HP has expanded its entry into the SMB storage market with the introduction of three storage arrays and data protection software.

The company announced a virtual library system, a tape library and software for HP ProLiant servers.

The HP StorageWorks Virtual Library System 1002i (VLS1002i) is aimed at small businesses and remote or branch offices in large enterprises. It stores as much as 1.5 TB of uncompressed data or twice that amount (3 TB) of compressed data.

The HP StorageWorks MSL4048 tape library is designed for multi-site businesses that do not have dedicated IT support. It stores as much as 19.2 TB of data. The MSL4048 is 4U (7 inches) high.

Both the VLS1002i and the MSL4048 ship with web-based management capability.

In addition, the HP ProLiant Data Protection Storage Server (DPSS), which is based on Microsoft's System Center Data Protection Manager software, now offers the ability to back up DPSS replicas and systems, as well as an automated disaster recovery option.

A 1.5TB VLS1002i with Data Protector Express software is US$6,100. The ML4048 starts at $1,300.