Hitachi Data Systems Wednesday said it is taking steps to unify its storage operating system and make it virtualization-enabled as a way to help customers focus on how to grow their storage infrastructure for the cloud without worrying about replacing hardware.
HDS' new Continuous Cloud Infrastructure is a software-based architecture that uses automation to help customers tie business requirements and IT more closely together to deal with cloud, mobility and big data issues, said Bob Madaio, senior director of product marketing for HDS' data center virtualization product portfolio.
The Continuous Cloud Infrastructure is based heavily on HDS' storage virtualization technology, which lays the groundwork for the future development of software-defined storage solutions that could some day run on commodity hardware, and will make it easier for the company to provide virtual versions of its storage appliances, Madaio said.
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"This will be the common operating system that for us builds virtualization into our storage solutions in the future," he said. "This supports both Hitachi Data Systems and non-Hitachi Data Systems storage. It's not completely new, but is an important part of our platform."
Along with unveiling its Continuous Cloud Infrastructure, HDS introduced is new Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS), which will take the place of the two storage operating systems currently available for enterprise and midrange storage arrays, Madaio said.
The new SVOS includes all HDS tiering, replication, and block and file storage services, and supports virtualization of HDS and non-HDS storage capacity.
However, Madaio said, it is designed to be the base of all future HDS storage offerings, eventually including solutions for software-defined storage.
"Today, it runs in our storage controllers," he said. "In the future, it will run on commodity hardware. I don't know if we will some day send out a DVD to customers and tell them to architecture whatever storage they want, but it could be an option in the future."
Another new capability of SVOS is virtual storage machines, which Madaio said will allow customers to carve out a virtual storage array out of a physical box, or combine multiple physical boxes into a single virtual storage array.
The SVOS will not replace the software in the installed HDS array base, but should be interoperable with older HDS equipment, Madaio said.
SVOS is the right step for HDS, said Steve Adil, disk products manager at Mainline Information Systems, a Tallahassee, Fla.-based solution provider and HDS partner.
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