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Hitachi Data Systems on Tuesday unveiled a new version of its unified storage technology that brings the management of file, block and object data onto a single platform designed for small and midsize enterprise customers.
HDS' new Hitachi Unified Storage VM (HUS VM) is the first storage platform that virtualizes, manages and unifies all data types, said Mike Nalls, senior product marketing manager for the Santa Clara, Calif.-based vendor.
"It was designed particularly for SMBs with lower operations cost and faster data migration than competing products," Nalls said. "And we're the only one to offer a 100-percent data availability guarantee."
The HUS VM is not HDS' first move to unify file, block and object data under a single management scheme. The company in April unveiled its first Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) platform.
The HUS platform, based on the company's Command Suite software, allows block, file and object data to be stored on the same array and managed with a single suite of management tools.
While the concept of unified storage has traditionally allowed block-level (SAN) and file-level (NAS) storage protocols to be used simultaneously within a single appliance, HDS is adding object storage to that mix. Object storage is data that is stored with a unique identifier, which includes metadata about the object that remains with the data as it is moved.
With HUS, HDS is combining the management of its traditional block-based storage arrays, its file-based storage technology from last year's acquisition of NAS vendor BlueArc and its Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) system, which provides intelligent, content-focused storage of unstructured data using multiple tiers.
The HUS VM, like the HUS, is unique in that they can serve as a unified management front end for any existing storage arrays, including arrays from HDS or from competitors such as EMC, thereby protecting customers' investment in legacy storage.
The big difference with the new HUS VM is that it is targeting SME customers with maybe 500 to 1,000 users, Nalls said.
"The SMB is probably not a global leader, but may be a leader within a country, or it may be a government or a university system," he said. "These are organizations looking at how to manage their data growth at a reasonable pace."