAS Box for SMBs

Lucas Mearian June 21, 2012
New Hewlett-Packard X5520 array can scale to 122TB.

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled a lightweight version of its Windows-based network-attached storage (NAS) array that's aimed at small-to-medium-sized businesses.

Based on the same architecture as the HP X5000-series NAS box, the new X5000 devices for SMBs use 2.5-in drives and can scale to 32.4TB. The older X-5000 devices use 3.5-in hard drives and now scales to 48TB in a single unit.

Both the new and older X5000s run the Windows Server OS.

HP's original X5520 G2 Network Storage System, which runs NFS and CIFS file protocols, is aimed at the same midrange market as NetApp's FAS 3020 filer. The array can now accept 3TB drives (it's past capacity was 2TB drives) meaning it can scale to 48TB in a base 3U (5.25-in high) form factor and, using expansion units, up to 192TB in a 15U form factor.

HP's X5520 G2 Network Storage System NAS array