Hitachi Data Systems Adds Native NAS and Cloud Tiering to Its Virtual Storage Platform, Expands Analytics Software

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, has announced new upgrades and additions to its Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G series portfolio. To help break down data silos and modernize storage management, Hitachi Data Systems has embedded NAS functionality, cloud optimization and enhanced VMware integration into VSP G400, VSP G600 and VSP G800 storage platforms to simplify and accelerate data center modernization efforts.

Hitachi Data Systems has added the option to include two high-performance NAS modules in the VSP G400, VSP G600 and VSP G800 systems. These modules would help to reduce capital expenditures by providing a single, SAN and NAS storage platform for all workloads in a compact form factor. Operating costs would also decline, as VSP G series systems require less power, cooling and space in the data center.

Adding further cost control, the new unified VSP G series offerings allow customers to leverage existing infrastructure investments regardless of environment – whether for remote offices where IP infrastructure is dominant to data centers utilizing robust Fiber Channel technology or a cloud environment employing Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), Hitachi Managed Cloud Services, Microsoft Azure or Amazon S3 cloud services.

The data migrator to the cloud software feature allows customers to create automated and intelligent, content-aware data management policies. These policies would ensure that data is automatically and seamlessly tiered to private, public or hybrid cloud platforms and freeing up critical Hitachi Accelerated Flash resources for Tier 1 applications.

Hitachi continues to be in lockstep with VMware to deliver on the vision for software-defined storage with full support for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes. This support would allow customers to maximize resources, reduce storage complexity and increase efficiency by enabling application-specific storage service levels to be applied to each virtual machine (VM). In addition, Hitachi Virtual Infrastructure Integrator 3.0 would deliver scalable VM protection by simplified VMbackup, recovery and cloning services for VMware vSphere-based infrastructures.

hitachi solutions“As our multi-decade partnering continues, Cisco and HDS are driving to provide innovative data center solutions for our joint customers,” said Sachin Gupta, vice president of product management, Cisco Switching. “Cisco’s industry-leading network infrastructure provides high levels of flexibility and scalability demanded by software-driven dynamic IT application workloads and virtualized data centers. Cisco MDS Storage Directors and Nexus Switches fully enable Hitachi Data Systems’ Virtual Storage Platform, and help ensure that customers can easily deploy and manage their enterprise and data center environments to scale, while delivering architectural flexibility and consistent networking across physical, virtual and cloud environments.”

Hitachi Analytics Software

Available across the Hitachi VSP family, the new Hitachi Infrastructure Analytics Advisor (HIAA) would deliver increased performance while reducing costs and risk through intelligent analytics. HIAA would quickly and proactively identify, diagnose and help resolve potential performance and capacity issues, including those concerning third-party storage.

The software identifies opportunities to improve performance and reduce risk through intelligent analytics with preemptive alerts. Customers would be able to drive down costs with comprehensive capacity and performance planning using enterprise-scale IT analytics with long-term historical trending.

Hitachi Data Systems continues to invest heavily in innovation and in its industry-leading Virtual Storage Platform to help customers transform and modernize their IT infrastructures,” said Bob Madaio, senior director for Infrastructure Solutions, Hitachi Data Systems. “The ever-changing fundamentals of IT demand that storage systems are agile, reliable and cost-effective. The enhanced VSP family meet those needs and beyond.”

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