This product has been replaced by the HPE XP7.
The HP XP P9500 Disk Array is based on an OEM of the HDS Virtual Storage Platform. The XP P9500 is the high-end enterprise offering from HP that is capable of both mainframe and open system attachment. Changes over the earlier XP product in this model are internal processors and the Universal Star Network has been replaced by the Hierarchical Star Network. Control processors and other components have been upgraded as well. The marketing theme of scale up, scale-out, scale deep embodies the ability of this platform to scale vertically (greater capacities managed by each virtual domain), horizontally (multiple virtual storage domains), and deeply (more third party arrays with greater capacity virtualized behind the XP P9500 controller). Previous generation XP software-based features and functionality are supported on the XP P9500.
This document provides an overview and analysis of the HP XP P9500 that was announced in September 2010. HDS resells the same product, along with software options, as the HP XP P9500. HP’s software options have different names and also differ in terms of functionality in some areas.
Competitive monolithic (supports mainframe and open systems attachment) storage system alternatives include the EMC Symmetrix VMAX and IBM DS8000.