Hitachi Data Systems unveils new storage virtualization platform

InformationWeek News Network, October 5, 2010

Firm claims that the platform will deliver up to 33 percent reduction in TCO and more than 30 percent reduction in power, cooling and floor space costs

With an aim to strengthen its position in storage virtualization, Hitachi Data Systems today unveiled the new Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) at the Hitachi Information Forum held in Bangalore. According to Hitachi, its new VSP is industry’s first 3D scaling storage platform designed for all data types. The Hitachi VSP, in combination with the new Hitachi Command Suite management software, is said to offer high performance, capacity and open, multivendor storage virtualization for large businesses and enterprise organizations.

“Under conditions of shrinking budgets, organizational change and increased competition, enterprises are being challenged to make information both available and secure while their IT organizations are asked to do more with less,” said Randy DeMont, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Services and Support, Hitachi Data Systems. “We are solving the industry’s most pressing challenges with our approach of one platform for all data, coupled with our leadership in virtualization technology. Our new Virtual Storage Platform represents another major step toward transforming the way companies implement IT and turn their raw data into valuable information that offers scalability and adaptability for the future.”     

According to a recent research, data is growing at a rate of approximately 50 percent year-over-year, with unstructured data such as emails, images, and audio and video files growing at 10 times the rate of structured data. In the healthcare industry alone, the amount of data being generated quadruples every two years. The rapidly rising operational costs to manage this increasing volume of data, which now amount to more than 65 percent of the total cost of storage, have caused IT departments to realize that yesterday’s strategies of simply adding more storage or increasing computing capacity are no longer viable.

In comparison to non-tiered and non-virtualized storage platforms, the new solution from Hitachi Data Systems is said to enable customers to reduce disk drive costs by up to 70 percent through the use of tiered storage, storage reclamation and dynamic tiering. According to Hitachi, customers can realize up to 33 percent reduction in TCO per terabyte in the first year of implementation.

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