eWeek publishes Data Vault April Fools article in October?

by Alex Kuretz on October 2, 2009 · 2 comments

in News

eWeek.com has published one of the most bizarre and inaccurate product announcements I’ve ever seen. The article is so far out that I have to wonder how this misinformation was passed on. I’m not even sure what to say, so I’ll simply share the screenshots I captured as well as an excerpt of the text from the article. I’ve added emphasis to the most amazing parts.

Most of the time in IT, new feature sets trickle down from high-end server and storage systems and become standard in lower-end, less-powerful hardware and software for small to medium-size businesses and home offices. Generally, they also become cheaper.

Here is a case in which the trickling is going upstream.

Among several storage-related announcements made on Sept. 29, Hewlett-Packard introduced the StorageWorks X510 Data Vault Series desktop mini-tower, a near-duplicate of HP’s MediaSmart Server that home users employ to view video and photos and listen to music. The X510 normally runs on Windows Server 2008 but it can be adapted for Mac OS X systems.

It uses a single Ethernet connection that also serves as a power cord, so it needs no separate power plug-in. It both backs up data stores and can restore the entire system following a power outage or other disruption, Lee Johns, HP director of marketing for unified computing, told eWEEK.

“You can manage this remotely, even from an iPhone, if that’s what you’re using,” Johns said.
The business-oriented X510 is powered by a 2.5GHz Pentium E5200 processor and features 2GB of RAM. It has four internal SATA drive bays — each of which can read a drive of up to 1.5TB capacity. It has four USB ports and an eSata port to enable a maximum of 13.5TB capacity, HP claimed.

Designed for SMBs with up to 10 Windows PC or Mac OS X clients, the X510 includes such useful business capabilities as remote file access, fully-automated client backup and remote desktop control. The pricing of the network-attached storage device is also part of the news: $699 for the 1TB starter package.

With this new product, Hewlett-Packard, well known for office peripherals that include printers and scanners, now wants to supply small and mid-range businesses with yet another IT machine: desktop data storage units.

In the process, HP is heading into stiff new competition with companies such as Iomega, Seagate and Buffalo in an effort to offer inexpensive desktop storage to businesses with several servers to one- or two-person microbusinesses with one server or none at all.



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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of MediaSmartServer.net. I was the Lead Test and Integration Engineer at HP for the MediaSmart Server until April 2008 when I moved on to other opportunities outside HP. I've kept active in the Windows Home Server community, creating several add-ins and helping users make the most of their Home Servers.


Drashna (WGS) October 2, 2009 at 3:30 pm

That’s just… wow! I hope for their sake that all their articles are not this “accurate”. :P

Texas-Hansen October 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Now, that is just plain ‘ole crappy journalism.

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