HDS Revs Up Storage Line With Flash Acceleration

HDS also is adding file-based storage, or NAS, capabilities to the Hitachi Unified Storage VM platform via three new 4000-series storage systems, and allowing tiering of both block-based and file-based storage across hard drives, SSDs and flash storage, Madaio said.

The new hardware allows the consolidation of multiple NAS filers into a handful of Hitachi Unified Storage VM nodes to cut total cost of ownership by 30 percent or more, he said.

Also new from HDS is several new versions of its Hitachi Unified Compute Platform converged infrastructure offering.

Ravi Chalaka, vice president of solutions marketing for HDS, said HDS upgraded its Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Pro, a solution that combines the enterprise-class Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform with Hitachi's CB500 blade servers, Brocade networking technology, VMware vSphere virtualization software, and Hitachi's Unified Compute Platform Director management software.

New this month are the Hitachi Unified Compute Pro for VMware VSphere, which now includes Cisco networking equipment as an option to the original Brocade technology, and the Hitachi Unified Computer Pro Select for Microsoft Private Cloud, which adds capabilities for Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0 virtualization.

HDS also introduced the Hitachi Unified Computer Pro Select for Oracle RAC, a new solution that competes with Oracle's Exadata appliance. "We're bringing Unix performance to x86 technology," he said.


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